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The Game 
Argyle v Sunderland. Home Park. Saturday, 25 November. 3pm. Sky Bet Championship.

The Opposition
Sunderland have won eight of their 16 games so far this season, drawing two and losing six. Their 26 points places them sixth in the Championship table, just over a third into the season. 

Sunderland began with two defeats - to Ipswich Town and Preston North End - before a strong run of six wins in eight games, and just one defeat in that spell. 

A surprising 4-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough rocked them, and they lost the next two, away to Stoke City and Leicester City. before responding with consecutive 3-1 wins at home to Norwich City and Birmingham City, either side of a 0-0 draw at Swansea City. 

The Gaffer
A strong, respected centre back, Tony Mowbray played over 400 games for his local club, Middlesbrough, whom he captained at the age of 22. He moved to Celtic for four seasons before returning to England and played 152 times for Ipswich Town. 

Tony Mowbray

As a manager, he has had time at Hibernian, West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry City, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 2017. He took charge of 267 games for Rovers, leaving in May 2022 at the end of his contract. 

He took the job at Sunderland three months later, and took them to the play-offs last season, losing in the semi-finals to Luton Town. 

The Squad
Jobe Bellingham, the younger sibling of Real Madrid and England star Jude, is looking to following in famous brother's footsteps. They both started out at Birmingham City, at a very young age. He played 26 games, most as a substitute, for Blues, before moving to Sunderland in the summer. Having turned 18 in September, Jobe (below) has been ever-present for Sunderland this season, scoring three goals, including one against his old team last time out. 

Jobe Bellingham

Twenty-three-year-old attacking midfielder Jack Clarke is Sunderland's leading goalscorer with nine goals from 16 games this season. Six of those game in September, a month in which Clarke won the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month. As a teenager, Clarke moved for big money to Tottenham Hotspur, from Leeds United, but did not break into the team at Spurs. A series of loan moves followed, including one to Sunderland in 2022, which led to his permanent move that summer. 

Luke O'Nien is one of Sunderland's more experienced players. The 29-year-old came through the ranks at Watford, but got his break at Wycombe Wanderers, for whom he signed in 2015. He played 119 times in three seasons, before earning a move to Sunderland, for whom he has now played almost 250 games and is now captain. O'Nien (below) is known for his versatility, often playing as a right-back or central midfielder, but has played as a central defender this season. 

Luke O'Nien


Fancy a Stat?
Argyle's last win over Sunderland at Home Park - in August 2004 - saw the Greens win 2-1 to send them second in the Championship. 

The History
Argyle and Sunderland have met 33 times in the clubs' histories. The Greens have won nine of those games, Sunderland have won 19 and there have been five draws. 

The most recent meetings came in the 2021/22 season. The sides drew 0-0 at Home Park, with the game at the Stadium of Light finishing in a 2-1 win to Sunderland. 

The game is sold out for Argyle supporters. 

If you have a season ticket and cannot attend, you can make your ticket available via the Ticket Exchange and receive face value credit if your ticket is resold. Find out more about the Ticket Exchange.

Argyle TV
Commentary for the game will be provided by Rob McNichol and Marc Edworthy.

Argyle TV’s pre-match show, hosted by Erin Black and Ian Stonebridge, will begin at 2pm, and is available to watch for free on YouTube.

Domestic supporters can listen to audio commentary on Argyle TV, while international supporters can buy a match pass to watch the game, here.

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Argyle 2
Whittaker 24
Azaz 40

Sunderland 0

Every game in the Championship is a massive challenge, every team packed with quality. Sunderland are up there with the best, but Argyle answered every question to secure an excellent 2-0 win for a perfect return from the international window.

After a strong start from the visitors, Argyle broke the deadlock with a fizzing drive from the trusty left boot of Morgan Whittaker and a decisive second arrived five minutes before the break, Finn Azaz calmly slotting into the bottom corner.

The second period was full of endeavour and plenty of disciplined defensive work, alongside good penetration at the other end for the Pilgrims, as they deservedly marched on to a welcome win.

Two weeks after a battling performance at a very slick Leeds United side, Argyle took a few minutes to find their stride on a crisp winter’s day at Home Park, as the visitors created the first opening with a header from Ukrainian forward Nazariy Rusyn steered narrowly wide.

Argyle gradually settled into their task, although Sunderland continued to have the more promising openings, Rusyn firing over the bar after a Jack Clarke effort had been deflected off target by a steadfast home defence.

The Black Cats were the team applying pressure when the Green valve was released by a superb trademark Whittaker strike, cutting inside on his venomous left-foot to unleash an unstoppable drive beyond the reach of goalkeeper Anthony Patterson.

The attacking juices were suddenly flowing for Argyle, Azaz and Whittaker combining neatly on the wing to ruffle more Sunderland feathers. Azaz had a shot deflected off target and a header from Ben Waine flew inches wide, as the noise levels inside Home Park rose a few more notches.

A swift Pilgrim counter saw a threaded pass from Kaine Kesler-Hayden cleared on the stretch by Niall Huggins before a strike from Patrick Roberts flew into the grateful arms of a well-positioned Michael Cooper.

Azaz entered the international break in dazzling form and he has come out the other side full of belief, as demonstrated by an accomplished finish to double the lead, curling a lovely low effort beyond Patterson after a cracking Luke Cundle assist.

The half ended with a big escape, Jobe Bellingham thundering against the post from a good position, and the second half opened with some thrilling end-to-end football.

Waine headed wide from a Whittaker free-kick before the New Zealander swapped passes with the same team-mate for a shot blocked by the retreating Black Cats. Sunderland responded with a delightful cross from Clarke that was nodded against the post by Trai Hume.

Half-time substitute Adil Aouchiche had made an instant impact for the visitors, forcing two saves from Cooper, the second of which was parried into a dangerous area and credit to Lewis Gibson for reacting quickest to hack clear.

A brilliant weaving run by Whittaker bamboozled the Sunderland defence on the hour and his cutback prompted a desperate clearance, while Sunderland manager Tony Mowbray emptied his bench with three more changes for the final 30 minutes.

Argyle’s first replacements saw Adam Randell and Mustapha Bundu on for Cundle and Waine, moments after a fantastic brave defensive header from Jordan Houghton, preventing a certain goal at the back post.

Top defending from Julio Pleguezuelo blunted the next red and white foray, as the Pilgrims settled into a more containing shape for the closing stages of another high-octane Championship clash.

Argyle were primed for the counter and Whittaker delivered, surging into an empty midfield and sliding a lovely pass for the rampaging Bali Mumba, who shaved the outside of the post with his shot. Sunderland replied with a scuffed Clarke effort saved at the near post by the legs of Cooper.

A slick Mumba move down the left culminated in a sweet touch from Randell, presenting Bundu with a great chance in the channel but his side-footer took a slight deflection as it cleared the bar.

Argyle introduced Matt Butcher and Brendan Galloway for Azaz and Whittaker in the final few minutes, as the Greens calmly steered their ship to three big points, with Cooper adding the stoppage time gloss with a solid tip over the bar.

Argyle: 1 Michael Cooper; 2 Bali Mumba, 4 Jordan Houghton, 5 Julio Pleguezuelo, 8 Joe Edwards (capt), 10 Morgan Whittaker (22 Brendan Galloway 88), 17 Lewis Gibson, 18 Finn Azaz (7 Matt Butcher 88), 23 Ben Waine (15 Mustapha Bundu 73), 28 Luke Cundle (20 Adam Randell 73), 29 Kaine Kesler-Hayden. Substitutes (not used): 21 Conor Hazard (gk), 6 Dan Scarr, 11 Callum Wright, 16 Lewis Warrington, 19 Tyreik Wright.

Booked: Cundle 26, Kesler-Hayden 85, Randell 90

Sunderland: 1 Anthony Patterson, 2 Niall Huggins (23 Jensen Seelt 65), 5 Dan Ballard, 7 Jobe Bellingham (46 Bradley Dack 65), 10 Patrick Roberts (17 Abdoullah Ba 65), 13 Luke O'Nien (capt), 15 Nazariy Rusyn (12 Eliezer Mayenda H-T), 20 Jack Clarke, 24 Dan Neil, 32 Trai Hume, 39 Pierre Ekwah (22 Adil Aouchiche H-T). Substitutes: 30 Nathan Bishop (gk), 9 Luis Semedo, 21 Alex Prichard, 25 Nectarios Triantis.

Booked: O’Nien 85

Referee: James Bell

Attendance: 16,457 (1,632 away)