x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Golden nugget Nugent sinks Sunderland

Super sub David Nugent climbed off the bench to sink Sunderland with a stunning late double and keep Burnley's proud 100 per cent home record intact.

Super sub David Nugent climbed off the bench to sink Sunderland with a stunning late double and keep Burnley's proud 100 per cent home record intact. Nugent, a deadline day loan signing from Premier League rivals Portsmouth, rose to meet Wade Elliott's pinpoint cross in the 67th minute to head home the Clarets' second. Four minutes from time the in-form frontman struck again as he turned on another neat ball from Elliott in the box and curled a stunning shot past the Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon. Nugent had been thrown on in the 58th minute by Clarets boss Owen Coyle who scented the chance for his side to add to previous home wins over Manchester United and Everton. And Coyle's men richly deserved to take three more points from an entertaining encounter in which Graham Alexander's penalty opener had been cancelled out by Darren Bent. Alexander was served up the chance to fire home the 12th minute spot-kick after Anton Ferdinand was guilty of needlessly tripping the impressive Elliott in the box. However, Steve Bruce's men drew back on level terms in the 39th minute when Andy Reid played a superb delayed pass into the box which found Bent in space to slot the ball past Jensen. Campbell almost put the visitors ahead in the 52nd minute when his low drive was blocked well at close range by Jensen after a neat lay-off by Steed Malbranque. But after Elliott had come close with a looping effort which just cleared Gordon's crossbar, the stage was handed over for Nugent to snatch another famous Clarets victory. Nugent marked his stunning home start in the 67th minute when he rose to meet a deep Elliott cross from the right and headed Burnley's second past Gordon. And Nugent's second four minutes from time was even better as once again he was fed the ball by Elliott before turning inside the box and firing home a curling shot. A bad afternoon for Black Cats boss Bruce got worse in the dying minutes as first Phil Bardsley then Kieran Richardson were yellow-carded. Foy's final whistle brought a huge roar from the home ranks and even a cheeky banner proclaiming 'Nugent for England' in honour of the newest Turf Moor star.

* PA Sport