jones and bent v wolves

Game of the Day: SAFC 5 Wolves 2

by Ashley Houghton

We look back on a seven-goal thriller from 2009.

27 September 2009

Sunderland came out on top in a seven-goal thriller with Wolves on former manager Mick McCarthy’s return to the Stadium of Light.

Two goals from Kenwyne Jones led the way, whilst Darren Bent, Michael Turner and Michael Macienne’s late own goal gave the Black Cats, what turned out to be, a comfortable victory after a John Mensah own goal and Kevin Doyle had equalised for Wolves.

Six of the games seven goals came in the second-half, Bent’s ninth minute penalty the only time the ball hit the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes.

The Black Cats doubled their advantage immediately after the restart, Bent was felled by Christophe Berra inside the penalty area and, this time, Jones stepped up to send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way and make it 2-0.

Wolves responded immediately, although there was a hint of fortune as Craig Gordon palmed a cross straight at Mensah, who inadvertently guided the ball into this own net off his chest.

Sunderland left-back Kieran Richardson then gifted Wolves an opportunity to equalise, minutes after Mensah had put past his own keeper, Richardson’s soft back-pass left Gordon with no choice but to dive and palm the ball clear - in the process conceding an indirect free-kick.

Karl Henry's shot struck the wall but Doyle pounced on the rebound as Wolves scored their second in the space of five minutes.

The home side regained the lead through Jones' excellent finish with 20 minutes remaining. The Trinidad and Tobago striker shot low across goal from 25 yards, his precise effort eluding Hennessey's dive.

Sunderland then secured their fourth win of the season when Turner scored his first goal for the club with a header from a corner.

The final goal of the match went to the home side, with Bent's strike deflecting off Mancienne on its way past the despairing dive of Hennessey.

Sunderland: Gordon, Turner, Mensah, Da Silva (Ferdinand, 74), Malbranque, Richardson, Cana, Reid, Cattermole (Henderson, 46), Bent (McCartney, 90), Jones.

Subs not used: Fulop, Nosworthy, Campbell, Healy.