Sunderland manager Gus Poyet and Everton manager Roberton Martínez on the sideline at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Maybe Everton’s post-Europa League fatigue was to blame? Perhaps Adam Johnson’s enduring struggle to recapture his form should be held partly responsi(...)

 Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge could return from a thigh injury to play some part in the Merseyside derby on Saturday. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa celebrates his hat-trick goal in the Premier League game against Swansea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Diego Costa hit a hat-trick as Chelsea came from behind to beat Swansea 4-2 and maintain their 100 per cent start to the seas(...)

Stoke City’s Jonathan Walters (3rd left) celebrates scoring his first  against Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup second round match at the Britannia Stadium.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Premier League Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa suffered humiliating 1-0 defeats against fourth-tier Burton Albion and third-tier Leyton Orient res(...)

Sunderland’s Fabio Borini celebrates after scoring  his side’s  second goal during the  Premier League clash against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light. Photo:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 2 West Bromwich Albion 0Miracles tend to be painfully elusive but Sunderland supporters now know they really can happen. Only three weeks a(...)

Fabio Borini celebrates with his Sunderland  team-mates after scoring the winning penalty in the Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Chelsea 1 Sunderland 2: Blunders from veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer and full (...)

Connor Wickham of Sunderland scores his  second under pressure from Fernandinho of Manchester City at Etihad Stadium. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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Leon Osman is an injury concern for Everton.

Saturday, April 12th Crystal Palace (14) v Aston Villa (13) Palace manager Tony Pulis hopes to have a fully-fit squad to choose from. Dwigh(...)

Manchester City’s Samir Nasri celebrates after scoring the second against   Sunderland in the English League Cup final . Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Manchester City 3 Sunderland 1 They were flashes of brilliance. For(...)

Sunderland’s Adam Johnson did not expect to play every week for Manchester City, just more than once a month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

This is no time for soundbites. But you could feel the hand of history tapping shoulders in Sunderland on Wednesday afternoon. There was(...)