Sunderland 0-1 Southampton
Dusan Tadic’ penalty sealed three points for Southampton after Yann M’vila mistake kept Sunderland in the Relegation zone.
Dusan Tadic converted his penalty in the 69th minute after an unnecessary sliding tackle from Yann M’vila.
Sunderland failed to create any chances and Southampton continued to pressurise the Sunderland back four.
Sam Allardyce’ men looked to bounce back after the previous weekends 6-2 humiliation by Everton.
Sunderland started the game with a 4-4-1-1/4-4-2 and resorted to the direct ball from kick off.
The Black Cats struggled to get any foothold on the game through the first half and the relentless pressure from Southampton didn’t end up in a goal, luckily for the lads in red and white.
The home side continued to pump balls forward towards Fletcher, who did continue to flick the ball on but with no support, was left frustrated throughout the game.
Just before the 70th minute, Yann M’vila decided to dive into Ryan Bertrand, who had little control of the ball and was going nowhere, leaving referee Mike Jones with no option but to point to the spot. Sam Allardyce was left with his head in his hands after another individual mistake.
Dusan Tadic smashed his penalty bottom corner leaving Costel Pantilimon with no chance at all.
Steven Fletcher was taken off for Jack Rodwell, leaving Sunderland fans frustrated, demonstrated by certain areas of the Stadium of Light booing Allardyces decision.
Sunderland did press for an equaliser but struggled to create any clear cut chances.
More trouble for Sunderland who now go into the international break looking to forget the result and look to move on against Crystal Palace on Monday night football.