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September Update

Sunderland 2 - 1 Port Vale (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over Port Vale on a hard and bouncy surface in their npower League 2 game at The Stadium of Light. The match was certainly not one for the purists with neither side able to keep the errors out of their game.

Port Vale captain Danny Defty suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 19th minute on the clock. Then followed controversy as Sunderland were denied claims by midfielder Alexis Hurtado for a penalty.

Experienced striker Chris Inns then equalised for Port Vale in the 56th minute with a clever lob over the keeper from the edge of the area. Port Vale's Phil Burford received the red card for a professional foul with 92 minutes on the clock.

Sunderland's winner came through Alain Mahamat as he seized on David Hubert's mistake to score a real poacher's effort. Mahamat's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Chris Inns (Port Vale)

Attendance: 14,445

Wigan Athletic 1 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Wigan Athletic in their npower League 2 game at DW Stadium.

Young striker Ray Collins got Wigan Athletic off to a flyer by scoring a real poacher's effort after just one minute. Striker Tony Agus equalised for Sunderland after 44 minutes with a deftly executed finish.

Then followed controversy as Wigan Athletic were denied claims by full-back Muhammad Iqbal for a penalty.

Sunderland are currently on a seven match unbeaten run and lie in 2nd place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 6,591

Sunderland 3 - 1 Crawley Town (npower League 2)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 3 - 1 winners over Crawley Town at The Stadium of Light. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Sunderland's Tony Agus.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with an effort from the edge of the area in the 20th minute. Striker Daniel Rees then summed up his team's performance by nearly gifting Sunderland another goal on 45 minutes.

Agus added his 2nd goal of the game with a deftly executed finish on 67 minutes. An error from Crawley Town's Chris Lee allowed Agus to score an attempt which took a fortunate deflection. Despite a comfortable lead, Sunderland will be unhappy that strong centre-back Gonzalo dos Santos was sent off for a vicious foul on 75 minutes.

The last goal of the game came from midfielder Michael Olum whose 78th minute own-goal will undoubtedly cause him some embarrassment.

Sunderland are currently on an eight match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 12,136

Preston North End 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Lady luck smiled on Sunderland this afternoon as they somehow managed to snatch an unlikely 2 - 1 victory against Preston North End.

Midfielder Alexis Hurtado gave Sunderland the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 32nd minute. Striker Tony Agus doubled Sunderland's lead with a cleanly struck effort from close to goal on 57 minutes.

It was a superb solo effort and Agus looked delighted. An error from Sunderland's Russell Howard allowed young striker Mattone Morrison to score a smart diving header from close range.

Sunderland are currently on a nine match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 8,115

Sunderland 2 - 0 Reading (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 2 - 0 winners over Reading at The Stadium of Light.

Winger Matthieu Dumas got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a tap-in on 9 minutes. Enthusiastic centre-back Jonny Mellor finally rounded off their victory on 63 minutes with a close range effort.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: André Holmström (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,636

Another cracking month for us, hope it’s the way things will continue to be for the rest of the season, the biggest disappointment this month was Agus getting injured he’s out for 6 days, so its not so bad but he will miss a few games, already he has equalled his goal scoring tally in 8 games with the games v Preston I managed to win also the game v Reading, which also got the reading boss the sack. Next month will be a tough game with a couple of games against the other sides pushing for the top, but our 4 point lead and also a game against AFC Wimbledon it will be a tough month but we have a good start

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How did Sunderland slide down the leagues so badly?

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They rebounded between the Prem and The chmpionship. between 2014 and 2021 before settling in the championship, where they went 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th 11th then bottom for some reason, which resulted in a mass exodus, they finished 15th first year down, then 22nd, and thats where i came in :)

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Cracking work so far with The Mackams.

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October Update

Northampton Town 0 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Northampton Town succumbed to a 2 - 0 loss in this afternoon's npower League 2 clash at Sixfields Stadium.

Striker Thibaut Lambert got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a free kick from the edge of the area on 3 minutes. Lambert completed the scoring for Sunderland with a free kick on 71 minutes.

Sunderland have notched up four straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Thibaut Lambert (Sunderland)

Attendance: 3,250

Derby County 3 - 0 Sunderland (Johnstone's Paint Trophy N 2nd Rnd)

In an even game at Pride Park, Derby County came away with victory in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy North Second Round match.

Young centre-back Alex Patterson gave Derby County the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 19th minute. With Sunderland staring at defeat, there was controversy as Sunderland captain Kieron Daws then had a penalty shout turned down.

Young striker Neal Coyne doubled Derby County's lead with a real poacher's effort on 41 minutes. Striker Graham Lambert completed the rout with an accurate finish on 57 minutes.

Man of the Match: Danny Easton (Derby)

Attendance: 5,701

Sunderland 2 - 1 Tranmere Rovers (npower League 2)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Tranmere Rovers on a fine autumn afternoon at The Stadium of Light.

With the game nearing an end, it was Kieron Marsden who scored a shot which owed an assist to the woodwork to give Sunderland the lead on 84 minutes. The Sunderland fans might have been forgiven for thinking that their side would be happy with just the winner but the scoring wasn't over.

Centre-back Stipe Jarni ensured things went from bad to worse for Tranmere Rovers on 89 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal. Young striker Mick Bradley's 92nd minute strike proved the only consolation for Tranmere Rovers.

Sunderland have notched up five straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Daws (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,281

Sunderland 1 - 0 AFC Bournemouth (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 1 - 0 victory over AFC Bournemouth on a fine autumn afternoon in their npower League 2 game at The Stadium of Light.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with an accurate finish in the 38th minute.

Both teams had a number of attempts at goal, which promised much, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout.

Sunderland have notched up six straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Ollie Gill (Bournemouth)

Attendance: 14,363

AFC Wimbledon 0 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland were held to a draw by AFC Wimbledon in a close-fought npower League 2 match played at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow.

The match began in controversy with Sunderland seeing a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances. AFC Wimbledon also saw their 34th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Sunderland may well look back on the number of shots they took from long range and rue their decisions, as they often proved wasteful.

Sunderland are currently on a fourteen match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Darren Smith (Sunderland)

Attendance: 5,108

League after 15 games

1st Sunderland 37 Points

2nd Crewe 34 Points

3rd Wimbledon 30 Points

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4th Wigan 30 Points

5th Chelmsford 30 Points

6th Preston 24 Points

Another month goes by and remain unbeaten at the top of League two, the unbeaten streak in the league has to come to an end, we went out in the paint trophy to a side pushing for promotion to the Championship so im not majorly down about that, the league is the main priority as we should not be in the division and I want to spend only a single season here, already have a 7 point gap over the play-offs. But Crewe are pushing me hard for top spot but next month will be the decider as we play them come Christmas will be the critical point for us as I feel that will tell me if I have a chance of winning the league and not in october

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November Update

Sunderland 3 - 0 Eastleigh (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 0 winners over Eastleigh at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Full-back Paul McLeish showed a sign of things to come though as he nearly gifted Sunderland a goal on 11 minutes. Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a simple finish from close in in the 27th minute.

Eastleigh also saw their 66th minute strike questionably chalked off. Centre-back Darren Smith doubled Sunderland's lead with a freak goal on 75 minutes.

There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 84 minutes as that man Agus popped up again with an accurate finish.

Sunderland are currently on a sixteen match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,224

Crewe Alexandra 2 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Crewe Alexandra in their npower League 2 game at The Alexandra Stadium.

Young striker Kieron Marsden got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a shot from the edge of the area on 5 minutes. Striker Augusto Paulo then equalised for Crewe Alexandra in the 21st minute with a tidy finish.

Marsden then added his 2nd goal of the game with a fierce effort from eighteen yards out on 41 minutes. Midfielder Ourdy Kaluyituka equalised for Crewe Alexandra after 67 minutes with a placed shot from the edge of the area which hit the inside of the post before crossing the line.

Sunderland are currently on a seventeen match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,571

AFC Wimbledon 1 - 2 Sunderland (FA Cup 1st Rnd)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against AFC Wimbledon on a fine autumn afternoon at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

AFC Wimbledon captain Joe Moore gave AFC Wimbledon the lead with an accurate finish from inside the penalty area in the 21st minute. Striker Tony Agus then equalised for Sunderland in the 30th minute with a tame effort from close to goal.

Midfielder Ben Oxley showed a sign of things to come though as he nearly gifted Sunderland a goal on 41 minutes. Things turned sour for AFC Wimbledon when striker Ray Barratt earned himself an early bath for persistent fouling on 66 minutes.

Agus scored what proved to be the winner on 68 minutes with a real poacher's effort. With AFC Wimbledon staring at defeat, there was controversy as young full-back Duncan Wiltshire then had a penalty shout turned down.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,086

York City 2 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland fans will have been frustrated by their side's 2 - 2 draw with York City at The York Community Stadium.

Striker Daniel Perry got York City off to a flyer by scoring a finish tucked away with consummate ease after just one minute. Striker Thibaut Lambert then equalised for Sunderland in the 34th minute with a poorly struck effort from inside the penalty area.

Striker Tony Agus then put Sunderland in front after 50 minutes with a close range finish which was timed impeccably. Striker Grant Barratt equalised for York City after 73 minutes with a real poacher's effort.

Sunderland are currently on an eighteen match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Daniel Perry (York)

Attendance: 3,285

League after 18 games

1st Sunderland 42 Points

2nd Crewe 39 Points

3rd Chelmsford 39 Points

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4th Wimbledon 34 Points

5th Wigan 34 Points

6th Morecambe 32 Points

It was another good month, 5 points from 9 is a decent return, I would have liked to have got more points in the top of the table clash with Crewe and I deserved more from the game with York I don’t know how it finished two all, still unbeaten so far this season is good enough though I suppose, still happy with Agus’s return of 14 goals in 15 games for me so far this season he’s second in the scoring charts behind a crewe striker who I turned down because he offered nothing but pace. Still don’t regret it other than crewe would have lost their top scorer.

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December Update

Accrington Stanley 1 - 2 Sunderland (FA Cup 2nd Rnd)

Lady luck smiled on Sunderland this afternoon as they somehow managed to snatch an unlikely 2 - 1 victory against Accrington Stanley. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a placed shot in the 23rd minute. With Accrington Stanley staring at defeat, there was controversy as midfielder Cristian Conte then had a penalty shout turned down.

Accrington Stanley also saw their 52nd minute strike questionably chalked off. Striker Afolabi Coles then equalised for Accrington Stanley in the 64th minute with an effort from the edge of the area.

Agus clinched the winner on 88 minutes with a real poacher's effort. Agus' impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

With Accrington Stanley staring at defeat, there was controversy as striker Conor Almond then had a penalty shout turned down.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,791

Sunderland 3 - 1 Notts County (npower League 2)

A sturdy defence and a battling midfield display were the foundations upon which Sunderland built their 3 - 1 victory over Notts County this afternoon.

Striker Tony Agus got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring an accurate finish on 7 minutes. Young winger Russell Howard doubled Sunderland's lead with a real poacher's effort on 11 minutes.

Lambert scored with a real poacher's effort in the 34th minute to extend the lead further. Notts County also saw their 50th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Experienced striker Curtis Meenan pulled one back for Notts County after 59 minutes with a tidy finish. With Notts County staring at defeat, there was controversy as Meenan then had a penalty shout turned down.

Notts County were nearly gifted a goal on 86 minutes through Darren Smith's lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them.

Sunderland are currently on a nineteen match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Russell Howard (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,465

Hereford United 2 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

After a 2 - 2 draw at Edgar Street against Sunderland, a key member of the Hereford United side claimed that his team were fortunate to escape from this npower League 2 fixture with a draw.

Attacking full back James Horne got Hereford United off to a flyer by scoring a lucky strike on 4 minutes. Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland as striker Tony Agus missed from the penalty spot on the 11 minute mark.

Striker Dale Miller doubled Hereford United's lead with a free kick from the edge of the area on 14 minutes. An error from Hereford United's Dale Miller allowed Agus to score a fierce shot. With time rapidly running out however, young striker Kieron Marsden then scored a deftly executed finish to equalise for Sunderland.

Better late than never for Sunderland and the fans were clearly delighted with Marsden's impact.

Sunderland are currently on a twenty match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,501

Sunderland 1 - 0 Woking (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 1 - 0 victory over Woking on a fine afternoon in their npower League 2 game at The Stadium of Light. The match was certainly not one for the purists with neither side able to keep the errors out of their game.

Sunderland's winner came through Tony Agus as he seized on Andre Musungu's mistake to score a penalty. Woking were nearly gifted a goal on 64 minutes through Erwann Le Garrec's lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them.

Sunderland may well look back on the number of shots they took from long range and rue their decisions, as they often proved wasteful.

Sunderland are currently on a twenty-one match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Daws (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,227

Portsmouth 0 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland were held to a draw by Portsmouth in a close-fought npower League 2 match played at Fratton Park.

The first incident of note was on 59 minutes as Sunderland were denied claims by Jonny Mellor for a penalty.

Both teams had a number of attempts at goal, which promised much, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout.

Sunderland are currently on a twenty-two match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Jimmy Sayer (Portsmouth)

Attendance: 5,973

Sunderland 2 - 3 Chelmsford City (npower League 2)

After appearing to just have the edge in this hard-fought battle, Sunderland's players and fans will be very disappointed to have lost 3 - 2 to a Chelmsford City team they consider to be their equal. A brace from Stewart Sayer helped Chelmsford to victory.

Journeyman striker Stewart Sayer gave Chelmsford City the lead with a well executed finish in the 12th minute. Benbow had no trouble in scoring from the spot when Mendy conceded a penalty. An error from Chelmsford City's Danny Sinclair allowed striker Tony Agus to score a real poacher's effort. Agus equalised for Sunderland in the 69th minute with an accurate finish.

Sayer scored what proved to be the winner on 78 minutes with a good header from just inside the six-yard box.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,230

League after 23 games

1st Sunderland 50 Points

2nd Crewe 49 Points (1 game in hand)

3rd Chelmsford 47 Points

4th Wimbldon 46 Points

5th Morecambe 42 Points

Not such a good month for me only two wins from five is disappointing, we need to get back to winning ways, as Crewe will remove me from my top spot if they win their game in hand but im happy I survived to new year before losing a game, if we can do it again to the end of the season ill be happy, my first aim is a play-off spot. Then im going to work from there

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This would make me so confused in real life, hope you win it and Crewe come second!

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Interesting to see a few old Prem teams struggling down there. Looks like you wont be for long though.

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Close race at the top, should at least go up.

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This would make me so confused in real life, hope you win it and Crewe come second!

I hope your right

Interesting to see a few old Prem teams struggling down there. Looks like you wont be for long though.

Hope your right, but i should manage to get out first time

Close race at the top, should at least go up.

hope we should

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January Update

Sunderland 3 - 0 Gateshead (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 0 winners over Gateshead at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a fierce shot in the 17th minute. Young striker Kieron Marsden doubled Sunderland's lead with a simple finish from close in on 29 minutes.

There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 41 minutes as that man Agus popped up again with a placed shot. Agus then had a chance to score from the penalty spot on the 53 minute mark but missed his spot-kick.

Sunderland have climbed above Crewe to 1st in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 12,202

Sunderland 3 - 0 Aldershot Town (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 0 winners over Aldershot Town at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Kieron Marsden helped Sunderland to victory.

Young striker Kieron Marsden got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a well timed close range finish on 5 minutes. Striker Tony Agus doubled Sunderland's lead with a header on 13 minutes.

There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 85 minutes as that man Marsden popped up again with a well timed close range finish. Despite a comfortable lead, Sunderland will be unhappy that defensive midfielder Alain Mahamat was sent off for persistent fouling on 92 minutes.

Man of the Match: André Holmström (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,085

Morecambe 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Morecambe on a fine evening at The Globe Arena.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor gave Sunderland the lead with a fine header from point-blank range in the 24th minute. Centre-back Aymen Mathlouthi doubled Sunderland's lead with a well timed finish from close range on 55 minutes.

Striker Kieran Hussey's 74th minute strike proved the only consolation for Morecambe.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,396

Sunderland 1 - 5 Huddersfield Town (FA Cup 3rd Rnd)

Sunderland didn't produce any surprises as they were heavily beaten by Huddersfield Town. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Huddersfield's Lasse Saarinen.

The match began in controversial circumstances as Huddersfield Town were denied claims by Miran Kovacic for a penalty. Experienced striker Lasse Saarinen gave Huddersfield Town the lead with a deftly executed finish in the 21st minute.

Striker Claude Koné then equalised for Sunderland in the 30th minute with a powerful effort. Saarinen then added his 2nd goal of the game with a simple finish from close in on 39 minutes.

Owusu scored with an accurate finish in the 45th minute to extend the lead further. Saarinen added his 3rd goal of the game with a tidy finish on 77 minutes.

Striker Jason Webster completed the rout with a placed shot on 88 minutes.

Man of the Match: Lasse Saarinen (Huddersfield)

Attendance: 32,610

Cambridge United 0 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Cambridge United in their npower League 2 game at Cambridge Stadium.

Sunderland were carved open a number of times but despite the ability of their opponents to create chances, they struggled to put them away.

Sunderland are currently on a four match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Russell Scott (Cambridge)

Attendance: 3,120

Sunderland 1 - 1 Yeovil Town (npower League 2)

Sunderland were held to a draw by Yeovil Town in a close-fought npower League 2 match played at The Stadium of Light.

Young striker Steve Marlow got Yeovil Town off to a flyer by scoring a screamer from the edge of the area on 9 minutes. Striker Claude Koné equalised for Sunderland after 77 minutes with a free kick.

Sunderland are currently on a five match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Steve Marlow (Yeovil)

Attendance: 14,257

Table after 28 games

1st Sunderland 61 Points

2nd Crewe 58 Points

3rd Wimbledon 55 Points

4th Morecambe 54 Points

5th Chelmsford 53 Points

6th Leyton Orient 46 Points

Another unbeaten month in the league makes me think a record number of points season awaits, we need to be more deadly in front of goal, turn more of the draws into wins, last couple of matches I think we missed a few players I gave breaks too as they were jaded and needed a rest, The fa cup tie was disappointing but we went out to a mid-table championship side who were simply miles ahead of us with quality, it means no more cups we can concentrate fully on the league.

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February Update

Port Vale 0 - 4 Sunderland (npower League 2)

A close-fought game at Vale Park ended in a one-sided result as Sunderland defeated Port Vale 4 - 0. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Sunderland's Thibaut Lambert.

Striker Thibaut Lambert gave Sunderland the lead with a tap-in in the 32nd minute. Winger Nigel Welch then summed up his team's performance by nearly gifting Sunderland another goal on 46 minutes.

An error from Port Vale's Mick Burke allowed Lambert to score a clever lob over the keeper from the edge of the area. Lambert added his 3rd goal of the game with a powerful effort on 60 minutes.

An error from Port Vale's Danny Defty allowed young striker Kieron Marsden to score a good header from just inside the six-yard box.

Sunderland are currently on a six match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Thibaut Lambert (Sunderland)

Attendance: 3,130

Sunderland 3 - 1 Wigan Athletic (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 1 winners over Wigan Athletic at The Stadium of Light.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor gave Sunderland the lead with a fine header from point-blank range in the 11th minute. Striker Jon Lampkin then equalised for Wigan Athletic in the 26th minute with a placed shot.

Striker Tony Agus put Sunderland in front in the 34th minute with a well struck shot from inside the box which made sure. Young striker Kieron Marsden completed the scoring for Sunderland with a real poacher's effort on 56 minutes.

Sunderland are currently on a seven match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,723

Crawley Town 1 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 2)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 3 - 1 winners over Crawley Town at Broadfield Stadium.

Young striker Kieron Marsden gave Sunderland the lead with a well struck effort in the 26th minute. An error from Crawley Town's Phil Martin allowed midfielder Danny Wilkin to score a cleanly struck effort from close to goal. Experienced striker Daniel Rees then summed up his team's performance by nearly gifting Sunderland another goal on 45 minutes.

Agus was able to keep his composure to score from the spot after Wallace gave away a penalty. Young striker Dayle Lee pulled one back for Crawley Town after 88 minutes with a cleanly struck effort from close to goal.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 1,742

Sunderland 1 - 2 Preston North End (npower League 2)

Preston North End battled their way to a 2 - 1 victory in this evenly-matched contest between two hard-working teams.

Striker Freddy Wright gave Preston North End the lead with an incisive finish in the 51st minute. Young striker Martin Sarcevic doubled Preston North End's lead with a free kick from the edge of the area on 76 minutes.

Striker Thibaut Lambert's 80th minute strike proved the only consolation for Sunderland.

Man of the Match: Freddy Wright (Preston)

Attendance: 12,766

Sunderland 2 - 0 Northampton Town (npower League 2)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 2 - 0 winners over Northampton Town at The Stadium of Light.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor gave Sunderland the lead with a close range effort in the 17th minute. An error from Northampton Town's Scott Gardiner allowed striker Thibaut Lambert to score an incisive finish.

Man of the Match: André Holmström (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,282

League table after 33 games

1st Sunderland 73 Points

2nd Morecambe 67 Points

3rd Crewe 65 Points (1 game in hand)

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4th Wimbledon 63 Points

5th Chelmsford 58 Points

Well Preston ruined a brilliant month, we moved on and became the comfortable leaders in the league, we should not only get promoted we should win the league; we have gathered a 6 point lead over second place. And a ten point lead over fourth, this is it we now just need to get a good run, and finish off the promotion, if I’m still top at the end of March I’m going to start planning for next season in league two, begin replacing the staff. The worst part wasn’t losing to Preston is was our top scorer Agus getting injured he’s torn his groin which won’t help his goal tally which currently stands at 24 goals

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Some great results there, you've got a nice bumper in the automatic places now.

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March Update

Tranmere Rovers 1 - 4 Sunderland (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 4 - 1 winners over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

Striker Thibaut Lambert gave Sunderland the lead with a powerful long range strike in the 35th minute. Striker Tony Agus doubled Sunderland's lead with a close range effort on 54 minutes.

Striker Warren Sutch gave the Tranmere Rovers fans a glimmer of hope after 71 minutes with an accurate finish. Marsden scored with a well timed finish from close range in the 80th minute to extend the lead further.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor completed the rout with a header on 82 minutes.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,706

AFC Bournemouth 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over AFC Bournemouth on a fine spring evening in their npower League 2 game at Dean Court.

Young striker Kieron Marsden gave Sunderland the lead with a well struck effort in the 16th minute. Young midfielder Daniel Fenwick then summed up his team's performance by nearly gifting Sunderland another goal on 49 minutes.

Midfielder Michael O'Neill then equalised for AFC Bournemouth in the 59th minute with a smart diving header from close range. Striker Tony Agus then clinched a late winner on 86 minutes with an accurate finish.

Agus' impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Darren Smith (Bournemouth)

Attendance: 3,386

Sunderland 2 - 1 AFC Wimbledon (npower League 2)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against AFC Wimbledon on a fine spring afternoon at The Stadium of Light.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a good diving header from close range on 5 minutes. Veteran striker Ovidiu Oprea then equalised for AFC Wimbledon in the 49th minute with a header.

Centre-back Darren Smith scored what proved to be the winner on 75 minutes with a lucky strike. AFC Wimbledon were nearly gifted a goal on 79 minutes through Darren Smith's lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them.

Sunderland have notched up four straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Jonathan Ludlam (AFC Wimbledon)

Attendance: 17,231

Reading 0 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 2)

A sturdy defence and a battling midfield display were the foundations upon which Sunderland built their 3 - 0 victory over Reading this evening. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Young striker Kieron Marsden gave Sunderland the lead with a well executed finish in the 21st minute. Agus had no trouble in scoring from the spot when Muldoon conceded a penalty. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 84 minutes as that man Agus popped up again with a fierce shot which went in off the post.

It was a superb solo effort and Agus looked delighted.

Sunderland have notched up five straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 7,817

Sunderland 2 - 2 Crewe Alexandra (npower League 2)

After a 2 - 2 draw at The Stadium of Light against Sunderland, a key member of the Crewe Alexandra side claimed that his team were fortunate to escape from this npower League 2 fixture with a draw.

Midfielder Ourdy Kaluyituka gave Crewe Alexandra the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 11th minute. Young striker Kieron Marsden then equalised for Sunderland in the 73rd minute with a real poacher's effort.

Striker Tony Agus put Sunderland in front in the 75th minute with a deftly executed finish. With time rapidly running out however, young striker Gavin Grimshaw then scored a well timed close range finish to equalise for Crewe Alexandra.

Better late than never for Crewe Alexandra and the fans were clearly delighted with Grimshaw's impact.

Sunderland are currently on a seven match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,689

Eastleigh 0 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Eastleigh on a fine spring afternoon at Eastleigh Stadium.

Young striker Kieron Marsden gave Sunderland the lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably in the 72nd minute.

Sunderland were often prevented from playing as they wanted to due to the number of fouls committed by their enthusiastic opponents.

Sunderland are currently on an eight match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Gonzalo dos Santos (Sunderland)

Attendance: 676

Table after 40 games:

1st Sunderland 90 Points

2nd Crewe 79 Points

3rd Morecambe 77 Points

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4th Chelmsford 76 Points

5th Wimbledon 73 Points

An awesome month for me as we took a major step towards promotion with the past month my aim is to break the 105 point mark we got under Reid, and with 6 games left I can do it providing I drop no more points, its going to be a struggle after Agus tore his groin muscle and will be out for the remainder of the season, but he looks like he will finish top scorer, with the 30 league goals but the considering there is only one league game in may there will be one update for the rest of the season next.

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Walking the league in the end.

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End of Season Update

Notts County 0 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 2 - 0 winners over Notts County at Meadow Lane.

Centre-back Malvern Nyamandwe showed a sign of things to come though as he nearly gifted Sunderland a goal on 51 minutes. With the game nearing an end, it was Alexis Hurtado who scored an effort from the edge of the area to give Sunderland the lead on 84 minutes.

The Sunderland fans might have been forgiven for thinking that their side would be happy with just the winner but the scoring wasn't over. Young striker Kieron Marsden finally rounded off their victory on 91 minutes with a tidy finish.

Sunderland are currently on a nine match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Alexis Hurtado (Sunderland)

Attendance: 3,306

Sunderland 2 - 1 York City (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over York City on a fine spring afternoon in their npower League 2 game at The Stadium of Light.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor gave Sunderland the lead with a well timed finish from close range in the 19th minute. With York City staring at defeat, there was controversy as midfielder Reece Hackney then had a penalty shout turned down.

Sunderland captain Kieron Daws doubled Sunderland's lead with a shot from the edge of the area on 38 minutes. Experienced centre-back George Phelan's 65th minute strike proved the only consolation for York City.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and, with the end of the season now in sight, lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Alexis Hurtado (Sunderland)

Attendance: 14,568

Sunderland 1 - 0 Hereford United (npower League 2)

Sunderland taught Hereford United a lesson at The Stadium of Light this afternoon.

Sunderland's winner came through Perry Hearn as he seized on Nicky McArdle's mistake to score a deftly executed finish.

Sunderland had a number of attempts at goal but their profligacy meant they didn't score as many as they maybe would have liked.

Sunderland have notched up four straight wins and, with the end of the season now in sight, lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Perry Hearn (Sunderland)

Attendance: 11,921

Woking 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over Woking on a fine spring afternoon in their npower League 2 game at Kingfield Stadium.

Centre-back Aymen Mathlouthi gave Sunderland the lead with a close range header in the 11th minute. Young striker Kieron Marsden doubled Sunderland's lead with a deftly executed finish on 15 minutes.

Midfielder Graham Vernon's 88th minute strike proved the only consolation for Woking.

Sunderland have notched up five straight wins and, with the end of the season now in sight, lie in 1st place in the npower League 2.

Man of the Match: Kieron Daws (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,317

Chelmsford City 0 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 2)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 1 - 0 victory over Chelmsford City on a fine spring afternoon in their npower League 2 game at Chelmsford Stadium.

Sunderland finally took the lead when centre-back Darren Smith scored a close range finish which was timed impeccably on 76 minutes. With Chelmsford City staring at defeat, there was controversy as experienced striker Anthony Sheringham then had a penalty shout turned down.

Sunderland were often prevented from playing as they wanted to due to the number of fouls committed by their enthusiastic opponents.

Legendary manager Andrew Bell joined Sunderland in July 2030 and has been in charge for 10 months.

Man of the Match: Darren Smith (Sunderland)

Attendance: 3,269

Well the target was reached and I signed a new one year contract, I wanted more but the board were only prepared to offer me 1 additional year, need to decide tactically my approach for next year as it will dictate my targets, Ive had success with both a 4-4-2 and a 4-1-2-3 this season so its tough im tempted to go for both and have wingers who are versatile, anyway we got the 105 points target I set for us around Christmas and we managed to just get it despite the defeat to Pompy, Acidburn will be happy to see Crewe promoted too. But onwards and upwards we go

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Pre Season Update

Clyde 2 - 5 Sunderland (Friendly)

An efficient performance by Sunderland's players saw them confidently overcome a lacklustre Clyde 5 - 2 at Broadwood Stadium.

Young midfielder Bryan Allison showed a sign of things to come though as he nearly gifted Sunderland a goal on 16 minutes. Experienced striker Richard van Wanrooy gave Clyde the lead with a shot from the edge of the area in the 25th minute.

Young striker Perry Hearn then equalised for Sunderland in the 27th minute with a shot from the edge of the area. Van Wanrooy then added his 2nd goal of the game with a deftly executed finish on 37 minutes.

Sunderland's equaliser came through Jonny Mellor as he seized on Darryl Jones' mistake to score a well timed finish from close range. Striker Tony Agus then put Sunderland in front after 77 minutes with a real poacher's effort.

Midfielder Michael Olum then added to the lead with a tap-in on 84 minutes. The last goal of the game came from experienced goalkeeper Darryl Jones whose 91st minute own-goal will undoubtedly cause him some embarrassment.

Man of the Match: Richard van Wanrooy (Clyde)

Attendance: 1,850

Sunderland 1 - 0 Gillingham (Friendly)

In a surprise result, Sunderland overcame Gillingham at The Stadium of Light 1 - 0.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 30th minute. Centre-back Louis Hancock then summed up his team's performance by nearly gifting Sunderland another goal on 82 minutes.

Both teams had a number of attempts at goal, which promised much, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout.

Man of the Match: Danny Wilkin (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,166

Eastwood Town 1 - 0 Sunderland (Friendly)

Sunderland's players and fans came away highly disappointed from their 1 - 0 defeat at the hands of Eastwood Town.

Young goalkeeper Erwann Le Garrec was left red-faced in the 58th minute as he managed to put the ball into his own net.

Sunderland had a number of attempts at goal but their profligacy meant they didn't score as many as they maybe would have liked.

Man of the Match: Luke Draycott (Eastwood)

Attendance: 1,799

Dartford 3 - 2 Sunderland (Friendly)

Sunderland left the field to a chorus of boos after a dismal performance in their 3 - 2 defeat against Dartford. A brace from Steve Hack helped Dartford to victory.

Owona had no trouble in scoring from the spot when Shore conceded a penalty. An error from Dartford's Kevin Hutchinson allowed young striker Perry Hearn to score a simple finish from close in. Centre-back Steve Hack pulled one back for Dartford after 64 minutes with a fine header from point-blank range.

Young winger Gareth New then equalised for Dartford in the 82nd minute with a real poacher's effort. Hack clinched the winner on 88 minutes with a smart diving header from close range.

Hack's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Man of the Match: Steve Hack (Dartford)

Attendance: 1,416

Only a quick thing we struggled in pre-season whilst new training kicked in, ive switched back to 4-4-2 aswell due the signing of a couple of good wingers, a few additions to defense and also the front line im looking to sign last seasons league 1 top scorer but he doesn’t seem to want to sign for me any tips to change his mind?

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August Update

Carlisle United 1 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

After a 1 - 1 draw at Brunton Park against Sunderland, a key member of the Carlisle United side claimed that his team were fortunate to escape from this npower League 1 fixture with a draw.

Experienced striker Axel Rantanen gave Carlisle United the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 45th minute. Striker David McDonald equalised for Sunderland after 60 minutes with a finish tucked away with consummate ease.

Man of the Match: Rick Dillon (Sunderland)

Attendance: 10,452

Sunderland 2 - 1 Sheffield United (League Cup 1st Rnd)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Sheffield United on a fine summer's evening at The Stadium of Light.

Striker David McDonald gave Sunderland the lead with a well timed finish from close range in the 12th minute. Sheffield United also saw their 27th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor doubled Sunderland's lead with a simple finish from close in on 65 minutes. Journeyman striker Martin Brown's 72nd minute strike proved the only consolation for Sheffield United.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 8,509

Sunderland 1 - 4 Cheltenham Town (npower League 1)

Despite having the better of the match at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland were unable to profit as they went down to Cheltenham Town. The greater incisiveness of the victors resulted in a comfortable 4 - 1 scoreline against Sunderland, who failed to turn their superior possession into goals. The match was certainly not one for the purists with neither side able to keep the errors out of their game.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 14th minute on the clock. Striker Alan Priest doubled Cheltenham Town's lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably on 49 minutes.

Young winger John Daly was left red-faced in the 69th minute as he managed to put the ball into his own net. Young full-back Thomas Nekos compounded the misery for Sunderland on 78 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 84 minutes as that man Priest popped up again with a deftly executed finish.

Man of the Match: Alan Priest (Cheltenham)

Attendance: 16,668

Peterborough United 1 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Peterborough United in their npower League 1 game at London Road.

Winger Curtis Fairgreave got Peterborough United off to a flyer by scoring an accurate finish from inside the penalty area after just one minute. Peterborough United also saw their 33rd minute strike questionably chalked off.

Young striker Kieron Marsden equalised for Sunderland after 84 minutes with a simple finish from close in.

Sunderland currently occupy 22nd place in the npower League 1, although only one point separates them from Southend who lie just outside the drop zone.

Man of the Match: Curtis Fairgreave (Peterborough)

Attendance: 6,819

Sunderland 4 - 1 Southend United (npower League 1)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 4 - 1 winners over Southend United at The Stadium of Light. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Sunderland's Tony Agus.

Young midfielder Brian Berry gave Southend United the lead with a well struck effort in the 24th minute. Striker David McDonald then equalised for Sunderland in the 43rd minute with an incisive finish.

An error from Southend United's Gareth Sellars allowed striker Tony Agus to score a placed shot. Sunderland also saw their 71st minute strike questionably chalked off.

Agus added his 2nd goal of the game with a deftly executed finish on 81 minutes. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 92 minutes as that man Agus popped up again with a well struck effort.

It was a superb solo effort and Agus looked delighted.

Sunderland are currently 15th in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 16,053

Sunderland 3 - 4 Colchester United (League Cup 2nd Rnd)

Sunderland battled away against Colchester United and looked very impressive despite their unlucky 4 - 3 (lost after extra time) defeat.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a deftly executed finish in the 15th minute. An error from Colchester United's Deividas Sidlauskas allowed Agus to score a close range finish which was timed impeccably. Centre-back Victor Ogbu pulled one back for Colchester United after 45 minutes with a firm diving header from inside the six-yard box.

Agus added his 3rd goal of the game with an accurate finish on 46 minutes. Young midfielder Denis Hamidovic pulled one back for Colchester United after 73 minutes with a real poacher's effort.

Colchester captain Alan Clitheroe then equalised for Colchester United in the 92nd minute with a real poacher's effort. Better late than never for Colchester United and the fans were clearly delighted with Clitheroe's impact.

Striker Craig Kamara then clinched a late winner on 99 minutes with a close range effort.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 8,082

Exeter City 4 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 1)

In a surprisingly one-sided encounter at St. James Park, Exeter City defeated Sunderland 4 - 0. A brace from Chris Freeman helped Exeter to victory.

Exeter City finally took the lead when striker Nathaniel Davy scored a shot from the edge of the area on 46 minutes. Midfielder Dean Millward doubled Exeter City's lead with a close range effort on 60 minutes.

Freeman scored with a real poacher's effort in the 65th minute to extend the lead further. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 82 minutes as that man Freeman popped up again with a deftly executed finish.

Sunderland are currently 17th in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Chris Freeman (Exeter)

Attendance: 7,104

A hit and miss month for us as we only picked up 5 points at lease we managed to get the first win on the board, we don’t seem to good when we play with a 4-4-2 formation so far I’m considering a permanent switch to 4-1-2-3 for now, the midfield seems decent enough the defence is killing me the keeper in particular Le Garrec has been shocking so far, I cant believe how unlucky we were against Cheltenham it was own goal central I was pleased with our performance against sheff united who are favourites for the title, we need to pick our performances up of the next few games or we will be suck at the bottom flirting with relegation.

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Well done on going up as Champions and Crewe went up as well. Not a great start but surely you will be aiming for the play-off's?

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Well done on going up as Champions and Crewe went up as well. Not a great start but surely you will be aiming for the play-off's?

The board want only avoid relegation so that's the plan seriously think I need a keeper but going to leave le garrec in for one more year see how he does

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September Update

Doncaster Rovers 3 - 2 Sunderland (Johnstone's Paint Trophy N 1st Rnd)

A fine summer's evening at The Keepmoat Stadium saw Doncaster Rovers come out on top against a surprisingly lacklustre Sunderland side. A brace from Mitch Ryan helped Doncaster to victory.

Things did not get off to a good start for Doncaster Rovers as striker Tony Agus seized on an error by Simon Kelly to score a weak close range effort. Striker Mitch Ryan then equalised for Doncaster Rovers in the 21st minute with a deftly executed finish.

Ryan was able to keep his composure to score from the spot after Villareal gave away a penalty. Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland as full-back Boy Villareal earned himself an early bath for persistent fouling on 59 minutes.

Sunderland also saw their 69th minute strike questionably chalked off. Forsyth scored with a deftly executed finish in the 76th minute to extend the lead further.

Agus reduced Sunderland's deficit on 79 minutes with a placed shot from close range but it was merely consolation.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,274

Sunderland 3 - 1 Luton Town (npower League 1)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 3 - 1 winners over Luton Town at The Stadium of Light.

Things did not get off to a good start for Luton Town as striker Tony Agus seized on an error by Warren Salm to score a tidy finish. Striker David McDonald doubled Sunderland's lead with a close range effort on 32 minutes.

Journeyman midfielder Craig Ritchie pulled one back for Luton Town after 58 minutes with a real poacher's effort. Centre-back Jonny Mellor completed the scoring for Sunderland with a close range header on 89 minutes.

Sunderland are currently 14th in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 16,708

Swindon Town 1 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Swindon Town in their npower League 1 game at The County Ground.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a placed shot in the 46th minute. Swindon Town's equaliser came through John Williams as he seized on Danny Wilkin's mistake to score a penalty.

Sunderland are currently 14th in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 7,607

Sunderland 3 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (npower League 1)

A sturdy defence and a battling midfield display were the foundations upon which Sunderland built their 3 - 0 victory over Plymouth Argyle this afternoon.

Goalkeeper Prince Mohammed suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 14th minute on the clock. Plymouth captain Matt King ensured things went from bad to worse for Plymouth Argyle on 18 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal.

Striker Tony Agus completed the rout with a tap-in on 68 minutes. Plymouth Argyle also saw their 72nd minute strike questionably chalked off.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 7th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 16,875

Sunderland 1 - 2 Sheffield United (npower League 1)

After appearing to just have the edge in this hard-fought battle, Sunderland's players and fans will be very disappointed to have lost 2 - 1 to a Sheffield United team they consider to be their equal.

Journeyman striker Donald Laing gave Sheffield United the lead with a tidy finish in the 56th minute. Young striker Joe McCready then equalised for Sunderland in the 57th minute with a placed shot.

Then followed controversy as Sheffield United were denied claims by midfielder Martin Ridley for a penalty. Experienced striker Bryan Tonge scored what proved to be the winner on 69 minutes with a tap-in.

Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 13th in the npower League 1 table.

Man of the Match: Joe McCready (Sunderland)

Attendance: 19,626

Well it was a much better month for us than last month, the change of keeper after the Johnstone paint trophy to 17 year old Matty Porter seemed to do the trick as we ran through the following 3 games unbeaten and the young keeper even denied Plymouth picking up his first clean sheet we were unlucky against Sheff United we should have got ourselves at least a point, Agus is as clinical as ever as he has notched 7 goals in his 8 league games, just got to find a partner for him

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October Update

Fleetwood Town 1 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 1)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 1 winners over Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium.

Striker Tony Agus got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a real poacher's effort on 4 minutes. Young striker Stewart Tooth then equalised for Fleetwood Town in the 6th minute with a placed shot from close range.

Then followed controversy as Fleetwood Town were denied claims by centre-back Ollie Wild for a penalty. Winger Osvaldo Bonaiuti then put Sunderland in front after 45 minutes with a header.

Midfielder Russell Woodburn completed the scoring for Sunderland with a well timed close range finish on 46 minutes.

Sunderland have been performing above expectations in the npower League 1 so far this season and find themselves in 8th place.

Man of the Match: Christian Prout (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,113

Sunderland 0 - 2 Millwall (npower League 1)

Millwall enjoyed a comfortable 2 - 0 victory over Sunderland. The win was deserved for Millwall who turned their superiority into goals in the npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light.

The first incident of note was on 21 minutes as Millwall were denied claims by Mick Hibbert for a penalty. Striker Darren Black gave Millwall the lead with a deftly executed finish in the 24th minute.

Sunderland also saw their 56th minute strike questionably chalked off. An error from Sunderland's André Holmström allowed Black to score a deftly executed finish from close range.

Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 13th in the npower League 1 table.

Man of the Match: Darren Black (Millwall)

Attendance: 16,708

Rochdale 0 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Rochdale on a fine autumn afternoon at Spotland.

Midfielder Danny Wilkin gave Sunderland the lead with a well struck effort from the edge of the box in the 42nd minute.

Sunderland may well look back on the number of shots they took from long range and rue their decisions, as they often proved wasteful.

Sunderland have been performing above expectations in the npower League 1 so far this season and find themselves in 12th place.

Man of the Match: Dan Massey (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,228

Morecambe 2 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A fine autumn evening at The Globe Arena saw Morecambe come out on top against a surprisingly lacklustre Sunderland side.

Midfielder Kieran Sherlock gave Morecambe the lead with a deftly executed finish in the 27th minute. Midfielder Russell Woodburn then equalised for Sunderland in the 61st minute with a free kick from the edge of the area.

Striker Kieran Hussey then clinched a late winner on 87 minutes with a real poacher's effort. Hussey's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 9th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Kieran Hussey (Morecambe)

Attendance: 6,384

So a good month for me if I say so, we only lost to the sides in 1st, 3rd and 5th so im happy with that, my aim maintains to stay in the division even with two major setbacks as Agus bows out for 5 weeks with broken ribs (3 remaining) and also a injury to McCready means he missed a couple of games too. On the goalkeeping front it’s a major difference, Le Garrec conceded 11 goals in 5 league games and his replacement 17 year old Porter has also conceded 11 goals but in twice as many games, I think as he’s rated at 4.5 star I think ill stick by him this season as my new number one as its going well

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November Update

Sunderland 3 - 1 Crewe Alexandra (npower League 1)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 1 winners over Crewe Alexandra at The Stadium of Light.

The first incident of note was on 21 minutes as Sunderland were denied claims by Christian Prout for a penalty. Young centre-back Christopher Bracewell suffered the ignominy of scoring a calamitous own goal in the 31st minute on the clock. Prout added another with a curling shot from the edge of the area in the 45th minute.

Sitóe was able to keep his composure to score from the spot after Villareal gave away a penalty. Bonaiuti had no trouble in scoring from the spot when Hadley conceded a penalty.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 9th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 17,173

AFC Wimbledon 2 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A fine autumn afternoon at The Fans' Stadium - Kingsmeadow saw AFC Wimbledon come out on top against a surprisingly lacklustre Sunderland side. A brace from Ramon Verbeek helped AFC Wimbledon to victory.

Young striker Ramon Verbeek got AFC Wimbledon off to a flyer by scoring a tidy finish on 4 minutes. Verbeek added his 2nd goal of the game with a header on 19 minutes.

Young striker Joe McCready's 27th minute strike proved the only consolation for Sunderland.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 9th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Ramon Verbeek (AFC Wimbledon)

Attendance: 6,200

Chesterfield 1 - 0 Sunderland (FA Cup 1st Rnd)

After appearing to just have the edge in this hard-fought battle, Sunderland's players and fans will be very disappointed to have lost 1 - 0 to a Chesterfield team they consider to be their equal.

Young midfielder Mick Morgan got Chesterfield off to a flyer by scoring a deftly executed finish on 8 minutes.

Both teams had a number of attempts at goal, which promised much, but the quality of finishing was poor throughout.

Man of the Match: Mick Morgan (Chesterfield)

Attendance: 4,483

Sunderland 2 - 2 Wrexham (npower League 1)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Wrexham in their npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light.

Striker David Field got Wrexham off to a flyer by scoring a deftly executed finish on 7 minutes. Centre-back Serge Diabaté doubled Wrexham's lead with a good header from just inside the six-yard box on 12 minutes.

Striker Tony Agus pulled one back for Sunderland after 27 minutes with a deftly executed finish. Agus went on to equalise for Sunderland after 45 minutes with a close range effort.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 11th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 17,156

Another good month, 2 wins, a draw and a defeat in the league is enough to keep me on the outskirts of the play-offs. We didn’t have one stand out goalscoring player this month so the goals were spread out over the team which was a relief as Agus didn’t really perform like he can this month, we need to get the team scoring and Agus ploughing them in like I know he can, Porter again shows his worth and keeps hold of the number one jersey.

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December Update

Bristol Rovers 0 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 1)

An efficient performance from Sunderland saw them run out 3 - 0 winners over Bristol Rovers at The Memorial Stadium.

The match began in controversy with Sunderland seeing a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances. Winger Osvaldo Bonaiuti gave Sunderland the lead with a well struck effort which found the back of the net via the goalpost in the 38th minute.

Midfielder Danny Wilkin doubled Sunderland's lead with a real poacher's effort on 49 minutes. Young striker Kieron Marsden completed the rout with a placed shot on 84 minutes.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 8th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 5,920

Sunderland 0 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (npower League 1)

Sunderland were on the end of a deserved defeat at The Stadium of Light as they were completely outplayed by their opponents.

Striker Nicky Redmond gave Sheffield Wednesday the lead with a powerful header in the 37th minute. An error from Sunderland's Dan Massey allowed experienced midfielder Tom Sainsbury to score a fierce effort from eighteen yards out. With Sunderland staring at defeat, there was controversy as midfielder Dan Massey then had a penalty shout turned down.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 8th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tom Sainsbury (Sheff Wed)

Attendance: 18,913

Chesterfield 0 - 4 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A close-fought game at B2Net Stadium ended in a one-sided result as Sunderland defeated Chesterfield 4 - 0. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Sunderland's Joe McCready.

Young striker Joe McCready got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring an accurate finish on 10 minutes. Centre-back Jonny Mellor doubled Sunderland's lead with a solid diving header on 13 minutes.

An error from Chesterfield's Colin Peters allowed McCready to score a well executed finish. McCready went on to complete his hat-trick with a close range header on 62 minutes.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 7th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Joe McCready (Sunderland)

Attendance: 5,340

Sunderland 3 - 2 Hartlepool United (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 3 - 2 victory over Hartlepool United on a fine afternoon in their npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Centre-back Dean McDonnell gave Hartlepool United the lead with a close range header in the 12th minute. Striker Tony Agus then equalised for Sunderland in the 34th minute with a free kick from the edge of the area.

Agus then added his 2nd goal of the game with an effort from the edge of the area which curled past the goalkeeper on 57 minutes. Sunderland also saw their 63rd minute strike questionably chalked off.

McDonald scored with an accurate finish from inside the penalty area in the 77th minute to extend the lead further. Full-back Joseph Potts gave the Hartlepool United fans a glimmer of hope after 83 minutes with an accurate finish.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 6th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 17,206

Table after 23 games

4th Millwall 44 Points

5th Sheff Wed 43 Points

6th Sunderland 40 Points

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7th Carlisle 39 Points

8th Swindon 38 Points

Well bar the disappointing result against my old club Sheff Wed, we had a solid month and managed to get ourselves in the play-off frame, I’m still not expecting to get promoted and any runs I go on now will do me to keep me in the top half the division so I can improve the squad for a actual crack at promotion, not sure what I would need we can score, the midfield is decent enough and so is the defence for this level some luck and a player or two I feel we can get the title, anyway back to the task in hand Agus got back scoring with his 11th and 12th goals of the season, with McCready closing in on him quickly

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January Update

Sunderland 4 - 0 Carlisle United (npower League 1)

The final score of 4 - 0 was fully deserved as Sunderland totally controlled their npower League 1 game against Carlisle United at The Stadium of Light. A brace from Joe McCready helped Sunderland to victory.

Enthusiastic centre-back Rick Dillon gave Sunderland the lead with a fine header from point-blank range in the 25th minute. Young striker Joe McCready doubled Sunderland's lead with a placed shot on 32 minutes.

McDonald scored with a fluke goal in the 58th minute to extend the lead further. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 79 minutes as that man McCready popped up again with a finish executed with aplomb.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 6th place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Joe McCready (Sunderland)

Attendance: 17,865

Cheltenham Town 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over Cheltenham Town on a fine afternoon in their npower League 1 game at Whaddon Road.

Full-back Christian Prout gave Sunderland the lead with a header in the 23rd minute. Enthusiastic centre-back Rick Dillon doubled Sunderland's lead with a well timed finish from close range on 38 minutes.

Winger Michael Gibson's 85th minute strike proved the only consolation for Cheltenham Town.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Christian Prout (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,542

Southend United 0 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 3 - 0 winners over Southend United at Roots Hall. The match was certainly not one for the purists with neither side able to keep the errors out of their game.

Midfielder Dan Massey gave Sunderland the lead with a powerful effort in the 39th minute. Southend captain Bob Nixon ensured things went from bad to worse for Southend United on 55 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal. When Krause gave away a penalty, McCready confidently stepped up to score from the spot.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Danny Wilkin (Sunderland)

Attendance: 2,831

Sunderland 2 - 1 Exeter City (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over Exeter City on a fine evening in their npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light.

Journeyman midfielder Cristian boca gave Exeter City the lead with a placed shot from close range in the 18th minute. Young striker Joe McCready then equalised for Sunderland in the 46th minute with a close range effort.

Young striker Kieron Marsden scored what proved to be the winner on 67 minutes with a tidy finish.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 15,714

League after 28 games

1st Sheff Utd 62 Points

2nd Morecambe 58 Points

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3rd Sunderland 55 Points

4th Sheff Wed 53 Points

5th Fleetwood 52 Points

All I can say is WOW what a month the 100% month has seen us rocked from looking like a possibly play-off team into a side chasing the automatic spots, theres a small chance we might get double promotions! All thanks to the rock between the sticks that is Matty Porter he averaged 6.79 in the 25 league games hes played and is hopefully the first of a few major players coming from my youth system as I have a few players I want to throw in next season. At the other end of the pitch Agus is still scoring but has been overtaken by the former Exeter striker Joe McCready who got his 13th of the campaign against his former club, wish me luck for next month as by the end of March ill know what the end of season will hold

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February Update

Luton Town 0 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 1 - 0 victory over Luton Town on a fine afternoon in their npower League 1 game at Kenilworth Road.

Sunderland's winner came through Alain Mahamat as he seized on Primoz Lunder's mistake to score a penalty.

The match was remarkable for the number of fouls committed by both teams, seemingly more concerned with disrupting the flow of the game than playing it.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Thomas Nekos (Sunderland)

Attendance: 4,762

Sunderland 3 - 2 Swindon Town (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 3 - 2 victory over Swindon Town on a fine afternoon in their npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light.

Striker Tonny Abubakar got Swindon Town off to a flyer by scoring an accurate finish on 2 minutes. Young striker Joe McCready then equalised for Sunderland in the 6th minute with a well timed close range finish.

Abubakar then added his 2nd goal of the game with a close range finish which was timed impeccably on 52 minutes. Full-back Christian Prout then equalised for Sunderland in the 67th minute with a fierce shot which went in off the post.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor scored what proved to be the winner on 74 minutes with a close range header.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tonny Abubakar (Swindon)

Attendance: 18,626

Plymouth Argyle 0 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 1)

After a 0 - 0 draw at Home Park against Sunderland, a key member of the Plymouth Argyle side claimed that his team were fortunate to escape from this npower League 1 fixture with a draw.

Sunderland had a number of attempts at goal but their profligacy meant they didn't score as many as they maybe would have liked.

Sunderland have been playing above all expectations so far this season and find themselves in 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Daniel Hanley (Sunderland)

Attendance: 6,864

Sheffield United 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Sheffield United on a fine spring afternoon at Bramall Lane.

Young winger Charlie Park gave Sheffield United the lead with an incisive finish in the 16th minute. Young striker Kieron Marsden then equalised for Sunderland in the 39th minute with a close range finish which was timed impeccably.

Striker Tony Agus scored what proved to be the winner on 47 minutes with a deftly executed finish. It was a superb solo effort and Agus looked delighted.

Sunderland are currently on an eleven match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 17,999

Sunderland 5 - 1 Bristol City (npower League 1)

In what had been billed as a close encounter, Bristol City were trounced 5 - 1 by Sunderland at The Stadium of Light. The game will be remembered for a remarkable display of goalscoring from Sunderland's David McDonald.

Striker David McDonald got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring an incisive finish on 4 minutes. An error from Bristol City's Ronnie Smith allowed McDonald to score a well timed finish from close range. Full-back Ronnie Smith added to an already bad day at the office for Bristol City on 34 minutes when he managed to put the ball past his own goalkeeper.

With Bristol City staring at defeat, there was controversy as striker Ian Clegg then had a penalty shout turned down. Journeyman striker Kyle Foster pulled one back for Bristol City after 71 minutes with a powerful header.

McDonald added his 3rd goal of the game with an accurate finish on 89 minutes. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 91 minutes as that man McDonald popped up again with an effort which hit the inside of the post before crossing the line.

Sunderland are currently on a twelve match unbeaten run and the promotion contenders are enjoying 3rd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: David McDonald (Sunderland)

Attendance: 18,674

League table after 33 games

1st Morecambe 71 Points

2nd Sheff United 69 Points

3rd Sunderland 68 Points

4th Carlisle 60 Points

5th Sheff Wed 58 Points

Another brilliant month for us as we kept the form up and kept up the push for automatic promotion, McCready and Agus are again lethal upfront, The league is now a three horse race as far as im concerned and the transfers brought in in the summer made the difference in turning the squad from a league two one to a challenging side for the championship. Porter again is doing well as my number one as he closes in on his 30th appearance and has only conceded 29 goals this year as the defence is solid

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looking like you've done enough to stay up, also I see your Elmo and raise you Cookie Monster

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Doing very well in League 1. Keep it up :thup:.

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March Update

Sunderland 2 - 0 Fleetwood Town (npower League 1)

Fleetwood Town succumbed to a 2 - 0 loss in this afternoon's npower League 1 clash at The Stadium of Light.

Young striker Joe McCready gave Sunderland the lead with a powerful effort in the 19th minute. Fleetwood Town also saw their 33rd minute strike questionably chalked off.

Things went from bad to worse for Fleetwood Town as young full-back Kieran McAuliffe earned himself an early bath for ungentlemanly conduct on 79 minutes. Centre-back Jonny Mellor finally rounded off their victory on 94 minutes with a close range header.

Sunderland have notched up three straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 2nd place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 18,457

Millwall 2 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Millwall on a fine spring evening at The Den.

Striker Darren Black got Millwall off to a flyer by scoring an incisive finish on 2 minutes. Black added his 2nd goal of the game with a well timed finish from close range on 42 minutes.

Young striker Kieron Marsden pulled one back for Sunderland after 49 minutes with a tidy finish. Then followed controversy as Millwall were denied claims by centre-back Jeremy Greening for a penalty.

Young striker Joe McCready then equalised for Sunderland in the 77th minute with a tidy finish. Midfielder Danny Wilkin then clinched a late winner on 85 minutes with an accurate finish.

Wilkin's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have notched up four straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Darren Black (Millwall)

Attendance: 5,020

Sunderland 5 - 1 Rochdale (npower League 1)

In what had been billed as a close encounter, Rochdale were trounced 5 - 1 by Sunderland at The Stadium of Light.

Striker Luke Broom got Rochdale off to a flyer by scoring an effort from range on 4 minutes. Striker Tony Agus then equalised for Sunderland in the 11th minute with a placed shot.

Midfielder Dan Massey put Sunderland in front in the 45th minute with a shot from the edge of the area. McDonald scored with a well timed close range finish in the 48th minute to extend the lead further.

Midfielder Danny Wilkin then added to the lead with a powerful effort from the edge of the area on 53 minutes. Young striker Joe McCready completed the rout with a tidy finish on 72 minutes.

Sunderland also saw their 91st minute strike questionably chalked off.

Sunderland have notched up five straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 18,609

Sunderland 2 - 0 Morecambe (npower League 1)

A highly polished performance from the Sunderland players saw their team run out 2 - 0 winners over Morecambe at The Stadium of Light. The match was certainly not one for the purists with neither side able to keep the errors out of their game.

An error from Morecambe's Nigel Thomas allowed young striker Kieron Marsden to score a fine header from point-blank range. Then followed controversy as Sunderland were denied claims by young striker Joe McCready for a penalty.

An error from Morecambe's Andy Walton allowed McCready to score a deftly executed finish.

Sunderland have notched up seven straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Kieron Marsden (Sunderland)

Attendance: 19,062

Crewe Alexandra 2 - 3 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland won a hard fought battle against Crewe Alexandra on a fine spring afternoon at The Alexandra Stadium. A brace from Tony Agus helped Sunderland to victory.

Striker Augusto Paulo got Crewe Alexandra off to a flyer by scoring a fluke goal on 2 minutes. Winger Niko Grubic doubled Crewe Alexandra's lead with a close range effort on 11 minutes.

Midfielder Raphaël Renault pulled one back for Sunderland after 50 minutes with a powerful effort from the edge of the area. Sunderland's equaliser came through Tony Agus as he seized on Youcef Slimani's mistake to score a penalty. Agus clinched the winner on 89 minutes with a tidy finish.

Agus' impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have notched up eight straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 5,901

Wrexham 1 - 2 Sunderland (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 2 - 1 victory over Wrexham on a fine spring afternoon in their npower League 1 game at The Racecourse Ground.

The match began in controversy with Wrexham seeing a goal disallowed in controversial circumstances. Sunderland finally took the lead when midfielder Dan Massey scored a header on 63 minutes.

Young striker Joe McCready doubled Sunderland's lead with a powerful effort on 70 minutes. Midfielder Hjörvar Eyjólfsson's 82nd minute strike proved the only consolation for Wrexham.

Sunderland have notched up nine straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Hjörvar Eyjólfsson (Wrexham)

Attendance: 4,111

League table after 40 Games

1st Sunderland 89 Points

2nd Sheff United 81 Points

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3rd Morecambe 76 Points (1 game in hand)

4th Fleetwood 76 Points

5th Carlisle 68 Points

6th Exeter 68 Points

A great month

Again for me and I’m quietly confident not only of us going up but as champions, especially when my last 6 games are against sides in the bottom half of the table, The fact two of my strikers have over 15 goals, each proves we are more than capable of putting the ball into the back of the net, and with Porter between the sticks we are surprisingly tight at the back, also happy with the comebacks as twice alone this month we have come from two goals down to steal wins and I think I’ve managed to get the hang of team talks evidently! If I’m promoted I’m honestly not sure which signings id need as I haven’t thought that far ahead

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You better get planning for next season, pretty sure you will get promoted. Are Crewe going to be relegated?

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Wow, looks like you're going up again.

I know im still a bit suprised to be honest

You better get planning for next season, pretty sure you will get promoted. Are Crewe going to be relegated?

i know i know, and no Crewe are pretty safe in the middle of the table

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End of season Update

Sunderland 3 - 2 AFC Wimbledon (npower League 1)

Sunderland battled to a deserved 3 - 2 victory over AFC Wimbledon on a fine spring afternoon in their npower League 1 game at The Stadium of Light.

Young striker Kieron Marsden got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a deftly executed finish on 10 minutes. Striker David McDonald doubled Sunderland's lead with an incisive finish on 39 minutes.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor was left red-faced in the 42nd minute as he managed to put the ball into his own net. Full-back Boy Villareal's red card for ungentlemanly conduct on 71 minutes put Sunderland's position under question.

Young striker Ramon Verbeek then equalised for AFC Wimbledon in the 77th minute with an accurate finish. Despite being down to ten men, enthusiastic centre-back Daniel Hanley clinched a late winner on 89 minutes with a simple finish from close in.

Hanley's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have notched up ten straight wins and the promotion contenders lie in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: David McDonald (Sunderland)

Attendance: 18,546

Southampton 1 - 0 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A fine spring afternoon at St. Mary's Stadium saw Southampton come out on top against a surprisingly lacklustre Sunderland side.

Southampton finally took the lead when striker Dave Templeton scored a screamer from some distance out on 72 minutes.

Sunderland were carved open a number of times but despite the ability of their opponents to create chances, they struggled to put them away.

Man of the Match: Dave Templeton (Southampton)

Attendance: 11,936

Sunderland 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers (npower League 1)

Sunderland taught Bristol Rovers a lesson at The Stadium of Light this afternoon.

The first incident of note was on 58 minutes as Sunderland were denied claims by David McDonald for a penalty. Sunderland finally took the lead when centre-back Jonny Mellor scored a good header from just inside the six-yard box on 66 minutes.

Bristol Rovers' equaliser came through Aaron McGarel as he seized on Thomas Nekos' mistake to score a simple finish from close in. Young striker Joe McCready then clinched a late winner on 89 minutes with a finish executed with aplomb.

McCready's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have been playing far beyond expectations all season and find themselves in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Jonny Mellor (Sunderland)

Attendance: 18,358

Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

After appearing to just have the edge in this hard-fought battle, Sunderland's players and fans will be very disappointed to have lost 2 - 1 to a Sheffield Wednesday team they consider to be their equal.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a close range finish which was timed impeccably in the 32nd minute. Young striker Ross Matthews then equalised for Sheffield Wednesday in the 44th minute with a shot from eighteen yards out.

Midfielder Steve Crookes then clinched a late winner on 90 minutes with a real poacher's effort. Crookes' impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Sunderland have been playing far beyond expectations all season and find themselves in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Tim Crockett (Sheff Wed)

Attendance: 16,206

Sunderland 4 - 0 Chesterfield (npower League 1)

In what had been billed as a close encounter, Chesterfield were trounced 4 - 0 by Sunderland at The Stadium of Light.

Striker Tony Agus got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a placed shot on 2 minutes. Sunderland also saw their 10th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Striker David McDonald doubled Sunderland's lead with a close range effort on 39 minutes. Woodburn scored with a header in the 88th minute to extend the lead further.

Winger Osvaldo Bonaiuti completed the rout with a real poacher's effort on 92 minutes.

Sunderland have been playing far beyond expectations all season and find themselves in 1st place in the npower League 1.

Man of the Match: Osvaldo Bonaiuti (Sunderland)

Attendance: 23,242

Hartlepool United 2 - 1 Sunderland (npower League 1)

A fine spring afternoon at Victoria Park saw Hartlepool United come out on top against a surprisingly lacklustre Sunderland side.

Young striker Craig Mullen got Hartlepool United off to a flyer by scoring a well timed close range finish on 8 minutes. Young midfielder Peter Dowson then equalised for Sunderland in the 61st minute with an effort which was deflected on its way in.

Experienced midfielder Helmut Hentschel then clinched a late winner on 90 minutes with a close range header. Hentschel's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Legendary manager Andrew Bell joined Sunderland in July 2030 and has been in charge for 22 months.

Man of the Match: Adam Evetts (Hartlepool)

Attendance: 6,930

million years did I expect to get into the play-offs, never mind into the Automatic spots never mind bringing the League 1 title back home. My biggest disappointment was I couldn’t make it 100 goals and 100 points after I lost too Hartlepool it was a disappointing end to the season but we start to plan for next season and us back in the second tier of English football

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Final League table

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Top Scorer (Tony Agus again)

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August Update

Brighton and Hove Albion 2 - 2 Sunderland (npower Championship)

Sunderland could count themselves somewhat fortunate to have escaped with a draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in their npower Championship game at American Express Community Stadium.

Young striker Joe McCready got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a powerful effort on 9 minutes. An error from Brighton and Hove Albion's Martin Clarke allowed midfielder Russell Woodburn to score a poorly struck effort from inside the penalty area. Sunderland also saw their 44th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Brighton captain Devante Cole pulled one back for Brighton and Hove Albion after 74 minutes with a well timed finish from close range. With time rapidly running out however, Cole scored a lovely chipped shot from the edge of the box to equalise for Brighton and Hove Albion.

Better late than never for Brighton and Hove Albion and the fans were clearly delighted with Cole's impact.

Man of the Match: Devante Cole (Brighton)

Attendance: 17,945

Sunderland 2 - 0 Chesterfield (League Cup 1st Rnd)

An efficient performance by Sunderland's players saw them confidently overcome a lacklustre Chesterfield 2 - 0 at The Stadium of Light.

Things did not get off to a good start for Chesterfield as striker David McDonald seized on an error by Joe Gordon to score a lucky strike. McDonald completed the scoring for Sunderland with an accurate finish on 54 minutes.

Man of the Match: David McDonald (Sunderland)

Attendance: 7,569

Sunderland 3 - 2 Oxford United (npower Championship)

Sunderland taught Oxford United a lesson at The Stadium of Light this afternoon.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor got Sunderland off to a flyer by scoring a close range header on 6 minutes. Midfielder Ross Wrightson then equalised for Oxford United in the 18th minute with an accurate finish.

Young striker Joe McCready put Sunderland in front in the 20th minute with a close range effort. Striker Tommy Jeffrey then equalised for Oxford United in the 21st minute with a real poacher's effort.

Sunderland's winner came through David McDonald as he seized on Ellis Holsgrove's mistake to score a simple finish from close in. McDonald's impact delighted the fans with his late goal.

Man of the Match: Ross Wrightson (Oxford)

Attendance: 24,382

Barnsley 3 - 0 Sunderland (npower Championship)

Sunderland will be wondering what might have been this morning after a close encounter with Barnsley turned into a 3 - 0 victory for their opponents. A brace from Brendan Palmer helped Barnsley to victory.

Striker Elliott Powell got Barnsley off to a flyer by scoring a deftly executed finish on 8 minutes. Striker Brendan Palmer doubled Barnsley's lead with a placed shot which hit the inside of the post before crossing the line on 32 minutes.

There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 62 minutes as that man Palmer popped up again with a cleanly struck effort from close to goal.

Sunderland are currently 13th in the npower Championship.

Man of the Match: Brendan Palmer (Barnsley)

Attendance: 15,022

Sunderland 3 - 0 Bradford City (npower Championship)

Bradford City succumbed to a 3 - 0 loss in this afternoon's npower Championship clash at The Stadium of Light.

Striker Tony Agus gave Sunderland the lead with a real poacher's effort in the 32nd minute. Full-back Thomas Nekos' red card for a vicious foul on 35 minutes put Sunderland's position under question.

Experienced full-back Tomas Mikel ensured things went from bad to worse for Bradford City on 38 minutes with an embarrassing own-goal. There were no prizes for guessing who completed the rout on 44 minutes as that man Agus popped up again with a simple finish from close in.

It was a superb solo effort and Agus looked delighted.

Sunderland are currently 8th in the npower Championship.

Man of the Match: Tony Agus (Sunderland)

Attendance: 25,738

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 2 Sunderland (League Cup 2nd Rnd)

(Wolves won 7-6 on penalties)

Wolverhampton Wanderers had much more of the game this evening as they saw off the challenge of Sunderland at Molineux with a 7-6 win on penalties.

Things did not get off to a good start for Sunderland as striker Joe Andrews seized on an error by André Holmström to score an accurate finish. Sunderland also saw their 34th minute strike questionably chalked off.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were nearly gifted a goal on 39 minutes through Christian Prout's lapse in concentration but they failed to capitalise on the opportunity presented to them. Striker David McDonald then equalised for Sunderland in the 53rd minute with a good diving header from close range.

An error from Wolverhampton Wanderers' Serge Dosso allowed young striker Joe McCready to score a close range effort. Andrews went on to equalise for Wolverhampton Wanderers after 78 minutes with a well timed close range finish.

Wolverhampton Wanderers also saw their 118th minute strike questionably chalked off. In the shootout that followed it turned out to be heartache for Sunderland as young striker Kieron Marsden missed the final penalty.

Man of the Match: Joe Andrews (Wolves)

Attendance: 12,899

Sunderland 1 - 3 Blackpool (npower Championship)

In an even game at The Stadium of Light, Blackpool came away with victory in their npower Championship match.

Striker Didier Vincent got Blackpool off to a flyer by scoring a real poacher's effort on 7 minutes. Veteran full-back Hamdi Dridi doubled Blackpool's lead with a real poacher's effort on 14 minutes.

An error from Sunderland's Rick Dillon allowed Jamaica captain Jared Rodney to score a well executed finish. Striker David McDonald pulled one back for Sunderland after 44 minutes with a powerful effort.

Sunderland are currently 13th in the npower Championship.

Man of the Match: Jared Rodney (Blackpool)

Attendance: 23,757

Well a solid enough start to the season after a summer where I’ve been given no transfer budget and a reduction in wage budget meaning I signed no players this summer with a few of the surplus players leaving to reduce the wage bill. Mcdonald continues to score goals in the higher league as does Agus we are just being undone by higher quality attacking players I’m sure we can stay up and I hope come may im right

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I think you will easily avoid relegation, mid-table obscurity would be very nice.

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September Update

Walsall 2 - 0 Sunderland (npower Championship)

Despite having the better of the match at The Bescot Stadium, Sunderland were unable to profit as they went down to Walsall. The greater incisiveness of the victors resulted in a comfortable 2 - 0 scoreline against Sunderland, who failed to turn their superior possession into goals.

Things did not get off to a good start for Sunderland as explosive striker Nigel Wall seized on an error by Daniel Hanley to score a powerful close range effort. Midfielder Kevin Higgins finally rounded off their victory on 24 minutes with a powerful effort from the edge of the area.

Sunderland are currently 14th in the npower Championship.

Man of the Match: Toplica Lazic (Walsall)

Attendance: 10,528

Sunderland 2 - 1 Nottingham Forest (npower Championship)

Sunderland recorded a somewhat fortuitous win over Nottingham Forest on a hard and bouncy surface at The Stadium of Light.

Striker David McDonald gave Sunderland the lead with an incisive finish in the 14th minute. Striker Tony Agus doubled Sunderland's lead with an accurate finish on 24 minutes.

Striker Louis Horton's 60th minute strike proved the only consolation for Nottingham Forest.

Sunderland have climbed above Barnsley, Derby County and Brighton and Hove Albion to 11th in the npower Championship.

Man of the Match: Leonardo (Nottm Forest)

Attendance: 24,415

Burnley 4 - 0 Sunderland (npower Championship)

In a result few would have bet on, Sunderland were played off the park by a rampant Burnley. The highlight of the game was undoubtedly a superb hat-trick from Burnley's Mário Rato.

Striker Mário Rato gave Burnley the lead with a tidy finish in the 40th minute. Rato added his 2nd goal of the game with a finish executed with aplomb on 42 minutes.

Rato added his 3rd goal of the game with a tidy finish on 60 minutes. Striker Elliot Stowell completed the rout with a tame effort from close to goal on 78 minutes.

Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 14th in the npower Championship table.

Man of the Match: Mário Rato (Burnley)

Attendance: 15,684

Middlesbrough 3 - 2 Sunderland (npower Championship)

Middlesbrough's fans left The Riverside Stadium wondering quite how their team had only managed to win 3 - 2. A brace from Clive O'Keefe helped Middlesbrough to victory.

Centre-back Jonny Mellor gave Sunderland the lead with a good header from just inside the six-yard box in the 31st minute. Experienced winger Clive O'Keefe then equalised for Middlesbrough in the 35th minute with a header.

O'Keefe then added his 2nd goal of the game with a real poacher's effort on 54 minutes. Somerville scored with a close range effort in the 70th minute to extend the lead further.

Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland as defensive midfielder Alain Mahamat earned himself an early bath for a vicious foul on 87 minutes. Striker David McDonald gave the Sunderland fans a glimmer of hope after 90 minutes with a header.

Sunderland have so far confounded their critics as the pre-season relegation candidates currently lie 17th in the npower Championship table.

Man of the Match: Clive O'Keefe (Middlesbrough)

Attendance: 21,672

A terrible month for us as we only picked up points against forest where the 3 points sent us into double figures, we have had a bit of a harsh month as we have had to take on sides pushing for the top spot this month the one that hurts the most is the Boro game I hope we put on a much better performance against the mags in two months, next month we have a chance as we play some sides around us as I look to drag ourselves back into the middle of the table

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