Sunderland late-show sinks Blackburn

By: Ian Hart 12th December 2011

Blackburn suffer yet another defeat as Sunderland's fortunes change

Martin O'Neill picked up a vital win in first game in charge of Sunderland to pile further pressure on Rovers boss Steve Kean.

Rovers took the lead mid-way through the first half when Sunderland keeper Keiren Westwood could only parry Christopher Samba's shot onto Simon Vukcevic's head, and the winger turned it in.

It took Sunderland until the 84th minute to level, but it was worth waiting for, David Vaughan hitting a rasping shot from the edge of the box after the ball fell kindly for him from a defensive clearance.

Sebastian Larsson the stole the points in injury time, when he curled a free-kick in off the near post, to give Martin O'Neill the perfect start to his Sunderland career.

Wigan also came from behind to record a vital win, as they beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1.

Steven Reid opened the scoring for the Baggies with a stunning free-kick, before Victor Moses curled in the equaliser after the ball fell to him after hitting a defender.

Jordi Gomez sealed the win from the penalty spot on the hour mark, converting after Moses had been tripped in the box.

Bolton remain routed to the bottom after going down 2-1 at home to Aston Villa.

Marc Albrighton turned in Gabriel Agbonlahor's low cross to open the scores after 33 minutes.

Skipper Stilian Petrov increased the lead just before the break, picking up the ball from Stephen Warnock and finding the bottom corner of the net, via a slight deflection.

Ivan Klasnic pulled a goal back after the break, smashing the ball home after it dropped to him off a Villa defender.

Wolves remain deep in trouble too, as they were convincingly beat 4-1 at Old Trafford, by Manchester United.

Nani opened the scoring, cutting in from the left and driving in a low shot, after receiving the ball from Luis Antonio Valencia.

The Portuguese turned provider for United's second, sliding the ball to Wayne Rooney who ran across his man and hit a low reverse shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Wolves pulled a goal back two minutes after the break, Steven Fletcher rising highest to nod in Matthew Jarvis' cross.

Nine minutes later, Nani got his second of the game when he turned in Valencia's cross from close-range.

Rooney completed the scoring on the hour-mark, with Valencia again the provider, finding the corner of the net with a half volley.

Tottenham's unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday afternoon, as they were beaten 2-1 at Stoke on Sunday.

Matthew Etherington opened the scoring against his former club, turning home a loose ball after Peter Crouch's effort had been saved by Brad Friedel.

Etherington doubled the lead just before half time, latching onto Jon Walters' header to fire home at the far post.

Emmanuel Adebayor pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, after Luka Modric had been fouled, but Spurs could not level.

Arsenal managed to close the gap on their north London rivals with a 1-0 win over Everton.

Robin van Persie scored the only goal of the game, a brilliant volley from Alex Song's pass.

Luis Suarez's goal gave Liverpool a rare home win over Queens Park Rangers.

The Uruguayan was left unmarked to head in Charlie Adam's cross.

Newcastle's recent struggles continued, as they were beaten 4-2 at Norwich.

The home side took the lead when Andrew Crofts shot was saved on the line by Tim Krul, and the rebound went in off Wes Hoolahan.

Demba Ba levelled when he brilliantly plucked Yohan Cabaye's chipped pass out of the air, and slotted past the John Ruddy.

Grant Holt restored Norwich's lead after the break, heading home David Fox's cross at the second attempt, after seeing his initial header parried by Krul.

Steve Morison extended the advantage four minutes later, powerfully heading in Crofts' cross.

Newcastle pulled a goal back 20 minutes from time when Shola Ameobi dispossessed Zak Whitbread slotted the ball to Ba who found the net.

Holt secure the points for Norwich eight minutes from time, when he turned in Bradley Johnson's cross.

Finally, Swansea's fine home form continued with a 2-0 win over Fulham.

Scott Sinclair opened the scoring, via a deflection, after being picked out by Wayne Routledge.

Danny Graham secured the points in injury time, turning in Mark Gower's corner at the near post.


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  • Matt Parker

    7 years ago

    Is the person who assists on penalties not credited with an assist when it is handball? it used to be

  • Ian Hart

    7 years ago

    Matt, assists are only given for handballs in the box if it's a handball on the goal line and the offending player is subsequently sent off.

  • Andrew Ashton

    7 years ago

    Sean Long was initially credited with an assist for West Brom v Wigan but this has been withdrawn. Please could you explain why.

  • Alden Smith

    7 years ago

    The goal was direct from a free-kick, so no assist awarded as per the rules. I think we're finding an increasing number of live sources are allocating assists for these, which causes the confusion, but it's not an assist as per our rules, so had to be removed once the footage was viewed by our panel.

  • John Payne

    7 years ago

    Clicked here for an explanation on assists hoping to understand why Phil Bardsley at Sunderland didn't get two assists against Blackburn? Can you explain?

  • Alden Smith

    7 years ago

    Hi John. The first goal was a result of a defensive clearance finding goalscorer Vaughan on the edge of the area, whilethe second was scored direct from a free-kick, so no assist for either.