1-0 defeat to Cardiff City as sunderland welcome one of their new signing to Stadium of Light

Some of the key moments from Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Cardiff City at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland were beaten 1-0 at the Stadium of Light by Cardiff, ending Tony Mowbray’s four-game winning streak.

Despite dominating possession for long periods, the Black Cats couldn’t break through until three minutes from time, when Cardiff defender Mark McGuinness headed home the winner.

Here are some of the highlights you might have missed. Former Sunderland and Newcastle keeper Jak Alnwick, who started in goal for The Bluebirds, returned to the North East.

The 30-year-old was on Sunderland’s books during his youth career, but said before the game his family are “full Newcastle” and joining The Magpies as a teenager.

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Alnwick was booed by a section of Sunderland fans during the match as he kept his second clean sheet of the season.

Nazariy Rusyn’s Sunderland welcome
Sunderland were able to hand a debut to new signing Nazariy Rusyn, who wasn’t available for recent matches at QPR and Blackburn as he was waiting for his visa.

The 24-year-old striker, who arrived from Ukrainian club Zorya Luhansk on transfer deadline day, was given a big applause when his name was read out before the match.

Rusyn was standing on the touchline and ready to come on before Cardiff’s late winner three minutes from time.

The forward did then enter the fray but had little time to make an impact.

Aaron Ramsy blow for the visitor
Wales’ national team captain Aaron Ramsey was expected to return to Cardiff’s starting XI after being rested for Tuesday’s win over Coventry, yet the 32-year-old remained absent due to an illness.
“He came to us and said he didn’t feel well, so it was better to leave him home,” said Cardiff boss Erol Bulut when asked about Ramsey after the match. “He has a fever, so we’ll have to see what is going on. I hope he’ll get better. We’ll see.”

Burstow’s frustration was summed up when he was booked for a late tackle on Cardiff midfielder Joe Ralls in the second half, before the Sunderland man was substituted four minutes later as Mowbray made a triple change, bringing on Patrick Roberts, Adil Aouchiche and Hemir.

Jewison Bennette’s absence
Like at Blackburn on Wednesday, Jewison Bennette was absent from Sunderland’s matchday squad due to illness.

Mowbray confirmed on Friday the Costa Rica international hadn’t trained all week but could be available for Friday’s match at Sheffield Wednesday.

Bulut was also forced to make a half-time change as forward Karlan Grant picked up a knock and was replaced by Ollie Tanner.

Mason Burstow’s frustration
It was another frustrating afternoon for Sunderland striker Mason Burstow, who started his third successive fixture since his loan arrival from Chelsea.

The 20-year-old is clearly still adjusting to his new side after predominantly playing for Chelsea’s under-21s team last term.

Pierre Ekwah remains participating.

Sunderland were without numerous first-team players owing to injuries, although it is believed that several may be ready to return soon.

Pierre Ekwah, who missed the game due to a dead leg, was with the squad during halftime and conversing with several of his teammates.

The midfielder might make a comeback against Sheffield Wednesday.


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