Flashback: Quinn and Phillips at the double

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by Kate Smith

Strike force give Chelsea the Blues.

Back in December 1999, Sunderland erased memories of their opening day defeat at Chelsea as they fired four past Gianluca Vialli's side in the opening 45 minutes at the Stadium of Light.

Peter Reid had rung the changes ahead of the clash with four players suspended, and few could have expected to witness the scenes that unfolded on Wearside.

Twenty-year-old Paul Thirlwell replaced Gavin McCann, while Chris Makin returned with Darren Williams moving to central defence alongside Jody Craddock as both Steve Bould and Paul Butler were banned.

On the day, Reid's men were simply irresistible as Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn were unstoppable with two goals apiece as the Black Cats raced into the lead.

Quinn notched his sixth goal of the season within 44 seconds of the kick-off and then Phillips struck a memorable brace before the Irishman completed his double in a whirlwind 45 minutes which had the home supporters in raptures.

In the second period, Gus Poyet grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors, but it was too little too late for the Blues as Sunderland were resounding winners.