Relegation settled as Sunderland win

Published Wednesday, May 11, 2016 5:04 PM by Shane Barrow

There will be no drama at the bottom of the English Premier League table this Sunday as the relegation battle has been settled.  Sunderland finished another escape with a comprehensive 3-0 dismantling of Everton to put things to rest.

Both Newcastle and Norwich had eyes on the Stadium of Light Wednesday as they were needing Everton to grab a result and keep Sunderland from getting the points they needed to firm their place outside the bottom three.  Instead, Everton put on a display that has been typical of their spring as they basically went through the motions.  The result was a Sunderland side that had little trouble running out winners on the day.

Sunderland took the lead in the 38th minute, much to the relief of the home fans. Patrick van Aanholt curled in a free kick which had Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles wrong-footed.  It was 2-0 just four minutes later when Lamine Kone scored his first goal for the club, lashing in a finish that gave Robles no chance after Leighton Baines had played him onside from a Yann M'Vila headed pass.  It was 2-0 to the break and the celebrations were on. It was all settled ten minutes into the second half after Everton made a mess of a corner kick.  Kone was the man on the spot to fire home from close range.

Meanwhile, Norwich were grabbing a solid 4-2 victory over Watford which would turn out to be worthless.  Newcastle fans had to sit at home and drink away their sorrows as they watched their northern rivals condemn them to the Championship for next year.

It was the third straight year in which Sunderland have made the late season escape from the relegation zone. If only someone would tell them the season starts in August rather than after Christmas who knows what type of damage they could do!