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Backtrack - Collins Blunder Robs Black Cats

05 Mar 2013 18:50:56

Backtrack - Collins Blunder Robs Black Cats

Sunderland's on this day record for 5th March ... 2011 PREM Arsenal A D 0-0 2006 PREM Manchester City A L 1-2  2002 PREM BOLTON WANDERERS H W 1-0  2001 PREM ASTON VILLA H D 1-1  2000 PREM Leicester City A L 2-5        1995 LD1 TRANMERE ROVERS H L 0-1     1994 LD1 NOTTS. COUNTY H W 2-0       1988 DIV3 BLACKPOOL H D 2-2       1983 DIV1 EVERTON H W 2-1      1977 DIV1 WEST HAM UNITED H W 6-0    1974 DIV2 PORTSMOUTH H W 3-0       1966 DIV1 Newcastle United A L 0-2     1960 DIV2 Derby County A W 1-0    1955 DIV1 CARDIFF CITY H D 1-1        1949 DIV1 Newcastle United A L 1-2        1932 DIV1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN H L 1-3       1927 DIV1 Aston Villa A L 1-3      1921 DIV1 MANCHESTER UNITED H L 2-3         1910 DIV1 BOLTON WANDERERS H W 3-0       1904 DIV1 Small Heath A L 1-2        1898 DIV1 SHEFFIELD UNITED H W 3-1       1892 FLGE Accrington A W 5-3     

2006 Manchester City 2 Sunderland 1

1 Kelvin Davis  7 5 Garry Breen  6 3 George McCartney  6 12 Nyron Nosworthy  6 15 Danny Collins  5 33 Julio Arca  8 23 Grant Leadbitter  5 4 Rory Delap (Lawrence 61) 6 8 Dean Whitehead  6 10 Stephen Elliott (Le Tallec 82) 5 16 Kevin Kyle (Stead 82) 6 Substitutes 30 Joe Murphy   6 Steven Caldwell   7 Liam Lawrence (Delap 61) 5 9 Jon Stead (Kyle 82)  17 Anthony Le Tallec (Elliott 82)

New boy Georgios Samaras was Manchester City's hero propelling them back into the top half of the Premiership following a hard-earned victory against bottom club Sunderland.

The 21-year-old Greek striker, recently signed for £6million from Dutch club Heerenveen, found the net twice in the opening 10 minutes as City kept alive their hopes of winning a place in the UEFA Cup.

But it was a typical City display as Stuart Pearce's side didn't make life easy for themselves.

After looking like running up a cricket score in the early stages, City conceded a goal midway through the opening period.

That knocked them out of their stride and they spent the remaining 65 minutes of the match holding onto a precarious one-goal lead.

City were handed their opening goal in the ninth minute following a terrible blunder by visiting player Danny Collins (pictured right).

The central defender was caught in possession just outside the penalty area by Samaras as he tried to turn on the ball following a clearance from keeper Kelvin Davis.

Samaras raced clear and fired a fiercely-struck shot across the face of goal and past the helpless Davis.

And barely 90 seconds later, City were celebrating a second goal following equally generous defending from the Black Cats.

Trevor Sinclair beat the offside trap on the right and from his cross the unmarked Samaras found the bottom corner with a terrific volley from 14 yards.

It was the Greek striker's third goal in only four starts since his arrival at Eastlands during the January transfer window.

But if City thought the match was over they were mistaken as Sunderland halved the deficit midway through the half.

Julio Arca's free-kick was headed over the face of goal by Gary Breen for Kevin Kyle to stab home from virtually on the goal-line.

It was Kyle's first Premiership goal and Sunderland supporters showed their optimism by chanting that they were going to win 3-2.

The goal knocked City out of their early fluent stride as Sunderland suddenly sensed they were still very much alive having looked dead and buried after only 10 minutes.

Samaras had a great chance to complete his hat-trick early in the second half but shot weakly at Davis who later did well to keep out a fierce drive from Darius Vassell.

And they looked like being costly misses as Sunderland remained in with a shout as they themselves squandered two great opportunities to level the scores.

Nyron Nosworthy cut the ball back from the right and Dean Whitehead shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Whitehead then had a drive which was going off target but Arca, sliding in, just failed to connect from six yards when he would have scored had he managed to get to the ball.

City had a strong shout for a late penalty rejected by referee Chris Foy after keeper Davis appeared to foul Micah Richards near to the byline.

Kiki Musampa had a great chance to seal victory but Davis produced another splendid save to beat out his pile-driver.

And any hope Sunderland had of snatching a point disappeared with five minutes remaining when captain Breen was sent off for a deliberate handball, his second yellow card of the match.

Football results from or before Sunday, 5th March 2006

Barclays Premiership   MANCHESTER CITY (2)  2 SUNDERLAND (1)  1 42,200            TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2)  3 BLACKBURN ROVERS (1)  2 36,080   Barclays Premiership 2005/2006Historical league standings at 5th March 2006

  Home Away Overall   # Team Pl W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A Pts GD 1 Chelsea 28 13 1 0 33 7 10 2 2 23 10 23 3 2 56 17 72 39 2 Liverpool 28 11 3 1 20 5 5 4 4 13 12 16 7 5 33 17 55 16 3 Manchester United 26 8 3 1 25 8 8 3 3 27 19 16 6 4 52 27 54 25 4 Tottenham Hotspur 28 9 5 1 25 12 4 5 4 15 14 13 10 5 40 26 49 14 5 Arsenal 28 9 2 2 30 8 4 3 8 13 14 13 5 10 43 22 44 21 6 Blackburn Rovers 28 9 2 2 22 13 4 2 9 14 21 13 4 11 36 34 43 2 7 Bolton Wanderers 26 7 4 1 16 6 4 5 5 17 21 11 9 6 33 27 42 6 8 West Ham United 27 7 2 5 24 18 5 4 4 17 18 12 6 9 41 36 42 5 9 Manchester City 28 9 2 4 24 13 3 2 8 14 19 12 4 12 38 32 40 6 10 Wigan Athletic 27 6 2 6 17 17 6 2 5 15 17 12 4 11 32 34 40 -2 11 Newcastle United 28 7 5 2 17 10 4 1 9 12 20 11 6 11 29 30 39 -1 12 Everton 28 6 1 6 11 15 5 3 7 10 21 11 4 13 21 36 37 -15 13 Charlton Athletic 28 5 3 6 15 16 5 3 6 17 21 10 6 12 32 37 36 -5 14 Aston Villa 28 4 4 6 15 17 4 6 4 18 18 8 10 10 33 35 34 -2 15 Middlesbrough 27 5 5 5 21 24 4 2 6 15 20 9 7 11 36 44 34 -8 16 Fulham 28 9 2 3 25 17 0 3 11 12 26 9 5 14 37 43 32 -6 17 West Bromwich Albion 28 6 1 8 20 19 1 4 8 5 23 7 5 16 25 42 26 -17 18 Birmingham City 27 4 2 7 15 16 2 3 9 7 22 6 5 16 22 38 23 -16 19 Portsmouth 28 2 5 6 8 16 2 1 12 10 32 4 6 18 18 48 18 -30 20 Sunderland 28 0 4 10 9 27 2 0 12 10 24 2 4 22 19 51 10 -32

Source: Sunderland-Mad


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