Sunderland Ace Lee Cattermole Praises Returning Wahbi Khazri as Relegation Battle Intensifies

Sunderland Ace Lee Cattermole Praises Returning Wahbi Khazri as Relegation Battle Intensifies

In stoppage time the Hammers were reduced to ten men as Byram was shown a second yellow card for a clumsy foul on Adnan Januzaj, then Anichebe nearly won it for the home side with an attempt that flashed just the wrong side of an upright.

Above all, they have been dismayed by the persistently downbeat demeanour of a manager who, as early as last August, declared that a relegation battle beckoned and underwhelmed by a series of low key, low impact, signings including Darron Gibson and Donald Love, nearly all of whom had previously played for Moyes at either Everton or Manchester United.

With games running out, this was a match Sunderland had to win but they were always chasing with Andre Ayew and James Collins scoring at the start of each half.

It was simple enough for Slaven Bilić's men as Robert Snodgrass pinged it across field for Andy Carroll, the striker's attempted cross/shot fell perfectly for Ayew.

"We have to pick up more points to be safe". That's it. It's a long time since you've seen the kind of goal they scored for their first direct from a corner.

Khazri's inswinging corner caught the stiff wind, evading Hammers goalkeeper Darren Randolph and his defenders before nestling inside the far post.

"The only real occasion was just after half-time when they gave a free-kick against Denayer which I wasn't sure was a free-kick". The latter option seems more likely, but it's now or never for a desperate Sunderland side.

Khazri was handed with a much easier opportunity right at the death as Defoeheld the ball up well, the winger did well with the low, curling shot but Randolph managed to get down well and save. 'We have not been at our level and we have not been a united group as previous seasons. Collins makes an intelligent run and he gets a flick into the corner.

In fact, they scored twice on home soil for the first time since January 2.

The contest did not initially go to form, though, and Huth put the visitors ahead after just six minutes, before Vardy's goal finally stirred Allardyce's charges into life.

The Black Cats boss was booed every time he got up from the dugout. Fabio Borini swept the ball home from the edge of the box after Randolph had spilt the ball, having failed to collect a high ball. The winger laid it on a plate to N'Dong 12 yards out, but the midfielder managed to send it sailing over the crossbar.

As Sunderland's seventh manager in five years Moyes feels he is paying for predecessors' recruitment mistakes, has been unlucky with injuries and wants time to conduct root and branch reform.

What were the main talking points from the Stadium of Light? They have a game over Hull City but the gap is nine points, there is no chance they are getting out of this.

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