The THREE key moments that shaped Sunderland’s defeat to Peterborough

Sunderland suffered their first defeat of the 2019/20 campaign at Peterborough United - thanks in part to THREE key flashpoints.

Sunday, 1st September 2019, 16:30 pm
The key moments that shaped Sunderland's defeat to Peterborough

The Black Cats were sentenced to a 3-0 defeat at the Weston Homes Stadium, but it could have been a very different story were it not for some make-or-break moments.

Here’s a look at a trio of moments that turned the game around:


The first half was a fairly cagey affair, far from the open and expansive clash that most fans had expected.

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Only a moment of brilliance or an error was going to open the scoring, and it transpired to be the former through Marcus Maddison’s stunning free-kick.

But the Black Cats had every right to feel aggrieved by the foul on striker Mo Eisa that led to the set-piece.

It seemed a fairly innocuous challenge from Grant Leadbitter on the former Sunderland target, and there are certainly question marks over whether it was worthy of a free-kick.

And without that free-kick being awarded, it’s likely that the first-half would have petered out - and the game may well have transpired differently.


Despite that Maddison opener, Sunderland could still well have been level at the break.

Some fine work from the returning Marc McNulty - who was among the visitors’ better performers - forced a good stop out of Christy Pym.

A leveller just before half-time would have undoubtedly changed the complexion of the game but, in truth, this was the only time the Posh stopper was forced into a serious save.

It was that inability to fashion any real goalscoring chances that really cost Sunderland - especially after the break.


While the second half was ultimately a forgettable one, there were some positive signs immediately following the interval.

Sunderland pinned back their hosts and enjoyed a string of set pieces. Again, though, there was a lack of conviction and Pym was not tested.

It was telling that after a Max Power shot was blocked, Posh immediately countered and doubled their lead through Josh Knight.

That difference in clinical finishing from the home side was ultimately a telling factor.