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Harvey Knibbs in action for Cambridge United in their match at Sunderland. Picture: Simon Lankester (56242656)
Harvey Knibbs in action for Cambridge United in their match at Sunderland. Picture: Simon Lankester (56242656)

Lloyd Jones' early sending off proved costly for Cambridge United in a 5-1 defeat at Sunderland in Sky Bet League One.

The turning point in the game at the Stadium of Light came in the 12th minute.

Ross Stewart raced into the United area and was bundled over by centre-back Jones, who was the last man and so was shown the red card.

Stewart stepped up to send his spot kick to U’s keeper Dimi Mitov’s right.

In the 29th minute, Elliot Embleton hit a free kick from the left which deceived Mitov and sailed over him into the far corner to give Sunderland a 2-0 lead.

United pulled a goal back in the 30th minute following a slick move down the right.

Joe Ironside played through Sam Smith on the touchline, and he sprinted to the byline before pulling a cross back which was deflected up for the arriving Paul Digby to swivel neatly to fire home.

However, Sunderland re-established their two-goal lead by half time.

A cross from the right by Lynden Gooch found its way across the area to Stewart whose first touch took the ball up into the air, and he turned smartly to fire into the bottom corner.

Eight minutes into the second half, a cross from Gooch was headed home by Nathan Broadhead to make it 4-1.

The hosts’ scoring was completed in the 72nd minute when Alex Pritchard swung over a cross from the left which was met at the back post by Danny Batth, who headed in his first goal for Sunderland.

United finish their season next Saturday (April 30) at home to Cheltenham Town.



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