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.

Saturday, 7th May 2016, 4:23 pm
Updated Saturday, 7th May 2016, 5:30 pm
Wahbi Khazri scored a stunning goal against Chelsea

Whabi Khazri, Fabio Borini and Jermain Defoe scored the goals in the 3-2 win.

Richard Mennear gives his player ratings here:

Sunderland (4-1-4-1):

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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)

Chelsea (4-2-3-1):

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

Willian: 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

Attendance: 47,050