Saturday 18 October 1969
Sunderland 3 (Hughes 34, Tueart, 51, Baker 82)
Arsenal 1 ( Sammels 2)
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.
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 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.