Henderson leads the way in home victory.
Sunderland 4 Wigan Athletic 2
23rd April 2011
A superb second-half comeback sent Sunderland into the top half of the Barclays Premier League as they came from behind to beat Wigan.
Asamoah Gyan cancelled out Mohamed Diame’s opener before a Jordan Henderson double, either side of a Stephane Sessegnon penalty, earned the Black Cats the win.
Franco di Santo pulled a late goal back for the visitors, but Sunderland were rampant.
In a quiet first half the most notable events were injuries with both Phil Bardsley and Danny Welbeck replaced within the opening 25 minutes.
Wigan's sole effort was a 20-yard Hugo Rodallega strike which was beaten away by Simon Mignolet but, barring that, neither side went close to opening the scoring.
The Latics broke the deadlock ten minutes into the second-half through Diame; the Senegalese midfielder spun away from Michael Turner and launched an unstoppable drive past Mignolet.
The Black Cats were level minutes later when Steed Malbranque's inch-perfect cross was met by Gyan's powerful header at the near post.
Sunderland then scored three goals in 11 minutes as Wigan capitulated; Henderson put the hosts ahead when he skipped into the penalty area after being fed by Sulley Muntari and hammered a superb left-footed effort into the roof of the net.
Sessegnon then won a penalty when he was barged over by Antolin Alcaraz in the box, and the Beninese player picked himself up to calmly stroke home the spot-kick.
As Wigan's defence disintegrated, Sessegnon raced clear and picked out the unmarked Henderson, who took a touch and tucked away his second.
Di Santo converted a Victor Moses cross from close range in the 89th minute but it could not dampen the joy of the majority of the 39,650 in the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Ferdinand, 10), Turner, Onuoha, Cattermole, Henderson, Colback, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Welbeck (Malbranque, 25), Gyan (Muntari, 64).
Subs not used: Carson, Zenden, Riveros, Meyler.