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Sunderland 3-0 Hull: Black Cats win six-pointer

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  • 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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Hull had a great chance to equalize as Robert Snodgrass was the instigator and set up Ryan Mason but he dragged his effort wide.

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.

Premier League preseason: Everton, Burnley win; Spurs fall to Juventus

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Four Premier League teams were in action on Tuesday, with two picking up wins and not a clean sheet in the joint.

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MK Dons 1-3 Everton

Ronald Koeman‘s men got goals from Gerard Deulofeu, Ross Barkley and Muhamed Besic, but wasn’t entirely pleased with every facet of their game.

From EvertonFC.com:

“The team, the players, we need to press better. The pitch in some stages of the game was too long. If you press up front, it means the midfielders they need to push up as well and it’s the same for the defenders.”

Bolton 1-2 Burnley

Andre Gray will likely be a well-known Premier League entity when his career is done, and the way he’s playing it could be by the time this season is complete. The Burnley man scored for the fifth time in four preseason games, and Josh Ginnelly also scored for the Clarets.

Barnsley 2-2 Hull City

Adama Diomande and Jarrod Bowen scored as the Tigers stayed unbeaten in preseason play.

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Premier League preseason roundup: Leicester comes from behind, Hull wins, West Ham pegged late

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Leicester City needed a comeback, but they prevailed in their first preseason friendly, a 2-1 victory over League One side Oxford United at Kassam Stadium in Oxford.

The hosts got on the board first with Chris Maguire burying a free kick 14 minutes in. But Leicester City took control from there, and goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and 20-year-old Demarai Gray put the Foxes into a winning position. Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth, Danny Drinkwater and Wes Morgan all featured for Leicester, while new signing Ahmed Musa also logged minutes. 18-year-old hometown kid Hamza Choudhury started next Drinkwater in N'Golo Kante‘s old position.

The Foxes weren’t the only Premier League side on a winning end today as Hull City brushed aside League Two side Mansfield Town 1-0 at One Call Stadium. 20-year old Jarrod Bowen scored the game’s only goal, but there were two other talking points. On the positive side, Peter Odemwingie featured for the Tigers on trial, as the experienced striker looks for a new club. Unfortunately for Hull, captain Michael Dawson was injured, picking up damage to his MCL.

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West Ham went to Austria to take on Czech side FC Slovacko, and put in a positive performance before two late goals pegged them back to a 2-2 draw. Mark Noble bagged a long-range goal and Ashley Fletcher added a header just after halftime to put the Hammers up 2-0, but with Slaven Bilic having taken out most of the regulars as the game wound down, the Slovacko scored twice in the final five minutes.

Middlesbrough is gearing up for a return to the Premier League, but they have some work to do after a 2-1 loss to La Liga club Real Betis in Marbella, Spain. Jordan Rhodes scored his third goal of the preseason in the second half, but it was too little too late after Dani Ceballos and Ruben Castro had put the Spaniards comfortably ahead. The match was quite the step up in quality for Aitor Karanka’s side, having beaten lower-division sides York City and Doncaster so far.

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Burnley came from behind, needing a late goal to draw level with League Two minnows Morecamb, finishing with a 1-1 scoreline. There was plenty of squad rotation, but Morecambe took the lead midway through the second half before Andre Gray brought it back level 10 minutes later.

Finally, Watford downed 2.Bundesliga club Union Berlin 3-1 in Austria behind goals from Etienne Capoue, Troy Deeney and Steven Berghuis. Capoue needed just 13 minutes to put the Hornets ahead, and Deeney bagged one from the penalty spot just before halftime. Odion Ighalo was also bright, assisting Capoue’s opener and nearly scoring soon after.