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Going into this game Chelsea were looking strong atop the Premier League table. Sunderland, meanwhile, were still licking their wounds from a hurtful 5-1 defeat to their fiercest rivals, Newcastle.
The previous season’s corresponding encounter ended with a humiliating 7-2 thrashing for Sunderland.
In this game, for the Black Cats, demons were laid to rest.
On loan defender Nedum Onuoha opened the scoring right on the stroke of half time with a delightful solo effort that saw him ducking and weaving through the Chelsea defence in a manner normally associated with Lionel Messi.
Sunderland continued to sparkle in the second-half, with a vibrant display spearheaded by the makeshift strike force of Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck. The pair combined brilliantly throughout the game, no more so when the Ghanaian international expertly guided in a shot after a well-worked Black Cats move.
Chelsea were overwhelmed by the pace, movement and energy of Sunderland’s side, and it was finally all over when Welbeck secured a memorable Sunderland win after seizing on a poor backpass from Ashley Cole, to coolly slip home a Sunderland third.
After this result, Chelsea went six games without a victory, while Sunderland continued a good run of form to maintain seventh position.
By the end of the season, Chelsea regained their form to finish as runners-up. An abysmal run of results in the New Year, commencing with a 4-2 at home defeat to Chelsea, saw Sunderland slip down the table, eventually finishing tenth, thanks to results elsewhere.
This win over Chelsea was to be one of the last highlights in the Steve Bruce managerial era.