Exactly 14 years since 4-1 win demolition of Poyet's Blues.Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn gave Sunderland a 4-0 half-time lead over Chelsea with two goals apiece exactly 14 years ago at the Stadium of Light.
Now Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet scored for the Blues in the second-half but the Black Cats ran out 4-1 winners on the Uruguayan’s first-ever visit to Wearside.
The hosts were ahead after just 45 seconds as Eric Roy set off on a weaving run from the kick-off and squared for Quinn to side foot home.
Tore Andre Flo, Gianfranco Zola and Poyet carved out good chances as Chelsea looked to respond but the Blues’ problems worsened on 23 minutes as Phillips grabbed his first of the afternoon.
The Hitchin-born striker was in fine form and when he struck a 25-yard volley towards goal it was no surprise that it beat the stranded Ed De Goey.
Bernarde Lambourde made a goal-line clearance to prevent the Black Cats making it 3-0, though it was only a temporary reprieve for Gianluca Vialli’s side as Phillips bagged a second just a minute later.
Marcel Desailly missed a high ball over the top allowing Quinn to direct a looping shot to the far left corner and, though De Goey saved brilliantly, Phillips was on hand to clip home the rebound.
De Goey produced another fine save to deny Phillips minutes later but the Black Cats made it 4-0 from the resulting corner as Quinn’s left foot volley beat the unsighted De Goey.
Flo missed a couple of second-half chances before Poyet added a late consolation for the Blues who had felt the full force of Sunderland’s pursuit for revenge after a 4-0 opening day defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Gray, Craddock, Summerbee (Holloway, 84), Williams, Thirlwell, Schwarz, Roy, Quinn, Phillips.
Subs not used: Marriott, Butler, Oster, Reddy.