Game of the Day: SAFC 2 Everton 1

by Ashley Houghton

Phillips nets 26th goal of 1999-00 campaign.

Sunderland 2 Everton 1

25th March 2000

Kevin Phillips's 26th league goal of the season ended Sunderland's run of 12 games without a win as the Black Cats returned to seventh in the table.

The England international conjured up a glorious solo effort 13 minutes from time to claim a valuable three points.

Peter Reid’s side went ahead through Nicky Summerbee before Nick Barmby equalised for the Toffees, who suffered their third consecutive defeat.

Steve Bould returned to Sunderland’s squad after a lengthy lay-off due to a hamstring injury whilst Don Hutchison, who would join the Black Cats the following season, returned to the Everton bench.

Alex Rae forced Paul Gerrard into an early save before Summerbee put the home side ahead on six minutes; the former Manchester City winger’s free-kick somehow sneaked through the defensive wall and crept past Gerrard.

Stefan Schwarz and Rae both went close to doubling Sunderland’s advantage as Everton failed to get a foothold in the game.

The Toffees’ first came on the half hour when Darren Williams stumbled leaving Joe Max-Moore in acres of space, but the American blasted the ball over the top.

As half-time approached, Barmby equalised in spectacular fashion. A long throw-in was only half cleared to the edge of the box where Barmby unleashed a ferocious right-footed volley into the top corner, leaving Thomas Sorensen with no chance.

Neither side could gain control of the second half until Phillips grabbed the winner 13 minutes from time.

A long ball from the right picked out the striker on the far side of the area and he turned quickly before curling the ball exquisitely beyond Gerrard from 20 yards.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Holloway, Makin, Craddock, Summerbee, Rae, Williams, Schwarz (Bould, 74), Kilbane, Quinn, Phillips.

Subs not used: Marriott, Roy, Thirlwell, Dichio.