• English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 39,918
SunderlandSunderlandvWest HamWest Ham
  • Larsson, 12
  • Adam Johnson, 47
  • McClean, 74

live commentary


91 mins: Kevin Nolan collects a cross from Ricardo Vaz Te but curls his effort on goal wide of the far post

90 mins:There will be three minutes added time played

88 mins: Stéphane Sessegnon replaced by James McFadden

86 mins:A good chance for Alfred N'Diaye, Connor Wickham pulled the ball back to him and the new arrival hit a shot wide from the edge of the area

84 mins: Adam Johnson replaced by Alfred N'Diaye

82 mins:Another Hammers attack ends with James Tomkins getting a shot away that Simon Mignolet does well to save, a second good stop in quick-fire succession

81 mins:A cross finds Ricardo Vaz Te free at the far post but his shot from a tight anyle is saved by Simon Mignolet

79 mins: Connor Wickham brought on for Steven Fletcher

76 mins:It has been a professional job from Sunderland this afternoon, while West Ham have been poor

74 mins:GOAL. SUNDERLAND 3-0 West Ham, James McClean with the goal. A counter attack ends with the Irish man diverting home a scuffed Stéphane Sessegnon shot from close range.

71 mins:The visitors are looking to put Sunderland under pressure and are dominating the ball, with the hosts looking happy to play on the counter attack

70 mins: Winston Reid shown a yellow card

69 mins:West Ham have been on top for the last ten minutes, controlling possession but without really creating too many chances

67 mins: Joe Cole hits a long range effort that is sliced very wide of the goal

64 mins: Matthew Jarvis has a left-footed shot deflected wide, and from the corner Alou Diarra has an effort cleared off the line

62 mins: Steven Fletcher played in and dinked the ball over the keeper into the net, but the linesman's flag up for offside and it won't count

58 mins: James Tomkins shown a yellow card

57 mins: Stéphane Sessegnon feeds Jack Colback, who sees a shot saved and then his follow-up hits the bar. So close to a third goal.

56 mins: Carlton Cole replaced by Marouane Chamakh

53 mins:Sunderland are looking confident again and Stéphane Sessegnon has caused countless problems for the visitors this afternoon

51 mins: Alou Diarra shown the yellow card

48 mins:It was a defensive mess for West Ham, and it came after they had started the second half well

47 mins:GOAL. SUNDERLAND 2-0 West Ham, a goal from Adam Johnson. A Sunderland counter-attack first sees James McClean denied and it ends at Johnson, who drills the ball home.

46 mins: Jack Collison replaced by Ricardo Vaz Te at half time

45 mins:Sunderland get the second half underway


45 mins:There will be two minutes of added time played

44 mins: Adam Johnson cuts in and unleashes a shot, but it is blocked by Winston Reid

42 mins: James McClean drills a cross-cum-shot from the left edge of the area that Jussi Jääskeläinen does well to hold onto

41 mins: Titus Bramble puts an Adam Johnson free kick wide from only three yards out, but the flag goes up for offside to spare the defender's blushes

38 mins:The game is scrappy with neither side capable of putting together any quality periods of possession.

36 mins: Carlton Cole thinks he's in on goal but the linesman's flag was up. There is poor movement from West Ham as Sunderland have got back on top

35 mins:There has been little goal mouth action in recent periods, a lull in proceedings at the Stadium of Light

33 mins: James Collins has to be withdrawn with a hamstring problem, James Tomkins brought on to replace him

30 mins: Skillfull play from James McClean and Steven Fletcher requires Winston Reid to step in and clear the danger as Sebastian Larsson almost set through

29 mins:The game has become stretched and neither team are managing to retain the ball for long periods

26 mins:A Sunderland counter-attack ends when Stéphane Sessegnon drags a shot from 20 yards wide of the target - when there were better options

23 mins:It has been a frenetic pace in the opening quarter and now it's the visitors making all the running

21 mins:The Hammers are finding their way back into the game and Simon Mignolet needs to be on his toes to beat Kevin Nolan to the ball

19 mins:A cross finds its way to Matthew Jarvis and his snap-shot has to be saved by Simon Mignolet. The first glimpse of goal for the visitors.

16 mins:Very poor from the Hammers as Jack Collison wastes a free kick in a dangerous position to load the big men into the box

14 mins:Sunderland are in control of the game and that early goal has given them a real confidence boost

12 mins:GOAL. SUNDERLAND 1-0 West Ham, a goal from Sebastian Larsson. The ball is cleared to the Swede, who controls it and hits a left-footed half-volley from 25 yards out and it arrowed into the top corner.

10 mins:Sunderland are on top here and causing problems with a succession of corners

9 mins: Steven Fletcher finds space on the edge of the area and his shot is deflected wide for a corner, which comes to nothing

6 mins:It has been an even start in an open game, Sunderland have seen more of the ball but the visitors are well-organised and looking strong

4 mins: Stéphane Sessegnon puts in a cross from the left and Adam Johnson has a volley blocked. The ball runs to David Vaughan, but he strikes wide.

2 mins:A scrappy start at the Stadium of Light as both teams trade possession

West Ham kick off the match

3 mins:West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Potts, Demel, Reid, Collins, Collison, Javis, Nolan, Diarra, J Cole, C Cole.

2 mins:Sunderland: Mignolet, O'Shea, Bramble, Colback, Sessegnon, McClean, Larsson, Johnson, Vaughan, Gardner, Fletcher

1 mins:Welcome to live text coverage of Sunderland v West Ham United from the Stadium of Light.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 12 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 39,918
SunderlandSunderlandvWest HamWest Ham
  • Larsson, 12
  • Adam Johnson, 47
  • McClean, 74

match report

Sunderland ended a run of two consecutive Premier League defeats with an impressive 3-0 win over an under-par West Ham United at the Stadium of Light.

Sebastian Larsson got them off to a perfect start with a superb 12th-minute opener, before second-half strikes from Adam Johnson and James McClean sealed a comfortable victory.

Martin O'Neill's side were the better team throughout and are now six points clear of the relegation zone.

West Ham, meanwhile, failed once again to record back-to-back league wins after a poor performance both in defence and up front.

Sunderland raced out of the blocks and could have gone ahead within three minutes when David Vaughan sent a drilled left-footed shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

They continued to push forward both at pace and in numbers, and Steven Fletcher was the next to threaten with a goal-bound right-footed effort that was deflected just wide.

West Ham were being overrun and the pressure finally told after the ball was half-cleared to Larsson 25 yards out. The Swede took two touches to shift the ball on to his left foot and then let fly a brilliant shot that rocketed past the helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the roof of the net.

The hosts then strangely let their tempo drop and allowed West Ham to create their first chance of the game through Matt Jarvis' low drive, but the visitors were disjointed throughout the opening period and rarely troubled Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce sent on Ricardo Vaz Te at the break as he looked to mount a fightback, but his side gave a second goal away within two minutes of the restart.

Stephane Sessegnon squared to McClean in acres of space on the left and after his low shot was saved by Jaaskelainen, 18-year-old defender Dan Potts failed to clear, allowing Johnson to hook home.

The visitors continued to press forward in a valiant bid to get back into the game, while Sunderland were content to play on the counter-attack.

And the tactic worked perfectly for the hosts, when Johnson broke down the right and fed Sessegnon, whose miscued shot fell perfectly for McClean to sidefoot home from an angle.

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
16John O'Shea
8Craig Gardner
14Jack Colback
19Titus Bramble
23James McClean
15David Vaughan
7Sebastian Larsson
21Adam Johnson84
28Stéphane Sessegnon89
26Steven Fletcher79


9Fraizer Campbell
11James McFadden89
4Alfred N'Diaye84
12Matthew Kilgallon
10Connor Wickham79
2Phillip Bardsley
20Keiren Westwood


Neil Swarbrick

team line-up

22Jussi Jääskeläinen
19James Collins34
20Guy Demel
2Winston Reid
33Daniel Potts
26Joe Cole
7Matthew Jarvis
23Alou Diarra
4Kevin Nolan
10Jack Collison45
9Carlton Cole57


14Matthew Taylor
5James Tomkins34
32Gary O'Neil
21Mohamed Diamé
29Marouane Chamakh57
12Ricardo Vaz Te45
30Raphael Spiegel


Neil Swarbrick

match stats

possession %4852
shots on target73
shots off target45
tackles won2111