Hat trick scorer Arouna Kone of Everton holds the match ball as he celebrates with Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Everton 6 Sunderland 2 The elation of a sixth successive Tyne-Wear derby victory evaporated quickly for Sunderland. Sam Allardyce’s team were p(...)

Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher scores his side’s third goal during the Premier League game against Newcastle at the Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 3 Newcastle United 0 History repeated itself on Wearside where Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive Sunderland manager to preside ove(...)

Sunderland captain John O’Shea limped off during the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland captain John O’Shea limped off with a suspected hamstring injury during the first half of the Tyne-Wear derby at the Stadium of Light. Sam (...)

Dimitri Payet celebrates after scoring the second goal for West Ham Reuters / Graham Stuart

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham Dick Advocaat could only look on in horror as Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with West Ham amid spec(...)

Memphis Depay celebrates scoring Manchester United’s first goal Photograph: Andrew YatesReuters

Wayne Rooney ended his 11-match goal drought as Manchester United climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time in over two yea(...)

Riyad Mahrez scored an early brace as Leicester City blew away Sunderland. Photograph: PA

Leicester City 4 Sunderland 2 A first-half blitz from Leicester blew away Sunderland to hand new boss Claudio Ranieri a dream start. Riyad Mahrez’s do(...)

Chelsea players paid tribute to departing striker Didier Drogba by carrying him off the pitch after 26 minutes at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Facundo Arrizabalaga/Getty Images

Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland This arena was basking in giddy celebration long before the Premier League trophy was paraded on to the turf, with all t(...)

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson has largely been used as a substitute since Dick Advocaat replaced Gus Poyet. Photograph: Scott Heppell/AP Photo

Dick Advocaat will wait until next week before telling Sunderland whether he wants to remain in the manager’s chair for next season or retire. Althou(...)

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson leaves court yesterday where he faced three offences of sexual activity with a girl under 16 and one of grooming. Photo: Scott Heppell/PA

Adam Johnson could have a significant role to play as Sunderland attempt to drag themselves over the Barclays Premier League finishing line at Arsenal(...)

Danny Graham scored his first goal for Sunderland as his side picked up a priceless three points away at Everton. Photograph: Getty

Everton 0 Sunderland 2Sunderland striker Danny Graham’s first goal for the club may have been a fluke but its significance could not be under-estimate(...)