Borini gives Sunderland lifeline by clinching West Ham draw

Lynette Rowe
April 21, 2017

However, the result means Sunderland remain nine points adrift of safety with just six games remaining.

Moyes, meanwhile, insists that he wants to stay and rebuild the club.

"No-one is happy at the football club at the minute because of the position we're in".

In fact, they scored twice on home soil for the first time since January 2.

His critics' riposte is that his tactics have been unimaginatively one-dimensional and his prolonged marginalisation of Wahbi Khazri, arguably Sunderland's most gifted individual, self-destructive.

Moyes made four changes from the side that started last weekend's defeat to Manchester United, with by far the most notable seeing Khazri return to the starting line-up for the first time since October.

The first Premier League goal of Khazri in approaching a year actually cancelled out Andre Ayew's fifth minute opener for the folks, who scored at the outset of every half.

Sunderland are winless in their last eight matches too, although they did end a seven-match goal drought against the Hammers before Fabio Borini's 91st-minute equaliser rescued a point. They have a game over Hull City but the gap is nine points, there is no chance they are getting out of this.

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Afterwards Borini revealed that there had been behind-the-scenes tensions within the squad this term. "There have been a few problems within the dressing room, but that's for us to deal with". I don't appreciate losing every Saturday but we pick it up.

Khazri continued to lead the Black Cats' charge up to half-time before James Collins silenced the Stadium of Light with a header on 47 minutes.

David Moyes says it wasn't Sunderland's best performance of the season, but it is an improvement from their recent from.

"I don't think the crowd turned against the manager - not the way I've seen other managers treated", he said.

Asked if he had heard the dissenting voices, the Scot said: "I did, aye, but it's to be expected because me and the team are not doing well just now, so I have to accept it".

"I just do not forget to myself that I think I have got the third- or fourth-best win record in the Premier League".

Has had to wait patiently to remind the Sunderland faithful of what he can do and the fact that he produced a man-of-the-match display having been ignored for so long by Moyes did not go unnoticed by the fans.

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