Arsenal’s Petr Cech saves from Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe during the Premier League game at the  Stadium of Light. Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Sunderland 0 Arsenal 0 Jermain Defoe had suggested that, after playing on Thursday night, Arsenal might still be “dehydrated” and Sunderland could be(...)

Sunderland celebrate Jermain Defoe’s second half strike in their 3-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. Photograph: PA

Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3 Sunderland grabbed a survival lifeline as goals from Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore secured a priceless(...)

Jamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City moved closer to the title with a 2-0 win at Sunderland. Photograph: Getty

Sunderland 0 Leicester City 2 As the final whistle blew, half the pitch remained bathed in glorious spring sunshine but the rest was shrouded in de(...)

Aleksandar Mitrovic  collides with a fan as he celebrates scoring Newcastle United’s equaliser in the Premier League game against Sunderland at St James’ Park. Photograph:   Stu Forster/Getty Images

Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 1 An afternoon on which Rafael Benitez frequently looked like a man enduring a most unwelcome introduction to the despa(...)

West Ham’s Michail Antonio scores his team’s first goal against Sunderland in their Premier League clash at Upton Park. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

West Ham 1 Sunderland 0 Sam Allardyce endured an unhappy return to Upton Park as Sunderland slipped to a 1-0 defeat against West Ham. Michail Antoni(...)

Jermain Defoe scored in the 89th minute to give Sunderland a 2-2 draw at Anfield. Photograph: PA

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 2 Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe scored an 89th-minute equaliser as Liverpool — without their ill manager Jurgen Klopp — squ(...)

West Brom’s James McClean scores his side’s late equaliser in the Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photograph:  John Sibley/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Second-placed Leicester joined Arsene Wenger’s side on 43 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Tottenham. Centre back Robert Huth headed home from a corner (...)

Oscar scored Chelsea’s third in their 3-1 win over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Reuters

Chelsea 3 Sunderland 1 Jose Mourinho may have gone but he was far from forgotten as Chelsea marked the end of an era with a 3-1 win over Sunderland. (...)

Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon shoots at  goal during last night’s Premier League clash at Selhurst Park. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 1 Sam Allardyce’s team recorded a victory earned on the back of hard graft and a late winner from Jermain Defoe t(...)

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(...)