Ross Wallace

Flashback: Late Wallace winner at Hull

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by Ashley Houghton

Injury time goal seals three points.

Ross Wallace scored an injury-time winner as Roy Keane’s Sunderland piled the misery on bottom of the table Hull City.

The former Celtic trainee secured a deserved victory for the Black Cats with a 91st-minute goal, though, he was then sent off for a second bookable offence after throwing his shirt into the crowd during the celebrations.

The Black Cats dominated the game but it looked like they’d have to settle for a point until Wallace's intervention.

Sunderland came close early on as Liam Lawrence blazed down the right and swung in a right-footed cross which Daryl Murphy headed over from six yards out.

Lawrence had a great opportunity himself in the latter stages of the half after Chris Brown broke past the Hull defence; Brown beat Michael Turner before playing in a cross which the Hull defence could not deal with, giving Lawrence an easy chance from four yards out only for the Irish international to scuff his effort.

A free-kick from Lawrence just before half-time nearly resulted in an own goal from Hull as Ian Ashbee inadvertently flicked the curling ball towards his own goal but, to his relief, it crashed off the crossbar to safety.

City's Craig Fagan came close early on in the second half as he raced into the box and let fly from 12 yards, but Darren Ward did well to direct the ball over the crossbar.

Moments later Sunderland hit the bar again, Wallace swung in a free-kick that bounced awkwardly in-front of Boaz Myhill who managed to push the ball onto the frame of the goal.

Sunderland eventually made the breakthrough in injury-time after Wallace raced on to Brown's through ball and coolly placed a shot beyond Myhill from ten yards.

Sunderland: Ward, Whitehead, D Collins, Varga, Nyatanga, Lawrence (Connolly, 67), Leadbitter, Yorke, Wallace, Murphy, Brown (N Collins, 90).

Subs not used: Alnwick, Hysen, Liam Miller.