Sunderland 3 Chelsea 2: Huge win for Black Cats but who scooped man of the match?
Sunderland secured a huge win over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light to put them in pole position to stay up this season.
Whabi Khazri, Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe scored the goals in the 3-2 win.
Richard Mennear gives his player ratings here:
Vito Mannone: Was left exposed for both goals. Finishes from close range, could do little about them. Produced two brilliant saves in an outstanding second half.......8
DeAndre Yedlin: Not his day. Unfortunate deflection for Chelsea's first and needed to be stronger in the air for second. Hazard gave him a tough time too. Recovered second half...6
Lamine Kone: Was caught napping for the second goal. The Sunderland defence were all at sea. Looked to injure his knee first half and was subbed after 55 minutes.....6
Younes Kaboul: Made some timely interceptions. Had work cut out with Diego Costa. Brilliant second half, marshalling the defence. Booked......7
Patrick van Aanholt: Played Chelsea onside for Matic's goal, was deeper than the rest of the defence. Much improved second half and provided the assist for the winner....7
Jan Kirchhoff: Not as influential. Sunderland midfield struggled to contain Chelsea. Made some timely interceptions but took too many touches at times. Subbed early....6
Lee Cattermole (C): Played some tidy through balls but Borini couldn't control and Defoe was offside. Led from the front second half. Booked.....7
Yann M'Vila: Blasted one effort high over the bar first half, much more dominant after the break. Back to his best.....7
Fabio Borini: Was in the wars, taking several heavy blows from the Chelsea defence. Scored and played a big part in the win second half.....8
Wahbi Khazri: Was a real threat from the off. Cutting inside and probing. Scored a stunning goal too to get Sunderland back in the game. Superb technique. Never stopped running....9
Jermain Defoe: Was a threat, caused Terry and Cahill problems first half. Scored the winner with a clinical finish inside the area....8
John O'Shea (for Kone, 55): Played his part in the win, calm at the back....7
Duncan Watmore (for Kirchhoff, 65): Added some zest and fresh legs down the flanks....7
Seb Larsson (for Cattermole, 71): A real calming influence, very vocal.....7
Subs Not Used:
Pickford, Rodwell, N'Doye, Lens.
Booked: Cattermole (52, foul), Defoe (70), Kaboul, (87, dissent), Larsson, (87, foul)
Goals: Khazri (41), Borini (67), Defoe (70)
Thibaut Courtois: 6
Branislav Ivanovic: 6
John Terry (C): 5
Gary Cahill: 6
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7
Nemanja Matic: 7
John Obi Mikel: 6
Eden Hazard: 7
Cesc Fabregas: 6
Diego Costa: 6
Baba Rahman (for Ivanovic, 67): 6
Oscar (for Willian, 80): 6
Traore (for Mikel, 83): 6
Subs Not Used:
Begovic, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Pato.
Booked: Cahill (1, foul), Terry (87, foul)
Off: Terry (90+5)
Goals: Diego Costa (14), Matic (45+3)
Referee: Mike Jones (Chester): Sunderland should have been awarded a few free-kicks but got the main decisions correct....6/10