Black Cats end disastrous run with victory at the Stadium of Light and grab a vital win that all but secures their Premier League status whilst piling pressure back on Latics
Sunderland finally ended their nine game run without a win as they demolished Wigan 4-2 at the Stadium of Light thanks to two goals from Jordan Henderson and strikes from Asamoah Gyan and Stephane Sessegnon.
The Black Cats came out of the traps the fastest and a good break down the right with Jordan Henderson and Stephane Sessegnon presented Danny Welbeck with a chance but he scuffed his shot straight at Ali Al-Habsi.
Both sides were trying to play free-flowing football but the home team were carving out the better opportunities and Gyan should have got his header on target following a good cross from Ahmed Elmohamady.
Wigan were reduced to playing counter-attacking football for most of the first half hour but could have gone ahead if not for a brilliant save from Simon Mignolet who parried Hugo Rodallega’s powerful effort behind after the striker had robbed Lee Cattermole of the ball on the edge of the box.
Sunderland were having the majority of the possession but couldn’t find the final touch to get the ball beyond the stout Latics defence, as Gyan and Sessesgnon failed to control the ball when presented with good opportunities.
The home side pressed forward again and should have gone in at half-time in front when Elmohamady flashed a dangerous ball across the face of goal but no player in red and white was around to poke the ball home.
The Black Cats started the second half like they ended the first and Al-Habsi had to be at full stretch to prevent Gyan’s looping header finding the net from a Jordan Henderson cross.
Seconds later the home side pressed again and the Latics defence somehow kept Nedum Onuoha’s header from crossing the line despite pressure from Michael Turner who was trying to force the effort into the net.
This defensive effort paid off for the visitors when Diame collected the ball 25 yards from goal and fired a rocket which flew past Mignolet to give Roberto Martinez’s side a surprise lead.
Sunderland, however, responded within minutes through Gyan who headed Steed Malbranque’s pinpoint cross home to get a vital equaliser for Steve Bruce’s side.
The Black Cats completed their comeback through Henderson who hit a sublime volley past Al-Habsi to send the home fans into raptures after a great move from the home side down the left which involved Sessegnon, Muntari and Malbranque before the ball found its way to the England man.
Steve Bruce’s side were on a roll and were all over Wigan, they deservedly got their third of the afternoon from the spot after Sessegnon was brought down by Alcaraz, and the Benin International took the spot-kick himself making no mistake from 12 yards.
Wigan were disintegrating defensively and conceded their fourth of the afternoon after a failed counter-attack left them exposed. Sessegnon ran at the defence and squared the ball for Henderson who slotted home his second of the afternoon.
The visitors got a consolation minutes from full-time with Franco Di Santo converting from close range after the home side allowed him too much space in the area.The win caps a welcome result for Steve Bruce's side who will now feel safe on 41 points, whilst Wigan drop back into the bottom three, with games starting to run out.
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