Sunderland 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0: Story of the night as Ross Stewart goal puts Cats ahead in League One play-off semi-final
Sunderland will take a 1-0 first-leg lead to Sheffield Wednesday after Ross Stewart scored the only goal of the game at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland had chances to double their lead in the second half as Alex Pritchard hit the crossbar.
The hosts were also forced to defend their advantage in the closing stages but held onto their clean sheet.
Here’s how the match played out:
RECAP: Sunderland 1 (Stewart, 45) Sheffield Wednesday 0
- Sunderland XI: Patterson, Wright, Batth, Cirkin, Gooch, Evans, O’Nien, Clarke (Doyle, 90+3), Roberts (Embleton, 81), Pritchard (Matete, 81), Stewart
- Subs: Hoffmann, Doyle, Hume, Embleton, Neil, Matete, McGeady
- Sheffield Wednesday XI: Peacock-Farrell, Palmer, Storey, Dean, Hutchinson, Johnson, Byers, Luongo, Bannan, Berahino (Windass, 56), Gregory
- Subs: Wildsmith, Hunt, Dunkley, Dele-Bashiru, Mendez-Laing, Windass, Paterson
Thanks for joining us tonight
We’re signing off from tonight’s blog but have plenty more reaction over on the SAFC section of the Echo website.
Job half done. Onto Monday.
More reaction from Neil
Reaction from Alex Neil
Full-time thoughts from the Stadium of Light
FULL-TIME: Sunderland 1 Sheffield Wednesday 0
90+3’ Stewart doing his defensive work
Stewart clears Bannan’s in-swinging corner.
Important intervention from the striker.
90+3’ FINAL CHANGE
Doyle has come on for Clarke.
90+2’ Big block from Batth
Wednesday are applying more pressure but Batth has just made an excellent block to deny Windass.
FOUR MINUTES ADDED TIME
89’ Chance for a second!
That would have been a huge goal.
Cirkin’s clearance caused chaos at the back for Wednesday and Peacock-Farrell’s attempted headed clearance fell to Stewart.
The keeper managed to get back on his line before the striker fired a low shot wide.