DJ has Black Cats in a spin
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
DJ Campbell was Brentford's hero with both goals in a thrilling 2-1 victory.
DJ Campbell was Brentford's hero with both goals in a thrilling 2-1 FA Cup fourth round giantkilling of Premiership strugglers Sunderland.
The former Yeading attacker troubled the visiting defence throughout with his pace and struck clinically on two occasions to heap more misery on Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy, with the winner coming in the 89th minute.
Julio Arca had hauled The Premiership's bottom side level with a mis-hit centre that deceived Stuart Nelson and the Wearsiders were the better team after that, but Brentford deserved the win based on the overall pattern of the game.
Sunderland were dreadful in the first half, troubling Nelson for the only time just before the interval with a low drive from Dean Whitehead.
The Bees looked the better side, clearly showing more appetite for the occasion, with Isaiah Rankin curling a Ricky Newman pass wide and Kelvin Davis kept busy by a number of shots.
McCarthy's charges were forced to ride their luck but there were few clear-cut openings until the tie improved in the second half. Campbell screwed a shot wide after a Jay Tabb drive deflected off Danny Collins and Sam Sodje headed a corner over the top.
Campbell also shot over after neat work outside the box but Sunderland improved as an attacking force with Liam Lawrence looping a shot off target and Sodje producing a great tackle to thwart Whitehead.
Jonathan Stead, still without a goal for the club he joined in the summer, then spurned the chance of the match by embarrassingly heading Arca's perfect flighted centre wide.
It proved costly as Campbell accepted a Tabb pass, tore past a statuesque Gary Breen and rounded Davis in style to break the deadlock after 57 minutes.
The goal forced McCarthy to replace Stead and Kevin Kyle, who returned from a long-term injury lay-off, with Andy Gray and Anthony Le Tallec, and it was the latter who played a part in feeding the ball to Arca on the left wing. The skilful Argentinian actually misdirected his attempted centre but it ended up in the net, to the delight of the travelling support behind the goal. Sunderland were level with 66 minutes gone.
Davis made a brave save at Lloyd Owusu's feet but Sunderland looked the likelier winners in the closing stages, until Campbell produced his party piece.
A long punt upfield was headed on by Owusu and Campbell again took advantage of hesitancy from Breen to burst through and finish emphatically into the corner of the net. The striker deservedly milked the wild applause and was to be chaired off by jubilant supporters at the end.
Arca did manage one shot in the dying seconds but Sunderland have nothing left but a mountain to climb to avoid relegation to look forward to this season.
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