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Sunderland   4 - 0   Bolton

Darren Bent scores from the penalty spot
Bent scores his second from the penalty spot

By Phil Dawkes

Darren Bent scored a hat-trick as Sunderland claimed their first league win of 2010 against 10-man Bolton.

The Black Cats got off to the perfect start when Fraizer Campbell side-footed them ahead after just 41 seconds.

Bolton never recovered and fell further behind early in the second half when Bent ran through to finish well.

Bolton's Sam Ricketts was dismissed for the foul that led to Bent's second from the penalty spot before the England striker slotted home again late on.

Having started the season so positively, Sunderland's confidence has been steadily eroded by a run of 14 league matches without a victory, which has seen them slip dangerously close to the bottom three.

However, the Black Cats have an abundance of talent in their ranks, not least of which is their front three of Kenwyne Jones, Bent and Campbell.

If Sunderland are to build on this vital victory and avoid further dalliances with relegation this attacking trio will be vital.

Former Manchester United forward Campbell demonstrated as much with the quickest goal in the Premier League this season, providing his struggling side with the perfect platform, from which Bent could later emphatically hammer home the point.

Midfielder Lorik Cana picked up the ball following a Bolton clearance before sending over a high looping ball to the back post where Campbell had found plenty of space for a side-foot volley past Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Bolton came into this game having claimed the first back-to-back victories of Owen Coyle's tenure as manager with wins over Wolves and West Ham.

However, the early goal was a huge blow to what is clearly still a side with brittle confidence and whilst they battled hard they never recovered from falling behind.

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Barring a shot from Chung-Yong Lee, which flew over the bar, they created very little in a first half that showcased plenty of effort but little creativity.

Sunderland should have doubled their lead before the break but twice wasted good opportunities.

In a breakaway following a Bolton corner, Campbell found Bent in space on the left-hand side of the penalty area but he checked and his eventual shot bobbled harmlessly past the far post.

Soon after, on-loan Spurs defender Alan Hutton was found in space on the right by Jones but like Bent he delayed his shot and could ultimately only poke a tame effort past the post.

It was not long after the break that Sunderland did extend their advantage as Bent exerted his influence on the game.

Lee Cattermole collected in the Bolton half before sliding Bent in on goal and the striker made no mistake with a clinical finish past Jaaskelainen.

If Bolton were to gain anything from the match they needed a quick response, but when substitute Ivan Klasnic fired over from inside the box the belief quickly drained from the visitors.

Soon after, Bent went sprinting clear and was body-checked just inside the area by Ricketts, resulting in a penalty for the home side and a second bookable offence and red card for the defender.

Bent picked himself up to send Jaaskelainen the wrong way with a well taken spot-kick.

With two minutes remaining Bent completed his hat-trick, producing a clinical first-time, side-foot finish from a Campbell right-wing cross to score his 18th of the season.

The win lifts Sunderland above Bolton and into 13th place in the league table, but more importantly extends the gap between them and the relegation zone to six points.


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce:

"I have had a bad enough time trying to pick a team for the last three months, so I am not going to tell Fabio Capello how to do it.

"All I can say is he (Darren Bent) must be in his thoughts, he has to be because of his goalscoring exploits.

"No disrespect to us, but to be at a team in the bottom half of the table and get what he has got, it's fantastic."

Bolton manager Owen Coyle:

"We came in good form and looking to win a game, and when you concede a goal within 44 seconds, then it gives you a bit to do to get back into the game.

"Having said that, I thought the first half was even, but at the start of the second half, we were the team in the ascendancy.

"We maybe could have worked Craig Gordon a little bit harder given the possession in the dangerous areas we were in, and ultimately, we paid a heavy price."

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Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 4-0 Bolton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Campbell 1
  • Bent 64
  • Bent (pen) 74
  • Bent 88

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Bolton

    Substitutes

    Ref: BennettAtt: 36,087
    SUNDERLAND
    BOLTON

    Possession

    • Sunderland 57%
    • Bolton 43%

    Attempts on target

    • Sunderland 7
    • Bolton 2

    Attempts off target

    • Sunderland 5
    • Bolton 5

    Corners

    • Sunderland 2
    • Bolton 7

    Fouls

    • Sunderland 14
    • Bolton 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:08 The match has reached full-time.
    • 90:00+4:52 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 90:00+4:04 Fraizer Campbell takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 87:12 Assist by Fraizer Campbell.
    • 87:12 GOAL - Darren BentSunderland 4 - 0 Bolton Darren Bent finds the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 4-0 Bolton.
    • 87:12 Centre by Fraizer Campbell,
    • 85:29 Michael Turner concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Taylor. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jack Wilshere.
    • 84:17 Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 84:17 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Benjani Mwaruwari coming on for Steed Malbranque.
    • 84:17 The official flags Kenwyne Jones offside.
    • 83:59 Darren Bent has an effort at goal from deep inside the area striking the post.
    • 82:41 Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line, Darren Bent manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:06 Foul by Michael Turner on Ivan Klasnic, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor from left wing, clearance by Michael Turner.
    • 80:49 Darren Bent is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 78:42 Corner taken by Steed Malbranque from the right by-line, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
    • 78:42 Substitution Boudewijn Zenden on for John Mensah.
    • 78:10 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 76:31 Foul by Ivan Klasnic on Lorik Cana, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Alan Hutton.
    • 75:02 The official flags Ivan Klasnic offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 73:55 GOAL - Darren BentSunderland 3 - 0 Bolton Darren Bent scores a placed penalty. Sunderland 3-0 Bolton.
    • 73:05 Sent off Samuel Ricketts receives a red card.
    • 72:58 Samuel Ricketts concedes a Penalty for a foul on Darren Bent.
    • 72:06 Substitution Ricardo Gardner goes off and Matthew Taylor comes on.
    • 69:08 Substitution Phillip Bardsley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lee Cattermole.
    • 67:58 Ivan Klasnic has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 67:27 Centre by Vladimir Weiss, save made by Craig Gordon.
    • 66:02 Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss.
    • 65:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Jack Wilshere. Samuel Ricketts restarts play with the free kick.
    • 65:11 Booking Darren Bent is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 64:39 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Ivan Klasnic coming on for Johan Elmander.
    • 63:26 Lee Cattermole provided the assist for the goal.
    • 63:26 GOAL - Darren BentSunderland 2 - 0 Bolton Darren Bent finds the net with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 2-0 Bolton.
    • 61:16 Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line.
    • 59:59 The ball is crossed by Alan Hutton, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:25 Booking Chung-Yong Lee is given a yellow card.
    • 57:00 Substitution Vladimir Weiss replaces Fabrice Muamba.
    • 56:38 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
    • 51:50 Darren Bent is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 48:41 Ricardo Gardner produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
    • 47:48 Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Steed Malbranque. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 45:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Robinson by Fraizer Campbell. Paul Robinson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:10 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:46 Kenwyne Jones fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 44:12 Alan Hutton produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 43:25 Lee Cattermole challenges Ricardo Gardner unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Paul Robinson from right channel, Kenwyne Jones makes a clearance.
    • 43:19 Jack Wilshere produces a cross, Michael Turner makes a clearance.
    • 40:10 Unfair challenge on Lorik Cana by Jack Wilshere results in a free kick. Alan Hutton takes the direct free kick.
    • 39:10 Steed Malbranque produces a cross.
    • 37:44 Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 35:57 Inswinging corner taken by Steed Malbranque, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
    • 35:47 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 32:31 Free kick taken by Michael Turner.
    • 32:31 Booking Samuel Ricketts is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Samuel Ricketts on Kenwyne Jones.
    • 32:01 Fraizer Campbell challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.
    • 31:25 Michael Turner fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 30:42 Michael Turner challenges Fabrice Muamba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 30:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
    • 29:36 Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
    • 29:36 Booking The referee shows Lorik Cana a yellow card.
    • 29:29 Lorik Cana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner.
    • 28:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steed Malbranque on Fabrice Muamba. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 28:03 Foul by Kevin Davies on Alan Hutton, free kick awarded. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:29 Zat Knight takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
    • 25:56 Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Darren Bent.
    • 23:36 Foul by Alan Hutton on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. A cross is delivered by Jack Wilshere, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Zat Knight misses to the right of the target.
    • 22:27 Darren Bent has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 21:50 Jack Wilshere takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steed Malbranque.
    • 20:21 Alan Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 14:33 Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
    • 13:09 Kevin Davies sends in a cross.
    • 12:23 The ball is swung over by Lee Cattermole, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Fraizer Campbell goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 11:59 Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
    • 11:35 Shot by Chung-Yong Lee from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 11:09 Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 10:10 Corner taken by Jack Wilshere, clearance by Lorik Cana.
    • 9:47 The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
    • 6:56 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
    • 6:21 Kevin Davies fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:31 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by John Mensah.
    • 3:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Steed Malbranque. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
    • 2:46 Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line.
    • 0:41 The assist for the goal came from Lorik Cana.
    • 0:41 GOAL - Fraizer CampbellSunderland 1 - 0 Bolton Goal scored by Fraizer Campbell from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Bolton.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 9 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 29 43 63
    2 Chelsea 28 39 61
    3 Arsenal 29 37 61
    4 Tottenham 28 23 49
    5 Man City 27 17 49
    6 Liverpool 29 16 48
    7 Aston Villa 26 16 45
    8 Birmingham 28 -1 43
    9 Everton 28 4 41
    10 Fulham 28 3 38
    11 Stoke 27 -5 34
    12 Blackburn 28 -15 34
    13 Sunderland 28 -8 30
    14 Bolton 29 -22 29
    15 Wigan 28 -26 28
    16 West Ham 28 -9 27
    17 Wolves 28 -25 24
    18 Hull 28 -33 24
    19 Burnley 28 -31 23
    20 Portsmouth 28 -23 19

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