Monday 23 September 2019

Sunderland v Bournemouth - story of the match

David Moyes could not ensure Sunderland escaped the drop
David Moyes could not ensure Sunderland escaped the drop

Sunderland's 10-year stay in the Premier League was ended as Josh King's late winner for Bournemouth confirmed their relegation.

King struck with two minutes remaining at the Stadium of Light to snatch a 1-0 win which finally ended beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes' hopes of masterminding a fifth successive great escape.

The Cherries frontman had earlier been denied by the woodwork as Jermain Defoe uncharacteristically passed up a series of inviting opportunities to grab a lifeline for the home side.


"When Moyes agreed Sunderland would be in a relegation battle this season after only two games, the negative tone was set. Huge misjudgement." - BBC journalist Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) believes the only way was down once Moyes issued that prognosis in August.


King turned in a fine individual display to keep the Sunderland back four on its toes throughout. He was unfortunate to be denied by the woodwork before the break, but did not fluff his lines when presented with his chance to win it at the death.


In a game of little genuine quality, there was one moment which stood out. There seemed to be little on when King picked up the ball wide on the left with 20 minutes gone, but he bent a deft effort over and around stranded Jordan Pickford only to see his effort hit both the bar and a post before dropping neatly into the relieved keeper's arms.


The red and white faithful arrived at the Stadium of Light largely resigned to the club's fate, but hoping against hope and as final few minutes approached, there was still a mathematical chance of survival. But King's strike confirmed relegation and manager Moyes was left to bear the brunt of their anger.



Jordan Pickford 6/10

Donald Love 5

Lamine Kone 6

John O'Shea (C) 6

Javier Manquillo 6

Steven Pienaar 5

Didier Ndong 6

Wahbi Khazri 5

Fabio Borini 6

Victor Anichebe 5

Jermain Defoe 6


George Honeyman (for Pienaar, 55 mins) 6


Artur Boruc 7

Charlie Daniels 6

Simon Francis (C) 6

Steve Cook 6

Adam Smith 6

Marc Pugh 6

Harry Arter 5

Lewis Cook 6

Ryan Fraser 7

Josh King 8

Benik Afobe 6


Junior Stanislas (for Afobe, 57 mins) 6

Lys Mousset (for Pugh, 82 mins) 7

Max Gradel (for Fraser, 90 mins) 6


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