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Tuesday, August 10, 1999 Published at 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK

Phillips brace gives Sunderland win

Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips celebrates his first goal against Watford

Sunderland 2-0 Watford

England international Kevin Phillips scored twice to give Sunderland their first win of the season against fellow promoted team Watford.

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After a evenly contested first-half the Wearsiders showed touches of last season's championship form which took them to the First Division title.

And last season's top scorer Phillips again led the way, grabbing his first goals of the campaign.

His first came from a 62nd minute penalty when Niall Quinn was fouled by Williams.

Jeff Winter pointed to the spot and Phillips duly converted the penalty past Watford keeper Chris Day to send the Stadium of Light crowd into raptures.

The second came from a sublime long-range strike four minutes from time which gave the Watford keeper little chance.

Early openings

The game stated at a lively pace with both keepers kept busy.

[ image: Full-blooded challenge: Alex Bonnot takes on Sunderland's Chris Makin]
Full-blooded challenge: Alex Bonnot takes on Sunderland's Chris Makin
Sunderland striker John Oster, a 1m signing from Everton, forced Day to make a stinging save from a driven cross, with Alex Rae's follow-up struck straight into team-mate Phillips.

However Watford themselves produced clear-cut goalscoring chances.

Full-back Clint Easton and Richard Johnson forced double saves from Tomas Sorensen.

The Danish keeper seemed initially slow to react to Easton's 25-yard shot, but managed to parry the effort into the path of Johnson, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Sorensen's quick reactions.

The second half started in similar fashion, with both teams looking for their first win.

Either side could have taken the lead in the first five minutes.

Steve Bould headed over for Sunderland from an Rae cross, while at the other end Sorensen was again called into action, tipping over a Peter Kennedy 30-yard piledriver.

It was the home team who took advantage, though, when Phillips drilled home a penalty after Quinn was impeded by defender Williams.

Sunderland had to cope with sustained pressure in the remaining 25 minutes from a persistent Watford, with Sorensen fortunate to get away with a fumble from Des Lyttle's cross.

But Phillips' superb winner stole the headlines and gave the Wearsiders a deserved three points.


Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Gray, Schwarz, Bould, Butler, Summerbee, Rae, Quinn, Phillips, Oster. Subs: Dichio, Marriott, Ball, Helmer, McCann.

Watford: Day, Lyttle, Kennedy, Page, Palmer, Ngonge, Mooney, Johnson, Easton, Bonnot, Williams. Subs: Gibbs, Gudmundsson, Brooker, Foley, Walker.

Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)

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