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Doyle keeps Sheff Utd on course at Sunderland

Published on: 15 March 2023

Tommy Doyle scored from a free-kick to give Sheffield United the lead against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Manchester City loan pair James McAtee and Tommy Doyle scored the goals that set Sheffield United back on the Championship promotion trail.

The two midfielders struck after Edouard Michut's first goal for Sunderland had put the home side ahead, against the run of play.

The three points allowed the Blades to take advantage of the fact that Middlesbrough dropped points in a draw with Stoke City 24 hours earlier and open up a six-point lead in the race for the second automatic promotion spot.

The Black Cats began the night hoping to build on their fine win at Norwich City at the weekend and boost themselves back into the play-off reckoning, but they ended up slumping to a fourth defeat in their past five league games.

Victory for the visitors put a halt to their slide in fortunes after they had lost four of their previous six to give Boro hope of catching them.

The Blades were on the front foot from the first whistle, pinning Sunderland back, with keeper Anthony Patterson producing a fine save to deny Daniel Jebbison, making only his fourth start of the season as manager Paul Heckingbottom made four changes from the side that lost to Luton Town on Saturday.

Sheffield's dominance counted for nothing, however, as Paris St Germain loanee Michut found himself in space, superbly created by Joe Gelhardt's distracting run, to collect Abdoullah Ba's pass and fire into the far corner on the half-hour mark.

The visitors were level in added time in the first half as wing-back George Baldock carried the ball down the right and slipped a pass inside to McAtee, one of the players drafted in by Heckingbottom. He took the pass with a silken touch, feinted, and then stroked the ball into the far corner for a top-class finish.

McAtee turned provider for Iliman Ndiaye early in the second half, only for Patterson to make a great block with his leg, but the Blades were not to be denied.

Doyle whipped in a free-kick from wide on the left and with Sander Berge's attempt to get a touch distracting Patterson, the ball bounced into the far corner. The Sunderland defence protested, as Berge had clearly been in an offside position, but the goal stood.

Sunderland finally rallied, with Wes Foderingham forced into a terrific one-handed save from Jack Clarke, and Patrick Roberts cutting in from the right flank to bounce a shot off the far post.

The response fizzled out as Heckingbottom's side managed the game to a conclusion as Sunderland's dismal home form - just six wins in 18 - continued.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-2-3-1


    1Patterson32HumeBooked at 27mins5BallardBooked at 90mins6Batth13O'NienSubstituted forEkwahat 87'minutes25MichutBooked at 71minsSubstituted forGoochat 72'minutes24Neil10Roberts17BaSubstituted forLihadjiat 72'minutes20Clarke28GelhardtSubstituted forPritchardat 72'minutes



Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2


    18Foderingham15AhmedhodzicBooked at 55mins12Egan19RobinsonBooked at 20mins2BaldockSubstituted forBogleat 78'minutes8Berge22DoyleBooked at 35minsSubstituted forNorwoodat 78'minutes28McAteeSubstituted forFleckat 80'minutes13LoweBooked at 24mins29NdiayeSubstituted forSharpat 90+2'minutes36JebbisonSubstituted forMcBurnieat 70'minutes



Referee:Matt DonohueAttendance:37,490Match StatsHome TeamSunderlandAway TeamSheff UtdPossessionHome55%Away45%ShotsHome7Away11Shots on TargetHome3Away4CornersHome4Away8FoulsHome16Away16Live Text Post update

Match ends, Sunderland 1, Sheffield United 2.

90'+8'Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Sheffield United 2.

90'+6'Post update

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack Clarke.

90'+5'Post update

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jack Clarke.


Dan Ballard (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

90'+4'Post update

Jayden Bogle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'+4'Post update

Offside, Sunderland. Daniel Neil tries a through ball, but Dan Ballard is caught offside.

90'+3'Post update

Danny Batth (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90'+3'Post update

Foul by Anel Ahmedhodzic (Sheffield United).


Substitution, Sheffield United. Billy Sharp replaces Iliman Ndiaye.

90'+1'Post update

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

90'+1'Post update

Iliman Ndiaye (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'Post update

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jayden Bogle.

89'Post update

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89'Post update

Delay in match because of an injury Danny Batth (Sunderland).


Substitution, Sunderland. Pierre Ekwah replaces Luke O'Nien because of an injury.

84'Post update

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84'Post update

Foul by Sander Berge (Sheffield United).

80'Post update

Foul by Dan Ballard (Sunderland).

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