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Sunderland 3-0 Everton

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Sunderland 3-0 Everton: Black Cats secure safety with emphatic win

Sunderland sealed their Premier League safety and relegated Norwich and local rivals Newcastle with a comprehensive victory over Everton.

Defender Lamine Kone struck twice from close range after Patrick van Aanholt scored with a 25-yard free-kick that was misjudged by keeper Joel Robles.

Victory capped an impressive revival by Sam Allardyce's side, who have lost only two of their past 13 games.

Everton were dire, heaping more pressure on boss Roberto Martinez.

The Toffees have picked up only six points from their past 10 league matches and the Spaniard is likely to face an uncomfortable final game of the season in front of disgruntled crowd at Goodison Park.

In contrast, Allardyce will be able to take his side to Watford on Sunday unburdened by the relegation fears that have surrounded the club since his appointment in October.

Their victory leaves them four points ahead of both Newcastle and Norwich with just one game to play.

Big Sam the saviour

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Sunderland 3-0 Everton: It turned out rosy in the end - Sam Allardyce

Sunderland's survival was built on several key decisions this season, none more significant than the appointment of Allardyce after Dick Advocaat resigned following eight games without a win to start the campaign.

Hardened to the fight from his experiences at Bolton and Blackburn and with time on his side, the 61-year-old has steadily built a disciplined and spirited side, sprinkled with match-winners.

It has not always been smooth sailing - notably during a five-game losing streak at the end of last year - but since February they have been more consistent and possessed far greater fight than their main relegation rivals.

They exemplified this once again on Wednesday with another display full of endeavour in front of a vociferous home crowd, who chanted their manager's name throughout a lap of honour after the game.

Kone excels from back to front

Patrick van Aanholt scores from a free-kick
Van Aanholt's goal was his fourth goal of the season

Sunderland can also credit their survival in part to the signings Allardyce made in January.

Kone, Jan Kirchhoff, Wahbi Khazri and, to a lesser extent, Dame N'Doye have integrated superbly with the talent already at the club to help transform a struggling side into an effective and, at times, exciting one.

It was Kone who shone on Wednesday, forming one part of a solid centre-back pairing with Younes Kaboul at one end of the pitch and the most unlikely of predators at the other.

The 27-year-old was without a goal in 13 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats heading into this match but showed the instincts of a seasoned goalscorer when he lashed home a volley from close range after Everton failed to clear a corner.

His second goal was a much simpler finish, from near point-blank range after Robles palmed Khazri's near-post corner on to the back of team-mate James McCarthy.

It was a costly second error from the keeper, who had inexplicably moved to his left to allow Van Aanholt's free-kick to go into the centre of the net, but the goal was no less than the home side deserved for their dominant display.

Everton surrender again

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Roberto Martinez's last interview as Everton boss

Twice in the space of four days, the travelling Everton fans - and those watching on television - have had to endure their side tamely surrendering a match to a hungrier opponent.

The Toffees may not have anything to play for, but their displays at Leicester on Sunday and Sunderland on Wednesday will do little to appease the growing opposition to Martinez's managerial reign.

There was an abundance of talent in the starting XI at the Stadium of Light but none of the players performed anywhere near their potential.

Despite dominating possession for large parts of the match - particularly in the first half - it was only in the last 10 minutes that Everton truly threatened as Kevin Mirallas twice went close and Romelu Lukaku thundered a shot from close range against the bar.

Having witnessed wild celebrations from opposition fans at the end of their past two games, it will be interesting to see what reception Everton supporters give Martinez and his players after Sunday's season finale at Goodison Park.

Man of the match - Lamine Kone (Sunderland)

Lamine Kone (left)
Solid at the back and lethal in attack, Kone scored from both his shots on target and made three tackles and 11 clearances

The stats you need to know

  • Sunderland have extended their Premier League stay to 10 consecutive seasons, last playing outside the top flight in 2006-07
  • Sunderland were in the relegation zone for 237 days this season but have survived; Aston Villa will have been in the relegation zone 233 days by the end of the season
  • The Black Cats have scored four goals directly from free-kicks in the Premier League this season, joint highest with Chelsea and West Ham
  • This was the first time that two Sunderland defenders have scored in the same game since December 2013 (John O'Shea and Phil Bardsley v Chelsea).
  • Everton have conceded three goals in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since November 2009
  • Sunderland have named the same starting XI for the last seven games, something they had never done before in the Premier League
  • Everton's Gareth Barry has now made more starts (572) than any other Premier League player, surpassing goalkeeper David James

What next?

On the final day of the season on Sunday, Sunderland travel to Watford, while Everton host Norwich.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 24Yedlin
  • 23Koné
  • 15Kaboul
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 27KirchhoffSubstituted forLarssonat 70'minutes
  • 9Borini
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 67minsSubstituted forO'Sheaat 79'minutes
  • 21M'Vila
  • 22KhazriSubstituted forWatmoreat 86'minutes
  • 18Defoe

Substitutes

  • 2Jones
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 10N'Doye
  • 13Pickford
  • 16O'Shea
  • 41Watmore

Everton

  • 1Robles
  • 38Pennington
  • 5Stones
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 3Baines
  • 18Barry
  • 16McCarthy
  • 15CleverleySubstituted forOsmanat 84'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forLennonat 45'minutes
  • 11Mirallas
  • 10Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 4Gibson
  • 8Oviedo
  • 12Lennon
  • 14Niasse
  • 17Besic
  • 21Osman
  • 24Howard
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
46,454

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home14
Away17
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Everton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Everton 0.

Attempt missed. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ramiro Funes Mori.

Romelu Lukaku (Everton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by John Stones with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

Attempt saved. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Aaron Lennon.

Attempt missed. Leon Osman (Everton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lamine Koné.

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann M'Vila.

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Wahbi Khazri.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jermain Defoe.

Substitution

Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Tom Cleverley.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Everton).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. John O'Shea replaces Lee Cattermole.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cleverley (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku.

Leighton Baines (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Gareth Barry (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leighton Baines with a cross.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lamine Koné.

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

Tom Cleverley (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by DeAndre Yedlin (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson replaces Jan Kirchhoff.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Lamine Koné (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Leighton Baines (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cleverley.

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

Attempt saved. Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross.

Booking

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

Aaron Lennon (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).

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

Attempt blocked. Kevin Mirallas (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leighton Baines.

goal

As It Stood

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2Tottenham371913568303870
3Arsenal371911761362568
4Man City371981070403065
5Man Utd371891046341263
6West Ham371614764491562
7Southampton371791155401560
8Liverpool3716111062491359
9Chelsea371213125852649
10Stoke37139153954-1548
11Swansea371210154151-1046
12Everton371014135655144
13Watford37128173848-1044
14Crystal Palace37119173847-942
15West Brom371012153347-1442
16Bournemouth37119174464-2042
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18Newcastle37810193964-2534
19Norwich3797213964-2534
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