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Game of the Day: Sunderland 4 Hull City 1

by Ashley Houghton

Fours star show at the SoL.

September 12 2009

Darren Bent took his tally to four goals in five games as the Black Cats climbed to sixth in the Barclays Premier League.

Bent’s double, along with goals from Andy Reid and a Kamil Zayatte own goal, earned Steve Bruce’s side their third win in five games.

Zayatte had equalised for Hull on the stroke of half-time but they would go on to suffer from second-season syndrome and be relegated in 19th place.

Sunderland took the lead on 13 minutes; Bent converted a spot-kick after Craig Fagan had inexplicably handled Andy Reid’s corner.

Hull were level on the stroke of half-time, Geovanni whipped in a corner and Zayatte, using a combination of head and shoulder, untidily forced the ball home from six yards.

It took just four second-half minutes for the hosts to level, Phil Bardsley showed great composure to dink in a cross from the left and Reid, making his first Premier League start of the season, fizzed a fine shot into the bottom corner.

Bent made it three on the hour mark when he broke the offside trap and smashed Steed Malbranque’s pass home, sending the majority of the 38,997 crowd into raptures.

Zayatte’s afternoon was summed up in the latter stages as, under pressure from Michael Turner, he headed into his own goal.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley (Mensah, 77), Turner, Ferdinand, Malbranque (Da Silva, 80), Richardson, Cana, Reid, Cattermole, Campbell, Bent (Jones, 73).

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