Game of the Day: Portsmouth 2 SAFC 3

by Ashley Houghton

Two late goals secure Stokoe's first away victory.

December 9 1972

This game will be remembered for its final 180 seconds as Sunderland came from 2-1 behind to win 3-2 at Fratton Park in Bob Stokoe’s first away game in charge.

A goal each for Billy Hughes and Bobby Kerr in the final three minutes secured a win that would end a nine-game winless run and propel Sunderland up the table before eventually going on to win the FA Cup.

Dave Watson scored his first goal of the season to put the Black Cats ahead but a penalty from Brian Lewis levelled the scores before Nicky Jennings gave the hosts what looked to be their first home win since September.

Hughes battled through the Pompey defence to poke past teenage Pompey keeper Graham Horn leaving the travelling support in elation that they would be going back to Wearside with all three points.

Though, Kerr, who was the man-of-the-match, had other ideas and grabbed a last minute winner to give Stokoe his first win as Sunderland boss.

Sunderland: Montgomery, Malone, Coleman, McGiven, Watson, Porterfield, Kerr, Horswill, Hughes, Chambers, Tueart (Tones).