The Black Cats notched another EFL Trophy victory at the Stadium of Light, here’s how the players rated
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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson made eight changes to his Black Cats side – and saw them hit Carlisle for five.
With Chris Maguire, Max Power, Dan Neil and Jack Diamond all starting, it was the home side who showed, Power’s effort well saved.
But goalkeeper Remi Matthews, in for Lee Burge, then brought down Ethan Walker and Lewis Alessandra converted from the spot.
It took a Maguire goalline clearance to prevent that becoming 2-0, but Sunderland also had their chances through Power, twice.
And their efforts were rewarded when Charlie Wyke won a free-kick, and Maguire’s effort deflected past Magnus Norman in the visiting goal.
The home side then took the lead when Maguire released Denver Hume, and the wing-back slotted home from eight yards.
Maguire was involved in everything for the Black Cats going forward, and added his second and Sunderland’s third shortly after half-time, latching on to a Wyke flick-on and outmuscling Tanner to score from 10 yards.
Wyke then got on the scoresheet, after Norman spilt Maguire’s effort and the No 9 was on hand to score the rebound.
A Jon Mellish late double, however, saw the visitors pull it back to 4-3, but Jack Diamond completed the scoring with Sunderland’s fifth after good work from sub Danny Graham.
Gave away a needless penalty when he brought down Walker, and might have done better with Mellish’s first goal
A great attacking outlet down the right and thoroughly deserved his goal – his first for the club
Two goals, one assist, and had a hand in a fourth goal. An excellent night’s work
Quiet in the first half, but scored a goal and provided an assist for Maguire in the second
For Taylor 84mins. Helped shore things up at the back when Carlisle had got back in the game
Sunderland vs Carlisle
Actu monde – GB – Sunderland vs Carlisle player ratings