Sunderland were defeated by Coventry City on Saturday, with Viktor Gyokeres marking his 100th Coventry appearance with a goal and an assist.
After picking up just one point in their last two games, the Black Cats were looking to get back to winning ways against a Coventry side who were three games unbeaten.
Tony Mowbray brought Patrick Roberts, Aji Alese and Trai Hume back into the side after their midweek defeat against Rotherham and came up against a familiar face in former loanee Callum Doyle.
Jamie Allen and Viktor Gyokeres won the game for Coventry, although a late Amad goal gave the visitors a lifeline.
Sunderland had a lot of possession but struggled to break down a resolute Blues defence, and looked vulnerable on the counter-attack.
Danny Batth hit the crossbar after seven minutes, as he met Roberts’ free kick with a strong header.
Gyokeres had a golden chance when he intercepted Diallo’s hospital pass. The striker drove forward but blazed his shot over.
On 24 minutes Allen scored after Gyokeres broke forward and squared it to the midfielder for a simple finish.
Just a minute later the powerful forward could have scored again, but his shot went inches wide.
Gyokeres seemed to kill the game off in the 89th minute when Matt Godden provided the Swedish striker with a low ball for a close-range finish.
Amad curled a beautiful shot into the far corner in added time, but it would be merely a consolation goal.