Richardson fires double to secure seaside win.
22nd January 2011
Kieran Richardson’s double sent Sunderland to sixth in the Barclays Premier League as the Black Cats recorded back-to-back away wins with a 2-1 victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Charlie Adam’s late penalty set up a tense finish but the Wearside outfit held out to extend their unbeaten start to 2011.
Richardson put Sunderland ahead after 15 minutes as Gyan released the former Manchester United man with a delightful through ball and he fired a measured shot across Richard Kingson in the Seasiders goal.
The Black Cats went close to doubling their lead when Jordan Henderson found Ahmed Elmohamady but the latter's right-wing cross just evaded Richardson.
Blackpool responded and Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon was forced to make fine stops to deny both Luke Varney and Charlie Adam.
The visitors added to their lead ten minutes before the break when Richardson raced forward, anticipated an inviting pass from Steed Malbranque and fired a low first-time shot past Kingson at the near post.
Midfielder Adam was constantly testing the Sunderland goal from long range but Gordon was equal to his fellow countryman’s efforts.
Adam did find the net from the spot after David Vaughan was felled by Onuoha, but despite six minutes of injury time, Sunderland held firm.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley (Colback, 63), Onuoha, Bramble, Ferdinand, Richardson, Zenden, Malbranque (Riveros, 80), Henderson, Elmohamady, Gyan.
Subs not used: Mignolet, Mensah, Angeleri, Da Silva, Reid.