Sunderland: West Ham United moved closer to Premier League safety and kept Sunderland in the relegation zone with a 2-1 win away on Monday. Andy Carroll, formerly a striker with Sunderland's arch north-east rivals Newcastle, headed West Ham into an early lead and Mohamed Diame made it 2-0 to the London club shortly after half-time. Sunderland substitute Adam Johnson pulled a goal back for the hosts in the 65th minute to the joy of the Stadium of Light crowd but they were unable to build on that.
Victory took 11th placed West Ham onto 37 points, three short of the traditional survival mark of 40, but the result meant Sunderland stayed second bottom on 25 points, four shy of safety with eight games remaining.
The game was only nine minutes old when Carroll, a £15 million ($25m, 18m euros) signing from Liverpool, scored only his second goal of the season as he rose highest to head in Mark Noble's corner.