Arsenal Give Leaders A Scare, But Sunderland Too Good By the End

Saturday 18 October 1969

Division One

Sunderland   3 (Hughes 34, Tueart, 51, Baker 82)

Arsenal           1 ( Sammels 2)

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Arsenal gave league leaders Sunderland a scare and for the first half of the game it seemed Sunderland would drop their second point of the season. It only two minutes for Arsenal’s Sammels to pop in and give the visitors the lead.  Sunderland looked a bit bewildered in front of their home supporters. It took them awhile to start playing their standard professional passing game and Arsenal looked good for their lead for quite some time.

Graham heads forward with an early Arsenal attack. Meanwhile still seems to be in the changerooms.

Graham heads forward with an early Arsenal attack. Meanwhile still seems to be in the change rooms.

Graham lays it off to Radford on the edge of the penalty box.

Graham lays it off to Radford on the edge of the penalty box.

A short pass and Sammels has the ball.

A short pass and Sammels has the ball.

Sammels doesn't waste time and whips the ball into the goals. Sunderland shocked as Arsenal hits the lead.

Sammels doesn’t waste time and whips the ball into the goals. Sunderland shocked as Arsenal hits the lead.

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it took Sunderland half an hour to regain their instinctive play going, something that has served them well all season. Hughes received a long pass from Todd on the edge of the penalty area and on the half volley, equalised for a Sunderland and the world returned to normal.

Within five minutes in the second half Sunderland gained the lead, and Arsenal shriveled back to a battling but unsuccessful opponent, something Sunderland has done to their opponents all season. It was an incredible passing goal, with small short passes intersecting the Arsenal defence, spinning them into a frenzy of confusion until the scorer of the season, Tueart finishing off the move with a regulatory goal.

Baker confidently bounds forward, pushing Arsenal back.

Baker confidently bounds forward, pushing Arsenal back.

Baker gives Hughes a sharp, quick pass.

Baker gives Hughes a sharp, quick pass.

Hughes snaps it to McGiven.

Hughes snaps it to McGiven.

McGiven automatically with a one touch to Kerr.

McGiven automatically with a one touch to Kerr.

Kerr splits the Arsenal defence with a pass to Tueart.

Kerr splits the Arsenal defence with a pass to Tueart.

Tueart scores to give Sunderland the lead.

Tueart scores to give Sunderland the lead.

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Baker finished off the scoring when he trapped a long ball from Ashurst, turned and shot truly into the top left corner. Another sublime goal, from a team who have been scoring such goals for fun this season. the Sunderland juggernaut continues as Arsenal trundle away, defeated, from Roker Park.

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