West Ham 0-0 Sunderland: Big Sam can’t shake sack shouts after disappointment at Upton Park (video)


An open match somehow ended 0-0 as Sam Allardyce failed to quiet the doubters and pick up points against fellow relegation candidates Sunderland in a 0-0 draw.

With many expecting home supporters expecting a result against Gus Poyet’s struggling side, West Ham were maybe even lucky to get a point as they repelled a number of Sunderland attacks.

It was a bright, exciting start for both sides, with everyone knowing what’s at stake and no sign of what was to come at the end.

Maiga had an early chance inside five minutes, but having received service in the box he skied it over Mannone’s net.

West Ham continued to push forward early, with Mohammed Diame finding Maiga with a cross, and his header to the far post was almost turned in by Matt Jarvis.

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West Ham were poor, but Jozy Altidore also missed a few good chances for the visitors.

Sunderland also then just after missed as well, with Jozy Altidore pushing wide after having been fed through onsides.  The American probably should have done better, with the angle not helping him but no defenders in the way.

Neither side had much in the first thirty minutes following that chance, but on 35 minutes Phil Bardsley, with three goals in his last six matches from central defense, clattered the crossbar with a brilliant effort from distance that nearly tucked into the corner.

The first chance of the second half fell to Jozy Altidore, as Ki Sung-Yueng laid off for Jozy, but his driving effort was just deflected away by a defender.

West Ham responded with pressure, Upton Park giddy with every touch by Ravel Morrison. The youngster got some space at the top in the 55th minute but his shot was saved.  A few minutes later an acute effort from Diame went into the side netting as West Ham were boosted by the home fans.

The game opened up a bit, with chances on both ends, but all attacks proved wasteful as nobody could fool the opposing goalkeepers.

Sunderland’s point moves them four away from Fulham in 19th place, and West Ham climb out of the relegation zone as well with their share of the spoils, but between the performance and expectations it’s disappointing for the home side for sure.


West Ham – Jaaskelainen; McCartney, Tomkins, Jarvis (Collison 56′), Maiga; Morrison, Noble, Collins, Demel (O’Brien 58′), Diame; J.Cole (C. Cole 75′).

Sunderland – Mannone; Celustka, Bardsley (Dossena 82′), Brown, O’Shea; Cattermole, Ki, Larsson, Giaccherini; Borini (Johnson 72′), Altidore (Fletcher 73′).

Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.