English Premiership

Defoe hits milestone in Sunderland win

2016-11-19 20:03
Jermain Defoe (Getty Images)

Sunderland - Jermain Defoe scored his 150th Premier League goal on Saturday as Sunderland climbed off the foot of the table with a 3-0 win over fellow strugglers Hull City, in a match held up by floodlight failure.

The former England striker fired Sunderland ahead on 34 minutes at the inappropriately named Stadium of Light before Victor Anichebe struck twice in the second half to seal a second straight win for David Moyes's side.

The result moved the Black Cats above Swansea City, who drew 1-1 at Everton, but they are still three points from safety.

Hull remain in 18th place and have lost seven of their last eight games under Mike Phelan.

Despite being less than a third of the way through the season, the importance of Saturday's clash was clear to both sides, who will likely face a long battle against relegation.

Anichebe shrugged off a rib injury sustained in the 2-1 win at Bournemouth last time out to retain his place in the Sunderland side, while Robert Snodgrass returned for Hull, who handed a Premier League debut to 17-year-old defender Josh Tymon.

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who had yet to keep a clean sheet this season, turned behind an early shot from Dieumerci Mbokani, with his opposite number David Marshall fortunate not to concede a penalty after clattering Duncan Watmore.

Sam Clucas forced Pickford into another save low down, but Defoe gave Sunderland the lead with a typically clinical finish.

The 34-year-old latched onto a flick-on from Watmore and ghosted past Curtis Davies and Ahmed Elmohamady before guiding past Marshall for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Anichebe almost added a quick-fire second when his effort flashed just wide, while Watmore drew a smart save from Marshall before the match was delayed for 10 minutes at the start of the second half when there was a blackout in the stadium.

When the lights came back on Ryan Mason spurned a chance to equalise after Snodgrass broke away down the left, and Anichebe made them pay by drilling in Sunderland's second on 62 minutes.

It was the first time the Nigeria international had scored in back-to-back league games since September 2012, but Anichebe wasn't finished.

After Davies was denied brilliantly by Pickford and Patrick van Aanholt twice cleared off the line to add to Hull's frustrations, Anichebe powered in the hosts' third on 84 minutes.

The only blot to Sunderland's copy book was the late dismissal of Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji for a second yellow card.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 29 September 2018
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Watford, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Fulham, Goodison Park 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Leicester City, St. James' Park 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 18:30
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Cardiff City v Burnley, Cardiff City Stadium 17:00
Monday, 01 October 2018
AFC Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Vitality Stadium 21:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.