- Borini, Defoe, Watmore score
- PK controversy for first
- Black Cats 1-point from safety
- Big Sam’s men have a game in hand
Sunderland beat Norwich City 3-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday in a massive result against their relegation rivals.
Sam Allardyce‘s side went ahead through Fabio Borini’s penalty kick, then Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore scored in the second half to move them just one point behind Norwich and, crucially, they also have a game in hand.
Norwich remains in 17th place, just one spot above the drop on 31 points, while Sunderland stays in the third and final relegation spot, 18th place, but now moves on to 30 points and their goal difference is seven better. The relegation race just got real.
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A nervous first half saw Norwich begin to have the better chances as first Younes Kaboul deflected a cross towards his own goal which Vito Mannone saved smartly and moments later Jonas Olsson hit a howitzer towards the corner from 35-yards out but Mannone saved again.
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Sunderland looked increasingly dangerous on the break and that’s how they went ahead. Defoe was set free down the right and his cross found Borini at the back post.
The Italian jinxed inside Andre Wisdom and the Norwich defender made a studs up tackle which saw a penalty kick awarded — despite huge complaints from the home fans and the home bench — to Sunderland. Borini stepped up and emphatically slammed home the spot kick. 1-0 to the Black Cats.
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At half time Nathan Redmond came on for Norwich and and Duncan Watmore for Sunderland and the former came inches away from equalizing. Redmond stuck the foot of the post form distance with a superb effort as the Canaries pushed hard to find an equalizer.
Defoe then pounced to make it 2-0 before the hour mark as he and Borini again linked up and the predatory forward slide home at the back post following Borini’s super cross. 2-0.
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Norwich kept pouring forward and Dieumerci Mbokani went down under Kaboul’s challenge but no penalty kick was given, then Lee Cattermole twice cleared off the line from Mbokani after a goalmouth scramble following Mannone’s punched clearance.
Sunderland could have extended their lead with plenty of chances on the break but Redmond was once again denied by Mannone.
Substitute Watmore then scored on his comeback form injury in stoppage time to seal the win. Big Sam was delighted and the Black Cats have breathed new life into their fight against relegation.