Black Cats nine points from safety

Black Cats nine points from safety

It is not official but Sunderland are as good as relegated.

A bad end to the afternoon got worse for the Hammers as they were reduced to ten men.

"That's as positive as I've felt after a game for a long time, and if we have to start with a draw, we'll start with a draw". He's a great lad, and he's worked really hard.

Moyes, meanwhile, has made it clear he has no intention of resigning and is determined to rebuild Sunderland in the second tier while challenging for immediate promotion. This horrific season suggests they're probably right.

The 26-year-old has a risky delivery and considering that Sunderland had gone seven successive games without scoring before his corner against West Ham, it asks more questions of Moyes for continuing to leave him out. Khazri's corner was nice and he generally looked bright and inventive throughout the game.

He said: "We hope he produces that level of performance, that would be good".

Player ratingsSunderland: Jordan Pickford 6, Billy Jones 5, Jason Denayer 6, John O'Shea (Capt) 6, Javier Manquillo 6, Lee Cattermole 6, Didier Ndong 5, Wahbi Khazri 8, Victor Anichebe 6, Jermain Defoe 5. Subs - Januzaj 5, Borini 6, Kone 5. Substitutes:Havard Nordtveit (for Snodgrass, 81 mins) 6, Jonathan Calleri (for Ayew, 90 mins) 6.

The next twenty minutes saw Sunderland trying to get an equaliser, while the Hammers seemed content to sit back and hang on to their slender lead. Slight role reversal here as Carroll squares (shanks his shot) the ball to Ayew having picked up the ball from Byram. Well there you go. "There have been problems within the dressing room, but it's up to us to deal with the results, the injuries, to keep united and keep believing".

It feels like a while since I have been able to do this, but there are a handful of Sunderland players that I think deserve a mention due to their showings against West Ham.

It was simple enough for Collins as managed to make a free run in from the penalty spot, the Welshman did well to make his way through the crowd and head it into the bottom corner.

83' - There's a stretcher on and Jones is receiving oxygen.

- West Ham have thrown away a league-high 22 points from leading positions in the Premier League this season. He comes to catch the ball and drops it.

However, unlike Khazri, who has barely had a kick this season, Borini has had plenty of chances to prove himself this term, and has regularly been found wanting. Some questionable defending on the line as well.

"We have four points from the last two games, we have an unfinished job to do".

Slaven Bilic has insisted that West Ham still have unfinished business and need more points to guarantee safety in the Premier League.

"We were disappointed with both goals, but not disappointed generally with the play".

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