Sunderland made it four wins in a row and extended their unbeaten home form this season with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Southend United. It was a match which Sunderland’s midfield truly shone.
Jerome Sinclair led the line with the energetic midfield three of George Honeyman, Lyndon Gooch and Chris Maguire sitting behind him.
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Maguire Honeyman Gooch
A cagey opening half an hour in which the visitors had the better of was topped off by the opening goal of the contest. Lyndon Gooch played the ball into the box and captain Honeyman was on hand to flick a glancing header across the face of goal and into the bottom corner of the Shrimpers goal; Southend keeper Mark Oxley could have perhaps done better but regardless the hosts had the lead.
Harry Bunn had a decent chance for the visitor’s minutes later, his effort from close range was blocked well by Jon McLaughlin; the Scotsman is making a pretty good name for himself south of the border.
HT: Sunderland AFC 1-0 Southend United
Chris Maguire was awarded the goal of the month for September for his strike at Burton and eight minutes into the second half he gave himself a good claim to be considered for this month’s award too. The former Oxford man picked up the ball after a defensive mistake and ran at the Southend backline before finding the top corner from well outside the box. 2-0 and Sunderland were flying.
Southend were losing what little grip they had on the match, but they could have pulled one back mid-way through the second half. Sam Manton flicked a header goalward from within the six-yard box only for McLaughlin to thwart his effort.
The win was sealed ten minutes from time. A long ball from McLaughlin was not dealt with by the Southend back four and substitutes Josh Maja and Aiden McGeady combined for the latter to race away and tuck the ball in past Oxley to ensure the points would remain on Wearside.
Southend didn’t deserve the three-goal defeat and it was a goalkeeping error and a piece of brilliance which was there undoing. As for Sunderland, the winning feeling continues and with the way they are playing it doesn’t look likely to end any time soon.
FT: Sunderland AFC 3-0 Southend United