De­foe hits mile­stone in Sun­der­land win

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SUN­DER­LAND: Jer­main De­foe scored his 150th Premier League goal yes­ter­day as Sun­der­land climbed off the foot of the ta­ble with a 3-0 win over fel­low strug­glers Hull City, in a match held up by flood­light fail­ure. The for­mer Eng­land striker fired Sun­der­land ahead on 34 min­utes at the in­ap­pro­pri­ately named Sta­dium of Light be­fore Vic­tor Anichebe struck twice in the sec­ond half to seal a sec­ond straight win for David Moyes’s side.

The re­sult moved the Black Cats above Swansea City, who drew 1-1 at Ever­ton, but they are still three points from safety. Hull re­main in 18th place and have lost seven of their last eight games un­der Mike Phe­lan.

De­spite be­ing less than a third of the way through the sea­son, the im­por­tance of Satur­day’s clash was clear to both sides, who will likely face a long bat­tle against rel­e­ga­tion. Anichebe shrugged off a rib in­jury sus­tained in the 2-1 win at Bournemouth last time out to re­tain his place in the Sun­der­land side, while Robert Sn­od­grass re­turned for Hull, who handed a Premier League de­but to 17-year-old de­fender Josh Ty­mon.

Sun­der­land goal­keeper Jor­dan Pick­ford, who had yet to keep a clean sheet this sea­son, turned be­hind an early shot from Dieumerci Mbokani, with his op­po­site num­ber David Mar­shall for­tu­nate not to con­cede a penalty af­ter clat­ter­ing Dun­can Wat­more.

Sam Clu­cas forced Pick­ford into an­other save low down, but De­foe gave Sun­der­land the lead with a typ­i­cally clin­i­cal fin­ish.

The 34-year-old latched onto a flick-on from Wat­more and ghosted past Cur­tis Davies and Ahmed El­mo­hamady be­fore guid­ing past Mar­shall for his sev­enth goal of the cam­paign.

Anichebe al­most added a quick-fire sec­ond when his ef­fort flashed just wide, while Wat­more drew a smart save from Mar­shall be­fore the match was de­layed for 10 min­utes at the start of the sec­ond half when there was a black­out in the sta­dium.

When the lights came back on Ryan Mason spurned a chance to equalise af­ter Sn­od­grass broke away down the left, and Anichebe made them pay by drilling in Sun­der­land’s sec­ond on 62 min­utes.

It was the first time the Nige­ria in­ter­na­tional had scored in back-to-back league games since Septem­ber 2012, but Anichebe wasn’t fin­ished.

Af­ter Davies was de­nied bril­liantly by Pick­ford and Pa­trick van Aan­holt twice cleared off the line to add to Hull’s frus­tra­tions, Anichebe pow­ered in the hosts’ third on 84 min­utes.

The only blot to Sun­der­land’s copy book was the late dis­missal of Sene­galese de­fender Papy Djilo­bodji for a sec­ond yel­low card. —AFP

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