- Shawcross sent off in 2nd half
- Van Aanholt, Watmore on target
- Sunderland out of drop zone
- Stoke lose for first time in four
Sunderland beat 10-man Stoke City 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday to lift themselves out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Ryan Shawcross getting sent off for two yellow cards early in the second half changed the game as the Black Cats took advantage with late goals from Patrick Van Aanholt and Duncan Watmore sealing the win.
Sam Allardyce‘s side have now won back-to-back games and sit outside the relegation zone on 12 points. Stoke remain in midtable on 19 points.
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Early on Jermain Defoe sent a shot just wide after good play between him and Seb Larsson, as Sunderland were patient in attack and solid at the back.
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For the remainder of the first half Stoke pushed for the opener and went close on two occasions. Erik Pieters sent a teasing ball into the six-yard box and Costel Pantilimon saved superbly from Jonathan Walters as the Potters looked certain to take the lead. Charlie Adam had an effort which landed on the top of the net, while Defoe had to come off injured with what looked like a hamstring issue.
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In the second half Stoke were immediately up against it with Shawcross shown a second yellow card for bringing down Watmore. In truth, it looked like he got some of the ball but Stoke’s skipper was sent off and the Potters were down to 10-men.
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Geoff Cameron came on to try and help shore up the defense but Jack Butland denied Jeremain Lens and Sunderland poured forward with Allardyce’s men smelling blood. In the 82nd minute the opening goal arrived as a quick free kick made it to Van Aanholt and he rifled the ball past Butland to make it 1-0. Relief at the Stadium of Light.
Watmore — dubbed “The Ginger Messi” by locals — then struck to double the lead as he latched onto DeAndre Yedlin‘s long throw and drilled home to secure back-to-back wins for Allardyce’s side.