English Premiership

Wolves down Sunderland

2011-12-04 20:10
Steven Fletcher (File)

London - Steven Fletcher scored twice as Wolverhampton Wanderers came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 on Sunday.

Martin O'Neill will take over Sunderland on Monday with them fourth bottom of the Premier League table, just a point clear of the relegation zone.

Kieran Richardson put Sunderland ahead, but after Sebastian Larsson had missed a penalty, two Fletcher goals in the final 20 minutes gave Wolves the points, lifting them to sixth bottom.

Eric Black, in his role as caretaker coach of Sunderland following Steve Bruce's departure last week, selected two centre-forwards, with Ji Dong-Won partnering Nicklas Bendtner.

Keiren Westwood made one stunning save from Stephen Hunt as he met a Matt Jarvis cross at the back post, not merely getting to the ball but pushing it away with a strong wrist.

At the other end, Sunderland could have had a penalty as Christophe Berra bundled over John O'Shea, and Stephen Ward cleared off the line from Stephane Sessegnon.

It was Sunderland who broke the deadlock seven minutes into the second half. As they broke, Bendtner flicked the ball left for Sessegnon with his heel.

The Benin international advanced and laid the ball outside for the overlapping Richardson who lashed a first-time shot in at Wayne Hennessey's near post.

The game turned in the space of a minute. Larsson, having been tripped by Jody Craddock, saw his penalty saved by Hennessey, and within seconds Wolves had equalised.

Jarvis's cross from the left was excellent, and Fletcher met it with a smart downward header that eluded Westwood.

Then, with 10 minutes remaining, Adam Hammill's cross was cushioned by the arm of Jamie O'Hara into the path of Fletcher, who swept home.

Stoke City won 1-0 at Everton in the day's other game. Robert Huth got the only goal after 15 minutes, poking in a Dean Whitehead shot.

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