Aiden McGeady scored his 13th goal of the season as League One promotion hopefuls Sunderland beat Accrington Stanley 3-0 away from home.

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman admits he was disappointed by his team’s failure to deal with Aiden McGeady as they were beaten 3-0 at home by Sunderland on Wednesday night, speaking to the club’s official Twitter account.

Sunderland went into the game on the back of a heartbreaking defeat to Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley, captain Lee Cattermole missing from 12 yards in a nail-biting penalty shootout.

But Jack Ross’ side deserve great credit for putting that disappointment behind them and wolfing down the bread and butter away at Accrington.

Will Grigg and Tottenham loanee Kazaiah Sterling were on the scoresheet but McGeady netted the goal of the game with a fabulous individual effort early on.

And while praising the quality of the Republic of Ireland international, Stanley boss Coleman believes his side should have defended the situation a lot better.

“You can’t give a player of Aiden McGeady’s ability time and space to get the ball and walk inside unopposed. It’s a great finish,” said Coleman.

“That was after three minutes and it’s just given them a shot of adrenaline and they were very, very good for half an hour after that. They were comfortably the better team in the first half.”

At the age of 33, McGeady is enjoying a late-career burst at the Stadium of Light and has now scored 13 goals this season. Sunderland are now third in the table, three points adrift of the automatic promotion positions with two games in hand.

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