Defoe and Anichebe hand Black Cats second consecutive win
Sunderland made it back-to-back Premier League wins after a brace from Victor Anichebe, and Jermain Defoe’s 150th Premier League goal, handed the Black Cats a 3-0 victory over Hull City.
Defoe’s landmark goal gave the hosts the lead in the first half, and the in-form Anichebe made sure of victory in the second half with a well-taken brace.
The win puts Sunderland back in touch with the teams immediately above the relegation zone.
After previously sitting bottom of the table, just three points now separate David Moyes’ side and 15th-placed Middlesbrough.
The Tigers played their own role in an open and entertaining match, and enjoyed the lion’s share of possession for large periods.
But the deadlock was broken by the home side ten minutes before half-time when Defoe latched onto Duncan Watmore’s flick and produced a trademark dribble and finish to beat David Marshall.
Sunderland appeared capable of adding to their lead in the minutes that followed and they doubled their advantage just after the hour when Anichebe, who’d linked up well with Defoe throughout the game, produced a low finish from a narrow angle near the edge of the box.
Then, after Jordan Pickford produced a flying save to deny Robert Snodgrass, Anichebe put real daylight between the two teams with his second goal.
The summer signing produced a powerful short-range finish into the roof of the net after being fed by Defoe, to make it 3-0 and spark jubilant scenes in the stands.
An otherwise pleasing afternoon ended with a red card for Papy Djilobodji following a second booking, which means he’ll miss next week’s visit to Anfield, but manager Moyes will take far more positives than negatives from the performance of his players.