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Top of The Shots: Sunderland's Greatest Goal Scored XI

We unveil the best goal scored eleven, as voted by you, the Roker Report readers.

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Have you ever wanted to see a Sunderland line up selected solely by the greatest goals scored by players donning the red and white stripes?

Of course you have, and over the past eight weeks we've brought you a vast number of fantastic goals scored by the Black Cats to pick and choose from to create such a team.

From last minute equalisers to out of the blue wonder-strikes, the team is cram-packed with some of the most memorable moments in the history of Sunderland.

So, without further adieu, here is your Sunderland AFC ‘Best Goal Scored 11'.

The team:

Goalkeeper: Mart Poom.

In goal, it could have only been one person. The big Estonian rose up like a salmon to head the lads back on level terms in the 90th minute, seconds after Ian Taylor had given the Rams the lead. It so happened that this was the first visit back to the previously named Pride Park for Poom after he officially departed the Derbyshire club for the lads back in 2003.

Left Back: Kieran Richardson.

Moved into a left wing back-esque role, Kieran impressed the on-looking, newly appointed Martin O'Neil with this wonderful counter-attacking goal, which saw Richo run the entire length of the pitch to put the lads ahead.

Right Back: Nedum Onuoha.

Dribbling around the defending champions, Nedum's unexpected slalom gave the lads a deserved opener in one of the club's greatest victories. On loan from Manchester City for the season, Nedum kindly left this behind for Sunderland fans to cherish for decades to come.

Centre Back: Andy Melville.

Andy wrapped up the three points in a 3-1 victory with this technically brilliant finish. Struck with the inside the right foot, placed in the top corner and against his former employers, the goal had it all.

Centre Back: Gary Bennett.

One of only a few positive moments of the 90/91 season, Gary produced a moment of magic in the 89th minute to secure the three points against Manchester United.

Left Midfield: Boudewijn Zenden.

In probably one of the craziest games at the SOL since its opening, which saw disallowed goals, penalties galore and Michael Jackson dances, Bolo scored one of the greatest goals the stadium will ever see. A volley of utter perfection from the Dutchman finally sealed an impressive 3-1 win against Spurs.

Right Midfield: Carlos Edwards.

From the banks of the wear, Carlos smashed us into the lead and effectively the Premiership with this, well, simply indescribable counter attacking strike against Burnley.

Centre Midfield: Lee Cattermole.

With an exciting vibe around Sunderland heading into the new season, the lads started in a great way thanks to a rare and exquisite strike by Lee, Lee, Lee Cattermole.

Centre Midfield: David Vaughan.

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.

Striker: Jermain Defoe.

Making it five in a row against the nearest and dearest, Jermain Defoe scored an emotion-triggering goal that secured a crucial three points in the clubs quest for Premier League survival.

Striker: Kevin Phillips.

In a revenging victory against Chelsea, the big and little man combination of Niall Quinn and Kevin Phillips saw Sunderland take a four-nil lead into half time. Within the goal fest, Super Kev smashed in one of the greatest goals scored at the Stadium of Light.

So there we have it, this is your 'SAFC's best goal scored XI', chosen by you!

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