Sunderland put on an impressive display as they put four past Crystal Palace before the half-time whistle to secure three points from their trip to South London.
Lamine Kone opened the scoring early with a follow-up volley to his saved headed effort on the 9th minute. The Black Cats’ lead was then doubled in the 43rd minute with a superb curled 25-yard strike from Didier N’Dong, clipping the inside of the right post on the way in.
The half-time scoring didn’t end there as a brace from Jermain Defoe shortly followed, with the striker finishing on the first and third minutes of added time, which saw Sunderland put three away in the space of six minutes.
The Black Cats controlled the second-half, which remained goalless, securing a huge 4-0 victory and a vital three points.
Lamine Kone was the standout player of the clash, opening the scoring and helping to maintain the clean sheet with a strong defensive performance. The centre back controlled the back line, overpowering Belgian striker Christian Benteke.
The win sees Sunderland level with Palace on 19 points and edges them closer to the teams above.