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banner Tuesday, 19 September, 2000, 23:09 GMT 00:09 UK
Sunderland 3-0 Luton
Kevin Phillips
Kevin Phillips was the Wearsiders' main man again
Kevin Phillips' second goal in as many games helped Sunderland put one foot in the Worthington Cup third round as they wore down a game Luton side.

Phillips, who struck on 61 minutes after passing up several earlier chances, had a hand in goals for both John Oster and Paul Thirlwell as Peter Reid got exactly what he was looking for from a much-changed side.

Reid retained just three of the men who started against Derby on Saturday to give eight squad players a run-out, but despite wholesale changes, the Wearsiders were just too strong for their Second Division opponents.

French midfielder Eric Roy proved the architect of a victory which was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.

Luton started both halves well but failed to take early chances, and were ultimately made to pay for it.

Perfect start

The visitors almost got off to the perfect start with less than a minute on the clock when Mark Stein capitalised on hesitancy in the home defence to run in on goal and unleash a shot which Thomas Sorensen did well to block.

But that early scare served to focus the Wearsiders' minds, and once the impressive Roy started to get a grip in midfield, allowing Maley and Oster in particular to thrive, it seemed only a matter of time before the home side took the lead.

Having spurned a number of chances in the first half, Phillips put a 48th-minute header over and was then denied again by Luton keeper Ovendale when he tried to sweep Roy's low cross home.

However, Oster was able to capitalise on the rebound to fire the Wearsiders in front from close range - and it would not be long before the England marksman joined him on the scoresheet.


In fact, it took him just 10 minutes as he again benefited from an intelligent pass from Roy to run clear of the Luton defence, and although Emerson Boyce did well to get back, Phillips simply turned back inside him before driving a low shot past Ovendale to make it 2-0.

The keeper was beaten again four minutes from time after he blocked a Phillips piledriver into Thirlwell's path, and the midfielder was able to bundle the ball home from close range.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Maley, Holloway, Williams, P. Butler, Thirlwell, Peeters, Roy, Oster, Phillips, Wainwright. Subs: Macho, McGuill, Fredgaard, T. Butler, McCartney.

Luton: Ovendale, Fraser, Watts, McLaren, Boyce, Spring, Taylor, Holmes, Scarlett, Stein, Kandol. Subs: Abbey, Brennan, Stirling, George, Thompson.

Referee: M Cowburn (Blackpool)

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