Asamoah Gyan

Flashback: Gyan double downs Potters

by Ashley Houghton

Ghanaian scores twice against Stoke in 2010.

Sunderland 2 Stoke City 0

6th November 2010

Asamoah Gyan scored twice on his first Premier League start as the Black Cats beat Stoke City 2-0 at the Stadium of Light.

The Ghanaian international scored after just nine minutes before adding a second in the latter stages to move Sunderland eighth in the Barclays Premier League.

Ryan Shawcross was dismissed for the visitors for two bookable offences whilst Steed Malbranque missed a first-half penalty.

Stoke started the brighter before Gyan gratefully slotted home a loose ball after Nedum Onuoha's attempted shot was blocked by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Kenwyne Jones, on his first return to the Stadium of Light after joining City from Sunderland in the summer, went close to equalising after he coolly collected Matthew Etherington's through ball and saw his close-range shot kicked to safety by the outstretched boot of Black Cats keeper Simon Mignolet.

The Black Cats had a chance to extend their lead just before the half hour when Jon Walters fouled the lively Gyan in the area and, with leading scorer Darren Bent absent because of a hamstring injury, Malbranque took on the responsibility but his effort was easily read by Begovic, who palmed the ball to safety.

Stoke felt they should have had a penalty of their own after Jones’ header looked to have been cleared off the line by Lee Cattermole’s arm.

The visitors, to their credit, got on with the game but Jones was denied again when he headed down Tuncay's curling corner only to see it cleared off the line, this time by Phil Bardsley.

Moments later, Shawcross saw red for a second bookable offence after a foul on Danny Welbeck and the home side quickly pounced, with Gyan volleying substitute Kieran Richardson's deflected pass beyond Begovic to secure all three points.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Mensah (Ferdinand, 67), Onuoha, Cattermole, Malbranque (Richardson, 61), Henderson, Elmohamady (Zenden, 75), Welbeck, Gyan.

Subs not used: Gordon, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros.