Premier League

Everton 0-2 Sunderland

By Jamie StricklandBBC Sport
Danny Graham
Sunderland have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time this season
  • Graham scores first PL goal since December 2013
  • Everton concede at home for first time in seven hours
  • Sunderland run-in: Leicester, Arsenal & Chelsea
  • Result drops Hull into bottom three

Danny Graham scored his first goal for Sunderland as the Black Cats claimed a crucial win in their fight against relegation from the Premier League.

Graham hung out a leg to meet a wayward Jordi Gomez shot, the ball sneaking in off the post via the striker's calf.

Jermain Defoe added a scrappy second as Sunderland climbed from third-bottom to 16th, above Newcastle and Hull.

James McCarthy hit the post for the hosts, who failed to score for the first time in eight league matches.

Sunderland 'not good but effective'

The omens were not good for Sunderland at kick-off despite their vital win over Southampton last time out.

Everton were defending an unbeaten record at Goodison Park in 2015, while the Black Cats had not won on the road since the turn of the year.

The hosts bossed the opening 45 minutes, with Romelu Lukaku seeing an early shot blocked and Leon Osman curling just wide.

Lukaku should have done better when put clean through by Osman's lofted pass, the striker crowded out by Costel Pantilimon.

Golden Graham
Danny Graham's last goal in the Premier League was scored during a loan spell at Hull in December 2013, and came against former club Swansea. Graham's goal against Everton dropped Hull into the bottom three.

Sunderland slowly settled, with their three-man attack of Defoe, Connor Wickham and Graham providing good outlets.

But a weight of numbers up front seemed to count against them when Defoe's firm drive cannoned off Wickham

Pantilimon twice came to Sunderland's rescue shortly before the break, first smothering Lukaku when the Belgian again stole beyond the last defender, then standing firm to repel Osman's low drive.

Unfortunate moments cost us - Martinez

Phil Jagielka's header deflected just wide off Wickham as Everton started the second half with a flurry of corners but the hosts were caught out by a sucker-punch on 53 minutes.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat had spoken of how important Graham is to his side despite his failures in front of goal, and the striker repaid his faith in fortuitous fashion when he deflected Gomez's shot past the wrong-footed Tim Howard.

Everton continued to probe without success, with McCarthy hitting the post with the best of the chances they created and Seamus Coleman seeing a half-hearted appeal for a penalty turned down.

A crucial Sunderland win was sealed five minutes from the end when Adam Johnson's drilled cross deflected off Coleman and onto Defoe, who diverted the ball in with his thigh, the ball also brushing his hand on the way into the net.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat: "It was good we won, it was not our best game but it was effective. It could be very important.

"Everton were the better side but it is all about winning, give 100% and showing the fans what they want - and that is what we did.

"They gave everything, they all want to stay up and the fans were great. They give the players something extra."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "We knew it would be difficult but I thought we completely controlled the game.

"You have to score goals when you are so dominant. That gives you the game.

"Sunderland had great belief and were waiting for their opportunity. The first goal is an unfortunate deflection, the same with the other goal."

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Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe scored his fourth goal for Sunderland since joining in January
Dick Advocaat
Dick Advocaat has guided Sunderland to seven points from the past nine available
Romelu Lukaku, Costel Pantilimon and Wes Brown
Romelu Lukaku was twice denied by Costel Pantilimon when clean through
Howard Kendall
Former Everton boss Howard Kendall was an interested observer on the day the club celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1985 title triumph



  • 24Howard
  • 23ColemanBooked at 73mins
  • 26Stones
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3BainesSubstituted forGarbuttat 74'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 16McCarthy
  • 18BarrySubstituted forMirallasat 62'minutes
  • 25LennonSubstituted forMcGeadyat 86'minutes
  • 20Barkley
  • 21Osman
  • 10Lukaku


  • 1Robles
  • 7McGeady
  • 9Koné
  • 11Mirallas
  • 14Naismith
  • 17Besic
  • 29Garbutt


  • 1Pantilimon
  • 2Jones
  • 22Coates
  • 5BrownBooked at 42mins
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forBridcuttat 84'minutes
  • 6Cattermole
  • 14Gomez Garcia-PencheBooked at 65mins
  • 28DefoeBooked at 66mins
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forJohnsonat 74'minutes
  • 10WickhamSubstituted forFletcherat 84'minutes


  • 4Bridcutt
  • 9Fletcher
  • 11Johnson
  • 15Réveillere
  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 30Buckley
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Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamSunderland
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 0, Sunderland 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 0, Sunderland 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

  5. Post update

    Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Booking

    Luke Garbutt (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luke Garbutt (Everton).

  8. Post update

    Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Aiden McGeady replaces Aaron Lennon.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Everton 0, Sunderland 2. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Connor Wickham.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Liam Bridcutt replaces Sebastian Larsson.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Phil Jagielka (Everton).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Osman.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Kevin Mirallas tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Connor Wickham (Sunderland).

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

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