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07 Feb 2013 10:37:06

Byfield Debut Goal Earns Sunderland Point At Watford

BACKTRACK - On this day 2004 ... ON THIS DAY - FEBRUARY 7th

2009 PREM STOKE CITY H W 2-0 2004 LD1 Watford A D 2-21998 LD1 Wolverhampton Wanderers A W 1-0       1987 DIV2 Brighton & Hove Albion A W 3-0  1981 DIV1 Middlesbrough A L 0-1      1976 DIV2 Fulham A L 0-2     1973 FAC Reading A W 3-1   1962 LGEC NORWICH CITY H L 1-4      1959 DIV2 Ipswich Town A W 2-0      1953 DIV1 Chelsea A L 2-3       1931 DIV1 LEEDS UNITED H W 4-0     1925 DIV1 Notts. County A L 1-4      1920 DIV1 MANCHESTER UNITED H W 3-0       1914 DIV1 Sheffield United A L 0-1      1912 FAC CRYSTAL PALACE H W 1-0      1906 FAC Gainsborough Trinity A W 3-0          1903 FAC Aston Villa A L 1-4    1891 FLGE Derby County A L 1-3     

2003/4 Watford 2 Sunderland 2

WATFORD: Pidgeley, Cox, Dyche, Ifil, Smith, Hyde, Ardley (Cook 90), Mahon, Fitzgerald (Vernazza 82), Devlin (Bouazza 90), Helguson.Subs Not Used: Chamberlain, Dyer.

SUNDERLAND: Poom, Wright, Bjorklund, Babb, McCartney, McAteer, Whitley, Thirlwell (Byfield 59), Arca, Tommy Smith (Stewart 59), Kyle.Subs Not Used: Oster, Williams, Alnwick.

Att: 16,798

Darren Byfield's goal on his debut just four minutes from time saw Sunderland claw their way back from a two-goal deficit to seal a share of the spoils.

And the visitors could even have snatched victory in injury time when Jason McAteer's lob hit the woodwork.

Struggling Watford had shocked their high-flying visitors as an early goal from Gavin Mahon gave his side the initiative and a second-half penalty from Neil Cox had seemingly put the home side on course for victory.

Sunderland, with four league wins out of five going into this match, had started with new signing Byfield on the bench.

But Mick McCarthy's promotion-chasers were rocked after just seven minutes as the home side, just a point above the relegation zone before kick-off, took the lead.

Paul Devlin's flick found Scott Fitzgerald, whose cutback was coolly sidefooted past Sunderland goalkeeper Mart Poom by midfielder Mahon.

Sunderland won the first corner of the game two minutes later but McAteer's flag-kick was cleared by Micah Hyde as the home side grew in confidence.

The Wearsiders continued to push forward with dangerous crosses from Julio Arca and Paul Thirlwell putting the Hornets' defence under pressure.

But Watford looked dangerous in attack as Mahon tested Poom with a close-range header after 13 minutes.

Despite enjoying the lion's share of possession, Sunderland were continually frustrated by some resolute defending from the home side.

Arca volleyed a shot over the crossbar on the half-hour as, despite all their pressure, the visitors rarely troubled Watford goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley in the opening 45 minutes.

The hosts again threatened seven minutes before the interval when Poom had to save with his feet from Heidar Helguson and Sean Dyche's shot from Neal Ardley's corner was cleared by Kevin Kyle.

And Sunderland missed a chance just before the break when George McCartney's cross found McAteer, but he steered his header wide of the target.

Sunderland started the second half strongly but chances remained at a premium and they were restricted to long-range efforts on goal.

Thirlwell tried his luck from distance after 52 minutes but his shot was too high and failed to trouble Pidgeley, who then cut out Arca's cross to keep the visitors at bay.

In an effort to turn things around and pep up his attack McCarthy introduced strikers Marcus Stewart and Byfield on the hour in place of Tommy Smith and Thirlwell.

But it was Watford who regained the initiative and they doubled their advantage from the penalty spot just five minutes later.

Phil Babb was adjudged to have fouled Helguson and Cox thumped his spot-kick past Poom.

But Sunderland gave themselves hope by halving the deficit with 14 minutes remaining.

McAteer's corner was flicked on by Stephen Wright and Stewart powered home a header. Byfield then stole the headlines with his late intervention.

 RESULTS THAT DAY 2003/4

Barclaycard Premiership   ASTON VILLA (1)  2 LEEDS UNITED (0)  0 39,171     Angel 45 (pen)Johnsen 59         BOLTON WANDERERS (1)  2 LIVERPOOL (0)  2 27,552     Hunt 11Djorkaeff 58 Hyypiä 51Gerrard 69       EVERTON (0)  3 MANCHESTER UNITED (3)  4 40,190     O'Shea 65 (og)Kilbane 75 Saha 9, 29van Nistelrooy 24, 89       MIDDLESBROUGH (0)  0 BLACKBURN ROVERS (1)  1 28,307       Stead 39       NEWCASTLE UNITED (2)  3 LEICESTER CITY (0)  1 52,125     Ameobi 30Taggart 37 (og)Jenas 59 Ferdinand 80       SOUTHAMPTON (0)  0 FULHAM (0)  0 31,820               TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (2)  4 PORTSMOUTH (1)  3 36,107     Defoe 13Keane 42, 79Poyet 89 Berkovic 39Lua Lua 73Mornar 84       WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (1)  1 ARSENAL (1)  3 29,392     Ganea 26 Bergkamp 9Henry 58Toure 63     Nationwide League Division One   BRADFORD CITY (1)  1 WEST HAM UNITED (0)  2 13,078       Zamora 65Harewood 78       BURNLEY (0)  1 GILLINGHAM (0)  0 10,400     Little 83         DERBY COUNTY (0)  2 CARDIFF CITY (0)  2 20,958     Taylor 49Osman 90 Earnshaw 60Kavanagh 62       IPSWICH TOWN (0)  1 WIGAN ATHLETIC (2)  3 22,093     Kuqi 60 Roberts 18Ellington 33Teale 53       MILLWALL (1)  1 STOKE CITY (1)  1 9,034     Dichio 23 Clarke 4       NOTTINGHAM FOREST (0)  0 COVENTRY CITY (1)  1 23,075       Suffo 4       PRESTON NORTH END (1)  3 WEST BROMWICH ALBION (0)  0 16,569     Lewis 33Healy 75Alexander 87 (pen)         ROTHERHAM UNITED (2)  5 READING (1)  1 6,405     Proctor 24 (pen), 79Monkhouse 36Butler 47Barker 90 Goater 20 (pen)       SHEFFIELD UNITED (0)  0 CRYSTAL PALACE (1)  3 23,816       Johnson 42Popovic 57Shipperley 87       WALSALL (1)  1 CREWE ALEXANDRA (0)  1 6,871     Leitao 27 Foster 85       WATFORD (1)  2 SUNDERLAND (0)  2 16,798     Mahon 7 Stewart 76Byfield 86       WIMBLEDON (0)  0 NORWICH CITY (1)  1 7,368       Huckerby 16

Nationwide League Division One 2003/2004Historical league standings at 7th February 2004

  Home Away Overall   # Team Pl W D L F A W D L F A W D L F A Pts GD 1 Norwich City 30 12 1 2 26 11 5 7 3 21 15 17 8 5 47 26 59 21 2 West Bromwich Albion 30 8 5 2 22 11 7 4 4 20 16 15 9 6 42 27 54 15 3 Wigan Athletic 30 7 6 2 18 10 6 5 4 24 21 13 11 6 42 31 50 11 4 Sheffield United 30 8 4 3 27 16 6 3 6 18 20 14 7 9 45 36 49 9 5 West Ham United 30 6 5 4 24 17 6 7 2 19 13 12 12 6 43 30 48 13 6 Sunderland 29 8 5 1 18 7 5 4 6 20 19 13 9 7 38 26 48 12 7 Ipswich Town 30 8 2 5 34 25 5 6 4 21 22 13 8 9 55 47 47 8 8 Preston North End 29 9 3 3 31 17 4 4 6 15 18 13 7 9 46 35 46 11 9 Reading 30 8 3 4 21 18 5 3 7 15 22 13 6 11 36 40 45 -4 10 Millwall 30 7 6 2 17 9 4 5 6 17 20 11 11 8 34 29 44 5 11 Crystal Palace 31 4 6 5 18 19 8 2 6 27 24 12 8 11 45 43 44 2 12 Cardiff City 30 6 5 4 27 16 5 5 5 21 23 11 10 9 48 39 43 9 13 Stoke City 30 7 5 3 24 17 5 2 8 16 21 12 7 11 40 38 43 2 14 Coventry City 30 4 8 3 16 15 5 5 5 22 19 9 13 8 38 34 40 4 15 Crewe Alexandra 30 9 2 4 24 15 2 5 8 15 26 11 7 12 39 41 40 -2 16 Rotherham United 30 6 5 4 21 17 3 5 7 15 25 9 10 11 36 42 37 -6 17 Walsall 30 6 6 3 22 19 3 3 9 10 20 9 9 12 32 39 36 -7 18 Gillingham 29 7 1 7 17 20 3 5 6 16 23 10 6 13 33 43 36 -10 19 Burnley 30 6 4 5 22 18 2 6 7 17 30 8 10 12 39 48 34 -9 20 Watford 30 4 7 4 18 21 3 3 9 14 23 7 10 13 32 44 31 -12 21 Derby County 30 5 4 6 22 26 2 6 7 11 23 7 10 13 33 49 31 -16 22 Nottingham Forest 29 4 4 6 19 16 3 4 8 15 22 7 8 14 34 38 29 -4 23 Bradford City 31 3 2 11 14 26 3 3 9 9 19 6 5 20 23 45 23 -22 24 Wimbledon 30 2 3 10 14 26 3 0 12 14 32 5 3 22 28 58 18 -30

 

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