Nicklas Bendtner

Game of the Day: Bolton 0 SAFC 2

by Ashley Houghton

Sessegnon and Bendtner on target at the Reebok.

Bolton Wanderers 0 Sunderland 2

22nd October 2011

Sunderland won their first away game of the 2011-12 campaign with a 2-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers.

Two late goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner lifted the Black Cats to 12th in the Barclays Premier League.

It was Bolton who started the brighter and Darren Pratley went close to opening the scoring on the half-hour after David Ngog was released down the right and, after a good run, he squared to Pratley, but his first-time effort went just wide.

The visitors got more into the game the longer the half wore on and had their best chance to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time when John O'Shea met a free-kick from Sebastian Larsson on the left, but his powerful header went wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's right-hand post.

It seemed like it wouldn’t be Sunderland’s day as David Vaughan and Sessegnon both went close before Connor Wickham hit the post.

The Black Cats got the breakthrough eight minutes from time as Paul Robinson failed to clear a corner from Larsson on the left, O'Shea headed the ball back across the box and a touch from Wes Brown played it into the path of Sessegnon, who turned and shot past Jaaskelainen.

Bendtner then made sure of the points in injury time after more good work from Sessegnon. A bursting run opened up the defence before he played in the Danish striker, who coolly slotted home for his second goal for the club.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Turner, Brown, Richardson (Bardsley, 87), O’Shea, Larsson, Colback, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Wickham, Bendtner.

Subs not used: Westwood, Cattermole, Gardner, Meyler, Elmohamady, Ji Dong-won.