Kilbane, Quinn and Phillips on target in home finale.
May 5 2001
Sunderland finished their home campaign with a 3-2 win over Charlton Athletic that all but secured seventh spot in the 2000-01 season.
Goals from Kevin Kilbane, Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips earned the Black Cats the three points after Matt Svensson had earlier equalised for the visitors before Claus Jensen grabbed what turned out to be a consolation.
Kilbane, Phillips and Quinn dominated the game and caused the Addicks no end of problems with the former giving the hosts the lead on 11 minutes; Kilbane broke in from the left and smashed a shot flying past Sasa Ilic in the Charlton goal.
Charlton grabbed an equaliser just seven minutes later in acrobatic fashion; John Robinson's cross was headed goalwards by Jonathan Johansson and Svensson finished it with an acrobatic overhead kick.
It took just two minutes for Sunderland to regain the lead, Quinn headed Stefan Schawrz’s deep cross beyond Ilic to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.
Graeme Stuart then went close to finding an equaliser before Phillips, who had failed to score in his previous five games, missed a golden opportunity to make it 3-1.
‘Super Kev’ atoned for that miss just five minutes after the restart when he superbly volleyed home Don Hutchinson’s cross.
The visitors set up a nervy finish with a goal on the hour mark, Jensen’s sweetly struck drive wrong-footed Sorensen after good play between Stuart and Svensson.
The Black Cats held out, though, and went on to finish seventh with a draw at Everton on the final day.
Sunderland: Sorensen, Carteron, Thome, Craddock, Gray, Hutchison, McCann, Schwarz, Kilbane, Phillips, Quinn.
Subs: Macho, Williams, Thirlwell, Butler, Kyle.