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REPORT – Sunderland AFC 5-0 Morecambe: The Black Cats move up to third after emphatic win



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Sunderland climb to third in League One after demolishing relegation threatened Morecambe 5-0 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening. 


Nathan Broadhead scored twice as Ross Steward, Alex Pritchard and Leon Dajaku were also on the scoresheet to help Johnson’s side to a comfortable victory, making it five league games unbeaten.

The Black Cats burst out of the blocks to score twice inside the opening 20 minutes, with wing-back Lynden Gooch claiming the assist on each occasion.

Gooch dribbled passed Morecambe full-back Ryan McLaughlin to deliver a decent cross from the left, as Stewart’s first-time shot beat the goalkeeper to make it 1-0.

Four minutes later, Gooch delivered another teasing cross which fell to the feet of Nathan Broadhead as the striker scored his first of the night. The Everton loanee gave himself space in the box and headed home from close range.

The home side missed a guilt-edged opportunity to make it three before the break as top scorer Ross Stewart prodded wide from his first-time shot.

In the closing stages of the first period, Morecambe were almost given a lifeline. Midfielder Aaron Wildig found himself unmarked as he diverted Alfie McCalmont’s cross wide after a rushed effort on goal.

Substitute Toumani Diagouraga went close for Morecambe in the opening stages of the second half but Sunderland put the game to bed with a third goal shortly before the hour mark – an impressive win to give the Wearsiders momentum heading into the condensed Christmas period.

Johnson’s side refused to sit back despite a comfortable lead.

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Alex Pritchard sweetly swept home from Dan Neil’s cutback as the hosts made it three. Nathan Broadhead netted his second twelve minutes later as his driven shot flew passed Letheran in the Morecambe net.

Nobody has more assists under their name in League One than Sunderland Midfielder Neil who was heavily involved yet again on Tuesday evening.

Sunderland added a fifth with three minutes remaining as Dajaku’s shot took a hefty deflection before finding the back of the net, putting the icing on the cake for the Black Cats.

Academy graduate Kimpioka helped engineer the fifth, before Dajaku’s deflected strike hit the back of the net.

It was their joint-biggest win of the season as Johnson’s side continue to climb the table in their hunt for promotion to the Championship.

The victory sees the Black Cats move within two points of Rotherham in top spot, with 6th placed Plymouth Argyle up next at the Stadium of Light on Saturday for a play-off place battle.

Table Toppers Rotherham face tenth placed Burton on Saturday knowing that anything less than a win may see them move from first position, with Sunderland breathing down their necks.

The performance combined with the emphatic result kept the Sunderland faithful warm in otherwise brutal winter conditions as yet another storm hit the region.

The only storm at the Stadium of Light was from the side in red and white who demolished the Shrimps to climb within two places of top spot in League One.


The win represents more than just three points for Sunderland who have found some much-needed momentum heading into the crucial festive period.

The result gives supporters hope that the club is on the right track once again with the real possibility of promotion come the end of the season.

Lee Johnson saw what his side have been missing in previous weeks as it all seemed to come together on the night.

Sunderland were clinical in front of goal, kept possession well, played with an increased tempo, and pressed Morecambe off the ball until it was back in their hands.

The Black Cats can’t be expected to play with that level of intensity in every game but at the Stadium of Light, Tuesday’s performance should be the benchmark as in previous years the Wearsiders have drawn far too many games on home soil.


Hoffmann (7), Wright (7), Flanagan (7), Doyle (7); Neil (8), Winchester (7), Dajaku (8), Gooch (9), Pritchard (9), Broadhead (8), Stewart (8)

Subs: Embleton (6), O’Brien (6), Mbunga-Kimpioka (7)


Sunderland manager Lee Johnson: 

“It was a tough game going into it, the pressure was on and we performed extremely well. They gave us a couple of warning signs in that first half, but we felt like we could exploit their backline with the quality we’ve got. They have got good forward players and a lot of energy in midfield, so they can cause you problems.

“We knew they’d penetrate at some point during the game, but generally I felt we had good control. Right from the start, you could feel the vibe. It was really positive from the start. We started well and it carried on from there.”

He added:

“It was such a cold night and obviously a few less fans than normal because of the weather. I’m really pleased for the fans that turned up, we gave them a five-star show.”

Morecambe Manager Stephen Robinson:

“We’ve a mountain to climb before the game has even started. We then passed the ball about, we looked pretty, we had chances, Jonah [Ayunga] has got to score, Aaron [Wildig] should score and we’ve a goal disallowed.

“Ultimately, if you’re going to defend like that at a stadium like this with good, good Championship players in the squad, then you’re going to get punished, and we got exactly what we deserved.”

He added:

“It could’ve been two all if we had taken our chances, I think that’s the difference in the levels in terms of the quality they have at the top end of the pitch, they get chances, they take them, we get chances, we don’t.”

Post-match thoughts? Who was your man-of-the-match? Can Sunderland reach top spot by Christmas? Will the Black Cats gain promotion to the Championship come May?

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend



Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team



A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.


He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen



Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.




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