Everton v Sunderland

Everton 2 Sunderland 1

by Stuart Vose

Narrow away defeat for Black Cats.

By James, Junior Black Cats Reporter

Coming off the back of three defeats, this was a much better performance from Sunderland.

Sunderland could have had two goals in the opening eight minutes. Fletcher put Sessegnon through on goal but the Benin star saw his shot well saved by Howard in the Everton goal. Soon after, roles were reversed when Sessegnon set up Fletcher, but the Scotsman’s shot went just wide.

The Toffees steadily built up pressure with Jelavic shooting just wide and Pienaar forcing a save from Mignolet. Fellaini then had a shot saved just after Colback’s effort was blocked at the other end of the pitch.  Phil Neville then had a long range shot kept out just before the break.

In stoppage time at the end of the first half, Sunderland had a chance with Larsson’s corner which just missed Cuellar’s head. Fortunately, it went straight to Gardner who put the ball back in and there was Adam Johnson to poke in his first goal in Red & White.

Into the second half, Fellaini saw his shot saved but his teammate Heitanga’s attempt was well wide of the goal. Goal scorer Johnson then had to clear a header off the line as the early second half pressure on the Sunderland goal grew.

Everton built the pressure and on 76 minutes, Belgian Fellaini beat his countryman Mignolet to slot into the bottom corner from 18 yards. Only two minutes later, Everton grabbed a second through Jelavic, who scored from Osman’s cross.

Compared to recent visits to Goodison, this was a much improved performance against a strong Everton team.  With Sessegnon and Johnson playing well together, there are plenty of positives to take to next week’s away game at Fulham.

Sunderland’s team:

Simon Mignolet, Craig Gardner, Danny Rose, Carlos Cuellar, John O’Shea, Seb Larsson, Jack Colback, Adam Johnson, James McClean, Stephane Sessegnon, Steven Fletcher