- Anichebe scores twice
- Defoe on target
- Two wins on spin for Sunderland
- Sunderland three points off safety
Sunderland beat Hull City 3-0 at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as David Moyes‘ boys made it back-to-back Premier League wins.
Jermain Defoe scored in the first half and Victor Anichebe scored twice in the second as Sunderland — who were reduced to 10-men late on as Papy Djilobodji was shown a second yellow card — won a big north east battle and dragged Hull further into the relegation battle.
With the win Sunderland now has eight points on the season, while Hull remains on 10.
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The Black Cats took the lead in the first half via that man Defoe.
He scored his 150th Premier League goal as he took on Curtis Davies and shifted the ball onto his left foot before rifling home. 1-0 to Sunderland as their leading man led by example in the basement battle.
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At the start of the second half a rather bizarre incident halted play as the floodlights failed at the Stadium of Light and the referee Lee Mason took both sets of players off the pitch… but then play was resumed.
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Anichebe then doubled Sunderland’s lead as Patrick Van Aanholt did superbly down the left flank to set up the powerful forward for his second goal in as many games. 2-0. Game over?
Not quite. Jordan Pickford had to deny Snodgrass’ overhead kick and then Pickford and Van Aanholt somehow cleared off the line late on as Hull pushed forward.
That left gaps and Sunderland exposed them with Defoe teeing up Anichebe who rifled home to lift the Black Cats off the bottom of the table. Djilobodji was sent off late in the game for a second yellow following a bad challenge on Jarrod Bowen but nothing could spoil Sunderland’s mood.
Momentum is building for Moyes.