David Moyes was relived of pressure after a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday – thanks to Victor Anichebe’s first goal in as many match and a Jermaine Defoe’s penalty to end Sunderland’s win-less start to the season.
The used to and losing streak story looked set to unfold after the visitors with their under-fire manager Moyes serving a touchline ban following a misconduct charge fell behind to Dan Gosling’s 11th-minute goal.
But Nigerian International striker, Anichebe marked his first team start for the club by breaking his 546 days top-flight goal drought before playing a pivotal role in Sunderland’s winner.
With ex-South African star, Steven Pienaar having seen a red card for a second yellow, Sunderland were firmly on the back foot when Anichebe was fouled in the box by Adam Smith and Defoe made no mistake from 12 yards. The win though didn’t move Sunderland as they still remain 20 in the EPL table.
Meanwhile Defoe now have six goals to his name this season and contesting for the golden boot despite his side still at the bottom of the table.