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Premier League
Saturday, 15th April 2017

Sunderland 2
West Ham United 2

by Staff Writer

They may be two of the Premier League's poorest sides based on recent form, but at least Sunderland and West Ham managed to produce a reasonably-entertaining affair at the Stadium of Light.

However it will be the home side who leave the happier of the two, having secured a point thanks to Fabio Borini's 90th-minute equaliser.

West Ham, who are probably still one win away from securing Premier League safety following a dreadful recent run thought they'd done enough to secure all three points after Andre Ayew's first half effort was complemented by James Collins' first goal since the opening day of the season.

However Khazri's equaliser - direct from a corner, with 'keeper Darren Randolph in no man's land - cancelled out Ayew's fifth minute opener, before Borini secured a point for the league's bottom side, who remain nine points adrift of safety with just six games left to play.

The point takes West Ham above Burnley - who were beaten at Everton this afternoon -
into 13th place in the table. We'll have a full match report for you soon...

West Ham Utd: Randolph, Byram, Fonte, Collins, Masuaku, Kouyate, Fernandes, Snodgrass (Nordtveit 81), Lanzini, Ayew, Carroll.

Subs not used: Adrian, Cresswell, Feghouli, Fletcher, Calleri, Rice.

Goals: Ayew (5), Collins (47).

Booked: Byram (70, 90+6).

Sent off: Byram (90+6).

Sunderland: Pickford, Jones (Borini 88), Manquillo (Kone 89), Denayer, O’Shea, Gibson, Khazri, Cattermole (Januzaj 77), Ndong, Anichebe, Defoe.

Subs not used: Mannone, Pienaar, Rodwell, Kone.

Goals: Khazri (26), Borini (90).

Attendance: 40,168.

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Player Ratings

Darren Randolph
Barely tested but his walkabout in the first half could have proved costly.

Sam Byram
Improving – a run in the position helps but he has a way to go yet.

Aaron Cresswell
Good cross for the goal but continues to give the ball away far too much.

James Collins
At one point in the game he had a ten yard start on his man and still lost the race. . Lovely bloke and all that but you can see why he doesn’t get picked unless there are injuries.

Jose Fonte
Not having a regular partner doesn’t help but neither does stupid challenges made after 80 seconds.

Cheikhou Kouyate
Failed to track runs from the deep too often.

Andre Ayew
Our half-time discussion included the phrase “What is Ayew for?”. Neither striker nor midfielder and I’m struggling to remember any contribution of note.

Robert Snodgrass
Poor. Should have scored.

Andy Carroll
Best defender. Best attacker. Like Lanzini he can hold his head high.

Manuel Lanzini
If we were going to do anything it was likely to come through him and Carroll. Probably the classiest player on the pitch in a match bereft of much in the way of class.

Sofiane Feghouli
Blind alleys seem to be a speciality.


Edimilson Fernandes
(Replaced Snodgrass) Made about as much impression as Snodgrass who he replaced.

Arthur Masuaku
(Replaced Cresswell) Largely responsible for the winner because he was mouthing off at everyone else rather than concentrating on his own job.

Jonathan Calleri
(Replaced Kouyate) Although I’m not sure there would have been much point in bringing him on any earlier, the game had gone by the time he did arrive.

Adrian San Miguel Del Castillo
Did not play.

Havard Nordtveit
Did not play.

Mark Noble
Did not play.

Ashley Fletcher
Did not play.

Match Facts

Referee: .

Attendance: 0.

Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini.

West Ham United

Darren Randolph, Sam Byram, Aaron Cresswell, James Collins, Jose Fonte, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andre Ayew, Robert Snodgrass, Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Sofiane Feghouli.

Goals: Andy Carroll 18                  .

Booked: Jose Fonte  Andy Carroll         .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .


Boruc, A.Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Fraser (Mousset 85), Arter, Gosling, Pugh, King, Afobe (Wilshere 85).

Substitutes: .

Subs not used: Allsop, Cargill, B.Smith, Gradel, Ibe.

Goals: King (31, 48, 90).

Booked: Pugh, Afobe, Gosling, Cook.

Sent Off: None sent off..

Staff Writer's Man of the Match: Manuel Lanzini

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