Accrington Stanley’s unbeaten run came to an end as Sunderland secured a 3-1 victory, despite midfielder Jordan Clark opening the scoring on five minutes for John Coleman’s side.
The Reds started the better of the two sides and they got their reward when Joe Pritchard’s ball over the top was met by Clark who rounded goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin before slotting the ball into an open goal.
However, just two minutes later The Black Cats were level as Lynden Gooch connected well with a cross to direct the ball past Dimitar Evtimov and into the back of the net.
Despite conceding, Stanley continued to cause problems as Pritchard had multiple attempts to trouble McLaughlin, but he failed to make the most of his chances.
Jack Ross’ side took the lead on 25 minutes when Aiden McGeady turned well in the box before firing an effort into the top corner.
Stanley continued to have chances through Clark and Bishop, as the latter almost equalised on 34 minutes when his effort from range was deflected before crashing back off the crossbar.
Sunderland grabbed their third goal two minutes later when Chris Maguire broke quickly before squaring the ball for Marc McNulty to tap into an open goal.
It was almost four just before the break as the ball bounced around the box before trickling onto the post and somehow it didn’t cross the line.
Following the break, both sides continued to have chances and the best chance for Stanley came when Ross Sykes headed the ball down for Aji Alese, but the West Ham United loanee couldn’t knock the ball over the line.
Dion Charles had a similar chance with less than ten minutes to play, before Evtimov saved well from Will Grigg in added time.
Focus now turns to Tuesday night’s away trip against Wycombe Wanderers, 7.45pm kick-off.