Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool
Last Updated: Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:11
Nicklas Bendtner's second-half goal secured the points for Sunderland in a scrappy contest where goalmouth action was at a premium.
The on-loan striker netted on 57 minutes to provide a rare highlight in a game that will not go down long in the memory.
John O'Shea went the closest to finding the back of the net in the first half, the former Manchester United man seeing a glancing header go just wide early on.
Elsewhere Bendtner's shot from a corner lacked power and was comfortably collected by Pepe Reina. At the other end Liverpool's best chance before the break saw Dirk Kuyt drag a shot wide from 25 yards.
The entertainment didn't improve in the second half although Jack Colback tried his luck from distance, his powerful left-foot drive flying the wrong side of the post.
It looked as though neither side would score until Fraizer Campbell unleashed a low shot which came back off the post where Bendtner was on hand to tap the ball home.
Kenny Dalglish brought on Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard as the visitors chased a goal but, although Gerrard brought Mignolet into rare action with a 20-yard effort, Liverpool couldn't find an equaliser.
The result sees Liverpool stay in seventh spot, while Sunderland move up to eighth.