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There Is Daylight On Another Dark Day For Sunderland

09 Dec 2013 01:17:16

There Is Daylight On Another Dark Day For Sunderland

I have ALWAYS believed Sunderland were two good results away from safety, but ....

... Fulham and Crystal Palace put daylight between us and them at the weekend, and that sends the alarm bells ringing.

Arsenal had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Everton as Gerard Deulofeu's equaliser cancelled out Mesut Ozil's opener in an absorbing encounter at Emirates Stadium.

Premier League

1 Arsenal 352 Liverpool 303 Chelsea 304 Man City 295 Everton 286 Tottenham 277 Newcastle 268 Southampton 239 Man Utd 2210 A Villa 1911 Swansea 1812 Stoke City 1713 Hull City 1714 Norwich 1715 West Brom 1516 Cardiff 1417 West Ham 1318 Fulham 1319 C Palace 1320 Sunderland 8

Everton followed up their victory at Old Trafford in midweek with another impressive performance but it was Arsenal who looked set to emerge triumphant when Ozil struck in the 80th minute.

However, Deulofeu fired in a terrific finish four minutes later and the Gunners were unable to restore their lead as Olivier Giroud struck the woodwork in the dying seconds.

The result leaves Arsenal five points clear at the top of the table, while Everton remain fifth and have still only been beaten once in the Premier League this season.

All the best images from Sunday's Premier League action, including Fulham v Aston Villa and Arsenal v Everton.

Dimitar Berbatov brushed off talk of a January exit to end Fulham's six-game Barclays Premier League losing streak as the Cottagers saw off Aston Villa 2-0 on Sunday.

Berbatov laid on Fulham's first, Steve Sidwell's third league goal of the campaign - before coolly side-footing a penalty he helped secure.

The spot-kick finish was just Berbatov's second league goal in 13 appearances this term, and it secured Rene Meulensteen's first win in sole charge.

Should Berbatov sustain the form shown in the first half here, new boss Meulensteen's chances of dragging Fulham clear of relegation danger will increase dramatically.

Berbatov's astute pass sent Alexander Kacinklic haring clear, and he lured Leandro Bacuna into a robust challenge that brought the penalty.

It was a shocking mistake from the Villa full back that condemned Paul Lambert's men to a miserable 2-0 half-time deficit.

The Midlanders were never able to find their stride, eventually suffering their first defeat in six league matches.

Source: Sunderland-Mad


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