12 Dec 2011

Sunderland give new manager a winning start

6:30 am on 12 December 2011

Sunderland came from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers 2-1 in the English Premier League giving manager Martin O'Neill a win in his first match in charge.

The rousing reception for O'Neill at the Stadium of Light was temporarily forgotten when Blackburn went in front in the 17th minute, but the hosts were completely dominant in the second half.

They were finally rewarded in the 84th minute with a Simon Vukcevic header, and Seb Larsson won the match with a brilliantly taken free kick two minutes into stoppage time.

The win lifted Sunderland out of the relegation zone and up to 16th place, while Blackburn remain second from bottom.

The leaders Manchester City play fifth-placed Chelsea in London tomorrow morning.