Jer­main De­foe ends Sun­der­land woe

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Jer­main De­foe’s sec­ond­half penalty gave 10-man Sun­der­land their first win at the 11th at­tempt in the Pre­mier League this sea­son as they beat Bournemouth 2-1 away yes­ter­day.

The 34-year-old for­mer Eng­land striker’s sixth goal of the sea­son-against a team where he spent a pro­duc­tive sea­son on loan as an 18-year-old scor­ing 18 goals for them-com­pleted the Black Cats come­back.

Ryan Gosling had put the hosts a goal up in the first-half be­fore Vic­tor Anichebe lev­elled only for for­mer South African in­ter­na­tional Steven Pien­aar to be sent off but it was the Black Cats who had the fi­nal say through De­foe.

Sun­der­land move on to five points but stay bot­tom be­cause of a worse goal dif­fer­ence than Swansea who host Manch­ester United to­day. Vic­tory also en­sures Sun­der­land will not go on to earn the tag of worst start to a Pre­mier League league start. The shared it with Manch­ester City, who be­gan the 1995-96 sea­son in iden­ti­cal fash­ion be­fore los­ing their 11th match 6-0 against Liver­pool.

The hosts made a crack­ing start as the Sun­der­land play­ers looked as if the only thing they learnt on their visit to the Nis­san car fac­tory this week was how to op­er­ate re­verse gear as they were on the back foot from the start. Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Harry Arter pro­duced a su­perb long range ef­fort in­side the first five min­utes but Sun­der­land’s young goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford saved su­perbly.

How­ever, he could do noth­ing about Gosling’s goal as he con­verted via his stom­ach a great cross by Adam Smith for his third goal of the cam­paign. Pick­ford kept his side in the game as he pulled off an­other ter­rific stop from Joshua King who had been set up by the im­pres­sive Ju­nior Stanis­las. The Sun­der­land fans must have seen some­thing that the rest of the on­look­ers had missed for their ren­di­tion of Bob Mar­ley’s “Don’t worry about a thing, ev­ery lit­tle thing’s gonna be all right,” proved pre­scient as the Black Cats drew level.

De­foe teed up Anichebe and he turned smartly in the area hold­ing off Si­mon Fran­cis and fired the ball past Ar­tur Boruc.

Sun­der­land’s tails were up and a fine sweep­ing move in­volv­ing Anichebe and De­foe led to Paddy McNair whip­ping in a cross which was turned in by Dun­can Wat­more only for it to be ruled out for off­side. Sun­der­land con­tin­ued in the same vi­brant form in the sec­ond-half only for their mo­men­tum to be halted as Pien­aar was sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

Pick­ford then pre­vented the Cher­ries tak­ing the lead as he de­nied Eng­land mid­fielder Jack Wilshere a goal on his 100th Pre­mier League ap­pear­ance.

How­ever, the game swung back in Sun­der­land’s favour when Smith brought down Anichebe and De­foe slot­ted home the re­sult­ing penalty with 16 min­utes re­main­ing and end­ing Boruc’s run of three saved spot kicks. Bournemouth threw ev­ery­thing at the Sun­der­land de­fence, sub­sti­tute Benik Afobe should have done bet­ter on two oc­ca­sions whilst Pick­ford once again came to his team-mates’ aid with a stun­ning save from Joshua King at close range. —AFP

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