Game of the Day: Leicester 0 SAFC 2

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by Ashley Houghton

Lads at the double for New Year away day.

1 January 2007

An inspired performance from Leicester City goalkeeper Paul Henderson looked to have prevented Roy Keane’s men from starting 2007 with a win but late goals from Tobias Hysen and David Connolly set Sunderland on a 17 game unbeaten run.

Both goals came from rebounds with Hysen tapping home after Daryl Murphy hit the bar and Connolly reacted quickest after Murphy’s shot was well saved.

Sunderland started the brighter of the two sides; first Connolly fired Stephen Elliott's cross wide before Chris Brown centred from a similar position with Hysen shooting over.

The Black Cats remained in the ascendancy throughout the first-half and their persistence was almost rewarded after 17 minutes when Connolly got a good head to Dean Whitehead's cross but Henderson turned the ball over.

Leicester went closest on the half-hour when Darren Kenton headed Gareth Williams’ cross over from point blank range.

Australian Henderson came to City's rescue yet again with a stunning stop to deny Connolly from eight yards as Sunderland continued to push for an opening.

The breakthrough came when Whitehead crossed from the left before Murphy crashed a header against the bar and Hysen was on hand to turn the loose ball home.

The lead was doubled five minutes from time; Murphy's shot was blocked by Henderson with Connolly reacting quickly to guide the rebound home.

Sunderland: Ward, Nyatanga, Varga, Wallace, Whitehead, Miller, Connolly, Yorke (Leadbitter, 60), Elliott, Hysen (Hartley, 85), Brown (Murphy, 59).

Subs: Fulop, Welsh.