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Sunderland   5 - 2   Wolverhampton

By Paul Fletcher

Kenwyne Jones scored twice for Sunderland
Jones scored his third and fourth goals of the season

Kenwyne Jones scored twice as Sunderland defeated Wolves to climb to eighth in the Premier League.

The Black Cats struck penalties early in either half, with Darren Bent scoring the first and Jones the second.

Sunderland defender John Mensah chested the ball into his own net before Kevin Doyle equalised from close range.

But Jones restored his team's lead with a long-range strike before Michael Turner's header and Bent's deflected shot sealed the win for the home side.

The game exploded into life after the break - with six second-half goals - but the scoreline was harsh on a Wolves side that enjoyed periods of superiority during the match.

Mick McCarthy failed to win a top-flight game at home in 19 attempts as manager of Sunderland and leaves the Stadium of Light as a loser once again.

But at least he has the small consolation of seeing his team demonstrate their attacking potential.

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Sunderland's sequence of lose one, win one continues but boss Steve Bruce, who saw his team defeat Hull 4-1 in their last home game, can be delighted with the form of first-choice strikeforce Bent and Jones.

Nevertheless, it was a far from convincing all-round performance from the Black Cats, who looked shaky at the back and squandered possession far too easily.

Bent opened the scoring after nine minutes with his sixth goal of the Premier League season, ensuring that he has now scored in five of Sunderland's seven top-flight fixtures.

The striker's spot-kick nestled in the bottom corner, eluding Wayne Hennessy's desperate dive, but Wolves were furious with referee Lee Mason's decision to award a penalty.

It was a very difficult call for the official, although replays suggested that Segundo Castillo made contact with the ball before he tangled with Bent.

Bruce says strikers saved Sunderland

Wolves had a strong penalty shout of their own after the half hour when Turner knocked Doyle out of the way as he attempted to head clear an Andy Keogh cross but Mason waved play on.

The visiting team's irritation was nearly compounded by another Sunderland goal, but Hennessey blocked at the legs of Jones and then regained his feet to make a decent save when the striker audaciously shot from a tight angle seconds later.

It was a very competitive match, with crunching tackles and honest endeavour outweighing moments of great skill.

Wolves started to take control of the contest during the first half and came close to an equaliser when David Edwards flicked the ball towards Keogh at the far post. But the striker could not quite make the decisive contact.

Then deep in first-half injury time, Doyle headed narrowly wide from a Matt Jarvis free-kick with Craig Gordon well beaten.

The visitors' hopes of taking something from the match suffered when Christophe Berra fouled Bent minutes after the restart.

McCarthy rues Wolves profligacy

It was a definite penalty - and although eyebrows were raised when Jones rather then Bent took the kick, the dreadlocked striker sent Hennessey the wrong way.

Wolves responded immediately, although there was a hint of fortune as Gordon palmed a cross straight at Mensah, who inadvertently guided the ball into this own net off his chest.

Sunderland left-back Kieran Richardson must be held responsible for Wolves' equaliser. His awful backpass left Gordon with no choice but to dive and palm the ball clear - in the process conceding an indirect free-kick.

Karl Henry's shot struck the wall but Doyle pounced on the rebound as Wolves scored their second in the space of five minutes.

The home side regained the lead through Jones' excellent finish with 20 minutes remaining. The Trinidad and Tobago striker shot low across goal from 25 yards, his precise effort eluding Hennessey's dive.

Sunderland then secured their fourth win of the season when Turner scored his first goal for the club with a header from a corner.

Wolves continued to attack, with Richardson heading off the line to prevent Greg Halford from scoring.

However, the final goal of the match went to the home side, with Bent's strike deflecting off Mancienne on its way to goal.


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce:
"It is just an incredible result but at times our defending was comical. The coaching staff have to sort out the situation defensively.

"Thankfully at the top end of the pitch we have a genuine threat and have used them to get out of jail.

"But we have got to be delighted with the start we have made to the season."

Wolves manager Mick McCarthy:
"It will be a talking point that a promoted team got slapped for five but we had lots of chances.

"We had them by the scruff of the throat at 2-2 and there were lots of positives from the performance.

"All of us thought that we could go on and win the game but unfortunately we lost it in the process."

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 5-2 Wolves FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Bent (pen) 9
  • Jones (pen) 48
  • Jones 70
  • Turner 73
  • Mancienne (og) 90+1
  • Mensah (og) 50
  • Doyle 55

Sunderland

Substitutes

Wolverhampton

Substitutes

Ref: Lee MasonAtt: 37,566
SUNDERLAND
WOLVES

Possession

  • Sunderland 56%
  • Wolves 44%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 8
  • Wolves 12

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 2
  • Wolves 4

Corners

  • Sunderland 7
  • Wolves 9

Fouls

  • Sunderland 18
  • Wolves 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:20 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:36 Steed Malbranque handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:49 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with George McCartney coming on for Darren Bent.
  • 90:00+0:49 Assist by Darren Bent.
  • 90:00+0:49 GOAL - Michael MancienneSunderland 5 - 2 Wolverhampton Michael Mancienne scores an own goal from 12 yards. Sunderland 5-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 90:00+0:47 Effort on goal by Darren Bent from 18 yards. Blocked by Michael Mancienne.
  • 88:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karl Henry by Andy Reid. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:13 Andy Reid decides to take the corner short.
  • 88:01 Andy Reid sends in a cross, clearance by Christophe Berra.
  • 86:57 Corner taken short by Andy Reid.
  • 86:00 Michael Kightly is penalised for a handball. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
  • 85:41 Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, Lorik Cana manages to make a clearance.
  • 84:21 The ball is sent over by Kieran Richardson, Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Jordan Henderson challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 82:19 Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Michael Mancienne results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Andy Reid.
  • 81:45 Foul by Jordan Henderson on Michael Kightly, free kick awarded. Christophe Berra takes the free kick.
  • 81:22 Corner taken short by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 81:07 Shot by Michael Kightly. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
  • 80:22 The ball is swung over by Matthew Jarvis, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake takes a shot. Comfortable save by Craig Gordon.
  • 78:23 Andy Reid challenges Michael Kightly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Mancienne takes the direct free kick. David Edwards takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michael Turner gets a block in. Corner taken by Michael Kightly. Free kick awarded for a foul by Christophe Berra on Michael Turner. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 77:30 Effort on goal by Matthew Jarvis from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 77:00 Unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Andy Reid results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 75:48 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Stefan Maierhofer coming on for Andrew Keogh.
  • 75:48 Substitution Sylvan Ebanks-Blake comes on in place of Kevin Doyle.
  • 74:58 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis, Greg Halford takes a shot. Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:51 The ball is delivered by Kevin Doyle, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:59 Substitution Anton Ferdinand joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paulo Da Silva.
  • 72:43 The assist for the goal came from Andy Reid.
  • 72:43 GOAL - Michael TurnerSunderland 4 - 2 Wolverhampton Michael Turner finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Sunderland 4-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 72:09 Drilled left-footed shot by Darren Bent. Wayne Hennessey makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid,
  • 70:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paulo Da Silva on Kevin Doyle. Free kick taken by Karl Henry.
  • 69:16 Assist on the goal came from Darren Bent.
  • 69:16 GOAL - Kenwyne JonesSunderland 3 - 2 Wolverhampton Kenwyne Jones gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 3-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 68:36 The ball is crossed by Steed Malbranque, blocked by Greg Halford. The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 68:01 Kevin Doyle crosses the ball, clearance by John Mensah.
  • 66:30 Kevin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
  • 65:36 Foul by Andy Reid on Michael Mancienne, free kick awarded. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 64:50 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 64:26 Paulo Da Silva challenges Kevin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:52 Outswinging corner taken by Andy Reid, clearance by Matthew Jarvis.
  • 61:15 Matthew Jarvis is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 60:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenwyne Jones on Christophe Berra. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 60:04 Kevin Doyle produces a cross, save by Craig Gordon.
  • 59:26 The ball is sent over by Andy Reid, Darren Bent concedes a free kick for a foul on Christophe Berra. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
  • 59:00 The ball is crossed by Andy Reid, clearance by Christophe Berra.
  • 57:07 Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Keogh. Free kick taken by George Elokobi.
  • 56:58 The ball is sent over by Paulo Da Silva, clearance made by Christophe Berra.
  • 56:25 Free kick crossed left-footed by Kieran Richardson from left wing, Christophe Berra manages to make a clearance.
  • 56:25 Booking Greg Halford goes into the referee's book.
  • 56:19 Greg Halford gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid.
  • 54:32 GOAL - Kevin DoyleSunderland 2 - 2 Wolverhampton Kevin Doyle finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-2 Wolverhampton.
  • 53:48 Karl Henry produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Jordan Henderson gets a block in.
  • 51:33 Shot from 20 yards from Kevin Doyle. Blocked by Kieran Richardson.
  • 49:11 Assist by Christophe Berra.
  • 49:09 GOAL - John MensahSunderland 2 - 1 Wolverhampton An own goal is conceded by John Mensah. Sunderland 2-1 Wolverhampton.
  • 49:07 Christophe Berra takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
  • 48:16 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Michael Kightly, Lorik Cana makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Michael Kightly, Matthew Jarvis sends in a cross, clearance by Michael Turner.
  • 47:03 Assist by Darren Bent.
  • 47:03 GOAL - Kenwyne JonesSunderland 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Kenwyne Jones scores a placed penalty. Sunderland 2-0 Wolverhampton.
  • 46:05 Darren Bent fouled by Christophe Berra, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:01 Substitution Michael Kightly on for Segundo Castillo.
  • 45:01 Substitution Jordan Henderson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Cattermole.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:13 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+2:40 Effort from 18 yards by Matthew Jarvis. Blocked by Kieran Richardson. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Darren Bent. A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Doyle misses to the right of the target.
  • 45:00+0:57 Kevin Doyle takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Michael Turner gets a block in. Lee Cattermole challenges Karl Henry unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Paulo Da Silva gets a block in.
  • 45:00+0:22 A cross is delivered by Steed Malbranque.
  • 41:34 Andy Reid crosses the ball.
  • 39:35 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Reid. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 39:07 John Mensah restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:07 Booking Karl Henry is shown a yellow card.
  • 38:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Lee Cattermole.
  • 38:06 Darren Bent takes a shot. Wayne Hennessey makes a save.
  • 36:07 The ball is crossed by Steed Malbranque. Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Michael Mancienne gets a block in.
  • 35:16 A cross is delivered by Kevin Doyle, blocked by Steed Malbranque. Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Michael Turner.
  • 34:29 David Edwards fouled by Kieran Richardson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 33:52 Greg Halford crosses the ball.
  • 32:42 Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 30:05 A cross is delivered by Andrew Keogh, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:01 Centre by Andrew Keogh.
  • 26:14 Inswinging corner taken by Andy Reid.
  • 26:06 The ball is sent over by Darren Bent, clearance by Michael Mancienne.
  • 24:56 Matthew Jarvis crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by David Edwards misses to the right of the goal.
  • 22:53 George Elokobi crosses the ball.
  • 22:14 The ball is crossed by Andy Reid.
  • 21:36 Greg Halford is ruled offside. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
  • 20:53 Foul by Kieran Richardson on David Edwards, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Mancienne.
  • 20:11 Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
  • 20:11 Booking Kevin Doyle booked.
  • 20:02 Kevin Doyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenwyne Jones.
  • 19:17 George Elokobi takes the free kick.
  • 19:17 Booking Caution for Michael Turner.
  • 19:10 Unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Michael Turner results in a free kick.
  • 18:42 Kenwyne Jones fouled by Greg Halford, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
  • 17:37 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the right by-line, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
  • 16:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Turner on Karl Henry. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
  • 15:41 Christophe Berra challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andy Reid crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by George Elokobi.
  • 14:46 The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Wayne Hennessey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 13:14 Steed Malbranque produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 18 yards. George Elokobi gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Andy Reid, save made by Wayne Hennessey. Corner taken by Andy Reid from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Keogh makes a clearance.
  • 12:07 Handball by Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
  • 9:55 Paulo Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Keogh. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Greg Halford, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
  • 8:01 GOAL - Darren BentSunderland 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Darren Bent scores a placed penalty. Sunderland 1-0 Wolverhampton.
  • 6:58 Segundo Castillo challenges Darren Bent unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 5:36 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Jarvis, Lorik Cana makes a clearance.
  • 5:20 A cross is delivered by Matthew Jarvis, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:15 David Edwards challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:30 Shot from just outside the box by Darren Bent goes over the bar.
  • 0:59 Effort from outside the box by Kevin Doyle goes wide right of the target.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Premier League results

27 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 5-2 Wolverhampton R

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Sep 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 7 11 18
2 Chelsea 7 10 18
3 Liverpool 7 12 15
4 Tottenham 7 7 15
5 Arsenal 6 10 12
6 Man City 5 5 12
7 Aston Villa 6 4 12
8 Sunderland 7 3 12
9 Everton 6 -2 9
10 Wigan 7 -6 9
11 Burnley 7 -10 9
12 Stoke 7 -4 8
13 Bolton 6 -1 7
14 Birmingham 7 -2 7
15 Blackburn 6 -3 7
16 Wolverhampton 7 -6 7
17 Fulham 6 -4 6
18 West Ham 5 -1 4
19 Hull 7 -13 4
20 Portsmouth 7 -10 0

see also
Sunday football as it happened
27 Sep 09 |  Football



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