Sunderland - Two goals in two minutes late
in the game gave Sunderland a 2-0 victory over Stoke City on Saturday that took
the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.
Dutch forward Patrick Van Aanholt and
English youngster Duncan Watmore scored inside the final 10 minutes to punish
10-man Stoke who had Ryan Shawcross sent-off for two bookings.
The result moved Sam Allardyce's men above
north-east rivals Newcastle United and out of the Premier League's bottom
But until Shawcross's dismissal, Stoke had
been the better side and had created the clearer chances.
A tepid first half saw Sunderland lose
striker Jermain Defoe to a thigh injury around the half-hour mark.
Moments later, Stoke almost went ahead but
Costel Pantilimon produced a miraculous save from Jon Walters's close range
Just as the half drew to a close, Charlie
Adam went close for the visitors but glanced his header over the bar.
Sunderland had enjoyed plenty of possession
but looked toothless up front.
That all changed, though, after Shawcross's
47th minute sending off as he received a second yellow for tripping Watmore,
having been booked in the first half for a foul on Steven Fletcher.
That was the cue for Sunderland to turn the
screw and Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland had to make two saves in quick
succession from Yann M'Vila and a Sebastian Coates header.
But 10 minutes from time, the away side's resistance
crumbled as Van Aanholt sent home a screamer from 25 yards.
Two minutes later, Watmore broke free down
the right after a defensive error before drilling home low across goal.
That gave Allardyce a third win in six
games since replacing Dick Advocaat and strengthened the feeling around the
Stadium of Light that they have the right manager to beat the drop this season.