Flashback: Zenden bows out in style


Bolo and Riveros on the scoresheet in 3-0 success at Upton Park.

Sunderland saw off West Ham United as the Black Cats ran out 3-0 winners against the already relegated Hammers on the final day of the 2010-11 season.

Bolo Zenden and Cristian Riveros scored either side of a Stephane Sessegnon strike, with both Zenden and Riveros playing their final games for the club.

The win also secured a top-half finish for the visitors, who completed a league double over the Hammers for the first time in 47 years.

West Ham started positively with Freddie Sears and Thomas Hitzlsperger forcing good stops from Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.

Asamoah Gyan was denied on two occasions by Robert Green in the Hammers’ goal before Zenden opened the scoring on 17 minutes. The Dutchman latched on to Ahmed Elmohamady’s and sent an arching header beyond Green.

Mignolet denied Zavon Hines with an acrobatic save on the stroke of half time before Benin international Sessegnon doubled Sunderland’s advantage six minutes after the restart.

Sessegnon picked up the ball on the halfway line and strode completely unopposed to the edge of the penalty area, where he unleashed a fine low drive past Green.

Gyan again went close before Jack Colback forced a good save out of Green as the Black Cats showed their quality in the closing stages.

The final goal was scrappy, but memorable for Riveros as the Paraguayan added further gloss to the scoreline in the final minute.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Riveros, 68), Onuoha, Ferdinand, Zenden, Malbranque, Henderson, Colback, Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Gyan (Cook, 73).

Subs not used: Carson, Adams, Knott, Noble, Lynch.