Saturday 16 August 1969
Burnley 1 (Casper 24)
Sunderland 4 (Tueart 2, 12, 75, Harris 60)
Sunderland traveled up to struggling Burnley and produced such a superior performance that it was sheer humiliation for lackluster Burnley. They outplayed and out thought the home side. Had the score been even greater, no one witnessing the game would’ve thought it unjust. The 4-1 victory ensured that Sunderland maintained their 100 per cent winning streak and top spot in division one.
From the kick off Sunderland used their hard running game to great advantage, forcing Todd into a desperate handball a mere minute into the match. Tueart converted for an early Sunderland advantage.
Sunderland continued to maintain that pressure on Burnley with their vigorous running and were rewarded again when Tueart picked up the ball just past the half way line and sprinted past two almost statuesque Burnley players to reach the left corner of the Burnley penalty box. From there he unleashed a shot that did not halt its powerful trajectory until the netting in the opposite top corner stopped it. 2-0 to the visitors and Burnley needed to wake up from their stupor.
They did so momentarily in the 24th minute. Some lovely interplay between Todd and Coates in midfield resulted in a delightful pass reaching Casper just inside the Sunderland penalty box. He didn’t need a second chance and dispatched it past the outstretched hands of Montgomery. The home side had clawed one back, but there was more work to be done.
The home side started the second half with some excellent football and were almost rewarded when Coates’ fireball from outside the box was stopped by a post.
It seemed as Burnley would step up the challenge for the equaliser. In fact it would be their last concerted effort on the Sunderland goal. For the rest of the half Sunderland dominated the game and only allowed the home side a cameo performance.
On the hour the visitors were awarded a free kick five yards away from the left side of the penalty box. Harris had no compunction in sending his shot into the top left corner to nullify the game once again.
From there Sunderland continued to forcefully press forward for more rewards. Their fourth came with 15 minutes to go when Tueart swiveled and dribbled his way through a couple of Burnley defenders to finalise his hat trick.
Sunderland produced a great display and so early in the season. Meanwhile, Burnley have a side capable of staying in the division, yet more application is required for them to do so.
Burnley: Mellor, Docherty, Latcham, O’Neil, Waldron, Todd, Thomas (Nulty), Coates, Casper, Probert, Kindon.
Sunderland: Montgomery, McGiven, Harvey, Todd, Pitt, Heslop (Ashurst), Palmer, Symm, Lowery, Harris, Tueart.