MX23RW : Wednesday, February 20 08:21:58
Jan 14, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Attendance: 42,722
Sunderland
1-3
StokeStoke City
Defoe (40')
FT(HT: 1-3)
Arnautovic (15', 22'), Crouch (34')

Result: Stoke City storm to first Premier League win away at Sunderland

Stoke City score three times in the opening 34 minutes en route to a 3-1 win away at Sunderland - their first ever in the Premier League.

Stoke City have earned their first-ever win away at Sunderland in the Premier League thanks to a straightforward 3-1 triumph on Saturday afternoon.

The Potters scored three times without response in 18 first-half minutes, signalling a mass exodus around the Stadium of Light from disgruntled supporters.

Sunderland are now winless in four top-flight outings and have just one victory in their last seven which, coupled with three points for Hull City elsewhere this afternoon, leaves them 19th in the table after 21 games.

Marko Arnautovic proved to be the game's key player with two of those three quick-fire goals, the first of which arrived 15 minutes in when converting at the second attempt after initially being denied by Vito Mannone.

A fine second followed, with Arnautovic continuing his run into the box following some intricate play to smash home and put Sunderland on their way to a sixth home league defeat this season.

Xherdan Shaqiri almost added a third, only for his attempt to hit the post and go wide, but two minutes later Peter Crouch got to a Charlie Adam cross ahead of Mannone to make it three.

There was to be the smallest of lifelines for Sunderland prior to the break, as Jermain Defoe maintained his impressive spell with another goal after racing on to a long ball and slotting into the corner.

Both teams probed away in the second half but shots on goal proved to be harder to come by - just the one apiece over the remaining 45 minutes of the contest.

Lee Grant punched away a Fabio Borini effort before a follow-up shot was blazed over the bar, while Crouch struggled to get the ball over Mannone once it had kindly bobbled for him.

That proved to be it in the end, meaning just a second win in eight in all competitions for Mark Hughes and his men, who move into the top half of the division.

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