A horrid back-pass allowed Sunderland to take a lead inside the first minute, but Steve Bruce’s side fought back valiantly and earned all three points anyways to pull themselves out of the relegation zone.
Gaston Ramirez scored a sloppy goal and James Chester powered Hull into the lead for good just six minutes after halftime, with substitute Nikica Jelavic scoring one more at the death.
A Hull City mistake less than a minute into the game put the Tigers down yet again incredibly early into the game. A horrible mistake by Curtis Davies saw a back-pass not even make it halfway to goalkeeper Alan McGregor, and Adam Johnson pounced. He strongly shoved Davies aside and swerved his way around the Hull goalkeeper for a tap-in.
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The game was a scrappy one back and forth, but Hull would find its way back. Gaston Ramirez picked up the ball with his back to goal at the top of the box, and one touch got him free to the edge and his shot found a way through. It dipped and bobbed, and the movement causing Costel Pantilimon to produce more of a “falling tree” effect than a legitimate dive, and the ball burbled past his outstretched hands.
Sunderland had a trio of chances as the game neared halftime, all within seconds of each other, but they could not put the ball into the back of the net. Four minutes before the halftime whistle, the ball slammed into Steven Quinn’s face at the top corner of the area, and Sunderland shouted for handball with Quinn flailing his arms.
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As the ball eventually did come in front of the net, McGregor went for a punch but whiffed, and Seb Larsson poked the ball towards the net with his head. But Alex Bruce was there to clip the ball acrobatically over his head as it was trickling towards the line. Gomez then fired a shot just over the bar from distance to end the furious play.
Following the break, Hull completed their comeback by going in front on the road. Just six minutes after play restarted, James Chester connected with a corner at the near post, beating Santiago Vergini in the air to poke home.
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Hull, with more possession, pushed for more. Sone Aluko should have scored while through on goal but his shot was straight at Pantilimon. Nikica Jelavic would put the game away six minutes into extra time as a tiring Sunderland side had little to offer, and it was all she wrote at the Stadium of Light.
The win propels Hull City out of the danger zone, into 17th position and a point above Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Sunderland drop to 14th, three points above today’s opponents and they remain with just one win since the start of November.
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Vergini (Buckley 84′), Jones, O’Shea, Coates, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez (Giaccherini 62′), Johnson, Alvarez (Altidore 62′), Fletcher.
Goals: Johnson 1′
Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Meyler, Brady (Ince 88′), Quinn, Ramirez (Sagbo 78′), Aluko (Jelavic 89′).
Goals: Ramirez 32′, Chester 51′, Jelavic 90+6′