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Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
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Crystal Palace have won eight of the 12 Premier League games since Alan Pardew took charge in January
  • Crystal Palace score four times in 14 second-half minutes
  • Bolasie grabs his first hat-trick for the Eagles
  • Sunderland have won once in nine Premier League games
  • Hosts concede four at home for second time in a month

Yannick Bolasie's 11-minute hat-trick helped Crystal Palace humiliate relegation-threatened Sunderland.

Glenn Murray put the Eagles ahead when he headed in from close range after Bolasie's deflected cross.

Bolasie added a second soon afterwards as he poked the ball past Costel Pantilimon after Murray's knockdown.

A lofted finish from Bolasie made it 3-0 and he completed his treble from Murray's pass before Connor Wickham volleyed in a late consolation.

The result, the second time in three home games that Sunderland have conceded four goals, increases the Black Cats' relegation fears.

Sunderland 1-4 Crystal Palace: Dick Advocaat tells players to 'look in the mirror'

They have been in the Premier League for eight successive seasons but are now 16th in the table, only three points above QPR and Burnley.

Sunderland have only six games left to save themselves, but their last two matches of the season are away at Arsenal and then at current leaders Chelsea.

Dick Advocaat, brought in after former manager Gus Poyet had been sacked following a 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa, had stressed the importance of this match to his side.

But he was let down by some woeful defending as the hosts capitulated and conceded four goals in a 14-minute spell early in the second half.

After a quiet first half that was low on quality and goalscoring chances, but high on fierce challenges, the match sprung into life within three minutes of the restart.

Murray headed in his sixth goal in six games to set Palace on their way to their eighth win in 12 Premier League games since Alan Pardew took over at the start of the January.

But even he could not have expected what was to follow.

The hosts fell apart and three minutes later Bolasie, with one goal in his previous 27 league matches this season, got to Murray's flick-on first to make it 2-0.

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The third goal was a poor one to concede, although Bolasie showed great technique to lift the ball over advancing Sunderland goalkeeper Pantilimon.

Sunderland, who had beaten Newcastle 1-0 in their last match, fell further behind as Murray again linked up with Bolasie and he scored at the second attempt after being initially denied by Pantilimon.

Advocaat had named what looked an attacking line-up with Jermain Defoe, Steven Fletcher and Wickham named in a three-man forward-line, although it took the hosts 44 minutes to record a shot on target.

In front of a near-empty home support, who left the ground en masse after Palace's fourth goal, Wickham did well to steer the ball into the net in the 90th minute after Patrick van Aanholt's pullback.

But it could not take the shine off Palace's day as they boosted their hopes of finishing in the top half of the Premier League for the first time ever.

However, for Sunderland it was another dark day at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland's remaining fixtures
2 May v Southampton25 April v Stoke City
16 May v Leicester9 May v Everton
20 May v Arsenal
24 May v Chelsea

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat said:

"We have to recover in 14 days with an away game against Stoke and we have to do better as this was not good enough.

"After the Newcastle game we did not see this performance coming. We had trained really well and the confidence had come back. We gave the match away in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

"We could not cope with their pace, but I don't want to complain about the players. We win as a team and lose as a team.

"We still have six matches left and it's in our hands. You cannot lose 4-1 to Crystal Palace in a home game because we need to get results."

Glenn Murray
Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray spent four months on loan at Championship Reading earlier this season
Steven Fletcher
Sunderland have only scored four times in their last 10 matches in all competitions
Steven Fletcher
Steven Fletcher's last goals for Sunderland came in their 3-1 win against Crystal Palace on 3 November
Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole's booking - for pulling Yannick Bolasie's shirt - was his 11th yellow card of the season
Sunderland v Palace
Palace had only ever won one away league game against Sunderland, a 2-1 win in the old Division Two in 1979



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2Jones
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 8RodwellBooked at 16mins
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 24minsSubstituted forBridcuttat 65'minutes
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheSubstituted forJohnsonat 59'minutes
  • 28Defoe
  • 9Fletcher
  • 10Wickham


  • 4Bridcutt
  • 11Johnson
  • 15Réveillere
  • 19Graham
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone
  • 30Buckley

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 6DannBooked at 18mins
  • 27Delaney
  • 40SouaréSubstituted forKellyat 35'minutes
  • 18McArthurBooked at 67minsSubstituted forLedleyat 69'minutes
  • 15Jedinak
  • 42Puncheon
  • 11Zaha
  • 17Murray
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forSanogoat 71'minutes


  • 4Hangeland
  • 9Sanogo
  • 13Hennessey
  • 16Gayle
  • 23Ameobi
  • 28Ledley
  • 34Kelly
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Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamCrystal Palace
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Crystal Palace 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Crystal Palace 4.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Julian Speroni.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace).

  10. Post update

    Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 1, Crystal Palace 4. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick van Aanholt.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Rodwell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jack Rodwell.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Scott Dann.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

3Man Utd31188555282762
4Man City31187663303361
9West Ham321110114240243
11Crystal Palace32119124243-142
14West Brom3289153046-1633
15Aston Villa3388172445-2132
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