• Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Stadium of Light
  • Ref: Attwell, S
  • Attendance: 38,350


Jones (64)

1 - 1

Sunderland vs Wigan Athletic

Team Lineups


Craig Gordon
George McCartney
Michael Turner
Alan Hutton
Matt Kilgallon
Jordan Henderson (Boudewijn Zenden, 69)
Lorik Cana
Andy Reid (Mwaruwari Benjani, 87)
Lee Cattermole
Darren Bent
Kenwyne Jones

Wigan Athletic

Chris Kirkland
Gary Caldwell, G
Paul Scharner (Marcelo Moreno, 75)
Emmerson Boyce
Titus Bramble
Maynor Figueroa
Hendry Thomas
Charles N'Zogbia
James McCarthy
Mohamed Diame
Hugo Rodallega (Victor Moses, 84)

Match Report
Kenwyne Jones headed home to save Sunderland's blushes as the Black Cats were held to a 1-1 draw by Wigan Athletic at the Stadium of Light. The Wearsiders have not won in 11 Premier League games and, despite their best efforts, were unable to overcome the Latics. The home side were quite clearly desperate for all three points and that showed in a nervy and poor first-half display. The Wearsiders could have opened their account after just eight minutes but Darren Bent's tame effort was straight at Chris Kirkland in the visitors goal. Other than that, goalscoring opportunities were at a premium for both sides but it was Wigan who then took the momentum. The Latics went close on 17 minutes as one-time Sunderland target Maynor Figueroa tried his luck from distance, the effort just clearing the bar. Two minutes later the away side were in front following a mistake by Black Cats skipper Lorik Cana. The midfielder gave away possession just outside his own area and Wigan pounced on the opportunity. The ball came to Mohamed Diame just inside the box and he rifled home an unstoppable shot. It was nothing less than the away side deserved having bossed proceedings. The Wearsiders on the other hand were struggling to find a spark, although they did have a chance to level only for Jones' strike to be blocked onto the post to deny them an equaliser. The first half ended with a crescendo of boos from the home supporters who made their feelings known. The home team did improve after the break and gave a spirited display to get back on terms. However, just before the hour mark, Wigan should have been two goals to the good, but Craig Gordon was quick off his line to deny James McCarthy. That wasted opportunity would cost Wigan as Jones found a leveller on 64 minutes. Jordan Henderson crossed from the right and Jones got up to power a header into the net. It was to be Henderson's last involvement as three minutes later he was stretchered off with a bad ankle injury. The Black Cats continued to work hard but the breakthrough just wouldn't come and even seven minutes stoppage time weren't enough for them to find a winner. They did however have chances, Michael Turner glancing a header wide and Bent shooting at goal only to see it hit team-mate Jones who was lying on the floor on the goal-line after a collision with Kirkland. Roberto Martinez will have been the happier of the two bosses having seen his side pick up a good away point but Steve Bruce must be wondering where his outfit's next win is coming from.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whistle goes and the points are shared.

Yellow Card

Lorik Cana is booked in the sixth minute of injury time.


Benjani Mwaruwari is caught offside.


Mohamed Diame has an effort which goes wide.


A frantic end to the game as Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent have shots blocked.

Yellow Card

Gary Caldwell goes into the book for timewasting as Wigan try to run the clock down.


Boudewijn Zenden floats in the free-kick but Chris Kirkland makes the save.


Sunderland have a free-kick after George McCartney is fouled by Charles N'Zogbia.


Andy Reid is replaced by Benjani Mwaruwari.

Yellow Card

Kenwyne Jones is booked for a late tackle.


Hugo Rodallega is replaced by Victor Moses.


Darren Bent has a shot which flies wide of Chris Kirkland's goal.


Andy Reid sends in the free-kick but it comes to nothing.

Yellow Card

James McCarthy is booked for a foul on George McCartney.


The game has got a bit scrappy, there are a lot of stoppages.

Yellow Card

Hugo Rodallega goes into the book after leading with his arm against Michael Turner.

Yellow Card

Lee Cattermole is booked for a foul on James McCarthy.


Marcelo Moreno comes on for Paul Scharner.


The free-kick is drilled into the box but is cleared by Wigan.


Kenwyne Jones wins a free-kick after being brought down on the edge of the box.


Boudewijn Zenden replaces Jordan Henderson.


Jordan Henderson is down receiving treatment and it looks like the stretcher is coming on.


Sunderland have their tails up and Wigan are struggling.


Darren Bent has a shot from inside the area which goes just wide.


Kenwyne Jones nods Jordan Henderson's cross in from six yards out.


Titus Bramble and Gary Caldwell both go up for a Wigan corner but the ball ends up over the bar.


Another chance for Wigan as Charles N'Zogbia can't quite get enough on the ball to poke it past Craig Gordon.


Michael Turner finds space in the area but heads wide, and should have hit the target.

Yellow Card

Charles N'Zogbia is booked for dissent after disputing the referee's decision about a throw-in.


Craig Gordon makes a good save from James McCarthy who should have scored, a great chance for Wigan to make it two nil.


Darren Bent is ruled offside after putting the ball in the back of the net and the crowd roar their disapproval.


Wigan counterattack through Charles N'Zogbia but he's tackled and the danger passes.


The momentum is with Sunderland at the moment and Wigan are getting stretched.


Kenwyne Jones chases a long ball forward and Titus Bramble looks for the offside flag as he knocks the ball out for a throw-in.


Sunderland are trying to up the tempo to the game and the fans are doing their best to urge their players on.


Andy Reid sends a good cross into the box but Wigan have a free-kick.

Second half

The second half gets underway with no changes for either side.

Half time

The whistle goes for half-time and there are a few boos around the Stadium of Light.


There are two minutes of added time.


The free-kick is sent into the wall by Maynor Figueroa.

Yellow Card

George McCartney is booked for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia as the Wigan man was racing towards goal.


The free-kick clears everyone and Wigan break.

Yellow Card

Maynor Figueroa is booked for bringing down Alan Hutton and Sunderland have a dangerous free-kick.


A period of pressure from Wigan, a corner is drilled in and Hendry Thomas and Hugo Rodallega both have shots blocked.


The corner is well dealt with by Wigan.


Lee Cattermole has a shot from 35 yards out which is well saved by Chris Kirkland and Sunderland have a corner.


Andy Reid drills in a cross but Chris Kirkland is there to collect it.


Maynor Figueroa has a shot from distance which clears the bar.


Wigan are looking fairly comfortable and Sunderland need to up their game.


Paul Scharner tries his luck from distance but can't test the keeper.


Kenwyne Jones has a shot which is deflected onto the post and goes out for a corner, and the decibel level increases once more.


The Sunderland centre-backs are struggling and keep giving the ball away under pressure from Hugo Rodallega.


Andy Reid goes down on the edge of the box but nothing is given.


Gary Caldwell breaks through midfield but loses the ball, and Wigan aren't sitting back on their lead.


Jordan Henderson has a shot from distance which goes wide of Chris Kirkland's goal.


The home fans are appealing for everything and the referee gives a dubious handball decision against Wigan in the Sunderland box to relieve some of the pressure.


Sunderland have a free-kick which comes to nothing and the home fans are voicing their disappointment.


Mohamed Diame unleashes a right-foot shot from the edge of the area that flies past Craig Gordon.


Maynor Figueroa has a shot from about 35 yards out which is only about a yard over the bar.


Hugo Rodallega is already looking a little isolated up front for Wigan and needs more support.


Wigan are in no hurry and slow the pace of the game down.


Lee Cattermole fouls Paul Scharner and Wigan have a free-kick.


A great chance for Wigan but Paul Scharner miskicks on the edge of the area after good work from Charles N'Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega.


Kenwyne Jones heads Andy Reid's cross into the arms of Chris Kirkland as Sunderland come forward again.


Wigan break but the flag goes up against Hugo Rodallega.


The volume rises as the home fans urge their side on and Darren Bent has a shot on the turn straight at Chris Kirkland.


Paul Scharner crosses into the box but the ball is behind both team-mates in the area.


Hugo Rodallega runs into the area to chase a long ball forward but Craig Gordon is there to collect.


Andy Reid sends a free-kick into the box but it's well defended by Wigan.


An early free-kick for a foul on Alan Hutton by James McCarthy.


The game is underway on a gloomy afternoon at the Stadium of Light.

Awaiting Kickoff

Roberto Martinez makes five changes from the FA Cup defeat to Notts County as Chris Kirkland, Hendry Thomas, Charles N'Zogbia, Hugo Rodallega and James McCarthy all return to the starting line-up.

Awaiting Kickoff

New signing Alan Hutton is handed his debut for Sunderland while Jordan Henderson replaces Steed Malbranque.