Aussies Abroad: Wright, Souttar boost promotion hopes with wins in League One

Bailey Wright’s excellent impact at new club Sunderland has continued while Harry Souttar helped Fleetwood Town keep another clean sheet as their sides recorded vital wins in League One on Thursday morning (AEDT).

Wright played another 90 minutes for the Black Cats as they trounced Rochdale 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

All three goals came in the first 32 minutes, with Lyndon Gooch’s double coming either side of a Rochdale own goal.

The win has consolidated Sunderland’s position inside the top six, with Wright a key figure in their recent good form.

The Socceroos defender, who moved to Sunderland on loan from Bristol City last month, has started the last four games for Phil Parkinson’s side, recording three wins.

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Fellow Australian defender Harry Souttar has also been in excellent touch in League One as his Fleetwood Town pulled off a shock win on the road.

Joey Barton’s side shocked second-place Wycombe Wanderers 1-0 to move within two points of the top six.

Souttar got through another 90 minutes for in-form Fleetwood, who are unbeaten in their last six League One matches, including three wins on the trot.

Meanwhile in the Championship, Jackson Irvine’s Hull City have suffered a major blow in their hopes of making a late-season push for the playoffs.

The Tigers conceded three goals in the space of seven minutes late in the second half to go down 3-0 to Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Irvine, who played another 90 minutes for the visitors, was inches away from giving his side a lead just after the break but his curling shot hit the woodwork.

The defeat leaves Hull in 15th place on the Championship ladder, 10 points adrift of the top six.

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