Sunderland beat Everton to stay up, Newcastle and Norwich relegated

Sport360 staff 00:55 12/05/2016
Sunderland secured their safety.

Patrick van Aanholt’s free-kick wrong-footed Joel Robles in the Everton goal to give the hosts the lead in the 38th minute and set Sunderland on their way to a comfortable victory.

Lamine Kone then lashed home from eight yards to send Sunderland fans into raptures and his team 2-0 up at the break.

The defender added his second and his side’s third with 35 minutes remaining as Everton continued to show a lack of form that has plagued the second-half of their season and left Roberto Martinez’s future in doubt.

In the opposite dugout, Sam Allardyce was celebrating keeping Sunderland up for a tenth successive campaign in the Premier League, a remarkable turnaround since he joined the club in October.

They were then 19th in the table and Sunderland remain the team that has spent the most days out of any other in the league in the relegation zone this season.

At Carrow Road, Norwich were relegated despite Nathan Redmond inspiring a 4-2 win over Watford at Carrow Road.

The Canaries ended a four-match scoreless run with goals from Redmond, Dieumerci Mbokani – who scored twice – and a Craig Cathcart own goal.

But it was too little, too late. Sunderland’s victory over Everton rendering the Canaries’ ninth win of the season – and third in 17 games – irrelevant as Alex Neil’s side joined Newcastle and Aston Villa in being demoted.

Watford scored early goals in either half, with Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo on target.

Away from the relegation battle, the evening’s other game saw Liverpool secure a 90th minute draw with Chelsea 1-0 at Anfield thanks to Christian Benteke’s late strike.

Eden Hazard’s superb solo effort had looked to have given his side the win until his compatriot popped up at the death.

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