Sunday, 11 September 2011
Sturridge delighted with 'cheeky' goal
Daniel Sturridge feared Wes Brown would rob him of his wonder goal at Sunderland. The 22-year-old lit up Wearside with the cheekiest of finishes at the Stadium of Light, when he backheeled his 51st-minute shot past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. But, having opted for the outrageous, Sturridge was forced to look on as the ball dribbled agonisingly towards the bottom corner with defender Brown in hot pursuit. However, the former Manchester United man failed to get there in time, much to the striker's relief as his audacity paid off and he avoided a dressing down for not taking a more conventional approach.
Sturridge said "I was hoping he wouldn't get it and I was thinking, 'Oh God, he's got it'. It was a huge moment for it to actually hit the back of the net because I thought he was going to clear it, so I am very happy." Sturridge's chance came from a superb Raul Meireles through-ball as Chelsea turned in a powerful display to ease their way to a 2-1 victory, which was far more comfortable than the scoreline suggested. He said: "It was a great ball from Raul Meireles, great vision from him. I got across the centre-half and saw the keeper coming out, so I went for a little cheeky one and it paid off."