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"The second half was the half of half chances"
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Saturday, 1 April, 2000, 18:16 GMT 19:16 UK
Devilish Phillips eclipses Saints

Southampton 1-2 Sunderland

A late Kevin Phillips penalty ultimately ensured Sunderland victory and a move up to sixth place in the table.

Niall Quinn gave the visitors a first half lead before Premiership top-scorer Phillips scored from the spot late on.

Substitute Matt Le Tissier gave Saints hope of a point with a second late penalty in the game.

Match facts
5 mins: Davies sees effort saved by Sorensen
14: Quinn lob opens Black Cats account
52: Pahars squanders golden opportunity
86: Phiilips scores from spot
89: Le Tissier scores 100th Premiership goal
But the visitors hung on to claim a second successive win after going three months without one.

Irishman Quinn took first blood after 14 minutes, brilliantly lobbing Paul Jones in the Saints goal following some sloppy defending.

Deadly Phillips made Southampton pay dearly as he returned for the first time to the club that had released him as a teenager.

The prolific striker had a couple of chances to extend the lead, first when his bullet shot struck the side-netting and then when a goalbound header was cleared off the line by Wayne Bridge.

Glancing header

Hoddle's men looked threatening themselves and striker Kevin Davies was unlucky not to find the back of the net.

Alex Rae escapes from Matt Oakley
The opening few minutes saw the former Blackburn forward, muscle his way past Sunderland defender Jody Craddock only to see his effort kept out by Tomas Sorensen in the away goal.

And moments later Davies kept Sorensen on his toes, when his glancing header from Matt Oakley's throw-in was well saved by the 'keeper.

But as hard the Saints tried they were frustated by a dogged Sunderland team who were looking to climb back into Uefa Cup contention.

Scottish midfileder Alex Rae and Eric Roy were thorns in Neil Moss' side, following the 'keeper's substituion for Jones at half time.

Pahars could have scored an early equaliser after the break from Chris Marsden's square ball, but the Latvian saw his strike blocked low by Sorensen.

Kilbane, left, won a penalty late in the match
With four minutes remaining Sunderland winger Kevin Kilbane was fouled defender Claus Lundekvam.

Phillips obliged from the spot, blasting the ball into the net for his 27th goal of the season.

Le Tissier replied with his own penalty for the Saints after referee Paul Durkin spotted a handball in the 18-yard-box.

But for Hoddle and his men this was a missed opportunity to ease their lingering relegation fears.


Southampton: Jones, Dodd, Richards, Lundekvam, El Khalej, Tessem, Oakley, Marsden, Bridge, Pahars, Davies. Subs: Benali, Soltvedt, Le Tissier, Kachloul, Moss.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Holloway, Craddock, Williams, Roy, Summerbee, Rae, Kilbane, Quinn, Phillips. Subs: McCartney, Dichio, Nunez, Gray, Marriott.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)

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