Result: Sunderland claim crucial win against Everton

Stephane Sessegnon scores the only goal of the game as Sunderland record an important victory against Everton.

Stephane Sessegnon's first-half goal has given relegation battlers Sunderland a vital 1-0 victory over Everton.

Everton's Marouane Fellaini in action against Sunderland on April 20, 2013© AP Photos

Sunderland looked dangerous early on, with Danny Graham being denied by Tim Howard following a passing move from the hosts.

Everton struggled to create chances in the first half but Kevin Mirallas wasn't far away from handing the Toffees the lead with a deflected effort.

Sunderland boss Paulo Di Canio celebrates a goal by Stephane Sessegnon against Everton on April 20, 2013© PA Photos

Sunderland took the lead in super style shortly before the break, with Sessegnon punishing Leighton Baines for an error by drilling the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Danny Rose's tenacity nearly produced a second goal just after the interval but the on-loan defender struck wide following an impressive run on the left side of midfield.

Everton were almost level when Marouane Fellaini's effort struck the leg of Nikica Jelavic, but Simon Mignolet adjusted well to keep the ball out.

The Sunderland supporters had to nervously wait for confirmation of the win but Paolo Di Canio's side secured the victory despite Everton having a late appeal for a penalty rejected.

Mark Schwarzer
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