John O’Shea (right) of Sunderland is challenged by Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Andrew Yates / Reuters

Sunderland 1 Leeds United 0Shortly before kick-off several members of Sunderland’s 1973 FA Cup-winning team were presented to the crowd. The only sham(...)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet  and his coaching staff celebrate Adam Johnson’s winning goal during the  Premier League match against  Newcastle United  at St James’ Park. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet admitted he was about to take derby hero Adam Johnson off minutes before he struck the goal which secured a fourth suc(...)

Adam Johnson of Sunderland scores the winning goal late on in the premier league match against Newcastle at   St James’ Park. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 1Newcastle United are supposed to be counter-attacking specialists but they ended up being hoist by their own petard as a brill(...)

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Sunderland 1 Manchester City 4It was the sort of night which mocked suggestions that this season’s Premier League is a one-horse race and poured scorn(...)

Diego Costa of Chelsea clashes with  John O’Shea of Sunderland during the  Premier League match  at Stadium of Light. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Sunderland 0 Chelsea 0Willian and Santiago Vergini both hit the woodwork as Sunderland extended their run of good results against Chelsea with a 0-0 d(...)

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(...)

Jonathan Walters  scores Stoke City’s  second goal during the  Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur  at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Premier League round-up: Tottenham’s woes at White Hart Lane took another turn for the worse as Mauricio Pochettino’s side slumped to a 2-1 defeat at (...)

  Steven Fletcher of Sunderland celebrates scoring the second goal against Stoke City   at Stadium of Light. Photograph:  Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Papiss Cisse’s second brace of goals in three matches this season was not enough to ease the huge pressure on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew. Newcastl(...)

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(...)