Roker Park

Game of the Day: SAFC 3 Chelsea 0

by Ashley Houghton

We go back to 1996 for today's classic match.

Peter Reid’s Sunderland demolished a Chelsea side full of the world’s elite including Ruud Gullit and Gianfranco Zola.

In front of 19,683 at Roker Park, the Black Cats picked up their fifth league win since their return to the top flight.

Michael Duberry’s own goal gave the hosts the lead before man of the match Kevin Ball doubled the advantage and Craig Russell bagged a third just after the hour mark.

Sunderland went into the game lying 15th in the Premier League having lost 3-0 the previous weekend at home to Wimbledon.

The steely nature of Reid’s Sunderland shone through in this game, though, and they bounced back in immediate fashion taking the game to the Blues.

The Black Cats took the lead on the half hour when Russell’s shot deflected off Duberry and past Frode Grodas in the Chelsea goal.

Just after half-time Ball doubled the hosts’ advantage with a perfectly-timed header from Michael Gray’s cross, sending Roker Park into raptures.

A fine performance from Russell was rewarded 25 minutes from time when he finished off a good move after neat interplay between Dave Kelly and Paul Bracewell.

Sunderland: Perez, Hall, Kubicki, Melville, Ord, Kelly, Ball, Bracewell, Gray (Agnew, 65), Rae (Bridges, 81), Russell.

Subs Not Used: Preece, Aiston, Mullin.