Sunday 18 February 2018

Sunderland v West Ham - Story of the Match

Sunderland manager David Moyes needed a win
Sunderland manager David Moyes needed a win

Fabio Borini came off the bench to grab a Premier League lifeline as Sunderland rescued a point in dramatic fashion.

The Italian snatched a 2-2 draw with 10-man West Ham seconds after being introduced as an 89th-minute replacement for the injured Billy Jones, who was carried from the pitch on a stretcher while being given oxygen, although it may prove to be too little, too late for the Black Cats and manager David Moyes.

Opposite number Slaven Bilic was left fuming after seeing his side twice pegged back after taking the lead through Andre Ayew and James Collins in front of a crowd of 40,168 at the Stadium of Light with Wahbi Khazri, starting for the first time since October 29, scoring direct from a corner in between.


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Wahbi Khazri: Has had to wait patiently to remind the Sunderland faithful of what he can do and the fact that he produced a man-of-the-match display having been ignored for so long by Moyes did not go unnoticed by the fans. It was he who kept the home side ticking even when they were in arrears and he was rewarded with a remarkable goal.


When you have not scored in 11 hours and 41 minutes of Premier League football, any goal is welcome and it was fitting that Sunderland's first arrived in bizarre style. West Ham keeper Darren Randolph may want to avoid Match of the Day after seeing Khazri's corner sail over his head and inside the far post.


Randolph's day on Wearside went from bad to worse. Having already allowed Khazri's corner to clear him and drop inside his far post, he then fumbled a high ball and punched it straight to Borini to hand him a second equaliser on a plate.



Jordan Pickford 6 (Out of 10)

Billy Jones 5

Jason Denayer 6

John O'Shea (Capt) 6

Javier Manquillo 6

Lee Cattermole 6

Didier Ndong 5

Wahbi Khazri 8

Victor Anichebe 6

Jermain Defoe 5


Adnan Januzaj (for Cattermole, 76 mins) 6

Fabio Borini (for Jones, 87 mins) 7

Lamine Kone (for Manquillo, 89 mins) 6

West Ham

Darren Randolph 4

Sam Byram 7

Jose Fonte 6

James Collins 7

Arthur Masuaku 6

Robert Snodgrass 6

Edimilson Fernandes 7

Cheikhou Kouyate 7

Manuel Lanzini 6

Andre Ayew 7

Andy Carroll (Capt) 6


Havard Nordtveit (for Snodgrass, 81 mins) 6

Jonathan Calleri (for Ayew, 90 mins) 6


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