February 2016

West Ham 1-0 Sunderland

West Ham extended their unbeaten home run to 13 games with a win over Sunderland, who missed the opportunity to climb out of the relegation zone.

Michail Antonio’s first-half goal, his fifth in 15 starts for the club, proved the difference.

The forward weaved into the box and struck low into the bottom corner of Vito Mannone’s goal.

Jack Rodwell had the ball in the net for Sunderland in the second half but he handled it in the build-up.

Substitute Rodwell also saw a second effort go over the bar after a superb last-ditch tackle from Hammers full-back Sam Byram, while Andy Carroll’s volley smashed off the cross bar at the other end.

It means Sam Allardyce’s side remain second from bottom on 23 points, one behind Newcastle and Norwich.

West Ham move up to fifth place on 43 points – their highest total after 27 Premier League games.


Sunderland 2-1 Manchester United.

Sunderland boosted their Premier League survival hopes with a deserved victory at the stadium of light.

Wahbi Khazri put the strugglers ahead after three minutes with a free-kick from the left that eluded everyone.

Anthony Martial levelled after he clipped the ball over Vito Mannone, who had parried Juan Mata’s shot.

But the Black Cats won it when Lamine Kone’s header from Khazri’s corner went in via a deflection off David de Gea to dent United’s top-four bid.

Sunderland’s win takes them to within one point of rivals Newcastle and safety after a game inspired by manager Sam Allardyce’s January signings.

Tunisia forward Khazri made his first Premier League start in their last game, a 2-2 draw with Liverpool where he assisted Jermain Defoe’s equaliser.

And the signing from Bordeaux was inspired again, scoring early on against United with a free-kick which Defoe stepped over to bamboozle United’s defence and De Gea.

And their winner – while credited as a De Gea own goal – was all thanks to the powerful header from Kone, a signing from Lorient.

De Gea got a touch, with Martial appearing to hit the ball off his own keeper on the way in.

A massive boost for the Black Cats.

Thousands of Liverpool fans walked out of Anfield in protest at ticket prices as struggling Sunderland came from 2-0 behind to secure a crucial point.

Roberto Firmino headed the Reds in front after James Milner’s clever cross before the goalscorer turned provider to allow Adam Lallana to tap home.

Fans were pouring out when Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was beaten by Adam Johnson’s curling free-kick.

Jermain Defoe completed the comeback after finishing from 10 yards.

Sunderland remain four points from safety and have now gone 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet, longer than any other side currently.

The Black Cats still have to host Manchester United, Leicester City, Arsenal and Chelsea in addition to facing relegation rivals Newcastle and Norwich away.

However, Sunderland overcame the early loss of striker Duncan Watmore, who hobbled off injured, to claim a point that did not seem likely after Lallana’s 70th-minute goal put Liverpool 2-0 in front.

Allardyce spoke in his post match press conference and said:  “You think your day is over when you are 0-2 down at Anfield. But we fought back with two quality goals and got a point by not giving up. It was never say die until the end.”

The result came as a precious point for the boys in red and white.

Can Sunderland survive relegation and stay in the premier league?

With 13 games remaining and a maximum of 39 points to play for, can Sunderland avoid relegation and stay in the premier league?

For years now Sunderland have just about made it to safety and last year in particular just avoided the drop with an unexpected point away to Arsenal in the second last game of the season.

Sunderland fans question every year why their team continue to struggle and try and still are trying to identify the underlying problem which leaves the side unable to progress up the league.

Whether it be a frequent change of manager, lack of quality signings or the problem lying with the board, its important for this team and set of fans to stick together and keep this great club in the premier league.

The game against Manchester city on Tuesday night left fans disappointed and after a really positive performance against a world class City side, maybe some confidence has been brought back to the side. However at this stage good performances has to mean the team goes out and gets all three points.

The next two games against Liverpool and Manchester United are the biggest of the season for me. Teams around us are playing each other and in two weeks time we could be looking at a big gap separating us from safety.

The game on Saturday against Liverpool I feel we have to go there and really go out with purpose in our play and set up with our new January transfers on show.

This great club and its fan base should not be playing anywhere else but the premier league. Lets get behind our team and play our part as fans. Haway the lads!!

Sunderland 0-1 Manchester City

Sunderland beaten by Sergio Aguero after the Argentinian won the game for the citizens.

Sergio Aguero poked home a lucky cross goal ball from Jesus Navas.

Lamine Kone headed wide with a free header not long after.

Billy Jones forced a brilliant save from Joe Hart who made sure a sluggish City won the game.

Sunderland are now four points adrift of safety after an excellent performance against a City side who didn’t deserve a point never mind three.

New boys Jan Kirchoff started in the CDM role and Lamine Kone started at CB. Both players were absolutely excellent on the night and Kirchoff especially showed no signs of nervousness after his debut at White hart lane.

The Black cats pressed and pressed for the full 9o minutes as City sat back with two banks of four in their own half.

Sam Allardyce’s side can, however, take pride in their display, and only a Nicolas Otamendi header on the goal line in injury time denied them a deserved point.

Wahbi Khazri and Dame N’doye came onto the field late in the game and played well but just lacked the final goal.

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