Ethan's Report: Time running out already for Grayson?


Sunderland travelled to to Portman Road in poor form. Simon Grayson's men sat 3rd from bottom and with only one league win all season, it wasn't looking good for the Black Cats going into the match. 


Jason Steele started in goal with Didier Ndong dropping out for Darron Gibson. There was also a return for Aiden McGeady. 

Former Sunderland academy star Martyn Waghorn, born in the nearby town of South Shields, opened the scoring for the Tractor Boys after flicking on Joe Garner's cross. A goal made by the ex Rangers duo. Lamine Kone made a half hearted attempt to deny Waghorn from latching onto the cross but failed miserably. Steele should've done better in preventing the goal. 

Sunderland replied quickly as makeshift centre half Billy Jones then flicked on McGeady's cross past Ipswich goalie Bartosz Bialkowski. This gave the travelling fans some hope. 

Waghorn then tested Steele when he got a touch on the ball in from the left. The Newton Aycliffe born shotstopper got a hand to the effort and turned it away from danger. 

The travelling fans' hope was short lived though as central defender Jordan Spence headed Ipswich back into the driving seat. He connected with Waghorn's delivery from a corner ball and put it beyond the reach of Steele. Garner then tested Steele from an acute angle, the goalkeeper failed to make a strong save and it was down to centre back Jones to make a goal line clearance. 

The second half arrived and the first opportunity fell for the visitors. Skipper Lee Cattermole had his header turned over by Bialkowski after Callum McManaman's cross was poorly dealt with. 

Eventually Ipswich got their third, this coming through Bersant Celina. He hammered the ball home after Waghorn's clever heel flick. Five minutes later, on the hour mark, Irish hitman David McGoldrick made it 4-1. Waghorn was again the problem for Sunderland's defence; he played the ball into the area and McGoldrick had the initial shot saved by Steele. He made no mistake second time, squeezing it in the corner. 

Sunderland did pull one back. McGeady hit an absolute peach into far corner. The winger received the ball off Lynden Gooch before curling an effort from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner. 

Minutes from the full time whistle Grant Ward made it five. McGoldrick played a nice ball through for Ward who rounded Steele and then smashed into an empty net. This gave manager Mick McCarthy a perfect result against his former employers. However, it also turned up the heat on Black Cats gaffer Simon Grayson. 

Sunderland go into a crucial fixture against Grayson's former side Preston North End at Deepdale on Saturday. It is a must win game in the eyes of most fans, especially as Birmingham City are hot on the tails of the Black Cats. 

Ratings:

Steele - 3, Kone - 3, Jones - 5, Wilson - 3 (O'Shea '50), Matthews - 4, Oviedo - 4 (Gooch '57), Cattermole - 3, Gibson - 2, McManamam - 5 (Honeyman '67), McGeady - 5, Vaughan - 4

O'Shea - 2, Gooch - 4, Honeyman - 3

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