Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League in dramatic circumstances on Saturday as they lost to Bournemouth and Southampton had an injury-time penalty saved against Hull City.
Josh King struck in the 88th minute at the Stadium of Light, meaning David Moyes’ Sunderland were heading into the Championship as a result of their defeat, and the fact Hull were still drawing. But then Hull conceded a penalty almost immediately, only to see goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic tip Dusan Tadic’s spot-kick wide.
In truth, Sunderland showed more fight than in a lot of previous games, Jermain Defoe guilty of squandering a couple of glorious chances and Artur Boruc in form between the Bournemouth sticks. Yet the damage had been done long before this fixture, David Moyes' side now winless in nine home matches since beating Watford before Christmas (D4, L5).
Sunderland drop back down to the second tier for the first time since 2007 and for the fourth time in total.
Sunderland fight not enough to save them. A huge melee broke out on the pitch following a Fabio Borini challenge but their scrapping qualities couldn’t rouse them into a goal.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth): Enjoyed a fine outing, causing problems with penetrating runs and dangerous crosses. Laid the ball on a plate for Josh King to settle matters.
Sunderland: Pickford 7, Manquillo 6, O’Shea 6, Kone, Love 7, Ndong 6, Khazri 7, Pienaar 6, Borini 7, Defoe 6, Anichebe 6. Subs: Honeyman 7.
Bournemouth: Boruc 7, Smith 7, Francis 7, S. Cook 6, Daniels 6, Fraser 8, Arter 6, L. Cook 6, Pugh 6, King 7, Afobe 6. Subs: Stanislas 6, Gradel 6, Mousset 6.
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