JOZY Altidore kept his place in the Sunderland starting XI for the visit of West Ham.
Altidore, handed his first Premier League start of the campaign at Liverpool seven days earlier, was preferred to Steven Fletcher up front, with Gus Poyet making just one change to his side, as Lee Cattermole came back in for Liam Bridcutt.
West Ham also made one change, with Diafra Sakho preferred to Enner Valencia up front.
Ex-Newcastle pair Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan both started.
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Vergini, Reveillere, O’Shea, Brown, Cattermole, Larsson, Gomez, Johnson, Wickham, Altidore. Subs: Bridcutt, Rodwell, Fletcher, Alvarez, Coates, Buckley, Mannone.
WEST HAM: Adrian, Jenkinson, Cresswell, Reid, Tomkins, Kouyate, Song, Nolan, Downing, Carroll, Sakho. Subs: Zarate, O’Brien, Collins, Amalfitano, Cole, Valencia, Jaaskelainen.
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