Game of the Day: SAFC 1 West Ham 0

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by Kate Smith

Phillips enters the record books, while Di Canio is denied.

6th May 2000

Kevin Phillips ended Sunderland's 1999-00 Premier League home campaign in style as he entered the top-flight record books with his 30th goal of the season when West Ham United visited the Stadium of Light in May 2000.

The goal also signed off the Stadium of Light's first season of top-flight football with a memorable 1-0 win over Harry Redknapp's Hammers.

Following the fireworks before kick-off, Niall Quinn wreaked havoc for the Hammers' defence. He was unlucky with a fifth-minute header that was only blocked by the crossbar with debutant goalkeeper Stephen Bywater well-beaten.

Ten minutes later Nicky Summerbee marked his return to action with a sublime cross in for Phillips, the striker was left in space to power home a close-range header past Bywater, delighting the capacity crowd.

Phillips' strike partner, Quinn, almost doubled the Black Cats lead within two minutes but was denied by Bywater and moments later midfielder Paul Thirlwell had a goal ruled out for handball.

Frenchman Frédéric Kanoute was behind any attack that West Ham could muster, he set up captain Paulo Di Canio just before the 40 minute mark, but as Jody Craddock mis-kicked as he intercepted the ball, Paulo Wanchope was left one-on-one with Thomas Sorensen but smashed his shot just wide.

Danny Dichio replaced Quinn after the break, and with 20 seconds of being on the pitch he set up John Oster, who side-footed his effort well wide of goal.

As the second half progressed, West Ham were going all-out for that illusive equaliser. Wanchope was again presented with a couple of opportunities to bring the scoreline level, moments after the break he fired the ball right into Sorensen's arms, he could not beat the keeper again two minutes later.

Di Canio's claims for a penalty following a challenge from Chris Makin's were denied much to the Italian's disgust.

Sunderland almost sealed the victory with another goal as Phillips went within inches of his 31st goal of the season, but he sent a powerful 25-yard shot just over the top of the goal.

As the final whistle blew the Sunderland fans were delighted with their team's first season back in the top-flight, not only were there were faint hopes of European football depending on results elsewhere the following week, but they were also celebrating Phillips' entry into the record books for his 30 goal haul, as he became only the third Englishman to score 30 Premier League goals in a season, following Alan Shearer and Andy Cole.

Teams:
Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, P. Butler, Craddock, Gray, Summerbee, Thirlwell, Roy (T. Butler 84), Oster (Holloway 89), Quinn (Dichio 43), Phillips

West Ham: Bywater, Potts, Stimac, Ferdinand, Sinclair, Moncur, Foe, Carrick, Kanoute, Wanchope, Di Canio