Jones and Healy strike late on.
7th February 2009
Kenwyne Jones and David Healy scored late goals for Ricky Sbragia’s Sunderland as the Black Cats extended their unbeaten run to four at the expense of Stoke City.
The hosts moved up to 11th with the win as the Potters were reduced to ten men when Matthew Etherington was given a straight red card for kicking out at Danny Collins.
Sunderland had the first chance after six minutes when Stephen Kelly gave the ball away to Jones whose strike on goal was crisp but poorly directed straight at Sorensen, who palmed away.
The visitors went close to gaining the advantage themselves when Glenn Whelan delivered a free-kick that caused confusion in the Black Cats’ penalty area before Richard Cresswell's spectacular overhead effort flashed inches wide.
The hosts then had two efforts cleared off the line by City defenders, though the first in more controversial fashion than the second as Reid crossed to the far post for Steed Malbranque, whose header was prevented from crossing the line by what replays proved was a clear handball from Danny Pugh.
Minutes later, Collins' shot cleared the static Sorensen but full-back Kelly was on hand as the last line of defence to head the ball away to safety.
Stoke were down to ten men shortly after the hour mark as Etherington was needlessly sent off for kicking out at Collins after the two had tussled for the ball.
The Potters should have taken the lead a minute later when Whelan floated in a free-kick that eluded the Sunderland defence before falling to Henri Camara, who inexcusably struck the bar from six yards out.
The hosts side did make the breakthrough with 15 minutes remaining when Reid floated a pinpoint cross to the far post for Jones to bundle a header past Sorensen.
Healy, who had only been on the pitch for eight minutes, doubled Sunderland’s advantage four minutes into injury time when Jones cut the ball across goal for the Northern Ireland striker to slot in.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Collins, McCartney, Malbranque (Edwards, 70), Whitehead, Richardson, Reid (Murphy, 82), Jones, Cisse (Healy, 86).
Subs not used: Gordon, Ben-Haim, Leadbitter, Davenport.