Game of the Day: SAFC 2 Spurs 1

by Ashley Houghton

Quinn at the double.

31st October 1999

Two superb first-half goals from Sunderland striker Niall Quinn gave the Black Cats victory over Tottenham Hotspur to move Peter Reid's side up to joint second place in the Premiership.

Quinn’s double was enough for the hosts, though Steffen Iversen’s 63rd minute reply set up a tense finish.

Spurs, on their first visit to Stadium of Light, started the brighter of the two sides and they went close to opening the scoring when David Ginola sent Iversen through only for the Norwegian to shoot straight at Sunderland keeper Thomas Sorensen.

Despite Spurs’ early dominance, the Black Cats were ahead on ten minutes when Quinn struck a superb volley into the top corner from Michael Gray’s cross.

And 12 minutes later the veteran frontman had claimed his fifth goal of the season in similar fashion, as he again used his chest to control the ball before volleying past a helpless Ian Walker.

Spurs grabbed a goal back just after the hour mark as Oyvind Leonhardsen put Ramon Vega clear on the right and the Swiss international delivered the perfect cross for Iversen, who finished from close range.

Sol Campbell missed a late chance for the visitors to equalise but, barring that, the Sunderland rearguard was rarely tested.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Bould, Butler, Gray, Summerbee (Williams, 87), Roy (Ball, 72), McCann, Schwarz, Quinn, Phillips (Dichio, 61).

Subs not used: Marriott, Rae.