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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.

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West Ham's Sam Allardyce prior to kick-off against West Brom in the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
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