Flashback: Win at the Bridge

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by Ashley Houghton

Spirited comeback gave Chelsea the Blues in 2001.

Don Hutchinson’s double helped Sunderland move to fourth in the Premiership with a memorable 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Hutchinson equalised twice after Marcel Desailly and Eidur Gudjohnsen had given the Blues the lead.

Gavin McCann and Kevin Phillips scored to complete the comeback and provide the Sunderland fans with one of their most memorable away days.

Desailly opened the scoring after just 18 minutes, the Frenchman headed home Gudjohnsen’s volley across goal from point blank range.

Hutchinson replied ten minutes later, the Scottish international superbly struck a first-time volley past Carlo Cudicini despite being under pressure from Frank Leboeuf.

Gudjohnsen resumed Chelsea’s lead on the half-hour, thumping an emphatic shot off the underside of the crossbar and beyond Thomas Sorensen in the Sunderland goal.

The Black Cats started the second-half brightly and replied when Hutchinson headed Phillips cross beyond Cudicini.

The visitors stunned Chelsea on the hour mark when McCann slotted home from Hutchinson’s incisive pass.

And Sunderland put the game beyond doubt when Cudicini made a mess of a back-pass allowing McCann to fire at goal and Phillips to bundle in.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Carteron, Gray, Thome, Arca, McCann, Kilbane, Craddock, Schwarz, Hutchison, Phillips. Subs: Macho, Williams, Varga, Butler, Dichio.