Sunderland beats Wigan 4-2 to end disastrous run
Sunderland claimed its first win in 10 Premier League games on
Saturday, rallying to beat Wigan 4-2 with two goals from England
midfielder Jordan Henderson.
Sunderland’s top scorer Asamoah Gyan headed his 10th goal of the
season and Stephane Sessegnon converted a penalty kick.
The Black Cats had taken only one point in their last nine games
after a disastrous slide down the table, including four straight
losses at home.
Sunderland rose four places to 10th while Wigan dropped back
into the relegation zone.
Mohamed Diame put Wigan ahead in the 52nd minute with a 25-meter
(yard) drive past Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet but Gyan
levelled with a strong close-range header three minutes later off a
cross from substitute Steed Malbranque.
Sunderland dominated the second half despite losing Phil
Bardsley, Danny Welbeck and, within nine minutes of his goal, Gyan
Henderson gave Sunderland a 66th-minute lead, controlling
substitute Sulley Muntari’s cross with his chest before shooting
into the top corner. With 17 minutes left, Sessegnon was pushed
over by defender Antolin Alcaraz inside the penalty area and the
Benin international sent Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi the wrong
way to make it 3-1.
Henderson calmly grabbed his second goal after receiving the
ball from Sessegnon inside the area before substitute Franco di
Santo scored for Wigan in the 90th.
Sunderland manager Steve Bruce claimed a first win over his
former club in the 500th league game of his managerial career.