Jerome Sinclair, Sunderland

Jerome Sinclair scored a penalty to ensure Sunderland victory over Notts County to progress to the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The home side took the lead 22 minutes in when Duncan Watmore’s goal-bound strike deflected off Dan Jones into the net.

Sinclair secured the win from the penalty spot after Jones brought down Benji Kimpioka in the box.

Duncan Watmore started his first senior game in 13 months after returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The first chance of the game went to the home side, when Watmore’s forward pass found Bali Mumba in the box but his strike was straight at Ross Fitzsimons.

Sunderland took the lead in the 22nd minute when Dylan McGeouch played through Watmore to see his effort saved by Fitzsimons, only for the rebound to hit Jones and into the net.

Notts County almost equalised when Jones’ whipped cross found Kristian Dennis in the box to see his downward header excellently saved by Robbin Ruiter.

Watmore could have had a goal on his return when he carried the ball into the box before Fitzsimons turned his low strike around the post.

The hosts were awarded a penalty 18 minutes from time when Kimpioka ran onto to Mumba’s through ball before being brought down by Jones.

Sinclair stepped up and sent Fitzsimons the wrong way, sending the penalty into the bottom left corner to double the Black Cats’ advantage.

The Magpies had the chance to half the deficit soon after but Andy Kellet could only fire over the bar from 12 yards.

The win sees Sunderland progress to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy, while Notts County leave the competition at the first knockout round.