Darren Bent

Game of the Day: SAFC 1 Arsenal 0

by Ashley Houghton

Single goal settles home clash in '09.

Sunderland 1 Arsenal 0

21 November 2009

Darren Bent scored the only goal of the game as Sunderland became the first side not to concede against Arsenal in the 2009-10 season.

Bent’s 71st-minute strike moved the Black Cats within two points of fourth spot as the Gunners fell out of the title race.

Eduardo led the Gunners' line, in place of the injured Robin van Persie, and the Croatian created an early chance for Tomas Rosicky, who forced a fine save from Marton Fulop.

Sunderland found it difficult to make their way in the game until Steed Malbranque almost opened the scoring with a volley that fizzed over.

After the break Andy Reid did his best to up the tempo for the hosts, as he had threatened to do in the first 45 minutes, and he sent a free-kick skidding wide.

Reid’s cross, this time from a corner, found Bent who rose highest and his header ricocheted back to him off Fraizer Campbell, leaving the striker a fairly simple task to slot the ball in.

It was the first time in 12 league meetings between the sides that Sunderland took all three points.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, McCartney, Mensah (Ferdinand, 82), Da Silva, Malbranque (Campbell, 66), Richardson, Henderson, Cana, Reid (Zenden, 78), Bent.

Subs not used: Carson, Nosworthy, Murphy, Healy.