Sun­der­land blank Stoke

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Sun­der­land 2

Stoke 0

Two goals in two min­utes late in the game gave Sun­der­land a 2-0 vic­tory over Stoke City yes­ter­day that took the Black Cats out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone. Dutch for­ward Pa­trick Van Aan­holt and English young­ster Duncan Wat­more scored in­side the fi­nal 10 min­utes to pun­ish 10-man Stoke who had Ryan Shawcross sent-off for two book­ings. The re­sult moved Sam Al­lardyce’s men above north-east ri­vals New­cas­tle United and out of the Premier League’s bot­tom three. But un­til Shawcross’s dis­missal, Stoke had been the bet­ter side and had cre­ated the clearer chances.

A tepid first half saw Sun­der­land lose striker Jer­main De­foe to a thigh in­jury around the half-hour mark. Mo­ments later, Stoke al­most went ahead but Cos­tel Pan­til­imon pro­duced a mirac­u­lous save from Jon Wal­ters’s close range shot. Just as the half drew to a close, Char­lie Adam went close for the visi­tors but glanced his header over the bar. Sun­der­land had en­joyed plenty of pos­ses­sion but looked tooth­less up front. That all changed, though, af­ter Shawcross’s 47th minute send­ing off as he re­ceived a sec­ond yel­low for trip­ping Wat­more, hav­ing been booked in the first half for a foul on Steven Fletcher.

That was the cue for Sun­der­land to turn the screw and Stoke goal­keeper Jack But­land had to make two saves in quick suc­ces­sion from Yann M’Vila and a Se­bas­tian Coates header. But 10 min­utes from time, the away side’s re­sis­tance crum­bled as Van Aan­holt sent home a screamer from 25 yards. Two min­utes later, Wat­more broke free down the right af­ter a de­fen­sive er­ror be­fore drilling home low across goal. That gave Al­lardyce a third win in six games since re­plac­ing Dick Ad­vo­caat and strength­ened the feel­ing around the Sta­dium of Light that they have the right man­ager to beat the drop this sea­son.— AFP

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