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(...)

Christian Benteke’s goal was the difference for Liverpool as they ground out a 1-0 win away at Sunderland. Photograph: AFP

Sunderland 0 Liverpool 1 The final Premier League fixture of 2015 left Liverpool seventh and Sunderland seven points adrift of safety. While Christia(...)

David Meyler scores for Hull City in their Capital One Cup tie against  Swansea City at KC Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Capital One Cup review: Manchester City heaped more misery on Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland as they eased to a 4-1 win at the Stadium of Light. Manuel Pe(...)

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(...)

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(...)