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09 October 2018 Venue Stadium of Light Attendance

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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: A look ahead to the Checkatrade Trophy fixture against Sunderland

Group game number two at the Stadium of Light

8 October 2018

United travel to face north-east giants Sunderland on Tuesday night having already picked up three points from their first Checkatrade Trophy group fixture against Morecambe last time out.

Josh MajaThe Black Cats have had to readjust quickly to life outside the top two divisions with the league, and a return to the Championship, rightly their top priority.

Just one defeat so far in league action - a 2-1 away reverse at the hands of Burton Albion - has seen them maintain a steady push in the upper reaches of the division, but some frustrating draws [four in total] have taken the gloss ever so slightly off an otherwise strong and encouraging start to the season.

Saturday saw them quite literally battle out a 2-1 away victory at struggling Bradford, taking them to third spot in the table, with Josh Maja and Jack Baldwin scoring the goals, but Max Power was handed a straight red card when he appeared to kick out in retaliation to a hefty challenge from Bantams midfielder Jack Payne.

Impressive going forward, the leading goalscorer is Josh Maja with a total of nine goals so far ... and an assist thrown in along the way just to add to his good early return. He was also voted as the EFL's young player of the month for August for his consistent performances.

Lyndon Gooch has a very solid five assists, with three goals into the bargain, and the ever reliable Lee Cattermole is up and running with three goals and two assists to his name.

Sunderland have two points from their opening group game against Stoke City under-21s as the teams played out a 0-0 draw, with the home side eventually going on to pick up the bonus point on offer as they won the resulting penalty shoot-out by 4-2. 


Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the game, United boss John Sheridan said: “The Stadium of Light is a great stadium to go and play football at and it will be a good experience for some of the younger players.

"It's a game where there might be an opportunity for lads who haven't been getting game time to stake a claim, but it's another one we want to win. 

"We want to progress in the competition, and we got off to a good start against Morecambe. Whoever Sunderland put out, they'll want to win the game as well, and they have some very good players in their squad.

"I have no doubt it will be another tough one for us."

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Did You Know?

+ Blue House Field was the club’s first home before the Black Cats enjoyed brief spells at other locations, with the club eventually settling at Newcastle Road in 1886.

Roker Park

+ The club moved to Roker Park in 1898. It became their home for the next 99 years.

+ In 1985 Sunderland went from 17 August to 7 September - a total of 494 minutes - without scoring a goal. It remains their longest ever spell without scoring at the start of a season.


Head to Head

These two sides have met on a total of 20 occasions over the years - the first fixtures were in the 1970/71 season, where Sunderland earned an away point at Brunton Park before beating the Blues 2-0 at home in the old second division. 

Sunderland hold the bragging rights by some considerable margin, with 10 victories compared to United's four.

  Carlisle wins Draws Sunderland wins
League Cup 0 0 1
FA Cup 1 3 3
League 3 3 6
Total 4 6 10

The latest meeting between the two sides was in last season's Carabao Cup, with Sunderland progressing after a 2-1 victory. Donald Love and Lyndon Gooch scored for the Black Cats, with Danny Grainger getting what turned out to be a consolation goal on the hour mark.

Watch the highlights from that game here:

Matt Robson scored the consolation goal as Sunderland beat United 3-1 in the Emirates FA Cup third round in 2014. 

Watch the highlights from that game here:


Man in the middle

Our referee for this game is Mr Ben Toner. He has been in charge of eight games so far this season and has shown a total of 13 yellow cards.

Ben TonerWe last saw him just two months ago for our 2-1 home victory over Port Vale. Danny Grainger (penalty) and Tom Parkes gave us a two-goal cushion but things were made interesting through the closing stages when Luke Hannant netted with just two minutes left to play. United settled things down to take the points, and there were no Blues booked on the day.

Prior to that, he was with us at Vale Park in March last season when second half goals from Ashley Nadesan and Hallam Hope handed the Blues a hard fought victory. Dior Angus had given the home side a first half lead, but Antony Kay was sent off for the hosts as tempers flared late in the game.

We saw him again at Brunton Park in November last season when we beat Yeovil Town by 4-0, with Danny Grainger (2), Hallam Hope and Shaun Miller getting the goals. Bevis Mugabi was sent off with 15 minutes left to play for the Glovers.

The Checkatrade Trophy had brought him north two months earlier when Layton Ndukwu scored for Leicester City’s under-21 side to register a shock defeat for the Blues. No names were taken on the night.

Referee - Ben Toner
Assistant Referee 1 - Paul Newhouse
Assistant Referee 2 - Richard Wigglesworth
Fourth Official - Adam Herczeg 


Ticket information

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: Sunderland 3 - 1 United

Report from the Checkatrade Trophy group game

9 October 2018

It was the second of the Checkatrade Trophy Group A fixtures at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening as the Blues went up against League One Sunderland.

17-year old winger Liam McCarron stepped up to make his first start for the club and he was joined by Gary Miller, George Glendon, Regan Slater and Adam Campbell as the changes to the team from Saturday's victorious trip to Oldham.

United fashioned their first chance with just 60 seconds on the clock when they broke from deep, as a cross from Maguire was cleared by Parkes. McCarron exchanged passes with Nadesan to get into the opposition area and the youngster showed confidence to take on a shot from a tight angle. Ruiter stayed big to palm it wide.

The Black Cats responded with an excellent counter as McGeady teased his way down the left flank. He checked back to cross and Mbunga-Kimpioka moved in to space before guiding a header at the bottom corner. Collin got his hand to it but he couldn't prevent it from crossing the line.

The home side came again when McGeady stepped away from a tackle with the ball under his control. He ran across the width of the 18-yard box and he tried to pick his spot with a firm punt as a gap opened up. Liddle did well to block it and his touch sent it wide.

Ruiter and McGeouch got themselves into a real tangle on 10 minutes when the keeper rolled the ball to his defender, who was immediately under pressure from two blue shirts. The pair bundled their way to a clearance as McCarron and Nadesan looked to close things down.

Carlisle started to pass the ball around, without quite managing to find a way through, and the hosts did the same as it became an intriguing game to watch. 

The Cumbrians settled and they were awarded a free kick dead central, and 24 yards from the target, when Yates was chopped to the floor. Gillesphey was a whisker away as he cleverly clipped it over the wall. Ruiter was wrong-footed and mightily relieved to see it bulge the outside of the side netting.

The visitors were deservedly back on terms midway through the half when Nadesan showed pace to go past his man, leaving him with just the stopper to beat. He kept his cool before rolling it neatly into the target to register his fourth goal of the season.

Right back Gary Miller did well to put a wicked cross from the right flank from Honeyman behind the goal as it came at him at pace. He had to take care and it was pats on the back all round as it flew into the safety of the advertising hoardings. Tom Parkes was next to show defensive quality when he somehow cleared a delivery from Honeyman with an overhead kick, right in front of his own keeper.

It was a good spell for the home side and right back Adam Matthews ventured forward from deep inside his own half to angle a run into the area. He went for an early shot on the run but Collin kept his eyes on it to make the block. The rebound ran free but the keeper was up quickly to gather it in.

Maguire was next to have a go when he struck an instinctive volley with the outside of his boot as the ball looped into his path 20-yards from goal. It had power, but he couldn't keep it down and it flashed over the bar.

Sunderland restored their lead when they kept the pressure on and the ball alive with crosses from McGeady and Maguire. A half clearance fell nicely for Robson to strike and he left Collin with no chance as he thundered a superb effort past a despairing dive.

Carlisle refused to lie down and they thought they'd hit back straight away when Campbell took control of a bouncing ball inside the area. He stepped away from his marker and was disappointed to see a well hit shot skip just the wrong side of the upright.

Maguire rattled a speculative effort wide from distance as half time approached, and Matthews wasted a good heading opportunity when he sent a measured Maguire cross high and deep and well wide of the mark.

The second half took a while to get going, but a corner for the Blues lifted the away support when McCarron's cross was put behind. The delivery was excellent from Campbell, and the header from Parkes was goal bound until Ozturk got in the way.

McGeady had loud appeals for a penalty turned down at the other end when he fell to the floor as he tried to get on the end of good work from Honeyman. The referee took a close look but quickly signalled for play to continue.

More excellence from Adam Collin kept the lead down to one goal on 61 minutes when a fantastic cross found Mbunga-Kimpioka unmarked and just five yards out. His header had power and appeared to be going in until the keeper spread himself to make a superb two-handed save.

But it was to be a short reprieve as Honeyman beat the offside trap to race clean through when Adam Matthews popped a ball over the top. He drew Collin off his line then slotted it beneath the dive to give his side their cushion.

Home tails were up and Mbunga-Kimpioka wasted a great chance to extend the lead further when he beat his man only to rush his shot. It was a difficult angle and he scooped his toe poke over the bar. The same player had a shot blocked when he should have done better moments later, following good approach play from Maguire, with Carlisle struggling to find a foothold in the game.

The Blues found it hard to get any purchase in the opposition half, as Sunderland restricted space and movement, but Yates was wasteful when he burst through a challenge only to drill his shot wide.

Winger Jack Egan came on to make his senior debut with ten minutes left to play, but the Black Cats kept their forward momentum going and they probed the Carlisle back line, keeping them penned in and on the back foot.

Midfielder Sam Adewusi also came on to get his first appearance under his belt, but the Black Cats stayed disciplined to take maximum points from the fixture.



Sunderland - Mbunga-Kimpioka (2), Robson (33), Honeyman (63)

Carlisle United - Nadesan (22)



Sunderland - O'Nien (71)



Sunderland - Ruiter, Matthews, Ozturk, Maguire, McGeouch, Honeyman, Baldwin, James, McGeady (Diamond 79), Robson (O'Nien 45), Mbunga-Kimpioka (Taylor 86). Subs - Patterson, Hackett, Connelly, Gamble.

Carlisle United - Collin, Miller, Liddle, Parkes, Gillesphey, Yates, Slater, Glendon (Adewusi 86), McCarron (Jones 56), Campbell, Nadesan (Egan 79). Subs - Gray, Etuhu, Brown.


Referee - Mr Ben Toner

Attendance - 8,112 (330 away fans)

Thank you to Ian Horrocks Photography for the images.

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Ticket News

AWAY DAYS: Ticket information for the Checkatrade Trophy game against Sunderland

Ticket information for the Checkatrade trip to the Stadium of Light

8 October 2018

Sunderland AFC v Carlisle United, Tuesday 9 October, kick off 7.45pm


Adult - £3 
Over 65 - £1 
U16 - £1 

Tickets are for the Carling North Stand upper tier 3. 

Sunderland have advised us that this is an ALL TICKET fixture, tickets must be purchased in advance as there will be no sales on match day to home or away supporters.

You must be already registered with us in order to purchase a ticket for this fixture. 

Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters will pay the relevant concession price with carer ticket free of charge.

Dates of sale 

Date Time
Wed 19 Sep 10am – 5pm
Thu 20 Sep 10am – 5pm
Fri 21 Sep 10am – 5pm
Sat 22 Sep Closed 
Sun 23 Sep Closed 
Mon 24 Sep 10am – 5pm
Tue 25 Sep 10am – 5pm
Wed 26 Sep  10am – 5pm
Thu 27 Sep 10am – 5pm
Fri 28 Sep 10am – 5pm 
Sat 29 Sep 10am – 2.30pm
Sat 29 Sep 4.45pm - 5.15pm
Sun 30 Sep Closed 
Mon 1 Oct 10am – 5pm
Tue 2 Oct 10am – 5pm
Wed 3 Oct  10am – 5pm
Thu 4 Oct 10am – 5pm
Fri 5 Oct 10am – 5pm 
Sat 6 Oct Closed 
Sun 7 Oct Closed 
Mon 8 Oct 10am – 5pm

Methods of purchase:

In person – come to the main ticket office in the Pioneer Stand at the designated time. Ticket sales on home match days will be from the West Stand ticket office. 
Phone – ring the ticket office on 0844 371 1921 at the designated times and pay with a credit / debit card. Calls to this line are charged at 7p per minute from a landline. Mobile charges may vary.
Internet – click HERE and follow the online instructions. 
Please note - to post tickets out to customers who have made their purchase over the telephone there is an additional charge of 75p.
The last day tickets will be posted is 5pm on Thursday 4 October 2018.


CUSAT will be running a coach for this fixture - click HERE for more information on booking and departure times. 

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