SUNDERLAND’S last home game of the 2010/11 campaign ended with a whimper rather than a bang as relegation-threatened Wolves eased to a comfortable victory.
For the second home gome in a row Sunderland conceded three goals and at the final whistle, Wolves – the lowest scorers in the division – had succeeded in knocking six goals past the Black Cats in their two encounters this campaign.
Just as they done against Fulham in their last game at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland started the game brightly and played some delightful stuff in the first half.
Once again they went down to the sucker punch when Stephen Hunt’s 22nd minute cross from the left was volleyed home by Sunderland defender Jody Craddock at the far post.
But this time they bounced back when Stephane Sessegnon acrobatically converted Bolo Zenden’s corner in the 33rd minute.
The teams went in the break on level terms and another 40,000 plus would have had hope their better football would prevail.
But the Wearsiders were dreadful in the second-half and having slipped behind in the 53rd minute when Steven Fletcher found it all too easy to head home Matt Jarvis’s cross, Wolves made certain of the three points when defender George Elokobi headed home Jamie O’Hara’s free-kick in the 80th minute.
Victory took Wolves to the magic 40-point mark – just four points behind from Steve Bruce’s sadly underperforming side.
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