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After what until now has been a quiet and disappointing first season in the Premier League, US international Jozy Altidore won a penalty for Sunderland which resulted in the game winning goal as the Black Cats pulled off a huge 1-2 upset over Chelsea.

Epic. Sunderland found themselves down after 12 minutes, and with Chelsea's home record under Jose Mourinho, had little reason to feel optimism. However, Connor Wickham, who had erupted with a brace midweek, was in the right place following a shot by Marcos Alonso which was spilled by Mark Schwarzer, allowing for the easy put back. Chelsea stepped up the attack for the next hour, but Vito Mannone was strong in net, stopping shot after shot. Wickham was replaced by Altidore in the second half, and the American was brought down by Cesar Azpilicueta in the box. Fabio Borini converted and Sunderland held on to take three huge points. They are now 3 points behind Norwich with three home games in their last four against Swansea, Cardiff and West Brom. We may keep the Tyne-Wear derby a top flight affair after all.

Manchester City dropped points in their attempt to close in on their Premier League title-chasing rivals, drawing 2-2 with Sunderland.

Who saw this coming? Rock-bottom Sunderland have been woeful for the past month and looked doomed to another defeat when Fernandinho opened the scoring for Manchester City after just two minutes. However, the Black Cats then put on an excellent showing and their hard work was rewarded with 17 minutes to go, as forgotten man Connor Wickham equalised, before shocking the Etihad by scoring a second goal ten minutes later. The goals looked to have given Sunderland a relegation life-line, but with two minutes left goalkeeper Vito Mannone fumbled Samir Nasri's shot over the line, which earnt City an undeserved draw. A point does neither side much good though, as Gus Poyet's men are set for the drop, while City sit six points behind leaders Liverpool and four behind Chelsea with only one of their games in hand remaining.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 16 - 5:10 PM

Sunderland suffered their fifth straight loss and all but solidified their fate as a relegated club in a 0-1 loss to Everton.

As poor as Sunderland have been and as red hot as Everton has been, there was little hope at kickoff of a positive result from the Black Cats, but they came to play and gave Everton all they could handle. Fabio Borini almost put them ahead in the first half with their best chance of the match, but his shot was cleared off the goal line. In the second half, it was anyone's game until Wes Brown was the culprit in an own goal that gave the Toffees all the points. With other lower table clubs winning today, it would take a miracle now for Sunderland to stay up. Phil Bardsley picked up his 10th yellow card and will now serve an automatic 2 match ban.
Apr 12 - 12:26 PM

Sunderland took another dangerous step toward relegation with a 1-2 loss to West Ham United at the Stadium of Light this evening.

When Gus Poyet took over the Black Cats, the club really began to turn things around and looked to be heading in the right direction to stay in the top flight. Today's loss however gives them one point in their past six matches, and the club looks in as much disarray as ever now. What is especially puzzling is Poyet's use of Adam Johnson, easily their attacking player, by stating him on the bench in recent games. Then, when AJ comes on in the second half, he repeatedly contributes, but his efforts are too little, too late. Sunderland still have eight league games left, compared to the typical six or seven for the other clubs in the relegation fight, but most of the fixtures are extemely difficult. They needed a result today.
Mar 31 - 5:44 PM

After trailing 2-0 during the second half, Gus Poyet turned to his bench for Adam Johnson and Sung-Yueng Ki, and the two would link up for the Black Cats only goal, but it was not enough in a 2-1 loss.

Sunderland had a chance to get earn a result against a less than optimal Liverpool side, but Gus Poyet decided to begin the match with a more defensive approach and kept Adamn Johnson as well as Ki on his bench. The move didnt help for the first 50 minutes as the Black Cats would inherit a two goal deficit before Poyet pulled the trigger. It is a wonder he didn't use them for the full 90, as Johnson corner met Ki's head to get them back in the game. An equalizer never materialized however. Sunderland must defeat West Ham next weekend to afford themselves a chance at avoiding relegation as their schedule gets murderous after that.
Mar 26 - 6:05 PM

Struggling Sunderland have recalled striker Connor Wickham from his loan spell at Leeds as head coach Gus Poyet searches desperately for firepower.

The striker, 20, scored eight times in 11 starts after joining Sheffield Wednesday in November but had not scored in five games for Leeds. Sunderland's main forwards - Steven Fletcher and Jozy Altidore - are injured and out of form respectively, so Gus Poyet may feel Wickham can bring something different. It is worth remembering the Under-21 international was one of the brightest hopes in English football when Sunderland signed him for over £8million in 2011, so there is hope for the young man yet.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 24 - 9:08 AM

Phil Bardsley received a late yellow card in Sunderland's 2-0 loss to Norwich.

Bardsley disappointed fantasy managers with -4 fantasy points due to the late yellow card. Sunderland have been very inconsistent lately and their players have seen similar results in fantasy. Bardsley's owners will hope he redeems himself in Sunderland's second game of the gameweek when they face Liverpool. The win separates Norwich from the relegation zone and also puts Sunderland in great danger of relegation.
Source: Sky Sports
Mar 22 - 1:31 PM

Steven Fletcher will be missing for Sunderland this weekend due to injury.

Fletcher was hurt in Sunderland's match with Crystal Palace in Week 30 and the tweet from a local journalist suggests he is still being assessed, with the full extent of the injury not expected to be determined until next week. Jozy Altidore will likely start the game at Norwich, although he's in no sort of form so should not be considered for your fantasy team, despite the fact the Black Cats play twice in Week 31.
Source: Twitter
Mar 20 - 11:50 AM

Sunderland are awaiting scan results of the ankle Steven Fletcher injured in the Black Cats match with Crystal Palace over the weekend to determine how long the striker will be sidelined.

It has been a tough season for Fletcher and Sunderland strikers in general, as his three goals are second only to Adam Johnson on the team, while Jozy Altidore has amassed just one. A prolonged absence for Fletcher would give Altidore a chance one more time to find some form before the upcoming World Cup, though January signing Ignacio Scocco may get an opportunity instead as Gus Poyet will probably have little confidence in the American at this point.
Mar 18 - 11:48 AM

Crystal Palace remain three points clear of fellow Premier League strugglers Sunderland after a goalless draw at a windy Stadium of Light.

In difficult conditions, Fabio Borini went closest to breaking the deadlock for Sunderland when his second-half shot struck the post, while Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi had his side's best chance but smashed his shot wide when it seemed easier to score. Both sides remain deep in trouble, but Palace will be the happier of the two after securing a point away from home against a relegation rival.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 15 - 3:03 PM

Leeds United have signed Sunderland striker Connor Wickham on loan until the end of the season.

Wickham is unlikely to get much football at Sunderland before the end of the season, as he finds himself behind Steven Fletcher, Jozy Altidore and Fabio Borini in the striking order of merit. He had a successful spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, scoring eight times in 11 starts before Gus Poyet recalled him, so he'll be hoping to add to that tally at Leeds. It is worth remembering the Under-21 international was one of the brightest hopes in English football when Sunderland signed him for over £8milliom in 2011, so there is hope for the young man yet.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 27 - 10:38 AM

Vito Mannone marked his return to the Emirates by watching four goals go past him as Sunderland lost 4-1 to the Italian keeper's former club Arsenal.

On a day when Arsenal honored one former player, Dennis Bergkamp, they weren't nearly as kind to another returnee in the form of Vito Mannone. It is hard to blame the goalkeeper given the quality of the defending in front of him. Sunderland allowed two spectacular passing sequences for the first and third goals. The second goal was the result of a telegraphed back pass to Mannone that should never have been made. The final goal was a wide open header from Laurent Koscielny on a corner kick that Mannone was powerless to stop.
Feb 22 - 12:52 PM

Emanuele Giaccherini has said that he is "happy" at Sunderland and does not plan on leaving at the end of the season.

Giaccherini has not featured for the Black Cats in the Premier League since New Year's Day since losing his spot to Fabio Borini. The midfielder was linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light in January, but insists that he is focused on helping Sunderland avoid relegation. However, it will be interesting to see if this is still the case in the summer should he fail to break back in to the starting XI before the end of the season.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 20 - 11:00 AM

Craig Gardner scored a wonderful goal that proved to be the match winner as Sunderland beat Southampton 1-0 in the FA Cup.

Both teams fielded a mixture of starters and backups as it was apparent the FA Cup wasn't their number one priority. Sunderland ended up winning in on a spectacular goal from Craig Garner that came from 25 yards out early in the second half. Sunderland move on to the FA Cup quarter-finals while Southampton get more time to focus on the Premier League.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 15 - 10:45 AM

Sunderland's January arrival Santiago Vergini could gain his first league start against Manchester City.

25-year-old Vergini is set for the ultimate baptism of fire if he is handed his first league start in place of the suspended West Brown. Manchester City's phenomenal attacking power at the Etihad has broken stronger defences than Sunderland's, so the Argentina international and his defensive partner John O'Shea have a huge challenge ahead of them.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 12 - 8:46 AM


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