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Sunderland   4 - 2   Wigan

Sunderland
Sunderland scored four goals in 22 second-half minutes

By Kevin Darling

Sunderland produced a stirring second-half comeback to sink Wigan and secure their first victory in 10 matches.

Mohamed Diame's sizzling 30-yard strike put the Latics ahead just after the break but Asamoah Gyan hit back instantly with a near-post header.

Jordan Henderson slammed the hosts in front from 12 yards before Stephane Sessegnon won and converted a penalty.

Sessegnon then teed up Henderson to slot home his second and make it 4-1, with Franco di Santo pulling one back.

The late Wigan strike could do nothing to take the gloss off a crucial win for Sunderland, who coped admirably with injuries to three key players during the game to produce their best football for months.

The victory ends a terrible run that had sucked Steve Bruce's side into a relegation battle after they gained only one point from their previous nine matches.

With 41 points now on the board, the Black Cats would appear to be safe but there is no such comfort for Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who saw his side follow up last weekend's promising win at Blackpool with a grisly second-half capitulation.

Sunderland's afternoon got off to the worst of starts. In the first 20 minutes they were forced to replace Phil Bardsley, whose treatment for a head injury caused a six-minute stoppage, and Danny Welbeck, who suffered a hamstring strain.

Sunderland not safe yet - Bruce

Welbeck's scuffed shot in the first minute remained the hosts' only shot on target for the remainder of the half, while the Latics' sole effort was a 20-yard Hugo Rodallega strike, which was beaten away by Simon Mignolet.

The turgid fare served up in the opening 45 minutes gave little hint of what was to follow after the break.

The Black Cats began the second period in lively fashion, with Ali Al-Habsi forced to tip over Gyan's header, but their fragile confidence took a blow when Diame broke the deadlock with a spectacular strike.

After picking up Charles N'Zogbia's pass 30 yards from goal, the Senegalese midfielder spun away from Michael Turner and launched an unstoppable drive past Mignolet.

Sunderland fans, who had seen the last four home games end in defeat, no doubt feared the worst but they would have been pleasantly surprised to see their side hit back immediately

Steed Malbranque's inch-perfect cross was met by Gyan's powerful header at the near post, with Latics defenders calling in vain for offside.

Fate seemed to conspire against Sunderland once more when Gyan's afternoon was ended by yet another injury - and a second hamstring strain of the day - leaving the hosts with no recognised strikers on the pitch or the bench.

Martinez bemoans penalty award

Yet they responded by scoring three goals in 11 minutes.

Midfielder Henderson put his side ahead when he skipped into the penalty area after being fed by Sulley Muntari and hammered a superb left-footed effort into the roof of the net.

Emergency striker Sessegnon then won a penalty when he was barged over by Antolin Alcaraz in the box, and the Beninese player picked himself up to calmly stroke home the spot-kick.

As Wigan's defence proceeded to disintegrate, Sessegnon raced clear and picked out the unmarked Henderson, who took a touch and tucked away his second.

Di Santo converted a Victor Moses cross from close range in the 89th minute but it could not dampen the joy - or the relief - of the Sunderland fans celebrating their first home win since New Year's Day.


Sunderland manager Steve Bruce
"We can't count our chickens yet, it wouldn't surprise me if other teams put two or three wins together and we may need a couple more points (to ensure safety).

"Today we had no strikers and we went and scored four goals. How can you analyse it? It's incredible.

"We showed spirit and determination and we did enough."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez
"It was a ridiculous decision for the penalty, they (Antolin Alcaraz and Stephane Sessegnon) were shoulder to shoulder.

"We were in control and then we went into a crazy period.

"After doing all the hard work and getting our noses in front, everything went their way."

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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 4-2 Wigan FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Gyan 55
  • Henderson 66
  • Sessegnon (pen) 73
  • Henderson 77
  • Diame 52
  • Di Santo 90

Sunderland

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 39,650
SUNDERLAND
WIGAN

Possession

  • Sunderland 51%
  • Wigan 49%

Attempts on target

  • Sunderland 7
  • Wigan 7

Attempts off target

  • Sunderland 4
  • Wigan 4

Corners

  • Sunderland 7
  • Wigan 3

Fouls

  • Sunderland 11
  • Wigan 9
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:12 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+2:42 Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
  • 90:00+2:19 Foul by Gary Caldwell on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Sulley Muntari.
  • 90:00+1:47 Victor Moses is penalised for a handball. Sulley Muntari takes the free kick.
  • 89:02 Victor Moses provided the assist for the goal.
  • 89:02 GOAL - Franco Di SantoSunderland 4 - 2 Wigan Franco Di Santo gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 4-2 Wigan.
  • 88:49 Ahmed Elmohamady concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Direct free kick taken by Franco Di Santo.
  • 87:43 Effort from just outside the area by Tom Cleverley goes over the target.
  • 85:50 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Ben Watson, save made by Simon Mignolet.
  • 85:50 Booking Lee Cattermole goes into the referee's book.
  • 85:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Steve Gohouri.
  • 83:59 Franco Di Santo has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 82:55 Substitution Franco Di Santo comes on in place of Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 79:52 Sulley Muntari produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 78:44 Charles N'Zogbia takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Lee Cattermole makes a clearance.
  • 78:10 Foul by Jordan Henderson on Ben Watson, free kick awarded. Ben Watson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
  • 77:37 The ball is swung over by Victor Moses.
  • 76:01 Assist by Stephane Sessegnon.
  • 76:01 GOAL - Jordan HendersonSunderland 4 - 1 Wigan Jordan Henderson fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 4-1 Wigan.
  • 75:46 Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
  • 74:19 Substitution (Wigan) makes a substitution, with Ronnie Stam coming on for Emmerson Boyce.
  • 73:54 Tom Cleverley produces a cross, Hugo Rodallega produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 73:25 Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Charles N'Zogbia, free kick awarded. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 72:11 GOAL - Stephane SessegnonSunderland 3 - 1 Wigan Placed penalty scored by Stephane Sessegnon. Sunderland 3-1 Wigan.
  • 71:20 Booking Antolin Alcaraz goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 71:13 Foul by Antolin Alcaraz on Stephane Sessegnon, Penalty awarded.
  • 69:06 Handball by Anton Ferdinand. Charles N'Zogbia shoots direct from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 67:58 Shot from just outside the box by Victor Moses misses to the left of the goal.
  • 67:09 Substitution Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McCarthy.
  • 65:39 The assist for the goal came from Sulley Muntari.
  • 65:39 GOAL - Jordan HendersonSunderland 2 - 1 Wigan Goal scored by Jordan Henderson from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-1 Wigan.
  • 63:16 Substitution Sulley Muntari comes on in place of Asamoah Gyan.
  • 60:29 Lee Cattermole challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Watson produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
  • 57:06 Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:55 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Steed Malbranque.
  • 54:29 The assist for the goal came from Steed Malbranque.
  • 54:29 GOAL - Asamoah GyanSunderland 1 - 1 Wigan Asamoah Gyan grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Sunderland 1-1 Wigan.
  • 54:07 Jordan Henderson takes the free kick.
  • 54:07 Booking Gary Caldwell booked.
  • 53:20 Asamoah Gyan fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 51:25 The assist for the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 51:25 GOAL - Mohamed DiameSunderland 0 - 1 Wigan Mohamed Diame fires in a goal from outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Wigan.
  • 50:57 Hugo Rodallega concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
  • 49:27 Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:05 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordan Henderson.
  • Correction - 48:30 The ball is sent over by Anton Ferdinand, Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
  • 48:30 A cross is delivered by Anton Ferdinand, Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
  • 47:34 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson.
  • 46:56 Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line, Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 46:34 Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+6:02 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+4:51 Steed Malbranque sends in a cross, clearance by Steve Gohouri.
  • 45:00+4:40 A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady.
  • 45:00+0:01 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line to the near post, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 44:51 The ball is crossed by Jack Colback, Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 43:23 The ball is sent over by Lee Cattermole, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Asamoah Gyan misses to the left of the goal.
  • 42:56 James McCarthy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. Free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
  • 41:41 Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Ben Watson manages to make a clearance.
  • 40:20 The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Ben Watson.
  • 39:47 Asamoah Gyan delivers the ball.
  • 39:13 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
  • 33:32 Ben Watson takes a corner.
  • 32:40 Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.
  • 32:29 Jordan Henderson produces a cross, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 31:51 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 31:12 Steve Gohouri concedes a free kick for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady. Michael Turner takes the free kick.
  • 30:19 Short corner worked by Ben Watson.
  • 30:03 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
  • 29:18 Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
  • 24:21 Substitution Steed Malbranque comes on in place of Danny Welbeck.
  • 23:29 Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Header from close range by Asamoah Gyan misses to the right of the goal.
  • 22:13 Centre by Jack Colback, Headed effort from inside the area by Nedum Onuoha misses to the right of the goal.
  • 21:35 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 21:30 A cross is delivered by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
  • 18:27 Ahmed Elmohamady challenges Mohamed Diame unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamed Diame takes the free kick.
  • 16:35 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Mohamed Diame. Ben Watson takes the direct free kick.
  • 13:37 The ball is sent over by Mohamed Diame, save made by Simon Mignolet.
  • 11:27 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordan Henderson.
  • 9:48 Substitution Anton Ferdinand on for Phillip Bardsley.
  • 2:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • Correction - 1:05 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 1:05 Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 34 39 73
2 Chelsea 34 37 67
3 Arsenal 33 32 64
4 Man City 32 20 56
5 Tottenham 33 8 55
6 Liverpool 34 12 52
7 Everton 34 5 47
8 Bolton 32 3 43
9 Newcastle 34 1 41
10 Sunderland 34 -10 41
11 Aston Villa 34 -12 41
12 West Brom 34 -15 40
13 Fulham 33 1 39
14 Stoke 33 -3 39
15 Birmingham 34 -17 38
16 Blackburn 33 -14 35
17 Blackpool 34 -22 34
18 Wigan 34 -23 34
19 Wolves 33 -20 33
20 West Ham 34 -22 32

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