Leeds v Sunderland

Game of the Day: Leeds 0 SAFC 1

Published:
by Ashley Houghton

McAteer nets winner at Elland Road.

Leeds United 0 Sunderland 1

28 August 2002

Jason McAteer scored the only goal of the game to stun Leeds United and earn Sunderland their first win of the 2002-03 campaign.

McAteer’s strike was the Black Cats' first of the season and it ended United’s 100% start to the campaign.

Leeds created the first chance of the game as Eirik Bakke and Harry Kewell combined to set up Mark Viduka; the Australian international turned sharply only to fire in a 20-yard left-footed shot which took a slight deflection on its way wide of Thomas Sorensen’s goal.

Sunderland almost snatched the lead when Claudio Reyna snatched possession from Bakke, before unleashing a shot which was superbly beaten away by the legs of Paul Robinson.

It took just 28 seconds of the second-half for the deadlock to be broken; Thomas Butler nipped in to take the ball off Harry Kewell before flicking in a cross for Kevin Phillips to knock down into the path of McAteer, who fired a first-time left-foot shot past Robinson.

Viduka was then thwarted twice in a minute, with Sunderland debutant Matthew Piper first clearing a header off the line from an Ian Harte corner, before then seeing Sorensen scoop up a second goalbound effort from another dead-ball delivery.

Harte was then a whisker away from equalising on the hour mark, curling a 25-yard free-kick narrowly wide of Sorensen's left-hand post.

The Black Cats held firm, though, to record an away win.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Wright, Babb, Bjorklund, Gray, Piper (Arca, 75), McAteer, Reyna, Thirlwell, Butler, Phillips (Kyle, 77).

Subs not used: Macho, McCartney, Quinn.