Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sunderland v Hull - story of the match

Sunderland's Victor Anichebe is making the right impression.
Sunderland's Victor Anichebe is making the right impression.

Victor Anichebe was Sunderland's hero as they completed back-to-back Premier League victories despite the Stadium of Light briefly failing to live up to its name.

Anichebe's double after Jermain Defoe's had racked up his 150th Premier League goal sealed a priceless win over fellow strugglers Hull and gave the Black Cats, who had Papy Djilobodji sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time, renewed hope of dragging themselves out of trouble.

However, they were left sweating when the floodlights went out, prompting a unscheduled nine-minute second-half break.


"I'll be astonished if Djilobodji lasts the 90 minutes here. He's already on a booking and he's having one" - Press Association Sport reporter Damian Spellman saw the dismissal coming in the first half.


Victor Anichebe's arrival at the Stadium of Light was greeted by indifference when David Moyes handed him the opportunity to revive a career which had stalled. But inside a matter of weeks since he regained match fitness, Anichebe has established himself as a fans' favourite with his powerhouse displays and emphatic finishing, with the latest a timely reminder of what he can do.


He does not need too many chances to find the back of the net - and that is probably just as well in this Sunderland team - but Jermain Defoe was once again not found wanting when presented with his opportunity. Running on to Duncan Watmore's 34th-minute flick-on, he still had a lot to do, but neither Curtis Davies nor Michael Dawson could deny him as he homed in on David Marshall's goal and fired into the bottom corner.


David Moyes had to wait a long time for his first Premier League win as Sunderland boss, and the prospect of a second in succession was very appealing. Imagine his horror, then, when the Stadium of Light of all grounds was plunged into darkness by a power cut with 49 minutes gone, although his fears were eased when the club's own generator kicked in and play was able to resume after a nine-minute break.



Jordan Pickford 7

Billy Jones 7

Papy Djilobodji 4

Lamine Kone 6

Patrick van Aanholt 7

Jason Denayer 7

Paddy McNair 6

Didier Ndong 5

Duncan Watmore 7

Victor Anichebe 7

Jermain Defoe (Capt) 8


John O'Shea (for Denayer, 90+3 mins) 6

Donald Love (for McNair, 90+8)


David Marshall 6

Sam Clucas 7

Michael Dawson (Capt) 6

Curtis Davies 6

Jake Livermore 6

Josh Tymon 5

Ahmed Elmohamady 6

Ryan Mason 6

Markus Henriksen 6

Robert Snodgrass 7

Dieumerci Mbokani 7


Jarrod Bowen (for Tymon, 79 mins) 6

David Meyler (for Mason, 88 mins) 6


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