West Ham 3-1 Sunderland
An own goal by Craig Gordon and a final minute strike from Craig Bellamy saw Sunderland slump to a third successive Premiership defeat against West Ham United on Sunday.
West Ham taken an early lead through Carlton Cole but Sunderland equalized six minutes into the second half with a thumping header from Kenwyne Jones. Sunderland looked set for a well deserved point when a goalkeeping error by Gordon saw the ball strike the post before rebounding into the net through his boot before Bellamy put the result beyond doubt with a goal in the final minute of the match.
Sunderland started the match strongly and could have taken the lead in the first minute of the match as Jones rose high to meet Ross Wallace's cross but saw his header fly just high of the cross bar. However it was West Ham who took the lead in the ninth minute when Cole headed home George McCartney's cross to score his first goal of the season.
With Sunderland unable to create any chances, it was West Ham all the way as Matt Etherington and Lee Bowyer went close to doubling the lead in the first half. However the visitors grabbed the equalizer in the 52nd minute when Jones was the first to reach Grant Leadbitter's corner to head home the ball.
But West Ham retook the lead 12 minutes before full time when Gordon dived to save Solano's effort but saw it crash against the post before striking his outstretched boot to roll back into the net. Though Sunderland tried to push foward for a late equalizer, Bellamy put the match beyond doubt when he headed home Luis Boa Morte's cross to score the third goal for West Ham.