Arca cuts down limp Forest
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sunderland beat Forest at The Stadium of Light thanks to two early goals.Sunderland beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 thanks to early goals from Julio Arca and Stephen Wright to leave Joe Kinnear's side still looking for their first win of the season.
Full of confidence after Saturday's 4-0 thrashing of Gillingham, Sunderland made a lightning start and effectively had the points wrapped up inside the first 11 minutes.
Stephen Elliott had already gone close with a diving header when Arca set Sunderland on their way in the fourth minute, beating Paul Gerrard with a left foot strike after being unselfishly picked out by Marcus Stewart.
Forest could have equalised immediately when Marlon King found himself in space eight yards from goal, but he could only fire his volley wide of the target.
Jon-Olav Hjelde limped out of the action after just six minutes to be replaced by Chris Doig, and Forest's defence were left standing five minutes later when Dean Whitehead swung in a corner and Wright powered a header past Gerrard.
The visitors were creating nothing, with David Johnson and King largely anonymous and their talented midfield playmaker Andy Reid a mere passenger.
At the other end, they were tormented by Stephen Elliott, the striker Mick McCarthy picked up from Manchester City in the summer.
Sunderland will find out on Wednesday how much they will have to pay for the 20-year-old, who was unlucky not to add to his three goals on only his third start for his new club.
Twice he was denied by Gerrard as he turned away from Forest defenders, and he then had a close range effort deflected wide after Wes Morgan blocked Whitehead's shot on the line.
Carl Robinson almost added a third goal for Sunderland 16 minutes from time, but his shot crashed to safety off a post, and Sunderland were never troubled, as they strolled to victory.