Sunderland v Southampton ... not many home wins recently

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Sunderland wins at home to Southampton have been few and far between in recent years.

Look back for the last three league wins for the Black Cats on Wearside and you head back into Roker Park (... and Alan Shearer) territory!

It was at Roker Park where Sunderland had their previous win on Wearside against Southampton, whose side included 20-year-old Alan Shearer.

The last win was just last season ... and an important one it was too.

Two Jordi Gomez penalties were enough to claim the three points in a 2-1 win against the Saints, who scored through Sadio Mane just a minute after the opening spot-kick.

Sunderland followed the win with a 2-0 triumph at Everton to give Dick Advocaat’s Cats a massive boost in their fight against relegation.

The previous home win against the Saints came on December 18, 1999, thanks to two Kevin Phillips goals, on 30 and 90 minutes.

Phillips also missed a spot-kick after 81 minutes.

It was a season when Sunderland finished seventh in the Premier League under Peter Reid. Dave Jones was the Southampton boss.

Here’s how the teams lined up.

Sunderland: Sorensen, Makin, Gray, McCann, Bould, Butler, Summerbee, Roy (Williams), Quinn, Phillips, Schwarz (Kilbane).

Southampton: Paul Jones (Neil Moss), Jo Tessem (James Beattie), Francis Benali, Jason Dodd, Claud Lundekvam, Dean Richards, Stuart Ripley (Matt Le Tissier), Matt Oakley, Marian Pahars, Trond Egil Soltvedt, Hassan Kachloul.

It was at Roker Park where Sunderland had their previous win on Wearside against Southampton, whose side included 20-year-old Alan Shearer.

A Kevin Ball penalty on 48 minutes was the only goal of the game.

Sunderland ended the campaign in 19th place in Division One - and relegated to the second tier.

Sunderland: Norman, Kay, Hardyman, Bracewell, Bennett, Ball, Pascoe, Owers, Hawke, Rush, Armstrong. Subs: Cornforth, Williams.

Southampton: Tim Flowers, Alexie Cherednik, Mickey Adams, Glenn Cockerill, Neil Ruddock, Kevin Moore, Matt Le Tissier, Barry Horne, Alan Shearer, Alan McLoughlin, Rod Wallace. Subs Francis Benali, Nicky Banger.