Three Quickfire Goals: Sunderland Have Done It Before

Three goals in the space of a few minutes - it's not something that Sunderland fans get to experience very often! We've been trawling the archives and we've come up with a few times it's happened before.

1. Defiant Dons almost derail di Canio, 2013
Sunderland 4 (Altidore 78, Wickham 86, 89, Johnson 90)
MK Dons 2 (Bamford 7, McLeod 55)
Paolo di Canio's ill-fated Sunderland reign would soon be coming to an end, but not before franchise club MK Dons gave him an almighty scare in the second round of the League Cup. Patrick Bamford saw the Dons take the lead into the break, and McLeod chipped Mannone to leave the Stadium of Light in disbelief. But Altidore's first goal in red and white began a fightback, and two tidy Connor Wickham finishes saw Sunderland take the lead. Johnson's mazy run and finish sealed the victory, di Canio was on his way out soon afterwards, and we were all on our way to Wembley.

2. Goodman blows away Lions, 1992
Sunderland 6 (Hardyman 15, Byrne 55, Goodman 57, 59, 73, Davenport 87)
Millwall 2 (Rae 31, Kerr 82)
Sunderland had endured a mixed start to the Division Two season, including heavy defeats by Oxford, Cambridge, and a 4-1 rout by Millwall at their place. It was time to repay the favour. Paul Hardyman's opener was cancelled out by future Black Cat Alex Rae before half time, but Sunderland tore into their prey in the second half. Byrne and Goodman (twice) blew Millwall away with three goals in four minutes, before Goodman completed his hat trick and sub Peter Davenport completed the rout either side of a Paul Kerr consolation.

3. Five star performance sees off Pirates, 1977
Sunderland 5 (Arnott 18, Greenwood 39, Henderson 47, Elliott 49, Lee 50)
Bristol Rovers 1 (Stainforth 69)
Five goals from five goalscorers. Jimmy Adamson's Rokermen produced as fine an all round team performance as you could ever wish to see to thrash Bristol Rovers. There must have been something different in the half time cups of tea in those days as, already two goals to the good, Sunderland tore Rovers apart with three in four minutes just after the break. A consolation 20 minutes from time couldn't put a damper on spirits, but a few more performances like this would have been welcome - Sunderland finished 6th, twelve points behind promotion in those pre playoff days.

4. Smoggies smashed, 1973
Sunderland 4 (Horswill 25, Halom 53, Hughes 56, Tueart 58)
Middlesbrough 0
Bob Stoke was in the process of transforming Sunderland. The FA Cup is the big story of his reign, of course, but Sunderland were also struggling near the bottom of the Second Division when he came in, and our league form was similarly transformed. Middlesbrough had no answer to a rampant Sunderland attack, Horswill scoring his first goal for the Black Cats before three more in five minutes left the Teessiders reeling.

Were you at any of these games? Any more examples of three quickfire goals? Comment below!
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