Result: Late Diafra Sakho goal gives West Ham United Premier League win over Sunderland

Diafra Sakho scores an 88th-minute winner as West Ham defeat Sunderland 1-0 in the Premier League.

Dick Advocaat got off to a losing start as Sunderland manager as Diafra Sakho scored a late winner to secure a 1-0 victory for West Ham United.

The hosts made the brighter start, pushing forward into the final third early on, but Wes Brown and John O'Shea were strong at the back, heading several crosses clear.

Diafra Sakho of West Ham celebrates with team-mates after scoring the winning goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Sunderland at Boleyn Ground on March 21, 2015© Getty Images

Sunderland then threatened in the seventh minute when Jermain Defoe collected a long diagonal ball before going wide and crossing to Connor Wickham, whose volley from range was parried away by Adrian.

The Black Cats suffered an early blow when Brown landed awkwardly after appearing to be caught by Sakho, and despite getting up, he was not able to continue on the pitch, having to come off for Santiago Vergini.

Defoe was next to threaten as he sent a volley towards goal on the quarter-hour mark, but the ex-Hammer's effort flew wide of the post.

Sam Allardyce's charges countered through Kevin Nolan and Sakho, who combined to trouble Costel Pantilimon in the visiting goal.

Alex Song was next to try his luck as he latched onto a headed clearance to smash a first-time volley from 30 yards, which required a diving save from Pantilimon to stop it from opening the scoring.

Sunderland looked the most likely to score at the start of the second half, with Wickham shooting over from long range before Jack Rodwell failed to convert from a corner.

Both teams failed to threaten again until the 77th minute when Patrick van Aanholt's long-range effort was heading towards the top-left corner, but Adrian tipped the ball wide.

Sakho finally broke the deadlock in the 88th minute, driving the ball into the bottom-left corner to give West Ham the three points.

Share this article now:
West Ham's Sam Allardyce prior to kick-off against West Brom in the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
Read Next:
Half-Time Report: Goalless between West Ham, Sunderland
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
CManchester CityMan City3832421062779100
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd38256768284081
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs38238774363877
4Liverpool382112584384675
5Chelsea382171062382470
6Arsenal381961374512363
7Burnley381412123639-354
8Everton381310154458-1449
9Leicester CityLeicester381211155660-447
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38128183947-844
11Crystal Palace381111164555-1044
12Bournemouth381111164561-1644
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham381012164868-2042
14Watford38118194464-2041
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38913163454-2040
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield38910192858-3037
17Southampton38715163756-1936
RSwansea CitySwansea3889212856-2833
RStoke CityStoke38712193568-3333
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38613193156-2531

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account