Black Cats boss Trotters clash.
9th March 2010
Darren Bent scored a hat-trick as Sunderland ended a tricky start to 2010 with a home win against ten-man Bolton Wanderers.
Bent’s goal, along with Fraizer Campbell’s early strike, sealed the points for the Black Cats who hadn’t won a league game since a home win over Arsenal in November.
Sam Ricketts was dismissed 15 minutes from time for Bolton as he fouled Bent inside the area for a second-bookable offence.
And Steve Bruce’s side couldn’t have wished for a better start as Campbell volleyed Lorik Cana’s cross beyond Jussi Jaaskelainen in the Trotters’ goal.
Barring a shot from Chung-Yong Lee, which flew over the bar, the visitors created very little as they looked for a third successive win.
Sunderland should have doubled their advantage as half-time approached when Campbell found Bent in space on the left-hand side of the penalty area but he checked inside and his eventual shot bobbled harmlessly past the far post.
The hosts exerted their dominance in the second-half and doubled their lead just after the hour mark as Lee Cattermole collected in the Bolton half before sliding Bent in on goal and the striker made no mistake with a clinical finish past Jaaskelainen.
Ten minutes later Bent went sprinting clear and was body-checked just inside the area by Ricketts who was dismissed before the England striker sent Jaaskelainen the wrong way from the spot.
With two minutes remaining Bent completed his hat-trick, producing a clinical first-time, side-footed finish from a Campbell right-wing cross to score his 18th goal of the season.
Sunderland: Gordon, Turner, Ferdinand, Hutton, Mensah (Zenden, 79), Malbranque (Benjani, 85), Cana, Cattermole (Bardsley, 70), Campbell, Bent, Jones.
Subs not used: Carson, McCartney, Da Silva, Kilgallon.