Sunday, 22 May 2011

West Ham United 0 Sunderland 3

West Ham United 0
Sunderland 3

West Ham went down with a whimper, easily beaten by a Sunderland side that thus ensured they remained unbeaten in London this season with two victories and three draws. The Wearsiders might have scored twice through Asamoah Gyan before they took the lead when Jack Collison couldn’t be bothered to track back, leaving Bolo Zenden with the simplest of headers from Ahmed Elmohamady’s cross.

With Steve Bruce’s side running the midfield only once did the home side look like they might grab an equaliser but Simon Mignolet was equal to Zavon Hines close range effort on the stroke of half-time.

The game as a contest was over on 51 minutes when Stephane Sessegnon was allowed to run down the middle of the park before hitting a 30 yard shot that Robert Green could possibly have saved. The keeper did better towards the end, denying Jack Colback from 15 yards.

In the final minute Jordan Henderson’s cross was seized upon by substitute Cristian Riveros to make it 3-0, which with news filtering through that West Brom had equalised at Newcastle had the 2000 away fans dancing with joy in the knowledge their side had leapfrogged their local rivals in the Premier League table. “That’s why we’re going down” chanted the West Ham fans at the end of a very sorry season for the Hammers.

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