Rae and Phillips score in home victory.
Sunderland 2 Everton 0
4th December 2000
Sunderland moved sixth in the Premiership with a 2-0 victory over Everton at the Stadium of Light.
Alex Rae’s stunner was followed by a fine Kevin Phillips finish to secure the points for Peter Reid’s side as the Black Cats ended the Toffees’ three-game winning run.
Reid’s side were full of confidence after two wins on the road at Newcastle United and Charlton Athletic and it showed as they dominated Everton in all departments.
The game was lively from the off and after just two minutes an excellent chance fell to Phillips after Quinn chested the ball on the edge of the area before hitting a volley with the outside of his foot that hit the angle of crossbar and post; the ball rebounded to Phillips who scuffed his shot.
Everton were always a threat in this end-to-end game and went close when Kevin Campbell’s lob just evaded Thomas Sorensen’s crossbar.
The Black Cats were ahead on the stroke of half time; Michael Gray set Quinn’s knock-down for Rae who hit a thunderous half-volley beyond the reach of Paul Gerrard and into the back of the net.
The goal sent Sunderland into complete domination and Phillips should have doubled the lead when he rounded Gerrard from Quinn’s knock-down, but he hit the post from close range.
The England international made no mistake minutes later, though, Julio Arca scuffed his shot from a corner before Quinn flicked the ball into the path of Phillips who slotted home.
Sunderland: Sorensen, Williams, Gray, McCann, Thome, Craddock, Kilbane, Phillips, Quinn, Rae, Arca.