Stewart snatches late winner.
28th December 2004
A late Marcus Stewart strike sent Sunderland back to second in the Championship as the Black Cats ran out 2-1 winners against relegation threatened Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
Stewart’s 90th-minute strike, along with Stephen Elliott’s opener was enough for Mick McCarthy’s side to down ten-man Forest.
Andy Reid had earlier equalised for Mick Harford’s side before Gregor Robertson was given a straight red card for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity when Chris Brown was through on goal.
The hosts started the better of the two sides and went closest to opening the scoring on multiple occasions; first David Johnson scuffed his shot from only two yards, and then substitute Gareth Taylor looped the ball over the bar from just six yards in front of an open goal.
Neil Harris also wasted two wonderful opportunities as the home side exerted their dominance on the game.
Four minutes after the interval, though, it was Sunderland who found themselves in front when Stephen Elliott glanced Liam Lawrence’s corner beyond Paul Gerrard, much to the elation of the 5,000 travelling Black Cats supporters.
The hosts were soon back on track five minutes later when Andy Reid chipped in from 25 yards after Gary Breen and Thomas Myhre had failed to clear.
Forest were reduced to ten men when Robertson was given his marching orders for a professional foul on Brown.
Stewart sent the away following into euphoria as he slotted the ball past Gerrard from inside the area in the fourth minute of injury time.
Sunderland: Myhre, McCartney, Breen, Caldwell, Wright, Arca, Robinson (Whitley, 51), Whitehead, Lawrence (Brown, 56), Stewart (N Collins, 90), Elliott.
Subs not used: Alnwick, Bridges.