Saturday 23rd April 2011
Sunderland 4-2 Wigan Athletic
The Premier League
Roberto kept the same side that comprehensively beat Blackpool last week while Steve Bruce juggled his injury hit squad.
That was to backfire on the former boss as he had to make two substitutions within half an hour as both Bardsley & Welbeck had to leave the field.
The half started in a feisty fashion and it took over 17 minutes from Lee Cattermole to commit his first foul which considering his record was relatively surprising!
To be truthful the match contained very few chances with Mignolet making the only decent save from a fine Hugo Rodallega effort, so it ended all square at the break 0-0.
The Black Cats made a spirited start to the second period forcing several corners which the Latics defence just about held firm.
Then Mohamed Diame stunned The Stadium of Light faithful with a cracking long range strike which fizzed into the top left hand corner.
But Latics were still celebrating, in their heads at least to leave Asamoah
Gyan unmarked to head an equalizer past a stranded Al Habsi just three minutes later.
The injury hoodoo struck the home outfit again as goal scorer Gyan went off with what looked like a pulled hamstring to be replaced by Mundari.
Pathetic tip tappy defending with no-one taking responsibility let Henderson in to put Sunderland in front much to the great delight of the now vocal home support.
Charles N’Zogbia was having one of his lazy days again, completely anonymous really, any potential new club suitors would be scribbling not worth the time or the effort.
Martinez seemed to make it clear he was not happy with his alleged “star” players performance effort & commitment.
Then it becomes worse for Latics as the home team get a penalty and Sessegnon never looked like missing with a confident strike to make it 3-1.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse it did, Henderson got his second and Sunderland’s fourth as lazy Latics defending let them in AGAIN.
The only high spot in the second half after Diame’s goal was a the first goal for Franco Di Santo in Latics colours, a slight, very slight consolation for a pathetic showing in the 2nd half.
Concentration levels are at an all time NONE at the back, the midfield was being overrun and as ever the forwards are firing blanks, just what you need in a relegation battle.
Bloomfield Road seems a distant memory now, overconfidence ? perhaps, lackadaisical ? definitely !
West Brom reached the magical forty point mark and we drop down into the relegation mire on gaol difference as Blackpool salvaged a home draw against Th Barcodes.
Sunderland, Mignolet, Elmohamady, Bardsley (Ferdinand 10mins) Turner, Onuoha, Henderson, Sessegnon, Cattermole (C), Colback, Gyan (Muntari 63mins) & Welbeck (Malbranque 25mins)
Unused substitutes, Carson, Zenden, Riveros & Meyler
Goalscorers, Gyan 55mins, Henderson 66mins, 77mins & Sessegnon pen 73mins.
Booked, Cattermole (surprise, surprise)
Wigan Athletic, Al Habsi, Boyce (Stam 75mins) G. Caldwell, Alcaraz, Gohouri; Watson, Diame, McCarthy (Moses 68mins) N’Zogbia (Di Santo 90mins) Cleverly & Rodallega
Unused substitutes, Kirkland, Thomas, Gomez, Di Santo, & Sammon
Goalscorers, Diame 52mins & DiSanto
Booked, Alcatraz & G.Caldwell
Referee, Lee Probert
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