USA Striker Jozy Altidore Just Can't Shake Struggles at Sunderland

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USA Striker Jozy Altidore Just Can't Shake Struggles at Sunderland
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Nothing, of course, ever comes down to just one moment, but still you wonder what might have been if the goal Jozy Altidore scored against Arsenal had been allowed to stand. He had done little in Sunderland's first two games of the season, in the 1-0 defeat to Fulham and the 1-1 draw at Southampton, but then Sunderland as a whole had struggled for creativity and invention in the final third. He scored in the late comeback against Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup, and in the next league game, at home to Arsenal at the beginning of September, Altidore seemed to have scored to make it 2-2. There was nothing sophisticated in what he did, battling past Bacary Sagna to reach a bouncing ball in the penalty area, but his finish was neat enough. The referee Martin Atkinson, though, had decided that Sagna had fouled him and had already blown for a free-kick to Sunderland...

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