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banner Wednesday, 17 January, 2001, 23:47 GMT
Phillips spoils Palace coup
Kevin Phillips
Phillips gestures after the first of his two goals
Crystal Palace 2-4 Sunderland

Kevin Phillips scored twice as Sunderland overcame Crystal Palace after extra-time in a thrilling FA Cup third round replay.

Phillips struck the winner after 102 minutes to set Sunderland up for a fourth-round meeting with Ipswich Town.

The win also avenged the Black Cats' Worthington Cup defeat by Palace.

The in-form striker pounced on an error by Neil Ruddock to flash a typically instinctive finish past Aleksandrs Kolinko for his seventh goal in six games and his 14th goal of the season.

Varga collision Sunderland even bounced back from the dismissal of Daniele Dichio seconds after that goal, with his fellow substitute Kevin Kilbane adding the fourth goal after 113 minutes.

Stanislav Varga
Varga's injury held up play early on
Earlier, in a topsy-turvy game, Clinton Morrison gave Palace the lead, only for Niall Quinn and Phillips to score goals a minute apart. But then Stephen Thomson made it 2-2 one minute from the end of normal time.

The home side had started brightly, seemingly unperturbed by the 15-minute delay to the kick-off caused by traffic congestion.

Thomas Sorenson was forced to head clear as Morrison threatened, but he collided with his defender Stanislav Varga in the process.

The Slovakian required lengthy treatment to a head wound.

Sometimes in football you have to give credit to the opposition, and I would like to do that to Sunderland tonight
  Alan Smith, Crystal palace manager
Sunderland recovered and subsequently enjoyed their best spell of the match. Quinn and Don Hutchinson combined effectively to put Phillips though, but as he prepared to strike, Andrejs Rubins got back to make an excellent clearance.

Minutes later, his compatriot Kolinko fluffed a clearance, but Alex Rae was unable to follow up effectively, sending his shot well over.

Sorenson saves

Palace proceeded to dominate thereafter, and Morrison fired a warning after 13 minutes.

He easily beat the offside trap, but rushed his shot, allowing Sorenson to save simply.

Clinton Morrison
Morrison celebrates opening the scoring
Sorenson was in fine form, and in successive attacks, he saved well from Thomson and Morrison.

However, there was nothing he could do after 24 minutes when Morrison pounced for his17th goal of the season.

Rae's defensive header was woefully underplayed and Morrison capitalised, crashing a right-footed shot past the Danish 'keeper.

However, despite a dearth of possession, Sunderland managed to create some chances in the final 10 minutes of the half.

Quinn began to impose himself in the air, and after 36 minutes, Kolinko saved well after the Irishman's knockdown found Phillips.

Sunderland resurgence

That familiar modus operandi set up the England striker four minutes later, but the Kolinko foiled him again with a sharp double save.

Kolinko was then pressed into action on the double.

Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn
Phillips and Quinn scored in quick succession
After denying Rae, he saved from Darren Williams on the hour mark, as the visitors became gradually more dominant midway through the second half.

Peter Reid's team were producing some fine football, and Hutchinson and Quinn came close in quick succession.

Palace's resistance finally crumbled after 72 minutes when Quinn showed some stunning skill to score his sixth goal of the season.

He received the ball with his back to goal and crashed a brilliant volley past Kolinko.

Seconds later, strike partner Phillips gave the visitors the lead. They turned defence into attack and Phillips beat Hayden Mullins in a race for goal, and the in-form striker shot home off the post.

He's so strong-willed, and I'm sure he could score at international level if he gets his chance
  Peter Reid on Kevin Phillips
That appeared to have knocked the stuffing out of Palace, but incredibly they equalised one minute from time.

Palace broke superbly with Mullins crossing for Thomson to tap home, to send the game into extra-time.


Crystal Palace: Kolinko, Morrison, Harrison, Zhiyi, Austin, Smith, Rodger, Thomson, Rubins, Mullins, Forssell. Subs: Ruddock, Freedman, Black, Gregg, Pollock.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Williams, Gray, Thome, Varga, McCann, Hutchison, Rae, Schwarz, Quinn, Phillips. Subs: Kilbane, Dichio, Craddock, Thirlwell, Oster.

Referee: M Riley (Leeds)

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