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.