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
88’ Second change for Wednesday
Fisayo Dele-Bashiru has come on for Byers in Wednesday’s midfield.
86’ Sunderland dropping deep
Sunderland are now set in a 4-5-1 formation with a midfield three of Matete, Evans and O’Nien.
Wednesday are pushing for a leveller and it looks like the hosts would be content with taking a 1-0 lead to Hillsborough.
81’ DOUBLE CHANGE
Two changes for Sunderland as Matete and Embleton come on for Roberts and Pritchard.
Sunderland are being forced to do a lot of defending here.
There are more shouts of ‘Goooooch’ after the right-back stopped a run from Johnson on the flank.
Chance for Liam Palmer, who heads over the bar.
Sheffield Wednesday with a couple of corners. Just starting to come into the game a little bit.
Close from Roberts as his shot flies wide of the post