Has correct retribution ever been handed out quicker on a football pitch by the forces of fate?
Sunderland were 1-0 up at Wolves on Sunday in the 71st minute when Sebastian Larsson took a dive. A terrible dive. Over the leg of Jody Craddock.
Certain match reports have labelled it a “controversial penalty” or a “theatrical dive.” It was neither. Larsson took a clear dive to win a penalty and managed to fool referee Phil Dowd.
Wayne Hennessey kept Wolves in the game, by saving Larsson’s pretty woeful penalty (perhaps he was feeling guilty?) and just 25 seconds later Steven Fletcher made it 1-1.
And Fletcher’s second goal confirmed the comeback win. Martin O’Neill has plenty of work to do at Sunderland, not least to teach this Swedish midfielder how to stay on his feet.
Related link: Wolves 2 – Sunderland 1 MOTD.