SUN­DER­LAND .........................................................1

MATCH STATS

Sunday Sun - - Football -

hope. He picked up a pass from McGeady, who had come on for Sin­clair just af­ter the break, and un­leashed a rocket shot from 25 yards out which flew past Ev­ti­mov and into the top right-hand cor­ner.

Sud­denly Bur­ton looked ner­vous and Ev­ti­mov made an un­con­vinc­ing stop from Oviedo’s long-range shot, with the ball hacked be­hind just as Ge­orge Honey­man was prepar­ing to ap­ply the fin­ish.

From that cor­ner, there was a fran­tic goal­mouth scram­ble that fi­nally ended when McGeady drilled a shot wide of the tar­get.

Sun­der­land pushed hard for an equaliser in the fi­nal 20 min­utes but Bur­ton al­most killed the game off in­side the fi­nal 10 min­utes, McLaugh­lin called upon to make a good save to push a shot from Boyce to safety. Not a happy re­turn, but he couldn’t be faulted for the goals

Had a tough af­ter­noon, par­tic­u­larly in the first half

Made some cru­cial tack­les and blocks

Did okay, although he gave the ball away too of­ten

Of­fered an at­tack­ing out­let but needed more help de­fen­sively

Has been one of the most im­pres­sive play­ers this season, but not to­day

Worked hard but did not dom­i­nate the mid­field

Cov­ered a lot of ground and showed good en­ergy with­out re­ally hurt­ing Bur­ton

Drafted into the start­ing line-up but made no im­pact and was hooked just af­ter half-time

Of­fered very lit­tle be­fore his af­ter­noon was cut short

Kept go­ing un­til the end but noth­ing came off for him For Wyke 43mins. Scored an ex­cel­lent goal which at least gave his side a chance

For Sin­clair 51mins. Livened the game up but it was ev­i­dent that he lacked match fit­ness

For Loovens 85mins. Just a brief cameo NOT USED: Ruiter, Oz­turk, Flana­gan, Hume Maguire

BUR­TON AL­BION: Ev­ti­mov 6, Boyce 6, McFadzean 7, Turner 6, McCrory 6 (Hutchin­son 90+3, 6), Quinn 6, Fraser 6, Allen 7, Sordell 6 (Fox 80, 6), Akins 6, Tem­ple­ton 7 (Sbarra 87, 6). Not used: Campbell, Hes­keth, Har­ness, Cole Bookings: McFadzean, Sbarra Goals: Allen, McFadzean

Dean White­stone (Northamp­ton­shire) 4,566

Chris Maguire scored a Ross suf­fered his first de­feat. rocket against Bur­ton while Jack SHOTS ON TAR­GET SHOTS OFF TAR­GET COR­NERS FOULS POS­SES­SION

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