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April 23, 2011 10:00 AM EDT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ L. Probert‎
Attendance:‬ 39650‎
 
Top of the Match
Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson
Sunderland
Sulley Muntari
Sulley Muntari
Sunderland
Flop of the Match
Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell
Wigan Athletic
Ben Watson
Ben Watson
Wigan Athletic

Sunderland 4-2 Wigan: Henderson inspires fightback to halt freefalling Black Cats after Mohammad Diame thunderbolt

Black Cats end disastrous run with victory at the Stadium of Light.

By Simon Sinclair at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland finally ended its nine game run without a win as it 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 got out of 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 had the majority of the possession but couldn’t find the final touch to get the ball beyond the stout Latics defense, as Gyan and Sessesgnon failed to control the ball when presented 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 defense 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 a 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 was on a roll and was all over Wigan. Sunderland deservedly got its 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 was disintegrating defensively and conceded its fourth of the afternoon after a failed counter attack left the back line exposed. Sessegnon ran at the defense 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, but it wouldn't be enough.

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Sunderland

22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
Michael Turner
Defender
3.00
15
Nedum Onuoha
Defender
3.00
2
Phil Bardsley
Defender
10′
3.00
27
Ahmed El Mohamady
Midfielder
3.00
14
Jordan Henderson
Midfielder
67′ 77′
4.00
33
Lee Cattermole
Midfielder
86′
3.00
14
Jack Colback
Midfielder
3.00
28
3.50
3
Asamoah Gyan
Striker
55′ 64′
3.50
19
Danny Welbeck
Striker
26′
2.50

Wigan Athletic

2.50
26
Ali Al Habsi
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
S. Gohouri
Defender
3.00
32
2.00
5
2.50
17
3.00
16
James McCarthy
Midfielder
68′
2.50
8
Ben Watson
Midfielder
2.50
-
2.50
23
Tom Cleverley
Midfielder
2.50
21
Mohamed Diame
Midfielder
52′
2.50
20

Substitutes

24
Trevor Carson
Goalkeeper
0.00
-
3.00
7
0.00
17
3.00
4
Sulley Muntari
Midfielder
64′ 67′
3.00
16
C. Riveros
Midfielder
0.00
7
David Meyler
Midfielder
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
1
Chris Kirkland
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
Ronnie Stam
Defender
75′
0.00
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
2.50
12
0.00
14
Jordi Gómez
Midfielder
3.50
9
0.00
18

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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