Chelsea v Sunderland: Eight games of highs and lows since Black Cats’ promotion

Sunderland celebrate Connor Wickham's goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago
Sunderland celebrate Connor Wickham's goal in the 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge two seasons ago
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Sunderland have had a couple of drubbings at Stamford Bridge since returning to the Premier League in 2007, but they have also enjoyed two fabulous wins.

Here we look back at all eight games.

2007/08: Chelsea 2 Sunderland 0

Sunderland had Liam Miller sent off in the closing stages of a hard-working all-round team performance. Roy Keane’s men battled gamely throughout but fell behind to a rare goal from Andriy Shevchenko, who nodded home a Saloman Kalou cross. Frank Lampard added a killer second goal from the penalty spot after Danny Higginbotham pulled Alex’s shirt. Miller was red-carded late on for a push on striker Claudio Pizarro.

2008/09: Chelsea 5 Sunderland 0

Five goals in 26 minutes either side of the break sent Sunderland spinning to a convincing defeat, as the final month of Roy Keane’s reign opened in disappointment. Defender Alex drove home a 27th-minute opener, and Nicolas Anelka quickly added a second before making it 3-0 right on half-time. Frank Lampard and Anelka netted by the 53rd minute to complete the misery. Jordan Henderson made his first-team debut as a second-half sub, replacing the ineffectual Steed Malbranque.

2009/10: Chelsea 7 Sunderland 2

One down in just eight minutes, this was never going to end well for Steve Bruce’s side.Nicolas Anelka bagged the opener, then Florent Malouda, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard had the red-hot Blues four up by the 34th minute. Michael Ballack added a fifth before Bolo Zenden pulled one back against his former club. Chelsea, though, kept going and further goals from Anelka and Lampard made it seven, with Darren Bent firing a last-gasp consolation.

2010/11: Chelsea 0 Sunderland 3

One of the most complete Sunderland performances of recent years brought a memorable, televised victory at Stamford Bridge. Steve Bruce’s men produced an outstanding display to rock the Premier League leaders, going ahead when on-loan defender Nedum Onuoha danced his way past three defenders and fired home an angled, low shot. It was 2-0 on 52 minutes as record signing Asamoah Gyan brilliantly beat Petr Cech after an inch-perfect pass from Jordan Henderson. Sunderland, with a bright, incisive style, added a killer third when Ashley Cole’s backpass was intercepted by on-loan Danny Welbeck and finished comprehensively, sparking a memorable celebration “dance” by Bolo Zenden. Sunderland could won by an even bigger margin, such was their dominance.

2011/12: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland’s four-game unbeaten run under Martin O’Neill ended with a spirited display but a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge. The only goal came on 13 minutes, unluckily for Sunderland, as Fernando Torres sent a magnificent volley against the bar, with Frank Lampard reacting quickest to net the rebound from close range. Sunderland could have snatched an unlikely point, but saw late golden chances from Craig Gardner and Nicklas Bendtner miss the target.

2012/13: Chelsea 2 Sunderland 1

The Wearsiders, under the control of Paolo Di Canio for the first time, produced an excellent display to trouble Rafael Benitez’s Blues. Indeed, they were ahead at the break thanks to an own goal from defender Cesar Azpilicueta, trying to clear a John O’Shea flick from an Adam Johnson corner. Matt Kilgallon was credited with an own goal leveller on 47 minutes, trying to defend an Oscar shot, and Chelsea won it on 55 minutes, Branislav Ivanovic diverting a David Luiz strike beyond Simon Mignolet.

2013/14: Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2

A sensational victory for Gus Poyet’s men, following on from a dramatic midweek draw at Manchester City, sparked the Great Escape with the first of four precious wins. Samuel Eto’o, though, looked to have Sunderland in trouble with a 12th-minute opener, only for Connor Wickham to level. Fabio Borini then coolly converted a late penalty winner, after a foul on Jozy Altidore.

2014/15: Chelsea 3 Sunderland 1

Dick Advocaat’s Red and Whites, safe from the drop following the emotional midweek draw at Arsenal, put up a good show in their final game of the season. Steven Fletcher put Sunderland ahead, only for Diego Costa to level from the penalty spot. Loic Remy struck twice in the final 20 minutes to give the champions the points.