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Sunderland had to settle for a narrow lead after Ross Stewart's goal

Ross Stewart scored his 25th goal of the season to give Sunderland a narrow advantage over Yorkshire in the second leg of this play-off semi-final (Author: Gardener)

Ross Stewart'sWe've determined that there is a problem with your subscription billing information. Please update your billing information here. The subscription information associated with this account needs to be updated. Please update your billing information here to continue enjoying your subscription. Please update your billing details here to continue having access to the UK's most informative and respected journalism. Sunderland had to settle for a narrow lead after Ross Stewart scored in this play-off semi-final on Monday night. Both groups of fans in a crowd of 44,742, an EFL play-off record, celebrated when the agonizing first half was over. Everything is really still open. Sunderland will rightly wonder how they don't gain a much bigger lead over Sheffield.

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Player Ratings as Alex Pritchard is Torturer-in-Chief against Wednesday

Ross Stewart scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland earned a hard-fought play-off semi-final first-leg win over Sheffield Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

WednesdayRoss Stewart scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland earned a hard-fought play-off semi-final first-leg win over Sheffield Wednesday. Get our FREE daily Sunderland newsletter emailed to your inbox by subscribing belowSomething went wrong, please try again later. Thanks for subscribing!We have more Newsletter Show me Sunderland will go into the second leg of the play-off semi-finals with a slim lead after beating Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light. Ross Stewart scored the only goal of the game in injury time at the end of the first half. Wednesday pressed late in the game but Sunderland held on. READ MORE: Recap Sunderland's win over Sheffield Wednesday, how it happened to side, helped set up goal and should have scored himself. Read the game well and control the midfield. Caused all sorts of problems from the right flank and produced a couple of saves from Peacock-Farrell Tortured the move that led to goal and later hit the bar throughout the evening. Quiet in the first half but better in the second Tor brought and Wednesday sometimes couldn't handle him For the latest Sunderland news straight to your inbox, click here to sign up for our free newsletter

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League One is the land of the fallen giants, where Sunderland and Co. rival Prem for crowds

There's a big game at the Stadium of Light on Friday night when Sheffield Wednesday take on Sunderland in the semi-final play-off. The Owls are watching (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandThere's a big game at the Stadium of Light on Friday night when Sheffield Wednesday take on Sunderland in the semi-final play-off. The Owls are looking to get back into the Championship on the first try while this is Sunderland's fourth season in England's third tier. From the Premier League to non-league football, since fans were allowed back onto grounds, millions of people have flocked to their local club to watch a game every weekend. Unlike other nations, Great Britain has a rich football tradition stretching back to its pyramid. Just look at League One. With the capacity to host more than 400,000 fans each week across its 20 clubs, participation in the third tier of English football rivals most leagues in the world. It is the land of fallen giants where clubs that were once considered Premier League regulars now reside. Here's the thing though, football fandom doesn't have an off switch - and those fans from the glory days went nowhere. Anyone who's seen Sunderland 'Til I Die will know exactly what we're talking about, but it's not just the Black Cats and their 49,000-seat Stadium of Light. Go further back in history and you will learn that Sheffield Wednesday were once among the biggest clubs in the country, winning the FA Cup three times and the old First Division four times. Even AFC Wimbledon and Wigan have won the FA Cup in their history. And just as they have done at Elland Road for almost 20 years, League One fans will continue to show up to help their clubs regain their former glory. Sunderland v Sheffield Wednesday in the League One play-offs can be seen live on talkSPORT on Friday night, kick-off is at 19.45

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Sunderland beat Sheff Wed in play-off first leg

Sunderland narrowly lead Sheffield with a League One play-off semi-first-leg win over Hillsborough on Wednesday. (Author: Gardener)

SheffRoss Stewart's goal gave Sunderland a narrow win over Sheffield Wednesday in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-finals. The Owls gave the hosts trouble in the last 20 minutes but failed to score. Wednesday is the home game for the second leg, which kicks off on Monday at 19:45 BST. Wycombe, who lead 2-0 against MK Dons in the other semi-final, plays their second leg on Sunday at the Stadium:MK. Regular-season games between the two had produced convincing home wins; 5-0 to Sunderland and 3-0 to Wednesday in return, but with so much at stake there could be no blow-out. These two heavyweights are stuck in the third tier with only one escape route via the play-offs, and there was a lot of anticipation, fear and expectation around the Stadium of Light on and off the field. That tension was palpable with 44,742 in the stands – a record attendance in the English Football League play-offs at all levels – although the home side calmed some nerves when Stewart scored at the end of a sluggish first half. Pritchard was the fulcrum where most of the Wearsiders' best work came about, dropping deep to connect midfield and attack while Patrick Roberts, Jack Clarke and Lynden Gooch provided distance to end the game to keep stretched. However, with a second leg still to come at the equally feverish Hillsborough, the Scot's late miss and a flurry of missed chances from Dennis Cirkin and Roberts midway through the second half could prove costly. With solid form and Sunderland enjoying most of the possession after a frenetic start, it seemed Darren Moores could have walked away unbeaten on Wednesday rather than chased a lead. Stewart's goal changed that plan, forcing them to attack more willingly, but their chief creator Barry Bannan remained mostly anonymous as he couldn't be brought into play on Wednesday. When he touched the ball he was immediately smothered by Sunderland markers. As the game progressed, Sunderland retreated deeper due to growing nervousness and eventually Wednesday untied the bonds but they eluded the crucial goal. "The only disappointment from our point of view was probably the fact that we didn't contribute to the goal. "Especially from half-time up to about the 75th minute we probably had two or three great chances to double the score and it certainly wouldn't have been more than we deserved at that point." would be a tough game. The disappointing things about the game for me were: Did we use the ball as well as we could? But at the same time give credit to Sunderland because they didn't let us do it. "They put a lot of energy into the game, they worked and they put pressure on us and they used the ball really, really well, so they played well. "It's a difficult place to come from. The game lived up to expectations, we had to be persistent. "We knew when we conceded, I told them at half-time, we don't have to concede again, do our job and make sure we stay in the game.

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Sunderland gain a narrow play-off lead over the Owls

Ross Stewart's 25th goal of the season gave Sunderland a 1-0 lead to defend against Sheffield Wednesday in the bid for a place in the League One play-off final. (Author: Gardener)

Ross Stewart'sRoss Stewart's 25th goal of the season gave Sunderland a 1-0 lead to defend against Sheffield Wednesday in the bid for a place in the League One play-off final. Alex Neil's men might have won more comfortably that night had it not been for Owl keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell when they also hit the crossbar and they still have work to do to make it to Wembley despite their have extended their unbeaten run to 14 games. Defender Danny Batth just missed getting Alex Pritchard's corner near the post as Wednesday was pinned deep in their own half in the early stages. The Owls made little impression as an attacking force, although Black Cats defender Bailey Wright had to make an important challenge in the 21st minute to deny Lee Gregory a goal run and the forward headed straight at keeper Anthony Patterson from a challenging angle for four minutes later. But it was Sunderland who took the lead in first-half injury time when Sam Hutchinson failed to get Cirkins ball over the top and Stewart sped away to score on the second try after Peacock-Farrell blocked his first try. Pritchard was unhappy after 52 minutes as he saw his shot come back off the bar with a battered Peacock-Farrell 52 minutes into the game, but the goalkeeper came up with fingertips on the midfielder's clipped shot three minutes later, with the home team was good at the top. Hutchinson was forced to block a goal-bound Roberts shot after working his way into the box, although Liam Palmer should have done better after being selected at the far post by Luongo and with 13 minutes remaining the visitors had their best time of the game , although it was ultimately futile as Stewart almost made it 2-0 on death.

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The Black Cats go into the second leg at Hillsborough with a narrow lead...

The second leg takes place at Hillsborough on Monday night... (Author: Gardener)

HillsboroughRoss Stewart scored the only goal as Sunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final. Sunderland got off to a brilliant start in front of 44,742 spectators as Patrick Roberts tested Peacock-Farrell with a fourth-minute shot after latching on to Stewart's knockdown and cutting inside. Defender Danny Batth just missed getting Alex Pritchard's corner near the post as Wednesday was pinned deep in their own half in the early stages. The Owls made little impression as an attacking force, although Black Cats defender Bailey Wright had to make an important challenge in the 21st minute to deny Lee Gregory a goal run and the forward headed straight at keeper Anthony Patterson from a challenging angle for four minutes later. Corry Evans screwed a left-footed shot wide of the edge after Roberts and Stewart connected well nine minutes before the break, but Patterson had to get off the line to collect Massimo Luongo's cross in front of Gregory after the midfielder went behind Full-back Dennis Zirkin entered. But it was Sunderland who took the lead in first-half injury time when Sam Hutchinson failed to get Cirkins ball over the top and Stewart sped away to score on the second try after Peacock-Farrell blocked his first try. Pritchard was unhappy after 52 minutes as he saw his shot come back off the bar with a battered Peacock-Farrell 52 minutes into the game, but the goalkeeper came up with fingertips on the midfielder's clipped shot three minutes later, with the home team was good at the top. Hutchinson was forced to block a goal-bound Roberts shot after working his way into the box, although Liam Palmer should have done better after being selected at the far post by Luongo and with 13 minutes remaining the visitors had their best time of the game , although it was ultimately futile as Stewart almost made it 2-0 on death. The article Sunderland 1-0 Sheff Weds: Black Cats narrowly ahead in Hillsborough second leg … appeared first on Football365.com.

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Sunderland beat Sheff Wed in the first leg of the play-offs

Sunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finals with a 1-0 first-leg win at the Stadium of Light. (Author: Gardener)

SheffRoss Stewart celebrates with Sunderland team-mates after a goal against Sheffield Wednesday Sunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final with a 1-0 first-leg win at the Stadium of Light. Ross Stewart scored the only goal just before half-time on Friday night, giving the Black Cats a slight advantage in the tie. How the teams lined up | Match Stats Get Sky Sports | Important play-off dates There is still work to be done on Wednesday if they are to reach Wembley ahead of Monday night's second leg at Hillsborough. How Sunderland mastered the first leg Roared at by a huge crowd - 44,742 fans ensured a record attendance at an EFL play-off semi-final - Sunderland upped the pressure in the first half as they tried to capitalize on home advantage - but it wasn't until at half-time and a mistake by Sam Hutchinson to deliver the opener. His midway error allowed Stewart to fall and run through, finishing for the second time after Bailey Peacock-Farrell repelled his first attempt. Sunderland continued to press after the break and came close to scoring a second through Pritchard on a couple of occasions - when he hit the bar in the 52nd minute and forced a fine save from Peacock-Farrell four minutes later. Wednesday soon grew into the game and began to put pressure on the Sunderland defense but they came so close to conceding a crucial second in the 89th minute when a Peacock-Farrell error created a great opportunity for Stewart but he could only shoot wide. Analysis: "Sunderland will be happy" "I think Sunderland will be happy. You always want to win the home game in the play-offs.” Sunderland were strong early in the second half and when they took their chances they managed it could have been two or three. "You've seen what Sheffield Wednesday has to offer. You'll need that again on Monday night." Man of the Match - Ross Stewart It was great to score just before half-time as it started the break. “I thought we were professional in the second half and was unlucky not to get another. The second leg takes place on Sky Sports Football at Hillsborough on Monday night from 19:30 with kick-off at 19:45.

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Ross Stewart gives the Black Cats an advantage after the first leg of the Sky Bet League One play-off semifinals

Report and free match highlights from the Sky Bet League One Playoff Semi-Final first leg between Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday at the Stadium of Light as Ross Stewart scored the winning goal for the Black Cats. (Author: Gardener)

Ross StewartSunderland beat Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet League One play-off semi-finals with a 1-0 first-leg win at the Stadium of Light. Ross Stewart scored the only goal just before half-time on Friday night, giving the Black Cats a slight advantage in the tie. There is still work to be done on Wednesday if they are to reach Wembley ahead of Monday night's second leg at Hillsborough. Cheered on by a massive crowd - as 44,742 fans set an attendance record for an EFL play-off semi-final - Sunderland upped the pressure in the first half as they tried to capitalize on home advantage - but it lasted until half-time and one Error by Sam Hutchinson to provide the opener. His midway error allowed Stewart to fall and run through, finishing for the second time after Bailey Peacock-Farrell repelled his first attempt. Sunderland continued to press after the break and came close to scoring a second through Pritchard on a couple of occasions - when he hit the bar in the 52nd minute and forced a fine save from Peacock-Farrell four minutes later. Wednesday soon grew into the game and began to put pressure on the Sunderland defense but they came so close to conceding a crucial second in the 89th minute when a Peacock-Farrell error created a great opportunity for Stewart but he could only shoot wide. Sunderland's Alex Neil: "We gained home advantage ahead of the second leg. I thought we were totally dominant and we're disappointed that we didn't contribute to the points. "I thought we were brilliant, really did. But I thought the players dealt with it brilliantly." Darren Moore of Sheffield Wednesday: "We knew today was going to be a tough game and it lived up to our expectations. They put us under a lot of pressure but respect to the lads because it was difficult to get a foothold in the game. "The first half was wild, they played Sunderland so well. We just had to make sure we stayed in the game and we did that tonight. "I think Sunderland will be happy. In the playoffs you always want to win the home game. “Sunderland came out strong early in the second half and if they had taken their chances it could have been two or three. This game is far from over.” You've seen what Sheffield Wednesday has to offer. Sunderland have had an excellent defense since Alex Neil came on. They'll need that again on Monday night.” To score just before half-time was great as it gave us the platform for the break. “I thought we were second half professionally in the season and was unlucky not to get another. Tonight it was all about getting the win." The second leg takes place on Monday night from 19:30 on Sky Sports Football in Hillsborough, with kick-off at 19:45.

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Sunderland's Stewart secures play-off lead against Sheffield Wednesday

Ross Stewart struck just before half-time in the League One play-off semi-final first leg to give his side a 1-0 aggregate lead against Sheffield Wednesday (Author: Gardener)

WednesdayAlex Neil's players strive to prove exceptions to this rule and did not disappoint a crowd of 44,742 at the Stadium of Light. It was a record attendance for an English Football League play-off semi-final and the majority of those in attendance were delighted to see Ross Stewart give Sunderland a narrow advantage ahead of Monday night's second leg in South Yorkshire. Admittedly they should have extended their lead in a much-improved second half after a slow start, but as much as Sheffield Wednesday has any real hope of turning the tie around, Neil has noticeably tightened the Wearsiders' defense in recent weeks. With two hours to go, traffic on the main access roads to the stadium was reminiscent of the days when Sunderland were still a Premier League club. By the time the game actually started, the floor had filled almost to capacity and the atmosphere felt electric. Sunderland had lost just once and won eight in the 15 games since Neil succeeded the sacked Lee Johnson, but they retain a certain mental fragility of the kind that most likely dictates it has been for the best as the board of the Stadium of Light ended a brief dalliance with the idea of ​​Roy Keane returning to Wearside to replace Johnson. Despite Neil's side enjoying plenty of possession early on, Wednesday seemed more composed at first, with Barry Bannan using his intelligence, experience and sheer acumen to slow things down in midfield and stubbornly thwart the home side's attempts to build pace and momentum. If Darren Moore could be happy with the way his visiting team - configured in a 3-5-2 formation - maintained their form and organization through much of the first half, Neil would probably have been disappointed because Sunderland didn't play Bailey Peacock properly tested -Farrell's reflexes. With Sam Hutchinson, once Chelsea, making some key early interceptions in his role as the left-hand component of Moore's defensive trinity, and his teammates evidently aware there was no point in taking too many risks ahead of Monday's second leg at Hillsborough, stalemate In the event that Moore's No 9 failed to make a real connection and Patterson collected easily, Sunderland had received a reminder that Gregory and Saido Berahino, calm as they seemed here, had been two of the division's best forwards of late. Perhaps that narrow miss roused Neil's players as they took a morale-boosting lead shortly thereafter. Waving at half-time, an oddly hesitant Hutchinson seemed to get his feet in a terrible tangle as he attempted to make a routine tee shot near the halfway line and Stewart, sensing the opportunity, seized the moment and denied the offended defender's possession out. The forward cleaned, accelerating towards goal and although Bailey-Farrell saved his first shot, Stewart made no mistake as he steered the rebound into goal from a tight angle. Stewart's 25th goal of the season seemed to give his team-mates renewed confidence and early in the second half Alex Pritchard, once of Tottenham, sent a shot that bent and hit the bar. As Roberts destabilized the rear guard on Wednesday, the suddenly busy Peacock-Farrell tipped another Pritchard shot to safety while Danny Batth closed in with a header. Moore replaced the still anonymous Berahino with Josh Windass but Sunderland still dominated. Roberts, once a Manchester City winger, deflected an evasive shot just wide of the target, but goals were to stop on the ground Murray was building.

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Labor retains control of Sunderland while Tories blame the No 10 parties and the cost of living crisis

The party shrugged off fears that Labor would lose overall control of Sunderland Council for the first time since 1974, which would have dealt a serious blow to Sir Keir Starmer. (Author: Gardener)

SunderlandLabor kept a firm grip on Sunderland on Friday, bringing great relief to the party after fears it would lose overall control of the council for the first time in history. Local Labor leader Graeme Miller waved two fists in the air and said the victory showed the party was delivering at the community level and, under the command of Sir Keir Starmer, was "rebuilding that confidence with people". Labor has dominated in Sunderland for decades but has faced the prospect of the Council turning blue for the first time in 48 years if it loses just six seats in local elections. Sunderland was one of the few areas in England where local Conservatives had believed they could pose a credible threat to Labor and deliver a hammer blow to Mr Starmer. A jubilant Mr Miller, who marched through Silksworth Sports Center in knee-high red socks on Friday night, said Labor had "rounded the corner" with voters. After decades of stagnation and failed projects, Sunderland has welcomed signs of renewal in recent years as new art studios, hotels and office buildings spring up along the River Wear. Mr Miller said voters were "starting to realize that in Sunderland we listen to them, we ask what they want done and we deliver". The councilor also said the pandemic has brought renewed focus to local issues such as infrastructure and reemphasised the importance of community-led policies. He pointed out that last week's campaign trips to Sunderland by Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak had not eclipsed local concerns about the cost of living crisis and Downing Street parties. What we had at the door was a mixture of real concern about what's going to happen to Energie later in the year and real, real anger at Boris," he said. They're fed up with a Prime Minister they can't trust and that's cost the Conservatives a lot of votes.” Early Labor victories in the northern city created a lively atmosphere in the polling hall that lasted throughout the night for much of the nation set the tone. While council members with red rosettes milled around the local sports center shaking hands and making noise as the first results trickled in, local Conservative representatives were a much more muted group. "I think it's largely because of what happened nationally," he told i. "I think a lot of Conservative voters have stayed at home this year." Turnout in Sunderland was 33.6% overall - a slight increase from the 32.9% turnout in the 2018 local elections. Mr Mullen had this year's vote previously as celebrated a "golden opportunity" to strip Labor of its overall power in the northern port city. The 30-year-old Conservative Group leader, who has been calling for the Prime Minister's resignation in recent months, added: "I think a new leader would certainly provide an opportunity for a fresh start and new priorities." By far the loudest cheer of the evening came as the Liberal Democrats took two seats from the Labor and Conservative parties - one expected and one unexpected. Local Lib Dem leader Niall Hodson said the victories had been driven by strong local campaigning and proved the party posed a credible threat to the usual two-horse race in British politics. "I think to be honest the bun fight between Labor and the Conservatives has put a lot of people off - they don't really talk about it on the doorstep," he said. “We went from no seats to a group of 14 at Sunderland in 2016. The focus tonight is, unsurprisingly, what is going on with Labor and the Conservatives, but we have quietly taken seats from both parties. ”

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