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

through injury.

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.