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Sunderland AFC v southampton (h)...
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Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table after being on the end of a four nil trouncing by Southampton at the SOL on Saturday. It was a miserable performance from David Moyes’ team on a miserable afternoon on Wearside with Sunderland comprehensively beat by Claude Powell’s side thanks to a brace either side of half time from Manolo Gabbiadini, a Jason Denayer own goal and a late Shane Long strike.

After the tremendous 4 -0 drubbing of Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last weekend Sunderland had the opportunity to record back to back wins as Southampton headed to Wearside. The victory over Sam Allardyce’s side came at a cost with Jack Rodwell facing another spell on the side-lines with a hamstring injury whilst John O’Shea and Adnan Januzaj both picked up knocks although David Moyes did reveal in his pre match press conference that the latter pair were back in training.

Southampton went into the game with one eye on the League Cup final in a fortnight and having lost six of their last seven league games. The Saints however are a bit of a bogey team for the lads and we have not beat them in four attempts and who can forget the horrific 8 -0 loss suffered on the south coast three years ago.

Moyes revealed that there was some good news on the injury front with Jordan Pickford resuming full training although the game did come too soon for the young shot stopper. The gaffer made one change to the side that beat Palace with Darron Gibson replacing Jack Rodwell in midfield. Sunderland started well and had a lot of the ball but failed to trouble Southampton too much with the visitors seemingly content to sit in as a compact unit.

Having seemed happy to let have Sunderland have a lot of the ball in the opening stages the visitors started getting a foot hold in the game after around twenty minutes with a good spell of possession. The dominance in possession led to the opening goal with a cross swung in from the left hand side finding Gabbiadini who glanced a header into the back of the net. It was a bit of a blow as Sunderland had started well enough with Gibson looking tidy and Oviedo looking threatening from left back but once we conceded we went to pot.

The visitors doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when a clever clipped reverse ball into the box found Gabbiadini who produced a stunning turn to beat Kone and O’Shea before firing past Mannone.

O’Shea was replaced at the break with Pienaar taking his place but this did little to stem the tide as Southampton grew into the game even more. The visitors started piling forward and carving Sunderland open at every opportunity with Gabbiadini denied a hat trick after Mannone blocked his volley after Sunderland failed to clear a corner.

Moyes made another change in an attempt to salvage something from the game withdrawing Larsson for Borini but again it was to no avail. Southampton were cruising despite their recent poor form and Mannone had to be alert to parry away a strike from Tadic from range before Ward-Prowse tested him with a header.

Sunderland’s sorry showing is evident in the stats which show a meagre one effort on target and even then that was a weak effort from N’Dong from way outside the box which forced Fraser Forster into his only save of the game. The visitors were dominant with Ward-Prowse almost making it three when he dragged a shot wide before Mannone had to tip over a header from Cedric. David Moyes’ side were bordering on lifeless with no urgency or passion on show and found themselves three behind when Denayer sliced Bertrand’s cross into the back of the net.

Having sat in the freezing cold and being soaked by the rain blown in from the North sea it was only fitting that Sunderland would concede another to lose by the same score line in what they won last week. Embarrassing defending allowed substitute Shane Long to play a one two before sliding the ball past Mannone to compound a dreadful afternoon for Sunderland.

Abysmal.

Final Score: Sunderland 0 Southampton 4

ALS Man of the Match: Bryan Oviedo

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