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Sunderland waiting until the last possible moment to earn a critical point in the relegation race with a stoppage-time equalizer.

Jermain Defoe proved to be the Black Cats' hero once again after baiting Geoff Cameron into a tackle at the edge of the 18-yard box that was signaled for a penalty. The Premier League veteran stepped to the spot and delivered with a blast into the bottom right corner of the net away from a diving Jakob Haugaard in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time. The goal sealed the 1-1 draw and a point that pulls them one point past Norwich City, who has two games in hand, and into 18th place, just a point behind Newcastle.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 30 - 12:14 PM

Sunderland grabbed a crucial point today that lifts them out of the relegation zone as they put together another solid defensive effort in a 0-0 draw with Arsenal.

Make that three clean sheets in four for the Black Cats as they continue to grind out results in typical Sam Allardyce fashion. The attack had their chances to score with a Patrick van Aanholt free kick clanging off the top corner of the woodwork coming closest. The defense was the story though, as the center back pairing of Younes Kaboul and Lamine Kone limited Arsenal's ability to operate in the final third and what chances the Gunners did create, Vito Mannone did well to stop six shots on target. Sunderland move above Norwich on goal difference and look the favorites to stave off relegation, as they are playing consistently better football right now than the Canaries or the Magpies.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 24 - 11:06 AM

Fabio Borini scored one goal and assisted another to guide Sunderland to a crucial 0-3 win over Norwich City.

A massive day for the Black Cats who, with the win, climb to within a point of Norwich to escape relegation, with a game in hand and a healthy goal difference on the Canaries. It looked anyone's game in the first half but Sunderland made the most of things despite losing the possession battle. Borini was fouled in the box in the 41st minute and converted the penalty himself to score what proved to be the match-winner. Sunderland doubled their lead when they pounced quickly on a dispossessed Seb Bassong and Borini whipped in a fine cross to Jermain Defoe who finished from point blank range. They withstood pressure from Norwich, thanks mainly to fine goalkeeping from Vito Mannone. Duncan Watmore was fed the ball by Seb Larsson at the end of the match to score the final goal of the day.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 16 - 9:42 AM

Sam Allardyce confirmed that Duncan Watmore has returned to the club ahead of schedule and is in contention to return for the weekend.

The Black Cats will surely welcome another attacking option after scoring only two goals in the last four Premier League matches. Watmore suffered the ankle injury two months ago and initial fears suggested the 22-year-old would miss the rest of the season. But the manager was optimistic Watmore could be back to his old self possibly as soon as this weekend: "The roadrunner is back. He’s up and out there, enthusiastic and covering every blade of grass again on the pitch. He gives us a very important alternative to what we already have."
Apr 14 - 4:25 PM

Duncan Watmore is poised for a first team return after re-joining the main group in training this week.

The Sunderland forward damaged ankle ligaments in early February and there were concerns that Watmore would miss the remainder of the campaign. However, following his successful rehab which was free from any setbacks, the 22-year-old is now back amongst the Sunderland ranks. His return means that Sam Allardyce has a fully fit squad to choose from and the Black Cats boss can at least shake things up or rest players accordingly as his side push to secure their top flight status. Seb Larsson, Dame N’Doye and Jeremain Lens in particular will all be hoping for a recall.
Apr 13 - 1:33 PM

Sunderland came up short in their bid to collect points against table-leading Leicester City as their relegation battle gets tougher after a 0-2 loss to the Foxes.

It was never going to be easy for the Black Cats, but to be fair, they made it to halftime with the two sides goalless and looking pretty even. Jermain Defoe and Fabio Borini each had opportunities to find an opener but could not convert their chances or Leicester found ways to break up the play. Once Leicester scored the opener on 66 minutes, it became more difficult for Sunderland to threaten in the final third. They had one great moment to equalize around the 81st minute when the ball fell into Jack Rodwell's path, but he squandered his open look in the box and skied his shot into the stands. Next weekend will be absolutely crucial for Sam Allardyce. Sunderland face Norwich, the club three points above them in the table, as it is shaping up for the final relegated club to be decided between these two sides.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 10 - 10:59 AM

Despite completely overwhelming its opponents, Sunderland could not manage to earn three points at home against West Brom in a 0-0 draw.

The Black Cats took a season-high 22 shots, including seven on target, but West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster denied the relegation candidates on every occasion. Jermain Defoe recorded eight of the shots, but failed to stay in the same form that has carried the club in recent weeks. The only good news from the fixture comes from their first clean sheet in the last 17 Premier League matches. But Sunderland failed to keep up with Norwich City in 17th place after the Canaries defeated Newcastle to pull four points clear of the northeast club, who still has a game in hand.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 2 - 12:35 PM

Emmanuel Eboue's stint at Sunderland has ended nearly as quickly as it began after the defender was banned one year by FIFA.

The ruling arrived early Thursday morning after the FIFA disciplinary committee ruled that Eboue failed to comply with orders to pay his agent in a contract dispute. The Court of Arbitration heard Eboue's appeal after the Ivorian was fined £21,650 in September 2014 but denied his case, allowing FIFA to impose the one-year ban until the defender pays off his debt. The news comes just three weeks after Sunderland signed Eboue to a short-term contract through the end of the season, which the club said they will look to terminate following the ban.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 31 - 7:00 AM

Duncan Watmore could return ahead of schedule and play again before the end of the season as long as the Sunderland forward avoids any major setbacks.

Watmore has been sidelined since damaging ankle ligaments back in February but the 22-year-old -- who has stepped up his rehab in recent weeks -- has targeted a return before the end of April. The news will provide a welcome boost for Sam Allardyce whose side are stuck in what appears to be a three way relegation dogfight. Watmore is the only current long-term injury absentee with Wahbi Khazri and Lamine Kone both pencilled in for a return this weekend following their withdrawal from international duty. New short-term signing Emmanuel Eboue is also over his recent hamstring problem while Younes Kaboul should shake off a minor calf complaint.
Mar 30 - 10:35 AM

Younes Kaboul will be assessed after the Sunderland skipper was replaced on 73 minutes during Sundays’ Tyne – Wear derby due to calf tightness.

Hopefully, Kaboul’s withdrawal was more of a precaution - with John O’Shea sitting on the bench - Sam Allardyce was able to replace his captain before he sustained any serious damage. The 30-year-old has a history of muscular related problems – in particular calf – and a serious strain at this stage would almost certainly end his season. Sunderland find themselves locked in a three way survival battle and with crucial games against Norwich, West Brom and Leicester coming up; Allardyce will need his big central defender for the final run-in.
Mar 21 - 5:09 PM

Jermaine Defoe scored his twelfth goal of the season to put Sunderland in a position to defeat Newcastle United for the seventh consecutive time, but the Black Cats would concede a late equalizer to settle for a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park.

Defoe was left out of the Starting XI last weekend for Sunderland but managed to score from the bench and you have to think Sam Allardyce wanted the veteran striker's experience present for this crucial derby fight. He had a couple of opportunities to score inside the first twenty minutes but skied one over the bar and hit the outer netting of the near post with his other chance. The goal came just before the break when a Wahbi Khazri corner was sent to Fabio Borini who's shot was stopped by Rob Elliot but the effort to clear the ball out of the area fell to Defoe who smashed home on the volley. The Black Cats had one quality chance in the second half to make it 2-0, but a fine save by Rob Elliot kept Newcastle in it. The Magpies would then go on to find an equalizer with under ten minutes remaining. Younes Kaboul had to exit early with what appeared to be a calf injury and will be assessed during the international break.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 20 - 11:39 AM

Sunderland has added some reinforcements to its defense with the signing of free-agent defender Emmanuel Eboue through the end of the season.

The 32-year-old has been training at the club while on trial for the last few weeks after being released by Galatasaray at the end of last season. Prior to moving to Turkey, Eboue spent eight years at Arsenal, where he made 132 appearances. The right-back will add competition to the position with DeAndre Yedlin and Billy Jones splitting time while also providing cover for an oft-injured Sunderland defense (no team outside of the bottom three has given up more goals than Sunderland). The club made space by loaning right-back Adam Matthews to Bristol City in a two-month deal yesterday.
Mar 9 - 1:28 PM

Sunderland confirmed that fullback Adam Matthews has joined Bristol City on a two-month loan the chance to activate a recall clause at any time.

The 24-year-old didn't quite get off to the most promising start to his Premier League career after making only two appearances (one in the Premier League) since his £2million arrival from Celtic this summer. The emergence of DeAndre Yedlin sent the Welshman down the depth chart while the impending signing of Emmanuel Eboue, who is currently training with the club, looked likely to make things worse for Matthews. However, the defender will now head to Bristol City in the hopes of making the Welsh team for this summer's European championships.
Source: BBC Sport
Mar 7 - 6:03 PM

Sam Allardyce expressed concern that Sunderland may be without two regular starters for the weekend match against a struggling Southampton side.

The Sunderland manager has already ruled out Lee Cattermole for Saturday's match at the St. Mary's after suffering a concussion on Tuesday in a draw with Crystal Palace. The midfielder lasted only 16 minutes as a second-half sub before being taken off the pitch and the league's new concussion protocol requires further tests to be taken before a potential return. Meanwhile, John O'Shea could also be missing for the weekend after picking up a calf injury before the half-hour mark on Tuesday. Younes Kaboul came on for the Irish international and will likely start if O'Shea can't go.
Mar 3 - 2:04 PM

Lee Cattermole will miss this weekends’ visit to Southampton after the tough tackling midfielder was forced off against Crystal Palace due to a head injury.

Cattermole started Tuesdays’ game from the bench having made way for Jack Rodwell, but following his introduction on the hour mark, the 27-year-old was replaced 16 minutes later following a clash of heads with Jordan Mutch. Cattermole was left slightly concussed with a deep cut above his left eye ruling him of the trip to St Marys’ on Saturday. Sam Allardyce will also check on fellow midfielder Jan Kirchhoff while defender John O’Shea was replaced because of calf tightness. Younes Kaboul is the player expected to come into the Sunderland back four if the Irishman fails to recover in time.
Mar 2 - 7:11 AM


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