West Ham's Mohamed Diame scores the winner. Picture credit:  Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

West Ham’s Mohamed Diame scores the winner. Picture credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Sunderland remain four points adrift in the relegation zone after struggling to overhaul a physical West Ham side. 

Andy Carroll opened the scoring for the visitors with a header nine minutes in. Then Mohamed Diame doubled the Hammers lead early in the second half .

Adam Johnson clawed one back for the Black Cats on the 65th minute but Sunderland struggled to summon up an equaliser.

Gus Poyet’s side have only won three home matches in the Premier League this season and although they have games in hand on all the teams around them, their next four matches are against teams in the top six of the league.

So it was vital Sunderland got something from this game. And they started the game with a real sense of urgency, just what’s needed in a relegation battle. But it was the former Newcastle man Carroll who drew first blood.

Carroll rose above John O’Shea and Wes Brown to power his header into the far corner.

West Ham’s number nine was involved again for the second. Carroll did well to challenge Brown and provide the knock down for Diame to find the bottom corner.

This prompted Poyet to bring on Johnson who replaced Cattermole in the 53rd minute. Johnson provided a much needed boost to the Sunderland performance and he got his reward when he cut in from the right and curled his effort just out of the reach of Adrian into the top corner.

However, Sunderland failed to find an equaliser with Connor Wickham and Nacho Scocco both missing golden opportunities to save the Black Cats.

Full time: Sunderland 1 v West Ham 2



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