Victor Anichebe’s Sunderland Relegated After Defeat To Bournemouth

Victor Anichebe’s Sunderland Relegated After Defeat To Bournemouth
Bournemouth are virtually safe after winning 1-0 at Sunderland on Saturday, with the Black Cats relegated from the Premier League.

Sunderland became the first team to be relegated from the Premier
League this season after Joshua King’s late goal consigned David Moyes’
men to a 1-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

Hull’s 0-0 draw at Southampton looked to have provided the hosts with
a stay of execution, but King rounded off a rapid Bournemouth break to
send Sunderland into the Championship.

After 10 years in the Premier League and a series of close shaves in
recent seasons, Sunderland drop out of the top flight with fans chanting
angrily against Moyes and owner Ellis Short at the full-time whistle.

King went closest to breaking the deadlock in an end-to-end first
half, but the Norway international saw his floated effort clip the
crossbar and post when it looked like curling in.

Jermain Defoe missed a series of chances for Sunderland as his dry
spell continued and, despite their increasingly desperate efforts, the
hosts could not find the goal that would have prolonged their slim hopes
of survival.

Bournemouth laid siege to the Sunderland goal in the early minutes,
with Steve Cook denied a tap-in by a crucial defensive block before King
shot tamely at Jordan Pickford.

Fabio Borini’s swerving strike was then beaten away by Artur Boruc at
the other end and Defoe could not adjust his body to turn in the
rebound in a lively opening at the Stadium of Light.

Defoe wasted another decent opening by blasting over the top after 18
minutes, then King’s curling effort somehow hit the angle of post and
bar before bouncing into the arms of a grateful Pickford.

Defoe’s goal touch has deserted him in recent weeks – the England
international has not scored in the Premier League since February 4 –
and he ought to have done better after 28 minutes than volley straight
at Boruc after a concerted spell of Sunderland pressure.

Bournemouth remained a threat on the break, however, and Donald Love
was forced to clear a King shot off the line before Benik Afobe had two
powerful strikes blocked.

Marc Pugh bent an effort just wide at the start of the second period
before Boruc made a vital save by blocking Borini’s shot after Defoe had
sent the Italian through on goal.

Boruc was again the key man for the visitors when he parried
substitute George Honeyman’s effort after 65 minutes, then Pugh headed
an Adam Smith cross over the bar.

Tensions boiled over with 15 minutes to go after Borini’s poor
challenge on Lewis Cook, but while Sunderland’s players showed plenty of
fight in the closing stages they could not find a way past Boruc, who
saved again from Borini.

And the goalkeeper’s heroics proved vital as Bournemouth snatched all
three points with a breakaway goal with just two minutes to go.

Substitute Lys Mousset led the counter and slipped Ryan Fraser into
the box, with the winger pulling the ball back for King to tap home from
close range.

Key Opta stats:
– Joshua King scored his 15th Premier League goal of the season – only
the second Norwegian to reach this number in a single campaign after Ole
Gunnar Solskjaer in 1996-97 and 2001-02.

– The Cherries won their first away Premier League game of 2017, last winning on the road at Swansea on December 31.

– Since their promotion to the Premier League in 2007, Sunderland have
failed to score in 139 top-flight matches – at least 25 more than any
other side in that time.

– Indeed, the Black Cats have failed to score in 11 of their last 13 Premier League games.