Stoke Claim Three Points on Wearside
It was a disappointing day as Stoke secured their first away league win against Sunderland since 1994.
An early brace from Austrian attacker Marko Arnautovic, followed by Peter Crouch’s 99th Premier League goal, saw Sunderland down three goals to none by the 34th minute.
The deficit was reduced just before halftime as Jermain Defoe seized the opportunity to pull one back for the Black Cats with a clinically finished chance on the 40th minute.
The Black Cats had a more positive start to the second half with an early chance from Fabio Borini forcing Grant into a flying save. However with Defoe free for a square ball, some may have questioned the decision to take the tight-angled shot.
The remainder of the second half was an evenly played out affair with back and forth action and chances at either end of the pitch. Sunderland saw their best chance of the half wasted as the ball dropped to Rodwell, free inside the box, and was hastily scuffed wide.
David Moyes spoke to SAFC.com after the match and gave his thoughts on the game;
“It was a poor opening part of the game from us, not necessarily that we played badly, but three mistakes have cost us,”
“We made it really difficult for ourselves and we were punished, but we got a goal back and in the second half we were better.
“We knew if we got a second goal we’d have the crowd behind us, but we created a couple of chances and unfortunately we couldn’t score.
“It would have been easy for the boys to hide and not try and take the ball, but Jack [Rodwell] had a chance, Fabio[ Borini] had a chance and Jermain [Defoe] got himself in positions, we just didn’t get anything from them,”
“We have been losing too many games this season but we’ve been using our home form as a positive and a confidence booster; if you take away the first 20 minutes of today’s game we did as much as Stoke today, but obviously it’s a 90 minute game and you have to be ready from minute one.
“Everyone knows we have injuries and players that are away, but we’re not going to use that as an excuse. The players that are out there have to perform.”
Sunderlands next Premier League game is away to West Brom, this Saturday, where they will be hoping to earn a crucial win.