Championship: Sunderland beats Middlesbrough 2-0 on Sunday

SUNDERLAND. Sunderland overcomes Middlesbrough with a 2-0 win with a goal from R. Stewart (51') and a goal from A. Diallo (81').

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SUNDERLAND. Sunderland beats Middlesbrough with a 2-0 win with a goal from R. Stewart (51′) and a goal from A. Diallo (81′). Sunderland was vastly superior ball possession (62%) was among the key factors of its victory.​

Ross Stewart missed a penalty (51′) for Sunderland.​

The match was played at the Stadium of Light stadium in Sunderland on Sunday and it started at 12:00 pm local time. The referee was James Linington with the help of Paul Hodskinson and Ian Cooper. The 4th official was Darren Bond. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was quite cold around 2 degrees Celsius or 35.67 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 87%.​

Match Statistics

Sunderland was in firm control of the ball 62% while Middlesbrough was struggling with a 38% ball possession.

Sunderland was more aggressive with 54 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Sunderland won the match.

Sunderland shot 17 times, 6 on target, 11 off target. On the other side, Middlesbrough shot 13 times, 4 on target, 9 off target.


No yellow cards were issued to Sunderland. Talking about the opposition, Middlesbrough received 2 yellow cards (Jonathan Howson and Marcus Forss).

Also, Middlesbrough didn’t manage to end the match with 11 players after Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) was sent out after receiving a straight red card in the (49′).

After this match, Sunderland will have 38 points like Queens Park Rangers to stay in the 12th place. Regarding the opposition, Middlesbrough will stay with 42 points like Norwich City, Luton Town and Millwall to stay in the 5th place.

Match Events

  • 11'

    É. Michut

    Corry Evans

  • 16'

    Jonathan Howson

  • 49'

    Dael Fry

  • 50'

    Marcus Forss

  • 51'

    Ross Stewart

  • 51'

    Ross Stewart

    Ross Stewart

  • 52'

    Paddy McNair

    Matt Crooks

  • 65'

    Cameron Archer

    Marcus Forss

  • 70'

    Bailey Wright

    Aji Alese 

  • 81'

    A. Diallo

  • 82'

    A. Ba

    P. Roberts

  • 82'

    J. Bennette

    Jack Clarke

  • 83'

    Duncan Watmore

    Riley McGree

Next match

In the upcoming Championship match, Sunderland will play away with Rotherham United on the 28th of January with a 1-0 head to head statistic in favor of Sunderland (0 draws).

Middlesbrough will host Watford on the 28th of January with a 10-4 head to head statistic in favor of Watford (5 draws).

Sunderland: Formation and Lineups

Sunderland adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

The manager Tony Mowbray chose to play with the following team: Anthony Patterson (7.7), Trai Hume (7.6), Daniel Ballard (6.7), Danny Batth (7.1), Ajibola-Joshua Alese (7.3), Corry Evans (6.7), Daniel Neil (6.8), Patrick Roberts (7.9), Amad Diallo (7.1), Jack Clarke (6.5) and Ross Stewart (7.1).

Sunderland could not rely on the presence of Bailey Wright (injured).


Sunderland made 4 changes: Corry Evans for É. Michut (11′), Aji Alese  for Bailey Wright (70′), Jack Clarke for J. Bennette (81′) and P. Roberts for A. Ba (82′).

Top player: Patrick Roberts

The player who no doubt impressed Sunderland the most was Patrick Roberts even if he didn’t score any goal.

His rating is (7.9) with 53 passes (92% accurate) and 6 key passes. He was won 2 duels out of 7. He performed 6 crosses.

Middlesbrough: Formation and Lineups

Also Middlesbrough adopted the 4-2-3-1 line-up (4-2-3-1).

On the other side, Michael Carrick played with: Zack Steffen (6.9), Tommy Smith (6.8), Dael Fry (6.5), Darragh Lenihan (6.9), Ryan Giles (6.4), Jonathan Howson (6.7), Hayden Hackney (7.3), Marcus Forss (6.2), Chuba Akpom (6.4), Riley McGree (6.5) and Matt Crooks (7.0).


Middlesbrough made 3 changes: Matt Crooks for Paddy McNair (52′), Marcus Forss for Cameron Archer (65′) and Riley McGree for Duncan Watmore (83′).

Top player: Hayden Hackney

The player who no doubt impressed Middlesbrough the most was Hayden Hackney.

His rating is (7.3) with 48 passes (85% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 5 duels out of 9. He performed 3 crosses.

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