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Sunday Sun - - Football - James Hunter

bar. A clash of heads at a cor­ner left the Coven­try pair of Clarke-Har­ris and Ju­nior Brown in need of treat­ment, and while Clarke-Har­ris was able to con­tinue Brown looked dazed and had to go off.

Ten min­utes be­fore the break, Hume also had to go off and his place was taken by Bryan Oviedo.

Sun­der­land’s first ef­fort on tar­get came deep into in­jury time at the end of the first pe­riod when Tom Flana­gan rose at the far post to meet Honey­man’s cor­ner, but his header was eas­ily saved by Lee Burge.

The Black Cats were quick out of the blocks in the sec­ond half, and they took the lead on 49 min­utes. Matthews’ atthews’ loww low ball into the box from the right ht was misssed missed at the near post but came all the waay way through to the un­marked ked Cat­ter­mmole Cat­ter­mole on the penalty spot and he ri­flfled ri­fled his shot be­yond Burge rge into the right side of the net, much to the de­light of the 5,000 trav­el­ling traavel­ling fans be­hind that goal. gooal. Coven­try Cooven­try stepped up their theiir game and McLaugh­lin Mc­cLaugh­lin made a se­ries ser­ries of ex­cel­lent saves to pre­serve his side’s lead, leaad, deny­ing Luke Thomas Thoomas twice, and Clarke-Har­ris, Clar­rke-Har­ris, while Conor Conoor Chap­lin rolled a shot widew wide from 12 yards when he hee should have scored. But there therre was noth­ing he c o u l d do in the 68th minute when Coven­try took full ad­van­tage of a mix- mix-up up in the Sun­der­land de­fence.

Du­jon Ster­ling sent a low ball into the box from the left and Clarke-Har­ris was on hand at the near post to nudge it be­yond the keeper and in­side the right­hand post.

Honey­man brought a good save out of Burge late on, but it was Coven­try who looked by far the more likely side to earn all three points.

And they would have done so in the fi­fi­nal fi­nal minute when Flana­gan missed his chal­lenge on Chap­lin, which al­lowed the for­ward to race through on goal only for McLaugh­lin to make a cru­cial block which took just enough pace off the ball to al­low Jack Bald­win to get back and clear off the line. Kept Sun­der­land inn in the gam game with a string of saves in thhe the secon sec­ond half

Made mis­takes, in­c­clud­ing in­clud­ing a last-minute rick that al­most gavve gave away a win­ner

Went off in­side thhe the first fi five min­utes with a ham­string prrob­lem prob­lem

One or two cru­cial in­ter­ven­tions, in­ter­veni in­clud­ing clear­ing thee the line in last minute

Looked a threat for most of the game but had to coast thee the fi­nal 15 15mins due to in­jury, with no subs su­ubs left t to bring on

Scored the goal, brought broughtb steel to the mid­field, but pic­k­eed picked up a ban-earn­ing book­ing

Brought a save out of Burg Burge late on but gave the ball awayy away too of of­ten over the course of the 90minns 90mins

Did OK, but not back bacck to his best

Was hav­ing a solid afte af­ter­noon forced off with a knee in­jury in­jur Lee Cat­ter­mole, Catte er­mole, 49. un­til

Caused Coven­try no non end of prob­lems and looked the most mosst dan­ger­ous dange for­ward

Strug­gled to get into intto the ga game and did not man­age a mean­ing­ful mean­ning­ful e ef­fort on goal For Loovens 4mins. Did we well when he came on, and provi­ided pro­vided the as­sist

For Hume 37mins. Of­fered an at­tack­ing threat on the left

For McGeouch 66mmins. 66mins. A l low-key re­turn. Not used: Ruiter, Ruit­ter, Oz­turk, Oztu Sin­clair, McGeady

Cat­ter­mole

Burge 7, St Ster­ling ter­ling 6 6, Wil­lis 6, Hyam 6, Brown B 6 (Davies 17, 6), Thomas ThThThThThThom mas 7 (Jo (Jones 77, 6), Bayliss 66, 6, Doyle 6, Ship­ley 6, Chap­lin Chap plin 7, C Clarke-Har­ris 7. Not used: O’Brien, O Kelly, Ogogo, O Bakayoko, B An­dreu An­dreu. u.

Michael Sal­is­bury Sa al­is­bury ( (Lan­cashire) 16,407 16,40 07

Lee Cat­ter­mole cel­e­brates scor­ing the open­ing goal against Coven­try

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