EFL Reporter @simgholam
Marcus Harness places Portsmouth forward at Stadium of Gentle, however Sunderland hit again with targets from Jordan Willis and Chris Maguire
Final Up to date: 17/08/19 2:46pm
Sunderland earned their first Sky Wager League One victory of the season as they got here from behind to beat Portsmouth 2-1 on Saturday.
Marcus Harness opened the scoring halfway by means of the primary half on the Stadium of Gentle, however the Black Cats struck again earlier than the break with targets from Jordan Willis and Chris Maguire to show issues round.
The outcome helped ease among the stress on boss Jack Ross, who noticed his facet come from behind to earn factors for the third time in as many video games, though this time they took all three factors somewhat than having to accept a draw.
For Portsmouth, in the meantime, it’s now two defeats in three video games in what has been an detached begin to their very own marketing campaign as they push for promotion.
This was the sixth assembly between these two sides in beneath a yr, with the newest coming throughout two legs within the play-off semi-finals in May, from which Sunderland prevailed, however in the end misplaced to Charlton within the ultimate.
There have been two adjustments for Sunderland from their midweek 3-1 win at Accrington within the Carabao Cup as Jon McLaughlin returned in purpose and Aidan McGeady began up entrance.
For Portsmouth there was only one change from their win over Tranmere final Saturday as John Marquis got here in up entrance for Ellis Harrison.
There have been solely three pictures on the right track within the first half however all of them resulted in a purpose. First it was Pompey who took the lead by means of Harness after 22 minutes, who was put by means of on purpose inadvertently by a ricochet off a Sunderland defender, earlier than pouncing once more on John Marquis’ fluffed strike to fireside residence from shut vary.
5 minutes later Sunderland equalised from a nook as Willis rose highest to go in a Grant Leadbitter nook, and after 39 minutes they led, with Maguire slotting after Aiden McGeady had fired the ball throughout the six-yard field and into his path.
Sunderland: J McLaughlin (7), C McLaughlin (7), Willis (8), Ozturk (6), O’Nien (6), Leadbitter (6), Energy (6), Maguire (8), Gooch (6), McGeady (7), McNulty (5)
Subs: Wyke (6), Grigg (n/a), Hume (n/a)
Portsmouth: MacGillivray (6), Walkes (5), Downing (5), Burgess (5), Brown (5), Naylor (6), Cannon (6), Shut (6), Harness (7), Marquis (6), Curtis (5)
Subs: Evans (n/a), Harrison (n/a), McCrorie (6)
Man of the match: Jordan Willis
Portsmouth pushed at instances for an equaliser within the second half, however they closest they got here was when Leadbitter practically headed previous his personal goalkeeper with 10 minutes to go, with Jon McLaughlin producing a high quality response save to maintain him out.
Man of the Match – Jordan Willis
It was a towering show in each packing containers from Willis. The defender’s glorious header hauled his facet again into the sport after which, on the different finish, he repelled all the things that was thrown at him by Portsmouth within the second half.
Either side are again in Sky Wager League One motion on Tuesday night time. Sunderland head to Rochdale and Portsmouth host Coventry.
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