January 2016

Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

Patrick van Aanholt continued his impressive run of scoring as Sunderland came from behind to draw against relegation rivals Bournemouth.

The Cherries dominated the opening half-hour and took the lead through Benik Afobe’s diving header.

But Sunderland hit back through Van Aanholt, who collected Fabio Borini’s through ball and rifled past Artur Boruc.

Lewis Grabban had a great chance to win it for Bournemouth but fired wide.

Sunderland fans were unhappy with certain substitutions made: Rodwell came on for Lens and Watmore on for Borini.

Fans made it clear that they felt the substitutes were negative with certain sections of the Stadium of light booing.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce: “After their goal went in, there were 20 minutes where we hung on, but we stopped them scoring, which we haven’t done recently. We’ve gained a result from going a goal behind, and that shows a bit of character from the players. They overcame their fears and came back strongly.

“It’s a precious point. We’ve showed a lot of nerve to come through our bad spell and if we continue like that we’re going to be fine.”


Spurs 4-1 Sunderland

Sunderland were brought back down to earth after being on the end of a white hart lane hammering.

Patrick van Aanholt gave the Black Cats the lead against the run of play but Eriksen levelled as Lee Cattermole failed to clear on the goalline.

Mousa Dembele fired Spurs ahead before Eriksen’s 25-yard shot deflected in off Sunderland debutant Jan Kirchhoff.

Harry Kane then converted a penalty after Kirchhoff fouled Danny Rose.

Tottenham remain fourth in the Premier League, while Sunderland drop a position to 19th following Newcastle’s win over West Ham.

Dutch left-back Van Aanholt, who netted against Swansea on Wednesday, beat Hugo Lloris at his near post from Adam Johnson’s pass to give Sunderland an underserved lead.

Spurs were level within 91 seconds as Lee Cattermole could only deflect Eriksen’s shot into the roof of the net on the goalline after Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford – making his Premier League debut – saved from Kane.

Dembele’s low left-foot shot gave Spurs a 2-1 lead and they noticeably relaxed from that point, stretching away thanks to Eriksen’s second and Kane’s 12th league goal of the season.

Jan Kirchoff came under scrutiny after a very poor premier league debut.

Local lad Jordan Pickford was the Sunderland man of the match even after four goals rippled the back of his net.

Swansea 2-4 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick to win the game for Sunderland as Swansea question referee controversy.

Defoe pounced on Lukasz Fabianski’s mistake to score, but Swansea equalised with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty.

Kyle Naughton was controversially sent off for a foul on Yann M’Vila but Andre Ayew put the Swans ahead by half-time.

Patrick van Aanholt’s deflected shot levelled and Defoe struck twice to secure a second successive league win.

Sunderland have now leapfrogged arch rivals Newcastle into 18th in the Premier League table, just one point and one place below Swansea.

Despite Defoe’s heroics, it was referee Graham Scott who found himself as the centre of attention, with doubts hanging over three of the six goals as well as the seemingly harsh dismissal of Naughton.

Joining the select group of Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger, Harry Redknapp and David Moyes, Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce became only the fifth manager to reach 450 Premier League games.

Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa

Sunderland won this relegation six pointer and boosted their Premier League survival hopes as they ended a run of five straight defeats with a win over bottom side Aston Villa.

The hosts took the lead against the run of play when Patrick van Aanholt’s low 20-yard shot deflected wickedly off Micah Richards and into the net.

A brilliant acrobatic volley from Carles Gil levelled after the break, before Jermain Defoe’s low strike.

Defoe added a late third, leaving Villa with no wins in 18 league matches.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce described the match as the “biggest of the season” and his players looked to be affected by nerves as they let Aston Villa dominate early on.

The Black Cats went into the game seven points adrift of safety, and you could see why as they continually gifted the visitors possession.

Only Vito Mannone’s low save from Jordan Veretout kept things level until, against the run of play, Van Aanholt’s shot deflected off Richards to leave goalkeeper Brad Guzan wrong-footed.

The hosts knew only a win would do and, after Gil’s stunning equaliser, Defoe stepped forward to give the Black Cats new hope and move them to within four points of safety.

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