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(...)

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(...)

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scores the first of his two goals past Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone during the  Premier League  match at the Stadium of Light. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Premier League round-up: Southampton’s incredible start to the season continued against Stoke as Sadio Mane’s strike propelled them back to second in (...)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman commiserates with Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet after the the 8-0 home win  at St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Gus Poyet was left bemoaning the most embarrassing moment of his football career after his Sunderland side were hammered 8-0 at Southampton. The Urugu(...)

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

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2 This was a sho(...)

Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu celebrates  their winner at Sunderland. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Wes Brown’s own goal took Everton into the Champions League places as Sunderland’s relegation fears took a turn for the worse after a 1-0 defea(...)

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(...)

Jack Colback scores Sunderland’s third goal past against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Newcastle 0 Sunderland 3: Alan Pardew was left alone to face a furious backlash as Newcastle succumbed to another humbling derby defeat by Sunderla(...)