Super-sub Simms hits stoppage-time winner to see Sunderland past Blackburn26 December 2022
Ellis Simms came off the bench to score in second half stoppage-time and earn Sunderland a 2-1 win over Blackburn at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.
Ross Stewart had scored a penalty to level the game three minutes after his unfortunate own goal handed Rovers the lead.
Simms, however, replaced Patrick Roberts after 80 minutes and scored what proved to be a dramatic winner with a composed finish from 12 yards out.
The result means Tony Mowbray's men climb to seventh, one point outside the play-off places, ahead of the remainder of the Boxing Day action, with Blackburn unable to close in on second-placed Sheffield United.
How Sunderland strengthened their top-six bid
Sunderland mounted a spell of sustained pressure after a relatively open start in front of a 43,000-strong crowd on Wearside, but it counted for nothing when Blackburn took the lead very much against the run of play. It was, perhaps, written in the stars, with ex-Rovers boss Mowbray having lost each of his last three league games against sides he'd previously managed.
Tyler Morton's free-kick caused panic in the box, with Stewart's attempted headed clearance hitting Dennis Cirkin, then ricocheting back onto his own head and past Nathan Patterson.
however within three minutes the Black Cats had deservedly pulled level. Stewart used his experience to draw a foul from John Buckley in the box and duly dispatched the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner with the perfect combination of power and placement.
There was a lack of quality in the final third from both sides as the game progressed. Stewart fired straight at Thomas Kaminski in the Blackburn goal when it looked as though it may have been easier to score, while at the other end Patterson produced a sublime stop to push Morton's finessed effort round the post.
Just as it looked as though the points would be shared, Simms received the ball with his back to goal, took one touch with the outside of his right boot to control it and then did the same thing to roll home the winner.
Player of the match - Ross Stewart
Both teams are back in action at 7.45pm on Thursday December 29. Sunderland travel to the DW Stadium to face Wigan, while Blackburn host Middlesbrough at Ewood Park.
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