Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Club's Plight Grows Ever More Serious; James Hunter's M AT C H ANALYSIS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Club's Plight Grows Ever More Serious; James Hunter's M AT C H ANALYSIS

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Byline: James Hunter's

TOP SHOT Bolo Zenden's late left-foot strike which was arrowing its way towards the top left-hand corner until Tim Howard pushed it behind.

SUPER SAVE Howard showed lightning reflexes to tip Kenwyne Jones' injury-time header over the bar when it looked he had scored a consolation. FOR THE RECORD Sunderland have not won at Goodison Park since 1996. NEXT MATCH Sunderland take on Stoke at the Stadium of Light on Monday (8.00).

Everton ..................... 2 Sunderland ............... 0 THE pain goes on for Sunderland - and on, and on, and on.

No league win in nine games, no clean sheet in nine league games, no away win in the league since the opening day of the season.

Out of both cup competitions, sliding further down the Premier League table week by week.

It has all gone horribly wrong on Wearside, and Steve Bruce knows he has to break the downward spiral - and fast!

Two more cheap goals conceded at Everton meant it was game over inside 20 minutes at Goodison Park.

Tim Cahill - the scourge of Wearside for so long with six goals in 11 games against the Black Cats - may have been offside when he headed Everton in front inside the first 10 minutes, but there was no flag to spare Sunderland's defensive blushes.

On-loan LA Galaxy frontman Landon Donovan took advantage of more slack defending to open his account for Everton shortly afterwards.

Yes, there was an improvement in the second half and, yes, there was a bit of spirit shown in the final 10 minutes, when Bolo Zenden and Kenwyne Jones were both denied by terrific saves from Tim Howard.

However, as Bruce acknowledged, it was too little, too late. The game was already lost.

Sunderland fielded yet another new-look back four - this time with John Mensah at right-back, Nyron Nosworthy and debutant Matt Kilgallon in central defence and George McCartney on the left - but the same soft underbelly remains.

The Wearsiders have now conceded 16 goals in their last five games.

Bruce said: "I seem to be like a stuck record at the moment. It is just too easy to score against us.

"The goals we gave away, Everton did not have to do much for. …

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