Sunderland v Burnley

Game of the Day: SAFC 2 Burnley 1

by Stuart Vose

Burnley downed as Bent and Campbell strike.

17th April 2010

Sunderland left Burnley staring at relegation from the Barclays Premier League with a comfortable win at the Stadium of Light.

Goals from Fraizer Campbell and Darren Bent left Brian Laws’ Clarets realistically needing to win each of their last three games to survive – a feat they failed to achieve.

Laws had seen his team win 4-1 at Hull in their previous outing and described the trip to Wearside as “do or die”.

But his side were always second best against a Sunderland outfit who moved on to 41 points with the win.

Visiting keeper Brian Jensen was impressive in the early stages, pulling off a number of saves including a fine stop to palm away John Mensah’s header.

Kenwyne Jones struck a post before Sunderland eventually took the lead on 23 minutes.

Bent fed the charging Alan Hutton in midfield and the on-loan full-back crossed for Campbell to stab the ball past Jensen from close range.

Sunderland tightened their grip on proceedings as both Bent and Mensah had chances to extend the lead.

Bent made no mistake with his next opportunity just before half time, sweeping the ball home from eight yards after Campbell nodded David Meyler’s centre back across goal.

Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon was a virtual spectator as Sunderland carved out chance after chance, but the hosts’ profligacy was punished as Burnley broke to halve the deficit eight minutes from time.

Robbie Blake spotted a gap in the home defence and threaded a neat ball through for sub Steven Thompson, who fired low into the net.

But there was to be no comeback, and indeed it was the Black Cats who came closest to a goal in the dying moments as Jensen grabbed Steed Malbranque’s shot at full stretch.

Sunderland: Gordon, Hutton, Turner, Mensah (Ferdinand, 45), Malbranque, Richardson, Henderson, Meyler (Zenden, 88), Campbell, Bent (Benjani, 89), Jones.

Subs not used: Carson, Bardsley, Da Silva, Kilgallon.