Sunderland sunk in relegation from Premier League
1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth condemns Black Caps to the Championship after 10 seasons in the top flight
David Moyes’ sorry Sunderland were relegated from the English Premier League after a 1-0 home defeat by Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
Allied to Hull City’s 0-0 draw at Southampton, the result left Sunderland 13 points adrift of safety with only 12 points to play for this season.
Josh King scored the goal that condemned Sunderland to the Championship, converting a pass from Ryan Fraser after a sweeping counter-attack in the 88th minute.
Southampton had a chance to give Sunderland a stay of execution, but Dusan Tadic’s stoppage-time penalty was saved by Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Sunderland were in the Premier League since 2007, but their return to the second-tier Championship has long appeared only a matter of time.
They have been in the relegation zone since September and have not moved off the foot of the table since January.
“I’m really disappointed, I feel for the supporters,” said Moyes. “They put their heart and cash into the team and my thoughts are mainly with the supporters.
“It’s a collective thing from top to bottom – it’s wrong to blame any individual. Clubs are much stronger than any one individual.”
Sunderland captain John O’Shea said: “We have come back a few times with some great fightbacks but were not able to do it this season.
“We are obviously distraught and it’s not a nice feeling.
“The league table never lies. Performances and results are the obvious thing that have brought us down.
“We haven’t kept enough clean sheets as a team and needed another miracle run to save us but haven’t been able to do it this season.”
Victory effectively secured Bournemouth’s safety, catapulting Eddie Howe’s side up the table to 10th place, 10 points above the relegation zone.
With Stoke City and West Ham United also drawing 0-0, the only other goal in the four afternoon games came in outgoing champions Leicester City’s 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.
Jamie Vardy settled the game in the 43rd minute, rifling home his 15th goal of the season from Shinji Okazaki’s pass down the inside-right channel.
After an arduous season for Leicester, last season’s fairy-tale champions have now reached the 40-point mark that usually guarantees survival.