Match Report: Sunderland 3-1 Norwich City

A commanding performance ensured Sunderland returned to winning ways on Saturday at the Stadium of Light. 

Jobe and Pierre Ekwah struck from distance early on against Norwich City, with Jack Clarke clipping the post to conclude a dominant opening 20 minutes. 

A sucker punch followed and the Canaries led before the half-hour mark through Hwang Ui-jo, who connected with Kellen Fisher’s pull-back and sent a low first-time drive into the corner.

The Lads remained unfazed and stuck to their task, levelling through Trai Hume before Dan Neil’s sumptuous finish ensured a 2-1 lead at the interval. 

Tony Mowbray’s men continued to control proceedings in the second period and the Canaries had no answer, as Clarke sealed the points from the spot nine minutes from time. 

The Black Cats made one change following a commendable display at the King Power Stadium, as Nazariy Rusyn made his first start in place of Mason Burstow. 

In front of 39,871, Mowbray’s side made a fast start on Wearside, dominating the ball in the opening 10 minutes whilst trying to unlock the Canaries backline. 

After Jobe’s thunderous effort was well blocked, Pierre Ekwah’s 35-yard strike forced the first save of the encounter, with George Long pushing the Frenchman’s effort back into the mix where it was scrambled clear.

Ekwah engineered the next attack as a sustained spell of intense pressure continued, and wonderful play from Jack Clarke left the woodwork shaking on 20 minutes. 

Norwich struck against the run of play shortly after, with Hwang arriving on time to apply the finishing touch to Fisher’s pull back. 

David Wagner’s side should have doubled their lead before the half-hour mark, but they failed to take advantage of a three-on-one opportunity when Christian Fassnacht blazed over.

The Black Cats were deservedly level moments later, as Hume’s effort deflected beyond Long to restore parity at the Stadium of Light. 

And they led before the break, as Clarke’s vision found Neil, who remained ice cool to lift the ball over the ‘keeper and into the net. 

One-way traffic resumed following the interval, with Niall Huggin’s cross-shot forcing Long into action within three minutes of the restart. 

Norwich fired a warning shot before the hour mark, as Fassnacht’s header struck the outside of the post before being cleared to safety. 

Clarke and Rusyn combined and the Ukrainian’s effort was blocked soon after, with a triple change seeing Alex Pritchard, Abdoullah Ba and Luis Hemir called on for the finale.  

Clarke wrapped up the scoring nine minutes from time, winning and dispatching a penalty to ensure the Black Cats returned to winning ways on home soil. 

Sunderland AFC: Patterson, Hume, O'Nien, Ballard, Huggins (Cirkin 77), Neil, Ekwah (Rigg 77), Roberts (Ba 72), Jobe (Pritchard 71), Clarke, Rusyn (Luis Hemir 71).

Subs not used: Bishop, Seelt, Burstow, Dack.

Norwich City: Long, Fisher (Stacey 74), Duffy, Gibson, Giannoulis, Forshaw (Nunez 45), McLean, Fassnacht (Hernandez 62), Sara, Rowe (Sainz 62), Hwang.

Subs not used: Ansen, Batth, Gibbs, Placheta, Idah.


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