Sunderland 1 West Ham 2

by James, Junior B;lack Cats reporter

Hammers double enough to get win.

Sunderland suffered their ninth home defeat of the season after they were defeated by West Ham United 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Andy Carroll opened the scoring for the Hammers when the former Newcastle United striker headed in from close range. The lead was doubled shortly after half time when a Carroll knock down was hit in by Mohammed Diame, who was helped by a cruel deflection.

Substitute Adam Johnson gave the Wearside faithful some hope with a well struck strike 25 minutes from time but it wasn’t enough.

Gus Poyet made two changes from the team that lost 2-1 at Liverpool on Wednesday, with Emanuele Giaccherini and Jozy Altidore dropping out and being replaced by Ki Sung-Yeung and Fabio Borini respectively, with Sunderland maintaining their 3-5-2 formation.

It could have been Sunderland to score an early goal after Phil Bardsley’s intended cross curled toward goal from the right, missing the target only slightly on the Scot’s 150th Premier League appearance in Red and White.

It was Carroll and West Ham who grabbed the early goal after the second of two corners was converted into a goal.

The ball from the left looped over the striker’s marker, John O’Shea, with Carroll rising above the Irishman to power a head past Vito Mannone, who was unlucky not to save the point blank header after getting a hand to it.

Sunderland the could and perhaps should have leveled the game after a combination of Connor Wickham and Ki Sung-Yeung on the left resulted in the ball being played to Lee Cattermole, the former Skipper being eight yards out.

The midfielder’s shot was weak, however, resulting in a short range save by Adrian in the West Ham goals before Cattermole hit the rebound over.

There was a major incident of controversy shortly before half time when Poyet’s side were not awarded a penalty when perhaps they should have done after Kevin Nolan seemed to move his arm toward the ball to clear it following a SAFC corner.

It only took five second half minutes for the away side to double the lead, after James Tomkins’ free kick from deep was headed down by Carroll before Mohammed Diame’s strike from 20 yards took a wicked deflection off Santiago Vergini, taking the ball into the bottom right corner, past the wrong footed Vito Mannone.

The pressure built on the Hammers’ goal after Adrian dropped Ki’s long range shot but managed to save Wickham’s short range effort.

Many thought that Fabio Borini had scored but the Italian’s left footed effort hit the side netting when it looked like it had went in.

Ignacio Scocco then powered a late header over the bar and Sunderland were condemned to another home defeat.