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Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland

Steven Fletcher, Sunderland
Steven Fletcher opened the scoring in the first half with this header
  • Fletcher scores twice - taking his season's tally to four
  • Sunderland win on a Monday for first time since April 2002
  • Jedinak sent off for Palace

Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to lift themselves out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

Fletcher gave the Black Cats the lead when he headed home a cross, but Palace drew level when Wes Brown turned the ball into his own net from close range.

Jordi Gomez restored the visitors' lead with a low shot before Palace captain Mile Jedinak was sent off after being shown a second yellow card.

Fletcher then stroked home late on.

The injury-time strike capped a battling performance by Sunderland, who showed real resolve to bounce back from being beaten 8-0 by Southampton in their previous away match.

It also ended their unwelcome record of not having won on a Monday in 20 previous attempts.

Wes Brown own goal
Since August 2013, Sunderland have scored 10 own goals - more than any of their players have scored individually at the right end in that period

They needed some good fortune, with Palace having a strong penalty appeal turned down in the first minute when Santiago Vergini brought down Fraizer Campbell.

But the visitors went in front just after the half-hour mark with the first real chance of the match - Fletcher powering home Patrick van Aanholt's left-wing cross after the full-back was played onside by Brede Hangeland.

Sunderland were given another let-off from the restart as Van Aanholt's clumsy challenge on Wilfried Zaha sent the winger sprawling.

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Referee Phil Dowd again turned down loud penalty appeals, with Van Aanholt subsequently leaving the field on a stretcher with a dislocated shoulder.

Sunderland continued to stifle Palace as the hosts struggled to get their wide players into good positions, and when Zaha and Yannick Bolasie did find space, their end product was often disappointing.

The Eagles did pull level, though, as Brown found his own net as he attempted to clear Campbell's backheel into the six-yard box. It was the sixth own goal of Brown's career, compared to the four he has netted at the other end.

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But Sunderland continued to dominate in midfield and were rewarded when Gomez hit a left-footed shot across Costel Pantilimon from the edge of the area.

Jedinak's second yellow card - which rules him out of Saturday's match at Manchester United - came for a kick out at Gomez in the centre of the pitch.

And Fletcher sealed victory when he collected Liam Bridcutt's pass and took a touch before slotting home.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet: "The win means a lot, more than anyone can think. It was a difficult couple of weeks, where it looked like everything we had done earlier in the season was thrown away.

"This result is a confirmation that I knew we were better than the Southampton game. We feel like we are a proper team today.

"I couldn't believe we scored another own goal. Wes Brown could not believe it himself. I don't know if you can train that out of players but we need to get back to basics."

Yannick Bolasie
Crystal Palace's shooting was often wayward and they registered just one effort on target
Costel Pantilimon & Wes Brown
Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, left, came into the side after Vito Mannone was dropped
Mile Jedinak red card
Only Manchester United and Swansea have seen as many red cards (3) as Palace in the Premier League this season

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 4HangelandSubstituted forGayleat 84'minutes
  • 2Ward
  • 11Zaha
  • 15JedinakBooked at 87mins
  • 28Ledley
  • 7Bolasie
  • 29ChamakhSubstituted forPuncheonat 76'minutes
  • 10Campbell

Substitutes

  • 3Mariappa
  • 9Doyle
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 18McArthur
  • 25Bannan
  • 42Puncheon

Sunderland

  • 1PantilimonBooked at 71mins
  • 15Réveillere
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3van AanholtSubstituted forBrownat 37'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 74mins
  • 30BuckleyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBridcuttat 82'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 10WickhamSubstituted forAltidoreat 78'minutes
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 4Bridcutt
  • 5Brown
  • 11Johnson
  • 17Altidore
  • 18Mavrias
  • 19Graham
  • 25Mannone
Referee:
Phil Dowd
Attendance:
23,212

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 3.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 3. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt.

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

Anthony Réveillere (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yannick Bolasie.

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Martin Kelly with a cross.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

Fraizer Campbell (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Brede Hangeland.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces William Buckley.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

Goal!

Goal! Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 2. Jordi Gómez (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by William Buckley.

Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Connor Wickham.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jason Puncheon replaces Marouane Chamakh.

Booking

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

Booking

Costel Pantilimon (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Martin Kelly (Crystal Palace).

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Costel Pantilimon.

Booking

William Buckley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

goal

As It Stood

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4Arsenal104511811717
5West Ham105231914517
6Swansea104331310315
7Liverpool104241313014
8Tottenham104241314-114
9Everton103431917213
10Man Utd103431614213
11West Brom103431313013
12Newcastle103431115-413
13Stoke103341012-212
14Hull102531314-111
15Sunderland102531118-711
16Aston Villa10316516-1110
17Crystal Palace102351419-59
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19QPR10217920-117
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