Sunderland’s last five Monday night matches ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce.
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As Sunderland head to the capital to face Crystal Palace tonight, take a look at their last five Monday night Premier League clashes.

Crystal Palace 1 - 3 Sunderland

Monday 03 November 2014

Before this fixture, the Black Cats had not won a Monday night game since 2002, and their last away game before this tie saw Southampton put eight past Vito Mannone.

Despite the unfavourable record, the Wearside team managed to claw all three points from the Eagles with Steven Fletcher and Jordi Gomez both finding the net.

The Scot scored on the half-hour mark, heading past Julian Speroni, before Wes Brown brought it level ten minutes after the restart with an own goal.

Spaniard Jordi Gomez restored the Black Cats’ lead with a low drive and Palace captain Mile Jedinak was sent off minutes before the final whistle after collecting two yellow cards.

Sunderland had time to extend their victory, with Fletcher doubling his tally in the 95th minute.

The Black Cats’ Monday night curse was broken.

Tottenham 5 - 1 Sunderland

Monday 7 April 2014

Heading into the clash in an all too familiar position bottom of the table, Sunderland were buoyed when Lee Cattermole scored his first league goal for the club after 17 minutes.

Joy was short lived however, as Emmanuel Adebayor levelled the scoreline after a Wes Brown clearance ricocheted in off the Spurs striker.

The second half saw the scoreline drift further into Spurs’ favour, with Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen making it three for the North Londoners.

Adebayor then doubled his personal tally in the 86th minute, before Icelandic Gylfi Sigurdsson smashed in a fifth.

Sunderland 1 - 2 West Ham United

Monday 31 March 2014

Sam Allardyce led his Hammers side to victory at the Stadium of Light, with an early header from former Magpie Andy Carroll putting the Black Cats on the back foot.

Sunderland, guided by Gus Poyet, desperately tried to level the scoreline, however Carroll worsened their woes by providing the lay-off for Mohamed Diame to double the scoreline just after the restart.

Substitute Adam Johnson revitalised the Wearside teams attack, and provided hope after curling home just after the hour mark.

Despite a valiant effort, which included ‘keeper Vito Mannone soaring forward to join in attacks, the Black Cats couldn’t mount a comeback.

Sunderland 1 - 1 Stoke

Monday 6 May 2013

A week after a thrashing in the Midlands, Sunderland hosted the Potters at the Stadium of Light.

With Paolo Di Canio at the helm, the Black Cats made a woeful start, falling behind after Jonathan Walters pounced on a rebound to give Stoke a sixth minute lead.

The first half got worse for Sunderland, as Craig Gardner saw red after a dangerous lunge on Charlie Adam.

The restart saw the Black Cats begin to perform, with John O’Shea levelling in the 63rd minute. The Irishman drove home from five yards out after a Seb Larsson set-piece.

And despite their early setback, Sunderland almost managed to snatch the three points with Danny Rose clipping the outside of the post in the dying minutes.

Aston Villa 6 - 1 Sunderland

Monday 29 April 2013

Set against a back-drop of relegation fears for both teams, Paolo Di Canio had dubbed the game Sunderland’s ‘Champions League Final.’

If it had been, Sunderland gifted Villa the cup after goals from Ron Vlaar and Andreas Weimann - either side of Danny Rose’s reply - saw them edge the first half.

The second half saw Villa maul the Black Cats, with a 17-minute Christian Benteke hat-trick humiliating the away side.

Sunderland’s Stephane Sessegnon was sent off for a lunge on Yacouba Sylla to rub salt in the Black Cats’ wounds, before Gabriel Agbonlahor netted Villa’s sixth to top off a truly miserable night for Paolo Di Canio.