Leadbitter and Edwards send Sunderland to the top of the Championship.
09 April 2007
Sunderland, boosted by an away following of over 3,000, went top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at St. Mary’s.
Grant Leadbitter grabbed a late winner for the Black Cats after Carlos Edwards had cancelled out Marek Saganowski’s strike.
Roy Keane’s side started brightly and on the quarter hour, only the post prevented Sunderland's David Connolly from adding to his tally of 11 goals for the season after he turned and shot sharply.
Sunderland continued to press and when Tobias Hysen had floated a perfectly struck corner into space just eight yards out, everybody expected an unmarked Dwight Yorke to head home but the Trinidad and Tobago international headed over.
Southampton were ahead, completely against the run of play, 20 minutes from time; Saganowski put Saints ahead with a crisp volley – his sixth goal in four matches.
Carlos Edwards equalised ten minutes later with a sensational drive from 25 yards that clipped the underside of the crossbar on its way in.
And as the game looked to be petering out to a draw, substitute Leadbitter crashed home from 25 yards to the elation of Keane and the rapturous travelling support.
Sunderland: Ward, Simpson, Nosworthy, Evans, Collins, Edwards, Yorke (Leadbitter, 69), Liam Miller (Whitehead, 46), Hysen, Connolly, Elliott (Stokes, 46).
Subs Not Used: Fulop, Murphy.