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Allardyce stews after Sunderland blows late derby lead to Newcastle

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Oh, Sunderland, what has happened to you?

A point at St. James Park on Derby Day is nothing to be ashamed of, but the Black Cats should’ve been free and clear of the drop zone with all three points on Sunday.

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Instead, a late equalizer from Aleksandar Mitrovic gave the Magpies a tie ahead of Newcastle’s trip to 17th place Norwich last week, a side they blasted 6-2 earlier this season.

Outspoken manager Sam Allardyce was not pleased with his team.

“For me, if we don’t start getting these clean sheets it’s going to be a massive problem. We are a team that has to score twice to win. Sadly we didn’t get the second goal and we conceded late on again. We had the chances to put the game to bed, but missed them.

“Second half, I don’t know why we sat in and let Newcastle come at us. Maybe that was the size of the game, but in the end we haven’t done that and it’s two points dropped. We should have won this one. We need four wins from the last eight, so it’s now must-win rather than draw.”

Allardyce made some mind-boggling subs in the final 20 minutes, and it remains to be seen how many were because of injuries. Wahbi Khazri, Jan Kirchhoff and Younes Kaboul were all removed from the game in favor of John O'Shea, Lee Cattermole and Dame N'Doye. Only the Cattermole sub occurred after the goal. Kaboul may’ve been injured.

The Black Cats now stew on this draw over the international break before consecutive home matches against West Brom and Leicester City, then an all-important trip to Norwich City.

Premier League roundup: Leicester, Sunderland results could shake up both ends of table

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Jurgen Klopp said the era of single-team dominance of the Premier League is over, and after another wild day in the league, well, how could we argue?

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Sunderland and Bournemouth boosted their hopes for PL safety while Leicester City opened the door for another team to take the table lead by the close of business Wednesday.

All that and more in our PL roundup.

Norwich City 1-2 Chelsea — RECAP

The Canaries went from zero to panic in 39 seconds after Kenedy buried an early chance to put Norwich City under the knife. Diego Costa made it 2-0 for Chelsea before Nathan Redmond pulled one back for the hosts in the second half. The win moves Chelsea to eighth, five points back of fifth, while Norwich is in 18th thanks to the next game in our rundown.

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace — RECAP

Dame N'Doye‘s first half goal had the Stadium of Light energized for a move out of the drop zone. While that move materialized, a win did not. Palace got goals from suddenly-hot striker Connor Wickham in the 61st and 67th minutes to stun the Black Cats, but Fabio Borini netted a beauty with moments to play to level things up. Sunderland is out of the drop zone on goal differential, but cross-town rivals Newcastle have played two less matches and have the same amount of points. An absolutely massive Tyne-Wear Derby looms March 20.

during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at The King Power Stadium on March 1, 2016 in Leicester, England.
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Leicester City 2-2 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

Tony Pulis loves to put a dent in title bids, and the West Brom boss did it again on Tuesday as the Baggies pulled a point out of King Power Stadium. Leicester City had come back from Salomon Rondon’s early goal to take a lead through Danny Drinkwater and Andy King, but Craig Gardner stayed hot with a curling free kick to ensure the point.

Bournemouth 2-0 Southampton — RECAP

Benik Afobe‘s Cherries career is looking pretty good after the striker capped off a big New Forest Derby win with his second half goal. Steve Cook also scored for Bournemouth on an off-night for visiting Saints. The Cherries are eight points clear of the drop.

Aston Villa 1-3 Everton — RECAP

Romelu Lukaku now has more Premier League goals in a single season than anyone in Everton history after his 17th of the season helped Everton to a 3-0 lead. Rudy Gestede scored for last-place Villa, while Aaron Lennon and Ramiro Funes Mori also scored for Everton. Funes Mori added an assist.

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace: Late equalizer saves Black Cats

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  • Borini strikes late on
  • Wickham with two goals
  • No win in 11 for Palace

Sunderland and Crystal Palace played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday with Fabio Borini’s late equalizer dragging the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.

Dame N'Doye put Sunderland 1-0 up but former Black Cat Connor Wickham struck twice in quick succession around the hour mark to put Palace 2-1 up.

It looked like the Eagles were going to claim their first PL win of 2016 but Borini struck as the clock hit 90 to make it 2-2.

With the point Sunderland move to 17th and are on 24 points, pushing them out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Palace are now without a win in 11 PL games and are on 33 points.

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Palace looked dangerous early on with Wilfried Zaha turning Sunderland’s defense inside out before rifling a shot at the near post which

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Palace went close to taking the lead as Vito Mannone superbly saved Scott Dann‘s header from a corner, with both teams eager to push forward whenever they could. Sunderland were forced into a change as Younes Kaboul replaced the injured John O'Shea.

In an even first half both teams created chances but the Black Cats went ahead in the 36th minute as N’Doye was teed up by Jermain Defoe and his tame shot deflected off Dann and left Wayne Hennessey flat-footed as the ball rolled into the net. 1-0 to the Black Cats.

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Palace were level after 61 minutes as Yannick Bolasie set up Wickham who rifled in for this third goal in two games. 1-1 at the Stadium of Light and Palace deserved to be level.

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Wickham then doubled his and Palace’s tally in the 67th minute — to make it foru goals in two games for the English striker — as a corner was nodded down into his path and he volleyed home with his left foot. 2-1 and the Eagles had turned the game on its head.

Lee Cattermole took a blow to his head which saw him cut his left eyebrow open and force a short delay, as Sunderland pushed hard for an equalizer late on.

That finally arrived in the 90th minute as substitute Borini fired home into the far corner from a ridiculously tight angle to make it 2-2. Emmanuel Adebayor tried his best to put Palace back in the lead but the scores finished level and Sunderland, momentarily, climbed out of the bottom three.

Premier League at the half: Goals, goals everywhere; Leicester leads (Watch live, stream links)

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Goals, goals everywhere in the Premier League as all five games have seen scoring, with the relegation picture in flux at four PL stadiums.

Leicester City 2-1 West Bromwich Albion – NBCSN [STREAM]

Salomon Rondon’s early goal was met with loud support for an equalizer from the King Power Stadium crowd, and Danny Drinkwater continued a rough week for Jonas Olsson by booting a shot off the West Brom defender and into the goal. Then Riyad Mahrez backheeled a diagonal cross out of their air in a incredible piece of skill, and Andy King gave it the finish it deserved to give the PL leaders a halftime lead.

Aston Villa 0-2 Everton – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Ramiro Funes Mori and Aaron Lennon are ensuring that this home match at Villa Park doesn’t give much hope to the last place Villans.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace 
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Dame N'Doye has boosted Sunderland out of the drop zone while making sure Palace knows its winless 2016 is making relegation a realistic option. Will the Eagles answer?

Bournemouth 1-0 Southampton
 – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Steve Cook has been with the Cherries since their League One days, and he’s scored a goal that could help them stay in the Premier League beyond this season in the New Forest Derby.

Norwich City 0-2 Chelsea – Premier League Extratime [STREAM]

Kenedy scored off an Eden Hazard feed after just 39 seconds to put Norwich’s relegation fears in the passenger seat quickly at Carrow Road. Diego Costa scored before halftime to increase the problems for hosts Norwich.

Sunderland 2-1 Man United: Huge win for Black Cats; dark day for Van Gaal

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  • Black Cats 1 point from safety
  • Wahzri scores 1st for Sunderland
  • United six points off top four

Sunderland beat Manchester United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light as two January signings made the difference in a huge win for the Black Cats.

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Wahbi Khazri gave Sunderland the lead early on but Anthony Martial equalized before half time with a superb finish. In a second half which Sunderland edged, Lamine Kone headed home late on (the goal later went down as a David De Gea own goal) to send the home fans wild.

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With the three points Sunderland move to within one point of safety on 23 points following Sam Allardyce‘s first-ever home win against United, while the Red Devils stay six points off the top four and Louis Van Gaal‘s tenure is becoming increasingly untenable.

A frantic start saw Sunderland take the lead with Khazri scoring less than 10 minutes into his home debut to put the Black Cats 1-0 up.

The Tunisian playmaker whipped in a harmless looking free kick from the left which went towards Defoe and as he attempted to flick the ball goalwards but missed, the skip off the service deceived De Gea and nestled into the far corner.

Less than 15 minutes in Sunderland had to make a change as defender Jan Kirchhoff was forced off with a hamstring injury and Jack Rodwell replaced him. Anthony Martial continued to be United’s brightest attacking talent as Rooney couldn’t quite get on the end of his teasing cross.

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As half time approached Sunderland looked dangerous on the break with Khazri curling a shot over and then having a penalty appeal turned down after his shot struck Morgan Schneiderlin‘s arm in the box. At the other end Juan Mata sent a harmless shot towards goal which Vito Mannone saved easily.

Before the break United also had to make a change with Donald Love coming on for his debut and replacing the injured Matteo Darmian. Moments later USMNT international DeAndre Yedlin — who had been dealing with the threat of Martial well — was first booked for blatantly diving and trying to win a free kick, then United were level. Mata’s shot was saved by Mannone by Martial lost Yedlin and delicately dinked the ball home. 1-1. Game on.

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In the second half United looked to take control but Sunderland had a great chance to go ahead when Patrick Van Aanholt got behind Love and his cross almost found Jermain Defoe but Daley Blind‘s last-ditch tackle denied him.

A big chance arrived for Sunderland just after the hour mark when Dame N'Doye was set free but De Gea’s outstretched leg denied him to keep the scores level.

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United regrouped and increased the pressure late on as Mata’s shot was blocked well by Rodwell, Chris Smalling had a header deflected wide and then Memphis sent a shot right at Mannone after good work from the impressive Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Kone then rose highest in the 83rd minute and headed home Khazri’s corner from the right which a combination of De Gea and Martial couldn’t clear. 2-1 to the home side.

Memphis then forced Mannone into a fine stop and had another effort blocked by John O'Shea late on but United couldn’t grab an equalizer and the “Van Gaal out” brigade is growing stronger by the day.