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Top of The Shots: Best Sunderland Goals From Central Midfield

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We take a look at the best goals scored for Sunderland by those in the middle of the park.

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Deployed in a number of positions, ranging from the all-important anchor to that creative spark further up that pitch just behind the strikers, we've seen some great central midfielders here.

We've also seen them score some wonderful goals for the club, often popping up with an all so crucial one for the lads.

So much so, it's almost impossible to condense the candidates vying to join the best goal scored eleven.

Therefore, you lucky sods have another jumbo package to watch and choose from this week, featuring a couple derby belters too.

Last week, a tight vote finally saw Bolo Zenden run out victorious with 32% of the votes, which makes him our first midfielder into the team.

Who will be the next two? Watch them all and pick your favourite in the poll below.

The contenders:

David Vaughan v Newcastle

Topping off a wonderful day at the Sports Direct Arena, Vaughan controlled Stephane Sessegnon's pass, after a great run by the Benin international, and smashed the ball into the top right corner to send the fans, players and Di Canio into delirium.

Sean Thornton v Chelsea

His first goal for club after signing from Tranmere in the summer, the special talent that was Sean Thornton smashed in this wonderful volley to open the scoring against Chelsea back in April 2003.

Dean Whitehead v Man City

In the latter stages of the the 07/08 season with the lads still trying to confirm Premier League survival, Dean put the lads back on level terms with this technically beautiful goal after an unjust City penalty allowed Elano to put the visitors ahead.

Lee Cattermole v West Brom

Just because it was so unexpected and, well, Lee Cattermole. The opening day of the season, Lee gave us an early lead with his second goal for the club.

Stefan Schwarz v Arsenal

In a one-one draw at the SoL back in 2001, the Swedish midfielder equalised against his former employers with this wonderful goal after a Nwanko Kanu goal put the visitors ahead late in the first half.

Liam Miller v Middlesbrough

2-1 down in the 89th minute in the Tees-Wear derby, up stepped Liam Miller to volley the lads back on level terms with this unstoppable strike.

Stephane Sessegnon v Fulham

Messi and Pele rolled into one, Sess scored his best for the club down at Craven Cottage, which secured an important three points for the lads.

Kevin Ball v Chelsea

Fondly remembered, Bally scored a beautiful diving header in a 3-0 win against Chelsea at Roker Park in 1996.

Craig Gardner v Swansea

Facing a Brendan Rodgers' team, which were "great for the public here at Sunderland to see", apparently, Gardner gave the Swansea fans something to saviour as he completed the scoring in a 3-1 win.

Claudio Reyna v Leicester City

The American had a day to remember as he scored two fantastic strikes to down the Foxes at the Stadium of Light back in 2002. After only three minutes, Claudio left the marking defender for dead with deft right foot touch before volleying the ball with his left past Ian Walker in the Leicester goal.

Which was the best strike from the lot above? Pick your favourite below!

Next week we take a look at the finest goals scored by our right midfielders. Got any standout goals scored from right midfielders? Tweet me your suggestions: @djroberts22