Sunderland 4-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • March 09, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Sunderland picked up their first Premier League win since November after they beat Bolton 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Fraizer Campbell gave the hosts the lead with less than a minute gone and it stayed that way until the break.

Darren Bent added a second on 64 minutes and a third from the penalty spot ten minutes later, following the dismissal of Sam Ricketts. He completed his hat-trick two minutes from time to wrap up a comfortable victory for Steve Bruce's side.

Wanderers found themselves 2-0 up inside 16 minutes on Saturday but started poorly and found themselves a goal down inside 41 seconds.

Lorik Cana picked up a bouncing ball on the edge of the area and lofted a high ball to the far post that found Campbell unmarked to put the ball past a helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The ball was soon in the net at the other end, but was correctly ruled out by referee Steve Bennett. Gretar Steinsson's long throw evaded everybody inside the area and goalkeeper Craig Gordon allowed the untouched ball to bounce into his net, forcing play to restart with a goalkick.

Midway through the half, Bent had an opportunity to double Sunderland's advantage, only to shoot just wide of goal following a good build-up from Campbell.

Kenwyne Jones was next to try his luck but he too found Jaaskelainen tough to beat, winning a corner after a good save from the Finn.

Sunderland had a great chance to double their lead a minute before the break but Alan Hutton shot harmlessly wide with Bent in a great position.

Bolton came out better after the restart with Steinsson and Ricardo Gardner both firing early shots at goal.

Fabrice Muamba was forced off the field just before the hour mark after appearing to clash knees with Campbell. Vladimir Weiss replaced him as Owen Coyle made the positive, albeit unwanted, change.

The decision backfired just five minutes later though as the hosts effectively ended the game as a contest.

Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Lee Cattermole picked out Bent who cut inside Ricketts onto his favoured right-foot before slotting the ball under Jaaskelainen.

In the moments that followed, Weiss and fellow substitute Ivan Klasnic both came close to reducing the deficit with the latter shooting narrowly wide of Gordon's right hand post.

But any hopes of a comeback were killed on 74 minutes when Ricketts was adjudged to have pushed Bent inside the area, earning himself a second yellow card in the process. Bent stepped up to take the resulting penalty and make the score 3-0, sending Jaaskelainen the wrong way from the spot.

Jones almost added a fourth just two minutes later after turning away from Paul Robinson, but his attempted lob was tipped over the bar by the fingertips of Jaaskelainen.

Michael Turner cleared a late Kevin Davies header off the line and Jones had a goal disallowed for offside at the other end after Bent had hit a post, but the scoring was not over yet.

With two minutes of normal time to play, Bent linked up well with Campbell before firing a first-time effort into the bottom corner to condemn Bolton to a heavy 4-0 defeat on their travels.

After successive victories prior to this game, Bolton will be hoping to get back on the winning trail when they play host to Wigan on Saturday afternoon.

The result at the Stadium of Light means Sunderland leapfrog Bolton into 13th in the Premier League table, leaving Wanderers in 14th spot.

Sunderland: Gordon, Ferdinand, Turner, Mensah (Zenden 79), Hutton, Malbranque (Benjani 85), Cana, Cattermole (Bardsley 70), Campbell, Jones, Bent
Subs Not Used: Carson, McCartney, da Silva, Kilgallon
Booked: Cana, Bent
Goals: Campbell 1, Bent 64,74(pen),88

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Ricketts, Knight, Steinsson, Gardner (Taylor 73), Wilshere, Muamba (Weiss 58), Chung-Yong, K Davies, Elmander (Klasnic 65)
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Riga, A O'Brien
Booked: Ricketts, Chung-Yong
Sent Off: Ricketts

Attendance: 36,087
Referee: Steve Bennett

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Accrington Stanley 0 0
2 Barnsley 0 0
3 Bolton Wanderers 0 0
4 Bristol Rovers 0 0
5 Burton Albion 0 0
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