Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shoddy Defence Sees Cats in Bottom Three; MATCH ANALYSIS: Sunderland 0 Barnsley 1

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Shoddy Defence Sees Cats in Bottom Three; MATCH ANALYSIS: Sunderland 0 Barnsley 1

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER @JHUNTERCHRON

SUNDERLAND sank back into the bottom three after losing at home to relegation rivals Barnsley.

Defender Ethan Pinnock headed home from a corner just after half-time to ensure the Black Cats made a losing start to 2018, and to give Barnsley their first league double over Sunderland since 1986-87.

The Wearsiders started the day outside the relegation zone on goal difference, one place and one point behind Barnsley.

But this victory meant Barnsley moved up to 19th, four points ahead of Sunderland, while Burton Albion and Bolton Wanderers also leapfrogged Chris Coleman's side courtesy of their respective wins.

The Black Cats are now nextto-bottom of the Championship, two points behind Burton and Hull City.

It was another hugely disappointing performance from Sunderland, far more reminiscent of the turgid display in the Boxing Day defeat at Sheffield United than in Saturday's win at Nottingham Forest.

The frustration showed at the Stadium of Light with boos ringing out at the final whistle.

Coleman made two changes to the side that started at Forest.

Bryan Oviedo came into the side in place of Marc Wilson, who was not on the teamsheet.

That meant Oviedo operated at left wing-back with Adam Matthews replacing Wilson as the third centre-back.

James Vaughan replaced teenager Josh Maja in a straight swap up front.

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom made three changes to the side that began the 1-1 draw at home to Reading at the weekend.

He handed a debut to defender Dimitri Cavare in place of Andy Yiadom, while forward Lloyd Isgrove came in for Tom Bradshaw.

In midfield, Brad Potts replaced Harvey Barnes after the latter was recalled from his loan spell by Leicester City.

Barnsley took the game to Sunderland in the early stages, and were mere inches from taking the lead inside five minutes. …

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