Man Utd loanee Diallo nets stunner as Sunderland win at Birmingham


Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo netted a second-half stunner as injury-hit Sunderland held off a late Birmingham onslaught to earn a 2-1 win at St Andrew’s.

Birmingham had the better of the chances in both halves but found themselves behind to Sunderland’s first real chance of the game, as Diallo held up the ball brilliantly before finding Ellis Simms in space, and his driven effort was too powerful for John Ruddy to keep out.

Scott Hogan, the Championship’s top goalscorer, wasted a pair of fine first-half chances either side of the goal and would regret those misses further when Diallo doubled the away side’s lead with a wonderful finish at the end of a rapid break.

Lukas Jutkiewicz came off the bench as Birmingham threw the kitchen sink at their visitors and his goal gave them hope with 12 minutes left, but Sunderland held on despite an avalanche of late pressure from the hosts to earn a third win from four games which lifts them into the top half of the Championship table.

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