• Date: Tue 09 March 2010
  • Venue: Stadium Of Light
  • Ref: Bennett, S
  • Attendance: 36,087


Campbell (1)

Bent (64)

Bent (74) P

Bent (88)

4 - 0

Sunderland vs Bolton Wanderers

Team Lineups


Craig Gordon
Michael Turner
Anton Ferdinand
Alan Hutton
John Mensah (Boudewijn Zenden, 79)
Steed Malbranque (Mwaruwari Benjani, 85)
Lorik Cana
Lee Cattermole (Phil Bardsley, 70)
Fraizer Campbell
Darren Bent
Kenwyne Jones

Bolton Wanderers

Jussi Jaaskelainen
Paul Robinson
Zat Knight
Gretar Steinsson
Sam Ricketts
Fabrice Muamba (Vladimir Weiss, 58)
Ricardo Gardner (Matt Taylor, 73)
Chung-Yong Lee
Jack Wilshere
Johan Elmander (Ivan Klasnic, 64)
Kevin Davies, K

Match Report
Sunderland finally brought their long winless run to an end in emphatic style with a 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats had not tasted victory in the Premier League since the 1-0 success over Arsenal last November. But that all changed on Wearside as Steve Bruce's side crushed the Trotters. Darren Bent was the hat-trick hero for the hosts, but the star of the show was Steed Malbranque. The Frenchman out of favour recently, pulled all the strings and set up chance after chance with some impeccable passing. The Black Cats got off to a flier, taking the lead just 48 seconds into the encounter. Skipper Lorik Cana lobbed the ball into the box and Fraizer Campbell was there to force the ball over the line. The Trotters could have been back on level terms after just four minutes, as Cana tried to chest the ball inside his own area and almost got caught out. After that though, it was the hosts who came out on top. Bruce's side looked dangerous when they hit Bolton on the break, but were unable to add to their tally before the break. Bent had the best chance following another quick break on 23 minutes. Malbranque found Campbell out wide on the right. The youngster held on to the ball instead of running at his man and then delivered a delightful pass over the top to Bent. The striker cut inside, but seemed to slip before pulling the trigger and the ball drifted wide of the upright. Kenwyne Jones wasn't far away with a couple of efforts from the edge of the box, as the Black Cats looked to build on their lead. It wasn't all one-way traffic though and the Wearsiders still looked very nervy at the back at times. However, the visitors weren't able to force a save out of Craig Gordon in the opening half, as their bit chances went either high or wide. The Wearsiders found their scoring boots after the break and were two goals to the good on 64 minutes. Malbranque played the ball in to Campbell, who threaded in a pass for Bent to lose his marker and fire home. After that there was no looking back for the hosts and they were 3-0 up on 73 minutes. Another superb ball through from Malbranque found Bent, who was pushed to the ground by Sam Ricketts. The Bolton defender had already been shown a yellow card and saw a second, quickly followed by a red, as referee Steve Bennett pointed to the spot. Up stepped Bent for his second of the evening and Sunderland's third and it was game over. Campbell again turned provider on 87 minutes as he pulled the ball back from the byline as Bent struck to complete his hat-trick. With the game in time added on Campbell should have made it five, but he fired straight at Jussi Jaaskelainen in the away goal.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full Time: SUNDERLAND 4-0 BOLTON: The Black Cats wrap up a comfortable win thanks to a Darren Bent hat-trick.


SUNDERLAND 4-0 BOLTON: BENT completes his hat-trick with a close range finish from Campbell's pass.


Sunderland are replacing Steed Malbranque with Benjani Mwaruwari.


Jones finds the back of the net, after Bent's shot came back of the post, but he was offside.


Turner heads out for a Bolton corner.


Sunderland are replacing John Mensah with Boudewijn Zenden.


Jaaskelainen does well to tip Jones' shot over the bar.


Into the last 15minutes and it looks like Sunderland have wrapped up the win - despite a spirited second half display by Bolton.


SUNDERLAND 3-0 BOLTON: BENT sends Jaaskelainen the wrong way.

Red Card

Ricketts gets his second yellow card and is sent off.


Bent is brought down by Ricketts - penalty to Sunderland!


Ricardo Gardner is being taken off, Matt Taylor has come on in his place.


Wilshere is down and looks to be in pain.


Lee Cattermole is being taken off, Phil Bardsley has come on in his place.


Klasnic blazes over the bar from inside the Sunderland box after good work by Lee.


Weiss forces a good save from Gordon after jinking his way into the area.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Darren Bent.


Bolton are replacing Johan Elmander with Ivan Klasnic.


SUNDERLAND 2-0 BOLTON: BENT races through the Bolton defence to slot home Sunderland's second.


Wilshere's cross is headed clear by Ferdinand as Bolton continue to press.


Steinsson's cross is too close to Gordon and the Sunderland keeper collects.

Yellow Card

Chung-Yong Lee is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Weiss and Lee combine well on the wing but Jones is there to clear the danger.

Yellow Card

Chung-Yong Lee goes into the referee's book for dissent.


Weiss comes on for the injured Muamba


Good opportunity for Bolton as Lee's shot is saved by Gordon.


Bolton have started brightly in the second half.


There's a break in play as Muamba is down injured and is being treated by the Bolton physio.


Lee gets into a decent shooting position but lays the ball off and Sunderland clear.


Gardner tries a long-range volley but the ball goes well wide of the target.


Great chance for Bolton after good work by Wilshere. The Arsenal loanee set up Steinsson via Lee but Sunderland managed to clear the danger.


No changes at the break for either side.

Second half

Bolton get the second half up and running.

Half time

Half Time: SUNDERLAND 1-0 BOLTON: CampbellĀ’s early goal remains to be the difference between the relegation rivals. Bent and Hutton could and should have given Sunderland a bigger lead at the break.


Hutton smashes the ball wide from close range. The full-back should have scored.


Jones gets back to do some defending, and heads clear from Gardner's cross.


Cana hacks down Wilshere but referee Bennett waves play on.


Malbranque swings over a cross but the ball misses everyone.


Jones tries his luck again but this time the ball goes well wide of the Bolton goal.


Jones forces Jaaskelainen into a good save, after fine approach play by Malbranque.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Sam Ricketts.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Lorik Cana.


Bolton are starting to get a foothold in the game, with Wilshere impressing in midfield.


Knight smashes a shot off target after Bent's clearance from a corner fell to the Bolton defender.


Nearly 2-0 to the home side. Bent's close-range shot flies narrowly past the right hand post.


Jones is OK to continue and is back in the thick of the action as he goes toe to toe with Robinson.


There's a break in play while Jones gets treated for an injury to his ankle.


Davies sends over a dangerous cross into the Sunderland box but the ball misses everyone and goes out for a throw.


Cattermole's deep cross is headed wide of the Bolton goal by Campbell.


Lee has a pop from distance but the ball sails high over the Sunderland goal.


Bent is next to test the Bolton keeper but once again he makes a decent save. Sunderland are cranking up the pressure.


Malbranque tries his luck from 25 yards out but Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.


Steinsson sends in a long throw that beats everyone and finds the back of the net - but the referee blows for a foul, much to the relief of the home crowd.


Elmander tries to get Bolton back into the game with a powerful strike that is blocked to safety by Mensah.


SUNDERLAND 1-0 BOLTON: A great start for the home side as CAMPBELL fires in a close range effort to give the hosts an early lead.

Referee Steve Bennett gets the game up-and-running.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

The teams are out at the Stadium of Light.

Awaiting Kickoff

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Ricketts, Knight, Steinsson, Gardner, Wilshere, Muamba, Lee, Kevin Davies, Elmander

Awaiting Kickoff

Bolton secured back-to-back wins for the first time in over a year by beating Wolves and West Ham. The Trotters will be hoping to make it three on the spin and welcome Ricardo Gardner back into the side for the suspended Tamir Cohen.

Awaiting Kickoff

Sunderland: Gordon, Ferdinand, Turner, Mensah, Hutton, Malbranque, Cana, Cattermole, Campbell, Jones, Bent

Awaiting Kickoff

Sunderland are looking to break a 14-game winless run against relegation rivals Bolton. Black Cats boss Steve Bruce makes one change to the side that drew 0-0 with Fulham, with Steed Malbranque replacing Kieran Richardson in midfield.

Awaiting Kickoff

Sunderland face Bolton at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 9th.