Surprise goals give Di Canio the Blues.
Despite leading at half time, Paolo Di Canio’s Sunderland suffered a defeat at the hands of Chelsea in the Italian’s first game since taking charge.
It was a positive start for the Lads and Sunderland could have been 1-0 up inside three minutes. Pressing high up the field, Craig Gardner headed the ball forward on the edge of the West Londoners box. This ball found Sessegnon. At an angle, it would have been a better option for the Attacker if he crossed the ball as Connor Wickham would have had an empty net to tap into to. However, Sessegnon shot into the side netting.
Fifteen minutes later, David Luiz’s free kick was blocked and the Wearsiders were on the break with Sessegnon down the left. He played the ball cross field to Adam Johnson. On the right, he cut inside but his shot was blocked by Luiz when it would have been easier to get a shot on target.
The next chance of the game also fell to the Wearsiders and this time, it was the opening goal. Some good work from Johnson and Sessegnon saw Wickham’s shot blocked for a corner. Johnson’s cross was met by the head of O’Shea and the Irishman flicked the ball to the back post. Cesar Azpilicueta then hit the ball into his own net on the 45th minute.
The second half looked to have started brightly and Sunderland won a corner in the 46th minute. However, Chelsea broke as sub Fernando Torres ran down the left. He passed to Oscar on the right and his shot was saved by Mignolet. The ball then hit of Kilgallon 12 yards out and the ball trickled towards the net. Unable to clear it, Danny Rose stumbled and the fluke goal went into the net.
Eight minutes later, Sunderland found themselves 2-1 behind. Defending deep, the Lads cleared the ball only to David Luiz on the edge of the box. The Brazilian’s shot was going wide until Ivanovic flicked his foot towards the ball, went past Mignolet and into the net.
Things don’t get any easier for the Lads as next Sunday it is the small matter of a Tyne-Wear derby.
Petr Cech ©, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, Bradislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Demba Ba.
Simon Mignolet, Phil Bardsley, Danny Rose, John O’Shea ©, Matt Kilgallon, Craig Gardner, Alfred N’Diaye, Adam Johnson, Seb Larsson, Stephane Sessegnon and Connor Wickham.