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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 21:54 GMT
McAteer makes Bolton suffer
Sunderland's Jason McAteer
McAteer put his former club in deeper trouble
Sunderland 1-0 Bolton
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Jason McAteer scored his first goal for Sunderland to send his side to victory at the Stadium of Light and ease their relegation worries.

But for his former club Bolton the prospects are not looking good, as Sam Allardyce's team slipped further into the mire.

McAteer's first goal for the Black Cats since he signed from Blackburn last November gave underfire manager Peter Reid his second win in 2002.

  Key Moments
2 mins Phillips flashes a header wide
31 mins Sorensen superbly blocks Ricketts
42 mins McAteer bags the opener
55 mins Ricketts limps off

The midfielder's strike in the 42nd minute was enough to seperate two well-matched teams.

Tuesday's results mean Bolton are now just ahead of the relegation zone - one point clear of Blackburn, who beat Aston Villa 3-0.

Sunderland almost took the lead after only two minutes, but Kevin Phillips headed Michael Gray's cross wide of the goal.

Four minutes later Phillips had another chance - but this time set up by Black Cats defender Darren Williams, he blasted over the bar from six yards.


The bottom line is that if you don't put your chances away, you don't get points
Sam Allardyce
Bolton manager
In the 12th minute another Phillips header was well held by Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Bolton goal after good work from Cameroon's Patrick Mboma.

Sunderland had opened well - but after weathering the early storm from the home side it should have been Bolton who went ahead.

Youri Djorkaeff's shot was saved and Sunderland goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen somehow managed to foil Michael Ricketts from point-blank range.

Paul Warhurst also nearly put the visitors ahead a short time later.

Sunderland hit back and McAteer should have done better than shoot straight at Jaaskelainen from the edge of the area after 35 minutes.

McAteer made amends, though, and the home side deservedly took the lead three minutes before the break.


Everyone knows that the result was the most important thing this evening and we got it
Peter Reid
Sunderland manager
After a sweeping a team move which involved Mboma, Kevin Kilbane and Phillips, the ball ended up at the feet of McAteer, who smacked the ball home from six yards.

Bolton, who would have risen above their opponents if they had claimed all three points, were dealt a further blow after 55 minutes when top-scorer Ricketts picked up an injury and limped off, to be replaced by Dean Holdsworth.

The home side put a stranglehold on the game as they sought their first win at the Stadium of Light since Boxing Day.

The nearest Wanderers came to grabbing a priceless equaliser was 10 minutes before the final whistle when a Gudni Bergsson header was somehjow clawed away by Sorensen.


Sunderland: Sorensen, Haas, Craddock, Williams, McCartney, Kilbane, McAteer, Schwarz, Gray, Mboma (Quinn 90), Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Macho, Varga, Bellion, Butler.

Booked: McCartney, Phillips.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, N'Gotty, Bergsson, Whitlow (Barness 45), Southall, Tofting, Warhurst (Espartero 68), Gardner, Djorkaeff, Ricketts (Holdsworth 57), Wallace.

Subs Not Used: Poole, Nolan. Booked: Ricketts.

Att: 43,011

Ref: G Poll (Tring).

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