- New Zealand defender scores late
- Sunderland continues struggles
- USMNT’s Gooch subs on late
West Ham United dominated visiting Sunderland but looked destined for a frustrating draw with the lowly Black Cats at Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
That’s when Winston Reid stepped in, belting a shot through traffic in what could only be described as the final ticks of stoppage time to give the Hammers a 1-0 win.
Sunderland remains dead last with two points, while the Hammers are 15th with 10 points.
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Referee Bobby Madley denied a pair of penalty appeals in the early moments, and one — a blocking foul just outside the six — was almost certainly valid enough to give the Hammers a chance from the spot.
West Ham was simply better for the entire first half, but their finishing continued to elude the Olympic Stadium set. Simone Zaza was emblematic of their problems, very strong but without goal (just missing an acrobatic bicycle kick just before half).
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Sunderland had the first chance of the second half, with Adrian called on to parry a hard shot from outside the 18.
Otherwise the half was almost exclusively West Ham, and Reid ripped a Dimitri Payet — who else? — pass through traffic for the win.
American midfielder Lynden Gooch came on for the final quarter hour.