Thursday 8 December 2016

Allardyce hails vital victory

Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3

Andy Sims

Published 17/04/2016 | 02:30

Duncan Watmore celebrates after scoring the third goal for Sunderland.
Photo: Alan Walter/Action Images via Reuters
Duncan Watmore celebrates after scoring the third goal for Sunderland. Photo: Alan Walter/Action Images via Reuters
Duncan Watmore rounds Norwich's John Ruddy to score the third goal for Sunderland. Photo: Alan Walter/Action Images via Reuters

Sam Allardyce celebrated a "massive" result for Sunderland after they grabbed a survival lifeline at relegation rivals Norwich. Fabio Borini's first-half penalty, and second-half strikes from Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore left the Black Cats just a point from City, and safety, with a game in hand.

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"It's a huge moment for us," said Allardyce. "Dealing with the pressure paid off. Our clinical finishing at the right time put the game to bed and our defending was superb.

"If we'd lost we'd have been seven points behind. Now it's only one, a better goal difference and a game in hand."

These two clubs play for the Friendship Trophy whenever they meet, a tradition stemming back from the 1985 League Cup final between the sides.

But there was nothing amicable about this clash, with tempers boiling over virtually straight from the kick-off after Robbie Brady's challenge sent DeAndre Yedlin head first into the advertising hoardings. Players and staff from both sides squared up in front of the dug-out with Allardyce in the thick of it, which could land both clubs an FA charge.

The breakthrough arrived four minutes before half-time when Andre Wisdom chopped down Borini in the area, allowing the Italian to tuck away the spot-kick.

Sunderland grabbed the second in the 53rd minute when Borini pinged a perfect low ball across goal and Defoe arrived at the far post to tuck away his 16th goal of the season.

The visitors wrapped up victory in stoppage time when Sebastian Larsson played in substitute Watmore for a simple finish.

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