Niall Quinn

Game of the Day: Blackburn 0 SAFC 3

by Ashley Houghton

Quinn nets Boxing Day double.

Blackburn 0 Sunderland 3

26 December 2001

Sunderland ended a run of four consecutive away defeats with a sensational win at Ewood Park on Boxing Day in 2001.

The win in Lancashire followed up a victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light, resulting in Peter Reid’s side moving into the top half of the Premiership for the first time in two months.

Niall Quinn was the match-winner, just as he was in the reverse fixture on Wearside earlier in the campaign.

The Irishman scored twice in the opening half-hour to give the Black Cats a half-time lead before fellow Irishman Kevin Kilbane added a third in stoppage time.

Craig Short was sent off for Rovers 20 minutes from time, but the dismissal was irrelevant as Sunderland produced one of their most incisive performances of the season.

Quinn’s first of the game came on 17 minutes and ended a run of six hours without an away goal for the Black Cats as the frontman side-footed home a Bernt Haas cross from six yards.

And, Sunderland did not have to wait long for a second with Quinn heading a Julio Arca free kick past Friedel shortly after the half-hour mark.

Short's dismissal for raising his arm in a challenge on Sunderland substitute Kevin Kyle effectively ended any hopes of a late rally from Rovers and summed up a miserable afternoon for the East Lancastrians.

Kilbane set the seal on Sunderland's victory with a last-minute goal to move Reid’s side into ninth place in the top flight.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Haas, Williams, Thome, Gray, McAteer, McCann, Reyna, Arca (Kilbane, 77), Quinn (Kyle, 67), Phillips.

Subs Not Used: Thirlwell, McCartney, Macho.