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Summary

  1. Use 'Live Coverage' tab for Radio 5 live
  2. Sunderland's first away win of season
  3. Defoe strikes after mistake by Dann
  4. Palace's Cabaye clears off line
  5. Sunderland now one point from safety

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's pretty much it from us. If you are still hungry for more on Sunderland's win at Crystal Palace then have a look at Saj Chowdhury's match report here.

The Champions League swings back into action tomorrow. Make sure you join us then. Cheerio.

"A fantastic win"

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Still with us? Fancy a few more quotes from Sam Allardyce? Course you do:

"Defensively we were sound. Rarely troubled in front of the opposition goal. Today we frustrated the crowd, we frustrated Palace and then we came out with a fantastic win and our first away win of the season.

"With Defoe and Fletcher up front, if we get an opportunity we will score. When you persevere you take advantage [of a mistake] and it is an important three points for us.

"We are trying to build confidence and the only way you do that is get points on the board. When the Sunderland fans wake up tomorrow that is what they will see and we are all very happy. 

"Taking full advantage of what you get will get you out of the position we are in."

Sam Allardyce
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A good day for Sam Allardyce as he picks up his second win as Sunderland boss. 

Only four managers have won more games than him in the Premier League - David Moyes (190), Harry Redknapp (236), Arsene Wenger (422) and Sir Alex Ferguson (528)

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

A bit more from Sam Allardyce, speaking about goalscorer Jermain Defoe: "He is a classy finisher. If you want somebody to chase down what looks a lost cause [it is him]. Defoe not giving up is why the defender and the goalkeeper messed up. 

"We have a little more hope but we have to strive to have as many points as games we have played. Once we have that we have to kick on."

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, speaking to BBC Sport: "It has been a great result today. A very resilient performance, our first away win and our second clean sheet. It is a very valuable win for us.

"We have been conceding three goals a game on average and that has to stop. Digging our way out of this position is about being resilient."

Sunderland fans celebrate a late winner
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Manager reaction

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Alan Pardew
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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "We got a lot of the ball, a lot of possession, unfortunately we could not create a sweet moment tonight and things went the wrong way for us. It happens in football, you make a mistake and they capitalise and get the win.

"I think Scott Dann tried to take Defoe and edge him out but Defoe checked his run and got on the other side of him. Dann has been magnificent for us, we will have to pick ourselves up for Saturday.

"This was different to the Liverpool game, the emphasis was on us tonight. It was about trying to get that cross on the money, but our crossing and final pass I felt let us down. It was a simplistic game they played but they did it well."

Player reaction

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe, speaking to Sky Sports: "The lads worked hard. We put the work in during the international break and it paid off. 

"I got that little bit of luck that you need for the goal and I was just delighted.

"The manager has been fantastic. He has got the lads working hard."

The Sunderland players congratulate each other at full time
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Big Sam got his tactics spot on/ typical win for him- defend well, create few chances, take one of them #bbcfootball

Credit to Sam Allardyce, he could have played it safe and gone for the draw but he gambled with attacking substitutions and it paid off.

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Performances like this is why Sunderland will stay up and why Palace can't challenge for Europe #bbcfootball

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live

They got the system right - and it does not always work when you have three central defenders with two wing-backs. Van Aanholt and Billy Jones were up and down again and again. I imagine they have been working at this a lot over the last couple of weeks

FULL TIME

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Sam Allardyce laughs in the dugout
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That's it! A big win for Sunderland and Sam Allardyce as the Black Cats move to within a point of safety.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

...Yohan Cabaye's free-kick is around the wall...and into the sidenetting!

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland try to keep the ball down in the corner but Palace eventually get the ball back and embark on what could be one final attack. Wilfried Zaha is brought down on the edge of the box. Another free-kick to Palace...

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

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Forget the scoreline - have a look at the Sunderland performance. Does that encourage you for the road ahead? It certainly does.

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

A rare Sunderland attack in these final minutes as Duncan Watmore gets the ball in midfield and lurches forward. A tackle comes in but Sunderland regain possession and Jeremain Lens heads towards the corner flag, drawing a foul from a Palace defender and the visitors have a free-kick.

Duncan Watmore with the ball for Sunderland
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Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Another Palace attack, another Palace corner. Yohan Cabaye whips the ball in and Costel Pantilimon is again out to punch away. Not far enough though and he is down on the ground, the ball could be anyones but the whistle goes for an infringement. 

Sunderland are surviving for now.

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A roar of encouragement from the Palace fans as five minutes of added time are shown on the fourth official's board.

Crystal Palace striker Chamakh goes up for header
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We'll deal with this one later...

WHO IS THIS WATMORE KID?! Getting some serious Liverpool-era Michael Owen vibes! #bbcfootball

Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Patrick Bamford rolls the ball into the path of James McArthur, he's unmarked on the edge of the area and shoots...weak. Palace fans groan as Costel Pantilimon scoops up the ball.

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Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

...Yohan Cabaye takes the free-kick but Costel Pantilimon strides off his line to punch away. Palace regain possession, and then win a corner, which comes to nothing.

Alan Pardew will be fuming with his side's set-pieces tonight.

Alan Pardew looks on
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Duncan Watmore brings down Yannick Bolasie two yards outside the box. Crystal Palace fans look on nervously as Palace prepare to take a free-kick in a really dangerous position...

SUBSTITUTION

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Goalscorer Jermain Defoe is injured. He hobbles off and Sam Allardyce makes a change. A defensive one to protect the lead? No, on comes striker Danny Graham. 

Bold.

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Positive thinking...

Now watch Sunderland concede 2 in the last 10 minutes #bbcfootball

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CLOSE!

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That's woken Palace up though as they go straight on the attack and Yohan Cabaye forces a one-handed save from Costel Pantilimon. 

A big seven minutes coming up for both sides now. Can Sunderland hold on to a precious win?

Do the right thing

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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live

Dann did not deal with it, he let the ball run instead of dealing with it. Defoe got the wrong side of Dann, who made the tackle and pushed the ball past his own keeper. Don’t start trying to be clever, Dann could not have made it any easier for Defoe. He should have done the easy thing - cleared the ball away when he had a chance.

Jermaine Defoe scores for Sunderland
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GOAL - Crystal Palace 0-1 Sunderland

Jermain Defoe

What an absolute gift for Sunderland! 

Shocking defending by Palace as first Yannick Bolasie gives the ball away, and Jermain Defoe races in to pounce on the loose ball. Scott Dann comes over to try and shield the ball, but then pokes an attempted clearance past his own goalkeeper, leaving Defoe to race through and roll the ball into the empty net.

Jermain Defoe celebrates
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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live

Patrick van Aanholt has been brilliant tonight - his willingness to get forward, the way he has played defensively. He has been criticised a lot this season but he has been superb this evening.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

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Final change for Crystal Palace as Marouane Chamakh comes on for Connor Wickham. Moments later, Palace are almost caught out as Patrick van Aanholt fizzes a shot over the bar.

Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live

Sunderland would take a goalless draw all day long. Palace have not looked like scoring, not all night long, not whatsoever.

Yannick Bolasie looks to get past a resilient Sunderland defence
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Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

Duncan Watmore, nicknamed 'the Ginger Messi' displays a bit of the Barcelona forward's trickery to wriggle into the area on the right and feed a pass to Jeremain Lens, whose low shot almost catches out Wayne Hennessey, but the Palace keeper just about manages to smother the ball.

Wayne Hennessey dives low to save
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Steve Claridge

BBC Radio 5 Live

Palace boss Alan Pardew is looking very frustrated. For a team that prides itself on their set-piece delivery, it has been awful tonight. Sunderland's players are really working hard to help each other out.

Alan Pardew
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Yannick Bolasie has a go from the edge of the box as Palace come forward again, good power behind the shot but it is straight at Costel Pantilimon. Patrick Bamford zones in, hoping for a loose ball, but Pantilimon holds.

Yannick Bolasie is frustrated
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SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

Bakary Sako only came on at half time but he is heading off now, replaced by Patrick Bamford. Did he tweak something when taking the free-kick? He applauds the Palace fans as he walks towards the bench, but doesn't look to be limping.

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Free-kick and Sunderland break again, Wilfried Zaha winning a free-kick when Yann M'Vila sticks out a boot and takes him down on the edge of the Palace area. A yellow card for M'Vila, who then heads Bakary Sako's free-kick behind for a corner.

YELLOW CARD

Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

Duncan Watmore leaves Joel Ward for dust on the left before darting towards goal. Scott Dann stands in his way and down goes Watmore. Free-kick 25 yards from goal and a yellow card for Dann.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Sunderland

Yannick Bolasie's ball into the box runs through to Wilfried Zaha, whose cross is put behind for corner. Yet again, it is wasted by Crystal Palace, but they come forward again through Connor Wickham, who shoots over. The home side look to have stepped things up a bit now.

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Palace's final ball is non-existent. Would not be surprising if Sunderland nick one and win it. Cabaye looking good. #bbcfootball #CRYSUN

Yannick Bolasie struggles to deliver a ball into the box
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