Thanks to the combined efforts of the safc.com live text team, and Mr Peter Sixsmith of this parish, I knew fairly quickly that we had taken the lead at Kilmarnock and soon after the end that we had beaten them 2-1.
Stéphane Sessegon’s first half goal – let us see his pre-season rate, three so far, maintained in the Premier! – was cancelled out by Gary Hay’s free kick early in the second half but Connor Wickham grabbed an important , confidence-building winner. We seem to have had bags of chances to make the scoreline more emphatic.
This is how we lined up:
Westwood, Bardsley, Richardson, Ferdinand, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Vaughan, Gyan, Sessegnon, Malbranque
Subs: Laing, Mignolet , Elmohamady, Gardner, Wickham, Dong-won, Colback
And this is how the texts announced the goals:
GOAL!!! Sessegnon finally breaks the deadlock. The forward broke past two defenders on the edge of the box and fired a low shot straight passed the out-stretched keeper
Killie awarded a free kick early in the half. Gary Hay fires it over Sunderland’s wall and curls the ball into the top corner, just beating Westwood. It’s 1-1
Fine cross from Elmo to find the young striker who taps the ball at the back post, much to the delight of the Sunderland fans behind the goal.
Jaakoola is having an impressive second half, Sunderland have had a flurry of chances blocked by the keeper … Spoke to soon.. Wickham beats Jaakoola to score his first goal for Sunderland – it’s 2-1
As “Joe” put it in the safc.com text report: “Wouldn’t mind this score on the 13th and 20th August.”
And Pete – a bit early for regular Sixer’s Sevens but his would have been “Enjoyable game with lots to enthuse about” – will have more to say about his midweek visit to Scotland in the next day or so.