Michael Gray

Game of the Day: SAFC 1 Middlesbrough 0

by Ashley Houghton

Gray scores derby winner in 2000.

December 9th 2000

Michael Gray scored the only goal as Sunderland came out on top in a Wear-Tees derby at the Stadium of Light.

Gray’s goal sent Middlesbrough bottom of the Premiership whilst the Black Cats moved fourth.

It was a fierce encounter from the off with Darren Williams needing stitches in a wound to his head in the early stages before Phil Stamp, who also suffered a head injury, had to be replaced by Christian Karembeu for the visitors.

Niall Quinn felt he should have been awarded a penalty after just ten minutes; replays showed he had strong claims after being pulled down by a Boro defender but referee Graham Poll waved play on.

Hamilton Ricard thought he had put Boro ahead on the stroke of half-time but his header was ruled out for a push by the Colombian on a Sunderland defender.

Gavin McCann then went close but his 25-yard thunderbolt was tipped over by Mark Schwarzer in the Boro goal.

Gray scored what proved to be the decider seven minutes after the restart; Ugo Ehiogu’s miscued clearance fell kindly to the left foot of Gray who smashed the ball through the legs of Schwarzer to send the majority of the tense crowd into raptures.

Ricard was denied by Thomas Sorensen on multiple occasions as the Teessiders battled for a reply, but it was to no avail as the Black Cats extended their winning run to four.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Thome, Craddock, Gray, Williams, McCann, Rae, Kilbane, Arca, Quinn, Phillips.

Subs not used: Marriott, Varga, Oster, Thirlwell, Schwarz.