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Dwight Yorke is widely regarded as one of the finest strikers to grace the Premier League.But the former Manchester United and Aston Villa frontman is unlikely to look back too fondly on the last of his 123 top-flight goals.

Yorke was playing for Saturday's opponents Sunderland when he scored that goal – at Goodison Park - but unfortunately for him and the Black Cats it came in a crushing 7-1 defeat.

The Blues were irresistible that day with Yakubu and Tim Cahill running amok in a victory that stands alongside the 1996 demolition of Southampton as their most emphatic Premier League triumph.

And Yorke, now 39-years-old and a regular television pundit, says the result reflected a gulf in class between the sides on that particular day.

"It's my heaviest defeat as a footballer in my entire career, it was one that was a wake-up call for Sunderland." Yorke told evertonfc.com.

"Even though I scored in that game, that was a dismal performance from Sunderland and we didn't play well on the day.

"Everton played well and sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition.”

Yorke's goal that day made it 3-1 just before half time, and the former Trinidad and Tobago international thought he had given Sunderland a route back into the match.

Black Cats boss Roy Keane saw things differently, however, and Yorke was substituted at half-time, and the hosts went on to score another four in the second half.

"Clearly he had a motive that said I wasn't doing my job, when I came off the score was 3-1 and I'd scored at a vital time," explained Yorke.

"You think to yourself maybe 3-1 is not so bad going into the break and I would have gained a lot of confidence from it, but he didn't see it like that and we went on to lose 7-1. Maybe sometimes the manager doesn't always get it right!"

He added: "We made some schoolboy errors and Sunderland at that time were really down on confidence and really struggling in the league, we contributed to Everton scoring all those goals.

"I have fond memories of my footballing career but that has got to go down as one of the biggest disappointments."

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