Sunderland got back to winning ways after two straight draws with a classy 4-2 victory over Barnsley on a wet Tuesday night on Wearside. Aiden McGeady, Josh Maja, Lyndon Gooch and Luke O’Nien each got a goal each.
Jack Ross made just one change to the side which snatched a point at Walsall last time out. Chris Maguire replaced Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady switched sides to accompany this. Max Power started after having his red card at the Bescot Stadium overturned earlier in the week. Josh Maja led the line looking to continue his rich goal scoring form so far this season.
Matthews Baldwin Flanagan James
Maguire Gooch McGeady
The hosts got off to an electric start and raced into a three-goal lead within the first half an hour. First, Ethan Pinnock fouled Aiden McGeady in the penalty area which the officials were in no doubt about. The Irishman stepped up to convert the spot kick confidently for his fifth goal of the season. Just a minute later it was two when Adam Matthews played a through ball through to Josh Maja. The teenager turned his marker brilliantly before guiding the ball out of the reach of Adam Davies in the Tykes goal.
The hosts first half onslaught wasn’t over and on 32 minutes Lyndon Gooch made it 3-0 with a deflected effort from just outside the box. Dominant was an understatement.
The visitors made it onto the score sheet before the break, however, when Kieffer Moore took advantage of a poor clearance by Gooch to find the bottom corner of Jon McLaughlin’s goal. The Stadium of Light crowd won’t see many more entertaining halves than that this season.
Sunderland AFC 3-1 Barnsley
Early in the second half it was well and truly a case of game on when Alex Mowatt curled a corner into the box and Moore nodded home at the front post. Was there to be a grandstand comeback from the Yorkshire club?
Not on this occasion, as five minutes from time McGeady squared the ball across the box to give substitute Luke O’Nien the easiest of finishes for his first goal on home turf. This was a highly entertaining contest from two sides who will surely be the ones to beat in this league. They should be in contention for promotion by the time May comes around.
FT: Sunderland AFC 4-2 Barnsley