SUNDERLAND managed just one solitary effort on aim at Nottingham Forest – and it was sufficient to earn all of them three factors.
Aiden McGeady’s first-half header earned Chris Coleman’s workforce a 1-Zero Sky Wager Championship victory on the Metropolis Floor.
Daryl Murphy had six efforts on aim on his personal for Mark Warburton’s facet however couldn’t muster a aim towards his former membership.
And, from the second McGeady headed dwelling an Adam Matthews cross within the 40th minute, Coleman’s facet professionally held out for a significant win.
They didn’t handle one other significant effort on aim – on or off course – however that may have mattered little to the travelling followers, who celebrated their third win of the previous Wales boss’ tenure.
It left Mark Warburton’s facet to face a barrage of boos on the last whistle, as they noticed their latest irritating run prolonged to 1 win in seven video games.
Murphy twice got here shut as Forest began brightly, firstly when Robbin Ruiter raced off his line to dam, after the massive striker had bundled his approach into the field powerfully.
The keeper was a helpless bystander a couple of minutes later when Murphy bent a shot from the periphery of the field, which flew solely a foot or so broad.
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When Kieran Dowell drove in the direction of the penalty space, his intelligent ball carved out one other half likelihood for Murphy however his lofted shot, from a decent angle, was all the time dropping over.
Sunderland had been but to carve out a significant effort on aim of any sort, however Forest had been dominating possession and carving out frequent probabilities, with Murphy once more coming shut with a diving header that bounced broad.
A looping cross from Ben Osborn arrange one more likelihood for Murphy however his header, from just some yards, skimmed over the bar.
Then got here the decisive second within the sport. Matthews was allowed the house to ship from the left and McGeady rose unmarked to energy dwelling a easy, emphatic header to provide Sunderland the benefit.
Dowell compelled one other save from Ruiter with a second half set-piece routine. However Sunderland had been intent on defending their lead stoically, sitting deep.
Murphy compelled yet one more save from Ruiter earlier than limping off with an damage, to finish a irritating afternoon for him within the 69th minute.
The Sunderland keeper was effectively positioned once more to say a flicked effort from Ben Brereton, whereas Dowell flicked a header broad, as Forest toiled for an equaliser.
Eric Lichaj hit the publish with the ultimate kick of the sport, as Sunderland held on for a win that lifted them out of the relegation zone.