Cisse, Reid and Jones score in home win.
Sunderland 4 West Bromwich Albion 0
13th December 2008
Kenwyne Jones scored twice as Sunderland won their first game since caretaker-manager Ricky Sbragia took over from Roy Keane.
Jones’ double as well as goals from Andy Reid and Djibril Cisse moved the Black Cats out of the relegation zone in place of rivals Newcastle United.
A timid start from both sides was expected as a win was a must for both teams’ survival ambitions.
Sunderland got the break they needed in the 22nd minute when Reid switched from his station on the left flank over to the right and crossed invitingly for Jones to ghost away from Gianni Zuiverloon and power a diving header beyond Scott Carson.
The hosts’ advantage was doubled two minutes later; Carson reacted superbly to repel Cisse's drive from the right and then again after a close-range follow-up by Reid, but Jones was able to waltz in unmarked and prod into an empty goal.
The Black Cats got their third on 39 minutes; Jones flicked the ball through Paul Robinson's legs into the path of Steed Malbranque, who floated a delightful ball from the right for an on-rushing Reid to head across goal and into Carson's net.
Baggies boss Tony Mowbray attempted to shake things up at half-time by introducing Roman Bednar and Do-Heon Kim in place of Chris Brunt and James Morrison.
But within a minute of coming on, Bednar handled amidst a penalty-area scrap and Cisse laced his spot-kick straight down the middle for 4-0.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Collins, Malbranque (Edwards, 59), Tainio, Richardson, Reid (Leadbitter, 79), Cisse, Jones.
Subs not Used: Colgan, Diouf, Miller, Murphy, Yorke.