Sun­der­land putting dark days be­hind them af­ter Hull win

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football - BY NEIL ROBIN­SON/

Dark­ness de­scended on the Sta­dium of Light half­way through Sun­der­land’s game with Hull City.

But for once, it was noth­ing to do with the foot­ball as David Moyes’s side ne­go­ti­ated a tricky 10-minute stop­page for a power fail­ure to beat their fel­low strug­glers 3-2 and move off the bot­tom of the ta­ble for the first time this sea­son.

There was cer­tainly no dim­ming Vic­tor Anichebe, who scored twice to take his tally to three goals in two games. “I thought he was im­mense to­day - prob­a­bly even bet­ter than he was at Bournemouth (when he scored in a man-of-the-match dis­play),” said Moyes. “Vic­tor has got this ca­pa­bil­ity. He needs to be loved, and I think the sup­port­ers will help him be­cause he is en­joy­ing it at the mo­ment. “He is a hand­ful on his day. He is a re­ally pow­er­ful boy and we just have to keep him fit. If he adds goals to it, as he is just now, he is a ter­rific player.”

With Jer­main De­foe also weigh­ing in with his sev­enth goal of the sea­son, Sun­der­land have a strike force which might once again spring the sort of rel­e­ga­tion es­cape act with which their sup­port­ers are so fa­mil­iar.

But Moyes was just as grate­ful for the ac­tion at the other end, where keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford de­nied Hull with an­other as­sured dis­play.

“I thought he was just about av­er­age to­day. It was just what I ex­pect from him,” joked Moyes. “His per­for­mances and some of the saves he’s made in the last two games have been un­be­liev­able. And we’ve needed him. We needed him to­day as much as we needed the two cen­tre for­wards.”

The win was par­tic­u­larly wel­come af­ter a dif­fi­cult week, in which in­flu­en­tial mid­fielder Lee Cat­ter­mole was ruled out un­til well into 2017 fol­low­ing surgery on a per­sis­tent hip in­jury.

/REUTERS

Sun­der­land’s Vic­tor Anichebe with man­ager David Moyes.

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