Late goal gives Black Cats win
Published 07/05/2011 | 17:12
Sunderland secured only their second win in 12 Barclays Premier League games with a dramatic stoppage-time own goal from Zat Knight giving them a 2-1 success at Bolton.
Bolo Zenden opened the scoring for the Black Cats just before half-time, but Bolton looked to have snatched a point when Ivan Klasnic headed a late equaliser.
But Steve Bruce's side were not to be denied and Sulley Muntari's shot was turned into his own goal by Knight to give them all three points.
Bolton came close to opening the scoring in the in the 11th minute when Kevin Davies set up Matt Taylor with a clever reverse ball. It seemed Taylor must score - but Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet made a superb point-blank save.
The hosts swept forward again eight minutes later and Daniel Sturridge went down in the area following a challenge by John Mensah - but referee Kevin Friend allowed play to continue. Bolton almost made the breakthrough in the 39th minute later when Sturridge's effort came off Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley and rattled the crossbar.
The visitors went ahead in first-half stoppage-time when Zenden skipped around goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen to score his first goal of the season after being set up by Stephane Sessegnon.
Sunderland almost extended their lead a minute into the second half when Sessegnon forced a good save out of Jaaskelainen. Bolton responded in the 50th minute with Sturridge firing a shot narrowly wide of the post and six minutes later Taylor shot over.
Midway through the second half, Lee Chung-yong failed to find the target from close range, then 10 minutes from time substitute Rodrigo carved a path through Sunderland's defence but saw his shot beaten away by Mignolet.
Bolton appeared to have salvaged a point in the 87th minute when Rodrigo delivered a superb ball to the back post and Klasnic, who had also stepped off the bench, headed into the far corner.
However, after Rodrigo had almost scored a stoppage-time winner for the hosts, Muntari latched on to a through ball from Stephane Sessegnon and his shot on goal was turned into his own net by Knight.