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Crystal Palace 1-3 Sunderland

By Marc HigginsonBBC Sport
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.

Sometimes you need the luck - Poyet

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


Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-1-1

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


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


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 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


  • 4Bridcutt
  • 5Brown
  • 11Johnson
  • 17Altidore
  • 18Mavrias
  • 19Graham
  • 25Mannone
Phil Dowd

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamSunderland
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 1, Sunderland 3.

  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.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    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.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Santiago Vergini (Sunderland).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jordi Gómez (Sunderland).

  15. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle replaces Brede Hangeland.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces William Buckley.

As It Stood

3Man City1062220101020
5West Ham105231914517
10Man Utd103431614213
11West Brom103431313013
16Aston Villa10316516-1110
17Crystal Palace102351419-59
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