September: Results & Table
Jozy Altidore enters the Stadium of Light before scoring against Manchester United.
Perhaps the most interesting Barclays Premier League game of the season so far occurred as Gus Poyet's Sunderland side travelled to Wales to face a Swansea team whom so far had been far from spectacular. The game was sparked into life after just 9 minutes when Sunderland's corner broke down. Swansea engineered a swift counter-attack and after some neat play between Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, midfielder Leon Britton was left free in the box to slot across goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Less than 10 minutes later, Sunderland had equalised when their fine move out from the back was ended with a Giaccherini cross finding the head of Connor Wickham. The visitors took the lead on the half hour mark when Italian international Giaccherini's corner was headed in by experienced defender John O'Shea. Swansea were back level on the stoke of half-time as summer signing Gomis headed in a curling corner. Argentinian international Santiago Vergini then caused controversy in the 60th minute when Swansea striker Bony was through on goal - only to be clumsily hacked down by the back-tracking defender. Referee Mark Clattenburg had no option but to send Vergini off for what was a poor challenge. Just 8 minutes later, the hosts re-took the lead as Wayne Routledge raced through unmarked and shot across goal. However, as the game wore down, a neat move in midfield by Adam Johnson, Emanuele Giaccherini and Jack Rodwell released substitute right-back Billy Jones down the wing whose curling shot found the back of the net.
Sunderland's domination against visitors Aston Villa finally showed in the second-half when Will Buckley played a one-two with substitute Jozy Altidore and curled a shot home from a tight angle. Just 13 minutes from time, Will Buckley was yet again the star man as he raced down the wing from inside his own half to provide a delightful cross for the onrushing American striker Jozy Altidore to nod home from 4 yards.
Table toppers Manchester United visited the Stadium of Light in the 3rd round of the Capital One Cup. The Red Devils had scored 22 goals whilst conceding just 3 so far this season. Former Manchester City winger Adam Johnson was hacked down after just 5 minutes and subsequently stretchered off - with manager Gus Poyet furious that the challenge went unpunished. Former Red Devil John O'Shea handed his side the lead when he nodded in a Ricardo Alvarez corner. Just 5 minutes before the break, the hosts doubled their lead as Ricardo Alvarez's cross was nodded on by Jozy Altidore and Wickham squeezed in at the back post to score his side's second. Manchester United reduced the deficit just 24 seconds into the second-half as some neat passing released in-form Falcao through on goal who curled the ball into the far corner. Gus Poyet's team restored their two goal lead on the hour mark as Ricardo Alvarez's pass found Altidore unmarked who smashed the ball beyond David de Gea at the goalkeepers near post.
Liverpool played host to Sunderland in the final game of the month. Surprisingly, Brendan Rodgers' team found themselves in the bottom 3 with just 3 points from 5 games. The visitors opened the scoring after just quarter of an hour when Emanuele Giaccherini slotted through for winger Buckley whose shot beat stand-in goalkeeper Brad Jones. Liverpool equalised just minutes from half-time when Rickie Lambert played Italian international Mario Balotelli through on goal whom wrong-footed Vito Mannone and slotted home. As both teams began to tire, Sunderland regained their lead. Billy Jones' low cross was finished by Sebastian Larsson whom slid in just before the challenging Dejan Lovren.
Barclays Premier League Table