Sunderland’s longest away trip of the season ended in a professional 2-0 victory. Aiden McGeady found the net twice as the Black Cats made it five straight wins and moved into the top two.
Josh Maja returned to the starting line-up and captain George Honeyman dropped in alongside Dylan McGeouch in front of the back four. The back four remained the same, a reward for three straight clean sheets.
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Maguire McGeady Gooch
Maja had the first real chance for Sunderland, he turned well in the area but could only guide his effort past the post. Minutes later a period of patient passing was topped off with a speculative effort from Chris Maguire, his twenty-something yard out strike was palmed to safety by Argyle keeper Matt Macey.
Midway through the half Lyndon Gooch sent a dipping strike goal wards which Macey had to deal with, the chances were coming for the visitors. At the other end, a deep free kick almost led to chance for Plymouth, but Antoni Sarcevic could only guide his effort wide, he had more time than he perhaps thought.
HT: Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Sunderland AFC
The travelling 1500 away fans didn’t have long to wait after half time for the opening goal. Aiden McGeady picked up the ball by the by-line, ran almost unopposed before hitting a strike into the bottom left hand corner of Macey’s net. Sunderland’s record of scoring superb goals continues.
Soon after it could have been all level again. A corner deep into the Sunderland box was headed goal wards by Freddie Lapato but fortunately for the visitors Dylan McGeouch was in the right place to clear off of the line. Plymouth may have been in a lowly position coming into this match, but they certainly wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Arguably the hosts best chance of the match came from a set piece. Connor Grant was bearing down on goal but his run was brought to an abrupt, illegal halt by Tom Flanagan. Graham Carey curled the effort from just outside the box goal wards and it would have nestled in the top corner if not for a superb save by Jon McLaughlin.
The insurance goal did come for Sunderland just minutes from time. Substitute Luke O’Nien was adjudged to have been fouled by Tafari Moore in the box. McGeady stepped up and made no mistake, sending Macey the wrong way.
A job we’ll done for the Mackems, with a visit of Wycombe Wanderers next up in the League in a fortnights time.
FT: Plymouth Argyle 0-2 Sunderland AFC