MK Dons 0-3 Sunderland match report

Sunderland’s Jack Diamond celebrates with teammates after scoring their sides first goal during the Papa John’s Trophy Quarter Final match at Stadium MK, Bletchley. Picture date: Tuesday February 2, 2021.

Sunderland advanced into the semi-final of the Papa John’s Trophy after a 3-0 win over MK Dons.

The Black Cats scored in the 11th minute through an own goal from Dean Lewington.

Substitutes Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke increased the lead in the 76th and 82nd minute.

Lee Johnson made four changes from the side that faced Gillingham at the weekend, with new signing Jordan Jones making his debut for the club.

Sunderland took the lead early on after Jack Diamond’s low cross deflected off Dean Lewington and past the MK Dons keeper.  

Remi Matthews was called into action when Joe Mason followed up a deflected cross, but the Sunderland keeper handled it well.

The Black Cats were forced into an early change with McFadzean taking a knock. He was replaced by Dan Neil, and Luke O’Nien moved into left back.

Lee Johnson made a quadruple change in the 59th minute, with Aidan McGeady, Charlie Wyke, Grant Leadbitter and Oliver Younger coming on to freshen things up.

MK Dons’ best chance of the game came when Cameron Jerome laid the ball off to Scott Fraser in the 67th minute, but his left-footed effort was easily palmed to safety by Matthews.

Sunderland doubled their lead in the 76th minute, with McGeady’s shot from the edge of the box slipped through the hands of Lee Nichols.

Wyke sealed the win in the 82nd minute, glancing a header into the far corner from Leadbitter’s cross.

Johnson’s side are now one game away from booking their place in the final at Wembley.