SUNDERLAND 10 YEARS AGO: Wallace bosses it, no hard feelings from Delap

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Here’s what the Echo was reporting on SAFC 10 years ago today.

ROSS THE BOSS:

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But last grasp hero sees red for celebration

IT was a case of the late, late, late shown for Sunderland as they grabbed victory two minutes into stoppage time in an entertaining match at the KC Stadium.

Ross Wallace was the hero with the goal, driving a low shot across keeper Boaz Myhill, having beenpicked out by a wonderful 40 yard pass from Dwight Yorke.

Wallace was both hero and villain – hero for the goal villain for taking off his shirt and jumping into the crowd which earned him his second yellow card and instant dismissal.

He was also booked for a similar misdemeanour when scoring for Sunderland in their win at Derby last month.

The dismissal hardly mattered to Sunderland’s 4,000 strong travelling army with only seconds remaining on the clock of a game which the Black Cats could have done by half a dozen goals.

They carved out a strong of chances from start to finish against the Championship’s bottom club, hitting the bar in both halves.

And their lack of clinical finishing looked to have costs them dearly only for Wallace to pop up with the vital winner.

Victory – Sunderland’s second in a row – will boost the spirits for Tuesday’s testing visit of Cardiff, who were held 2-2 by Derby today.

RORY: NO HARD FEELINGS

RORY DELAP has told Robbie Elliott that he bears no hard feelings over the tackle that left him nursing a badly broken leg.

Delap was playing only his second game on loan with Stoke from Sunderland when he went in with Elliott for a 50-50 challenge and ended up with a double fracture of his right leg, an injury that will keep him out of action for six months.

Elliott was clearly upset by the Britannia Stadium incident and walked away from the immediate aftermath because he couldn’t bear to see his pal in such distress.

But Delap, who was allowed home after a week in hospital following the incident during Stoke’s 2-1 October 17 win, says he has since spoken to the Sunderland defender to clear the air.

The Cumbrian said: I can’t remember that much too clearly, to be honest. I just remember the keeper throwing the ball out past Robbie, then both of us running towards it. The next thing I know I was a lot of pain.

“I know Robbie really well and I know he goes in hard, but fair. He just went in stronger than me and that’s what you should do.

“I certainly don’t hold any grudge against Robbie and I’ve told him that.”

Though Delap was only on loan with Stoke, the clubs had agreed a permanent deal from January. Stoke have pledged to stand by that agreement.

Delap said: “I said before the injury I wanted to stay a Stoke player, but they would have been well within their rights not to keep their end of it.

“So to come out and say they would, and for the manager and chief executive to come and tell me personally in hospital, shows what an honourable club they are.”