Vassell pinches~victory for City

Date published: Saturday 12th April 2008 5:18

The hosts made a bright start with Kieran Richardson firing a dipping shot just over the bar from 35 yards, while Kenwyne Jones was denied by Joe Hart.

But the game exploded into life 12 minutes from time when City were awarded a penalty when Nyron Nosworthy was harshly adjudged to have brought down Daniel Sturridge in the area and Elano stepped up to send Craig Gordon the wrong way from the spot.

But the Black Cats were level three minutes later when Andy Reid’s left-wing cross and Whitehead blasted a first-time volley into the top corner.

Elano then blazed over the bar, but City nicked the win in the 87th-minute when Vassell’s bobbled shot hit the ground but found the back of the net.

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