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Sunderland   1 - 0   West Ham

Jordan Henderson (centre) gets congratulated by his team mates after scoring the winner for Sunderland.
Henderson (centre) celebrates after scoring his first goal in almost a year

By Mike Lawrence

A first-half goal by Jordan Henderson earned Sunderland victory and sent West Ham United back to the bottom of the Premier League.

Record signing Asamoah Gyan crossed from the right to find Henderson who fired past Hammers keeper Rob Green.

Victor Obinna hit the post in the second half with Scott Parker also going close to an equaliser.

Gyan and Kieran Richardson both had chances to increase the lead for Sunderland.

The result moves Sunderland up to seventh in the Premier League table while West Ham slip below Wolverhampton Wanderers on goals scored with both sides having the same goal difference.

Bruce relieved after 'edgy' win

With injury problems at the back, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce decided attack was the best form of defence and selected Gyan, Darren Bent and Danny Welbeck up front.

Sunderland were looking to maintain their unbeaten home record in the Premier League, while the visitors arrived in the North East on the back of two wins, 3-1 over Wigan in the league last weekend and 4-0 against Manchester United in the Carling Cup on Tuesday.

Both sides started the game in a positive fashion but scoring chances were at a premium before the goal.

After Richardson had skied a good chance into the upper stand, Henderson then placed a dangerous looking cross into the penalty area which West Ham defender Tal Ben-Haim had to head behind for a corner.

Bent also tried a speculative shot from the edge of the box which went wide, while at the other end Obinna scuffed a long-range effort which failed to trouble Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon.

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Despite the number of Sunderland strikers on the pitch, the opening goal came from midfielder Henderson on 34 minutes.

Nedum Onuoha floated a long ball to record-signing Gyan and the Ghanaian placed a superb cross into the box from the right which Henderson fired home for his first goal in almost a year.

West Ham almost drew level at the start of the second half when Obinna took advantage of a mix up in the Sunderland defence to find Carlton Cole, whose shot whistled past Gordon's left-hand post.

Grant optimistic despite defeat

The lively Gyan then struck a fierce shot which Green parried but the game lost some of its flow as it entered the final 20 minutes, with both managers making substitutions.

Despite the defeat West Ham manager Avram Grant - assisted on the touchline by new defensive coach Wally Downes who was barking out orders throughout the game - will certainly feel the team are starting to look more difficult to beat.

His opposite number Bruce will be relieved that his team were able to hold on to their lead as they have conceded late goals on a number of occasions this season.


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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 1-0 West Ham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Henderson 34

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    West Ham

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 36,940
    SUNDERLAND
    WEST HAM

    Possession

    • Sunderland 58%
    • West Ham 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Sunderland 12
    • West Ham 2

    Attempts off target

    • Sunderland 5
    • West Ham 7

    Corners

    • Sunderland 9
    • West Ham 3

    Fouls

    • Sunderland 6
    • West Ham 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:51 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
    • 90:00+3:05 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steed Malbranque on Zavon Hines. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Julien Faubert from right wing, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 90:00+2:42 Shot from just outside the area by Ahmed Elmohamady misses to the right of the target.
    • 90:00+2:04 Victor Obinna crosses the ball.
    • 90:00+0:55 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Boudewijn Zenden coming on for Asamoah Gyan.
    • 90:00+0:35 The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady.
    • 89:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Parker on Asamoah Gyan. Direct free kick taken by Steed Malbranque.
    • 89:41 Booking Scott Parker is cautioned.
    • 89:08 Short corner taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
    • 88:34 Steed Malbranque takes a short corner.
    • 87:59 Julien Faubert crosses the ball, clearance made by Nedum Onuoha.
    • 86:44 Unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand by Carlton Cole results in a free kick. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:26 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Ahmed Elmohamady coming on for Jordan Henderson.
    • 84:50 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Headed effort on goal by Nedum Onuoha from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
    • 84:32 Danny Welbeck takes a shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
    • 82:37 Substitution Julien Faubert joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 81:55 Victor Obinna crosses the ball, Close range effort by Scott Parker goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 80:25 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Jordan Henderson, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.
    • 79:38 Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, save made by Robert Green.
    • 79:19 The ball is swung over by Steed Malbranque, clearance by James Tomkins.
    • 78:34 Effort from just inside the box by Victor Obinna strikes the post.
    • 77:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Victor Obinna. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 76:05 Victor Obinna takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Asamoah Gyan makes a clearance.
    • 75:58 Scott Parker crosses the ball, clearance by Nedum Onuoha.
    • 74:47 The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 74:47 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Steed Malbranque coming on for Darren Bent.
    • 73:03 Unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan by Matthew Upson results in a free kick. Kieran Richardson delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Robert Green makes a save.
    • 72:45 Centre by Victor Obinna, Craig Gordon makes a save.
    • 71:51 Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, Jonathan Spector manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:20 Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
    • 69:22 The assistant referee flags for offside against Kieran Richardson. Robert Green restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:11 Kieron Dyer fouled by Anton Ferdinand, the ref awards a free kick. Victor Obinna crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:11 Substitution (West Ham) makes a substitution, with Frederic Piquionne coming on for Kieron Dyer.
    • 68:11 Substitution Luis Boa Morte goes off and Zavon Hines comes on.
    • 66:22 Asamoah Gyan sends in a cross.
    • 65:36 Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 65:20 Foul by Kieran Richardson on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. James Tomkins takes the free kick.
    • 64:58 The ball is crossed by Nedum Onuoha, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
    • 63:36 Effort from 20 yards by Kieran Richardson. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 63:27 Danny Welbeck has a drilled shot. James Tomkins gets a block in.
    • 61:37 The ball is crossed by Tal Ben-Haim, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
    • 61:25 The ball is sent over by Luis Boa Morte, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:53 A cross is delivered by Victor Obinna, Craig Gordon makes a save.
    • 60:36 The ball is swung over by Carlton Cole, Luis Boa Morte takes a shot. Blocked by John Mensah.
    • 59:00 Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 56:55 Shot from just outside the box by Asamoah Gyan goes over the crossbar.
    • 56:15 Carlton Cole is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 54:37 Nedum Onuoha delivers the ball, clearance by Matthew Upson.
    • 48:38 Carlton Cole has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 47:23 The ball is swung over by Daniel Gabbidon, save by Craig Gordon.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:04 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+0:28 Scott Parker has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 44:59 Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Darren Bent.
    • 44:45 Short corner taken by Kieron Dyer.
    • 44:37 The ball is delivered by Luis Boa Morte, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 44:13 The ball is swung over by Luis Boa Morte, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
    • 43:16 Jonathan Spector produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 42:41 Unfair challenge on Carlton Cole by Nedum Onuoha results in a free kick. Daniel Gabbidon takes the free kick.
    • 41:36 Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
    • 41:19 Shot from 25 yards from Lee Cattermole. James Tomkins gets a block in.
    • 39:49 Danny Welbeck is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
    • 39:39 Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Danny Welbeck gets a block in.
    • 38:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on John Mensah. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
    • 38:00 Booking Carlton Cole is booked.
    • 36:19 The ball is sent over by Nedum Onuoha, save by Robert Green.
    • 35:13 Effort on goal by Asamoah Gyan from 25 yards.
    • 33:34 Assist by Asamoah Gyan.
    • 33:34 GOAL - Jordan HendersonSunderland 1 - 0 West Ham Jordan Henderson grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 West Ham.
    • 32:46 Darren Bent takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
    • 31:48 Kieran Richardson crosses the ball.
    • 30:07 Carlton Cole is caught offside. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 27:54 Effort from 35 yards by Victor Obinna missed to the right of the net.
    • 26:05 The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, Robert Green makes a save.
    • 24:26 Phillip Bardsley produces a cross, clearance by Matthew Upson.
    • 23:47 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Mensah by Carlton Cole. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
    • 22:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Luis Boa Morte.
    • 22:23 Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 20:11 Jonathan Spector fouled by Nedum Onuoha, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Victor Obinna from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
    • Correction - 18:27 Shot from just outside the area by Kieran Richardson goes over the bar.
    • 18:27 Shot from just outside the box by Tal Ben-Haim goes over the crossbar.
    • 18:14 Shot from 18 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
    • 13:59 Shot from 30 yards by Lee Cattermole. Save made by Robert Green.
    • 12:09 Nedum Onuoha sends in a cross, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Boa Morte by Lee Cattermole. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Victor Obinna, Lee Cattermole manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:38 Booking The referee cautions Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour.
    • 6:54 Lee Cattermole fouled by Luis Boa Morte, the ref awards a free kick. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:54 Booking Luis Boa Morte goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 4:49 Jordan Henderson produces a cross, Carlton Cole makes a clearance.
    • 4:17 Jordan Henderson takes the inswinging corner, save made by Robert Green.
    • 3:23 The official flags Kieron Dyer offside. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:08 The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 0:51 Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 5 Dec 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Arsenal 16 16 32
    2 Man Utd 15 19 31
    3 Chelsea 16 19 30
    4 Man City 16 9 29
    5 Tottenham 16 3 26
    6 Bolton 16 5 23
    7 Sunderland 16 2 23
    8 West Brom 16 -4 22
    9 Stoke 16 0 21
    10 Blackburn 16 -4 21
    11 Newcastle 16 -1 19
    12 Liverpool 15 -2 19
    13 Blackpool 15 -6 19
    14 Birmingham 16 -2 18
    15 Everton 16 -2 17
    16 Aston Villa 15 -7 17
    17 Fulham 16 -4 15
    18 Wigan 16 -15 15
    19 Wolves 16 -13 12
    20 West Ham 16 -13 12

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