On Saturday 7 April 2007 myself and my wife travelled to the Stadium of Light to watch Sunderland take on Wolverhampton Wanderers bringing Mick McCarthy on a trip back to Wearside.
The atmosphere was electric, the crowd full of excitement and Sunderland were ahead on the 15th minute with Daryl Murphy taking the ball on his chest, dropping it down to his boot and firing into the net past Wolves' keeper Matt Murray.The fans were ecstatic.
Sunderland's Stern John then aimed at Goal. The ball hit the post and rolled along the goal line where it was picked up by the keeper. The crowd were stunned that it was so close.
Sunderland eventually went two-nil up with a goal scored in the 62nd minute by Ross Wallace. Three minutes later Wolves pulled a goal back, scored by Andy Keogh with a headed ball past Darren Ward.
In the remaining minutes Sunderland fans lived on their nerves waiting and wishing for the final whistle.
Substitutes Leadbitter and Elliot both had good shots saved made by Wolves substitute keeper Jan Budtz who was brought on in the 72nd minute after Murray was injured in a collision with Stern John.
The final whistle blew and the 41,000 crowd went wild. A good match although Sunderland seemed to have more of the game right from kick off. Wolves played well but Sunderland's win was a comfortable one.
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