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Report: Bury 2 Sunderland 3

Sunderland come from behind to claim an emotional win at Gigg Lane

7 July 2017

Lee Clark’s side began pre-season with a defeat at the hands of last season’s relegated Premier League side Sunderland at Gigg Lane.

Despite Bury leading the game 2-0 with 25 minutes played, the away side turned the game on its head to win the match with four minutes remaining through Joshua Maja.

One minute applause was held from both sets of supporters before the match in honour of young Bradley Lowery, and again six minutes into the game in remembrance of the six-year-old who passed away on Friday afternoon.

Lee Clark opted to start with seven of his new summer signings for the first pre-season game, and it was an opportunity for the visiting supporters to cast an eye over new manager Simon Grayson in his first game in charge at Sunderland.

The game was brought to life within two minutes as James Vaughan pounced on a mistake by Lamine Kone, and was subsequently fouled by the big centre back from 20 yards out.

Rees Greenwood carved open the only opportunity for the visitors in the opening exchanges as he skipped inside from wide, before hitting the side netting.

The Shakers broke the deadlock on the 20th minute through Andrew Tutte after a clever knock-down inside the penalty box from new signing Jermaine Beckford.

Zeli Ismail threatened to extend the lead, latching onto a forward through ball, but he was unable to find the target as the ball squeezed wide of the post.

Further pressure from the intelligent Beckford allowed Callum Reilly a chance inside the 18-yard-box, he turned and found the top right corner of the goal to double the lead 25 minutes in.

The away side pulled a goal back in the 37th minute with a deft flick by Jack Rodwell into the bottom corner from a George Honeyman corner.

Young Luke Molyneux’s effort late in the first half almost beat Joe Murphy as the Bury shot stopper struggled to collect the ball, before it bounced off the bar, and Murphy eventually neutralised the danger.

A fresh batch of players replaced the eleven which started the game for the Shakers, including 16-year-old Saul Shotton and trialist goalkeeper Kyle Letheren.

In a quiet second half, Whabi Khazri ran through on goal while under pressure from Adam Thompson, but it was the Shakers summer signing that timed his sliding challenge to perfection to deny Khazri.

Khazri played a pivotal role in the next Sunderland attack as he teed up the onrushing Maja, leaving an easy tap in from six yards out for Maja to level the scores.

On 86 minutes, Maja found the winning goal late on with a powerful volley to turn the game around, and send the visitors home happy.

Attendance: 2,110 (724 visiting supporters)

Bury first half: Murphy, Edwards, Aldred, O’Connell, Skarz, Ismail, Tutte, Dai, Reilly, Vaughan, Beckford

Bury second half: Letheren, Jones, Thompson, Shotton, Leigh, Humphrey (Sang 82), Dawson, O’Shea, Styles, Miller, Heardman

Sunderland first half: Mannone, Jones, Matthews, Kone, Djilibodji, Cattermole, Molyneux, Rodwell, Gooch, Honeyman, Greenwood

Sunderland second half: Mika, Love, Maja, Kone (Beadling 60), Djilibodji (Ledger 60), Khazri, E. Robson, T. Robson, Gibson, Gooch (Hume 60), Honeyman (Gamble 60)


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