Sunderland hosted Manchester City at the Stadium of Light yesterday for the pairs second Premier League clash of the season, with the first back in August seeing City secure a 2-1 home victory.
Sunderland started off strongly, putting pressure on the Man City defence but couldn’t secure that all-important opener. Jermain Defoe came agonisingly close when he rattled the post from range.
Sergio Aguero opened the scoring when he netted his fifth goal in three games just before half-time. The second half then saw Leroy Sane double City’s lead as playmaker David Silva set the pacey German winger up for a close range finish on the 50th minute.
Jermain Defoe looked to have given Sunderland a lifeline when he headed the ball into the back of the net from a corner, only to see it ruled out for offside.
Despite the end result, there were marked improvements in the Sunderland side’s performance, who fought until the end, doggedly defending their goal and looking threatening when going forward.
A defiant Moyes said after the game “If we keep playing like this, though, we’ve a good chance of staying up.” If Sunderland can replicate this kind of performance in their upcoming games it is surely only a matter of time before they get back to winning ways.