Premier League round-up:David Nugent marked the start of his second loan spell at Burnley with a goal to help the Clarets to climb out of the relegation zone with victory over fellow strugglers West Ham.
The Portsmouth forward beautifully lofted Danny Fox’s long ball over Robert Green in the 14th minute at Turf Moor.
A fantastic free-kick from Fox just after half-time put the home side 2-0 up and sealed Brian Laws’ first win as Burnley manager, despite Ilan grabbing a goal on his debut for the Hammers.
Sunderland’s 10-match streak without a win continued as they drew 1-1 at home to Wigan. Mohamed Diame gave the visitors the lead at the Stadium of Light after blasting home when the hosts gave the ball away after 20 minutes.
But Kenwyne Jones headed in Jordan Henderson’s cross to secure a point for Steve Bruce against his former club.
Danny Higginbotham’s eighth-minute strike at the Britannia Stadium set Stoke on the way to a 3-0 win against 10-man Blackburn.
The defender volleyed home after Rovers had failed to clear a corner before Franco Di Santo headed over from close range for the visitors.
Mamady Sidibe’s tap-in made it 2-0 and sealed the win for the hosts before Christopher Samba was sent off for a second yellow card. Matthew Etherington then rounded off the scoring.
The clash between Bolton and Fulham at the Reebok Stadium ended goalless.