Reid’s stop­page-time win­ner adds to Sun­der­land strife

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Win­ston Reid’s 94th-minute goal en­abled West Ham to grasp a last­gasp 1-0 win over Premier League base­ment club Sun­der­land at the Lon­don Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

De­feat left Sun­der­land still search­ing for their first league win of the sea­son. But it had ap­peared the north­east club would at least come away with only their third point of the cam­paign and a first clean sheet af­ter sur­viv­ing some early pres­sure from the Ham­mers.

But in the fourth minute of added-on time all that changed when New Zealand de­fender Reid shot through a crowded penalty area to give the Ham­mers just a sec­ond win at their new home fol­low­ing the east Lon­don club’s move from Up­ton Park. For­mer Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes had set Sun­der­land up to de­fend and they all but in­vited the Ham­mers to at­tack them. As a re­sult, the hosts cre­ated sev­eral chances early on, Si­mone Zaza go­ing close with two head­ers be­fore play­maker Dim­itri Payet curled a shot just wide.

The French­man then evaded sev­eral Sun­der­land de­fend­ers obnly to be de­nied by a good save from Black Cats goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford. Zaxa then played in Manuel Lanzini but Lamine Kone, cov­er­ing back, blocked the Italy striker’s ef­fort.

Payet was un­lucky not to put the Ham­mers in front shortly be­fore the halfhour mark when his low shot beat Pick­ford only to hit the post.

Even­tu­ally, Sun­der­land cre­ated chance of their own as for­mer Ham­mers striker Jer­main De­foe gave Adrian his first save of the match. Zaza, on the stoke of half-time, man­aged an ac­ro­batic over­head kick fol­low­ing John O’Shea’s half-clear­ance but the shot flew well wide of Pick­ford’s goal.

De­spite a largely one-sided open­ing 45 min­utes, Sun­der­land had an ex­cel­lent chance to break the dead­lock early in the sec­ond half.

A de­fen­sive mix-up left Wahbi Khazri one-one-one with Adrian, but the Span­ish keeper was quickly off his line to block.

West Ham con­tin­ued to have the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion with­out truly test­ing Pick­ford and there was frus­tra­tion for the home side when Ham­mers sub­sti­tute Ash­ley Fletcher made a mess of a re­turn pass fol­low­ing an­other fine run by Payet.

But just when a draw looked as­sured, West Ham snatched all three points. A later cor­ner was played short by Payet and. hav­ing re­ceived a re­turn pass, he squared the ball to cen­tre-half Reid who, in one stylish move­ment, turned on the edge of the box and struck a low shot through a crowd of legs and be­yond Pick­ford. — AFP

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