Cisse nets late winner at Ewood Park.
Blackburn Rovers 1 Sunderland 2
15th November 2008
Sunderland produced a second-half comeback to move to 11th in the Barclays Premier League in Roy Keane’s final away game in charge of the Black Cats.
Kenwyne Jones and Djibril Cisse both scored as Sunderland bounced back from a 5-0 defeat Chelsea on their previous away trip.
Christopher Samba had given Rovers a half-time lead after the Lancashire side had the better of the first period.
Blackburn could have taken the lead in the second minute when Keith Andrews headed the ball back into the path of Stephen Warnock who failed to test goalkeeper Marton Fulop, shooting wide of the post with his left foot.
And Rovers continued to press as a Morten Gamst Pedersen’s corner was headed against the bar by Roque Santa Cruz.
Cisse went closest for the Black Cats in the first half when he latched onto Steed Malbranque’s pass and lobbed over both Paul Robinson and the bar.
The hosts took the advantage in first-half stoppage time as Pedersen's corner, swung in at pace, was met by Samba who produced a header of such power Fulop didn’t have time to react before the ball hit the back of the net.
Jones, who proved a constant threat to the Rovers defence, headed against the bar early in the second half before he finally grabbed an equaliser four minutes after the restart.
The Trinidad and Tobago international pounced when Robinson flapped weakly at Kieran Richardson's corner, and he found the space to equalise with an overhead bicycle shot from close range.
Malbranque and Cisse combined again for the winner, as Malbranque’s cushioned header fell into the path of Cisse, who had just managed to stay onside, before beating Robinson from close range.
Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, Nosworthy, Collins, Tainio (Reid, 53), Whitehead, Richardson, Malbranque (Leadbitter, 83), Cisse (Yorke, 83), Jones.
Subs not used: Colgan, Diouf, Murphy, Henderson.