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(...)

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(...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

Jermain Defoe of Sunderland scores the winning  goal during the  Premier League match against Newcastle  at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Sunderland 1 Newcastle 0Reminders of the old adage about form being temporary but class permanent can rarely have been more welcome.A truly terrible g(...)

Wayne Rooney scored form the spot as Manchester United beat Sunderland 2-0 at Old Trafford. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Manchester United 2 Sunderland 0Wayne Rooney scored his first league goals in over two months to give Manchester United a 2-0 victory over 10-man Sund(...)

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet issues instructions to his players during his side’s defeat to Bradford City in the FA Cup Fifth round match at Coral Windows Stadium, Valley Parade. Photograph: Getty Images

Gus Poyet’s position at Sunderland is under no immediate threat with the board confident the Uruguayan can ride out a current rough patch and keep the(...)

Jon Stead scores Bradford’s second goal in their FA Cup fifth-round clash against Sunderland at Valley Parade. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jon Stead has been there and worn the T-shirt during a career spanning 13 years and 10 clubs. But once things got so bad that his own supporters actu(...)

Jon Stead scored Bradford City’s second as they rocked Premier League Sunderland 2-0 at Valley Parade to reach the FA Cup quarter finals. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bradford City 2 Sunderland 0Bradford reacted to their television snub by adding another Premier League scalp to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for th(...)

Leroy Fer and Bobby Samora scored QPR’s goals as they secured their first away win of the season against Sunderland. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Sunderland 0 QPR 2Caretaker boss Chris Ramsey presided over QPR’s first Barclays Premier League away win of the season as chairman Tony Fernandes clos(...)

Sadio Mane wheels away after scoring Southampton’s late winner in their 1-0 victory over QPR at Loftus Road. (Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

QPR 0 Southampton 1Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner to give Southampton a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory and ensure QPR began life after (...)