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Sunderland 2 - Portsmouth 0

The Stadium Of Light

13th January 2008 13:30

Attendance: 37369

Sunderland 2 Portsmouth 0

Sunderland collected their first win of the year thanks to a Kieran Richardson double. Pompey struggled to handle the Sunderland duo of Richardson and Jones who were immense throughout the game.

Portsmouth started the game the brighter of the two sides with Benjani and Hredarsson coming close.

Richardson then got his first goal of the game when Jones burst past Campbell and cut back a wonderful low cross that Richardson dispatched to the right of James.

Richardson got Sunderland`s second minutes later when he burst in to the area to pick up a loose ball after Murphy struggled to control the ball. Richardson first touch was great to lose Hreidarsson and his placed shot to James left was even better.

Sunderland started the second half where they left off with Richardson nearly getting his third but his curled shot was just a bit high.

Benjani then should have done better when he failed to find Nugent after he found himself one on one with Gordon, Evans with the vital clearance.

Richardson was again unlucky not to score when left foot shot from the edge of the area hit the bar.

Sunderland then managed to run the clock down for the remaining 5 minutes or so.

Sunderland deserved the win and could have won by more.



Sunderland Line Up 4-5-1

Gordon 7
Whitehead 7
Nosworthy 7
Evans 8 (McShane 6)
Collins 7
Stokes 7 (Leadbitter 6)
Yorke 8
Richardson 9
Miller 8
Murphy 7
Jones 9 (O`Donovan 6)


Subs not used

Fulop
Cole

Star Player

Kieran Richardson - A great performance from Kieran and maybe should have been taking the match ball home.

Vital Sunderland Says

It about time we won a game and to win keeping a clean sheet is even better. We were creative and solid at the back hopefully this is the kick start to our season.




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Date:Sunday January 13 2008

Time: 11:35PM

Your Comments

HaHa. We have Alves!! http://www.middlesbrough.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=96425
Boro 01
Well done fellas you deserved the win today and we can shout about having 6 first teamers out but we weren't even at the races.. Kenwyne the Scummer (from his saints days) gave Distin and Campbell all sorts of problems and Richardson was just awesome.. as I say well done and we'll see you down here in a few weeks.. We'll want revenge !!!
Chix
Pure quality throughout the team yesterday, my MOM was Jones (again) with Kieran a close 2nd. Sounds like Sidwell is on his way o loan too. Here's to a much improved 2008!
grim72
Unexpected But Well Done....!
horseworrier
two cracking goals - how long before someone snaps up Jones though?
merlin
wehey the lads!!!! come on finally we get what we have been cravin all seaseon and what we really deserve, let it be the start of a brilliant run for the season. a few more of these and we shuld be clear no worrys.
toptoddy
 

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