It had been a hard opening to the season for Sunderland losing 4-0 away at Stamford Bridge but it was almost worth the away day defeat to be 4-0 up against Gianluca Vialli’s side by half time at home in the December.
The game started an hour late due to an electrical fault in the surrounding area – luckily the official with the key for the sub-station nearest the stadium was actually inside for the game!
“We were unstoppable that day as Kevin Phillips and Niall Quinn scored two goals apiece in the first 45 minutes. The game finished 4-1 but it was an awesome display from Sunderland and the atmosphere inside the stadium was ironically electric!”
Quinn scored his 6th goal of the season in the first minute before Phillips scored a brace and Quinn completed his double. Poyet scored a consolation goal for the visitors but it was Sunderland’s day.