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December 2015

Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool

Sunderland unlucky not to win against Liverpool with Christian Benteke’s finish proving to be the winner.

Benteke netted early in the second half, running on to Adam Lallana’s pass to neatly net from inside the area.

Vito Mannone made a stunning save to tip Liverpool midfielder Roberto Firmino’s shot on to a post before pushing away the Brazilian’s header.

Jermain Defoe forced Simon Mignolet into an excellent save, but Sunderland have now lost their past five games.

Fabio Borini also went close against his former side, shooting straight at Mignolet and striking an effort narrowly wide.

The home side were looking to get out of the relegation zone with a win.

Sunderland fans were left frustrated, with the lack of intensity in there side.

Liverpool looked nervous throughout and could have easily lost the game but instead won through an undeserved Christian Benteke goal.

 

Manchester City 4-1 Sunderland

Manchester City added to Sunderland’s misery after smashing them 4-1.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring by heading in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross.

The lead was doubled through Yaya Toure’s low 20-yard drive before Wilfried Bony headed in another de Bruyne delivery.

The brilliant Belgian calmly scored before Fabio Borini’s consolation, as Bony skied a penalty later on.

Sunderland did little to trouble a rampant City side and remain in the bottom three.

 

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland

Sunderland were beaten comfortably by Guus Hiddink’s new team but Jose Mourinho’s exit still remained the talking point.

Branislav Ivanovic’s towering fifth-minute header put Chelsea on the way and victory was effectively confirmed against the struggling Black Cats when Pedro pounced on a loose ball before half-time.

Guus Hiddink, confirmed as Chelsea boss until the end of the season hours before the game, watched from the stands alongside former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and club owner Roman Abramovich as Oscar added a third from the spot after Costel Pantilimon fouled Willian.

Fabio Borini scored his first goal of the season but it was too little too late for the boys in red and white.

Chelsea

  • 13 Courtois
  • Ivanovic
  • Zouma
  • 26 Terry
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • Fàbregas Substituted for Mikel at 71′minutes
  • 21 Matic Booked at 88 minutes
  • 22 Willian
  • Oscar Substituted for Ramires at 82′minutes
  • 17 Pedro
  • 19 Diego Costa Substituted for Remy at 76 minutes

Substitutes

  • Begovic
  • Baba
  • Ramires
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Traore
  • 18 Remy
  • 24 Cahill

Sunderland

  • Pantilimon Booked at 48 minutes
  • Jones
  • 22 Coates Substituted for Johnson at 23′minutes
  • 16 O’Shea Booked at 89 minutes
  • 15 Kaboul
  • van Aanholt
  • 20 Toivonen Substituted for Borini at 45′minutes
  • 21 M’Vila
  • Rodwell Booked at 62mins
  • 41 Watmore Substituted for Graham at 79′minutes
  • 18 Defoe

Substitutes

  • Borini
  • 11 Johnson
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 19 Graham
  • 24 Yedlin
  • 25 Mannone
  • 26 Fletcher
Referee:Roger East
Attendance:41,562

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Odion Ighalo’s early goal gave Watford their third successive win and left Sunderland stuck in the bottom three.

Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon.

Sunderland took time to find a response but dominated the second half.

Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell forced good saves from Heurelho Gomes but the Hornets hung on for a victory that moves them up to seventh in the table.

Sam Allardyce highlighted the importance of keeping the Watford front boys, Ighalo and Deeney quiet before the game in his pre-match press conference.

Sunderland finished strongly, firing a succession of crosses into the Watford box and creating several second-half chances.

Another loss for the Black Cats were an early goal has cost them dearly.

Sunderland

  • Pantilimon
  • 24 Yedlin Substituted for Rodwell at 19 minutes Booked at 60 mins
  • 22 Coates
  • 16 O’Shea
  • Jones
  • van Aanholt
  • Borini Substituted for Johnson at 57 minutes
  • 20 Toivonen
  • 21 M’Vila
  • 41 Watmore
  • 26 Fletcher Substituted for Defoe at 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • Rodwell
  • 11 Johnson
  • 12 Matthews
  • 17 Lens
  • 18 Defoe
  • 19 Graham
  • 25 Mannone

Watford

  • Gomes
  • Nyom
  • 15 Cathcart
  • Britos
  • 16 Aké
  • 29 Capoue
  • 23 Watson
  • 22 Abdi Substituted for Guédioura at 69 minutes
  • Deeney
  • Jurado Substituted for Anya at 76 minutes
  • 24 Ighalo

Substitutes

  • 10 Oularé
  • 14 Paredes
  • 17 Guédioura
  • 20 Berghuis
  • 21 Anya
  • 32 Diamanti
  • 34 Arlauskis
Referee:Graham Scott
Attendance:43,989

Arsenal 3-1 Sunderland

Arsenal flattered by result after tough clash against Sunderland.

Joel Campbell scored the first after slotting home a Mesut Ozil through ball. Sunderland hit back before half time through an Olivier Giroud own goal. Giroud scored Arsenals second and Aaron Ramsey got the winner in stoppage time to make it 3-1.

Arsenal looked to find some form with a win at home, where as Sunderland were in fine form after two wins and two clean sheets on the bounce against Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

 
The game started with Sunderland on the front foot and Fabio Borini saw his chance go just wide, he should have done better.

 
Sunderland continued to press but defended solidly when required. The solidarity was broken when Ozil slid Campbell in behind Deandre Yedlin who failed to react quickly enough and the ball was expertly slotted home by the Arsenal youngster.

 
The black cats saw more and more of the ball and equalised from a free kick out on the left, put in his own net by Giroud. The away side fully deserved to be going in level at half time.

 
The second half was no different, with Sam Allardyces men continuing to press and arguably having the best chances once again, however on the break Olivier Giroud hit back in the right net this time and made it 2-1.

 
With the lads in red and white disheartened and looking to salvage something from the game, Ramsey made it 3-1 in stoppage time.

 

A very much undeserved loss for Sunderland who will take lots of positives from the 90 minutes.

 

PLAYER RATINGS.
Sunderland Starting 11
Costel Pantilimon: 6
Deandre Yedlin: 7
Younes Kaboul: 7
John Oshea: 6
Sebastian Coates: 6
Patrick Van Aanholt: 7
Fabio Borini: 5
Yann M’vila: 7
Ola Toivonen: 7
Duncan Watmore: 7
Steven Fletcher: 7

Substitutes:
Jack Rodwell: 5
Jeremaine Lens: 6
Adam Johnson: 6

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke City

Sunderland AFC 2-0 Stoke City
Watmore winner takes Sunderland out of relegation zone.

Patrick Van Aanholt scored his first ever Premier league goal and Sunderland’s first with a Johnson lay off free kick. Duncan Watmore got his second first team goal after finishing past Jack Butland.
The Black Cats looked to build on their last game away to Palace where they won 1-0 and played excellently.
The fans around the stadium remembered Marton Fulop who sadly passed away a week prior to the game. Fulop played for both sides and will be sadly missed by all.
The home side started excellently applying pressure to the Stoke back four.
Sunderland again set up in their 3-5-2 formation (5-3-2) which has worked well in previous outings. However, Jon Walters broke free from the centre backs and latched onto an Eric Pieter’s cross, only to be denied by Costel Pantilimons brilliant save.
The second half quickly came about when Ryan Shawcross was sent off after a second yellow card, bringing down Duncan Watmore who again had an immediate impact after coming on for the injured Jermain Defoe.
Sunderland fans began to see a possible win in sight as the team applied relentless pressure to Mark Hughes side.
The breakthrough came with a superb left footed finish from Van Aanholt into the bottom left corner, Jack Butland stood no chance.
Stoke failed to create many chances and the game was finished off by Duncan Watmore, smashing home Deandre Yedlin’s through ball.

An excellent performance from Allardyces men for the second game running who are now out of the bottom three.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland
Jermain Defoe scored after Scott Dann’s mistake earned Sam Allardyce’s men all three points

Defoe scored through a Dann failed clearance in the final ten minutes. Palace created very little throughout the 90 minutes.
The Black cats went into the game looking to re-create the same score-line one year previous to this game and to also get there first away win of the season.

Big Sam sent his men looking to defend and hit Crystal Palace on the counter attack. The game plan was to slot into a 3-5-2 when in possession and defend solidly back into the 5-3-2 formation that Allardyce seems keen on.

Palace set up as they normally do at home in a 4-3-3 formation with the wingers looking to play a big part throughout the 90.
Alan Pardew’s men saw a lot of the ball in the opening 15 minutes but created very little in terms of goal scoring opportunities.

The only real chance in the first half came from a Palace attack when Connor Wickham looked to set up one against his old team.
The second half came around with little to talk about in the first, which would please Sunderland fans.

Sunderland had defended tremendously throughout the full game and what seemed like a nothing ball got played over the top, only for Scott Dann to make a mess of and Sunderland striker Defoe to nestle into the back of the net with his left foot.

Three points away at Palace would be massive and Sunderland fans knew that just ten minutes separated them from a possible season changing victory.

The lads in red and white continued to defend brilliantly with Kaboul, Oshea and Coates at the heart of it.

Duncan Watmore chased the ball ever since coming on early in the first half and almost benefited from doing so after coming close in stoppage time.
The game was over and a deserved three points went to Sunderland, who will look to build on the victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

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