Jermain Defoe snatches late win for Sunderland… and is taken off with ankle injury

A calamitous defensive misunderstanding gifted Sunderland a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace courtesy of Jermain Defoe’s goal ten minutes from time.
There seemed to be little danger as Scott Dann shepherded a hopeful through-ball back towards his goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, but a complete breakdown in communication between the two gifted Defoe with an open goal in which to tuck home the winner for the Black Cats.
It was a bit of a smash and grab from the Wearsiders, who set up with five at the back with the intent of playing it long whenever possible – either looking for the strikers on the break or for the team’s bigger players from any set-piece on the park.
The tactic hadn’t looked to be troubling Palace all that much, but neither did Sunderland look like conceding either in a match that seemed to have 0-0 written all of it from the start. (R) lines up with players during the French national anthem in m
A drab first half saw neither side get much of a foothold in the game and even though it livened up a little after the break there was still a distinct lack of cutting edge from both sides.
But the one golden chance, when it came, fell to Defoe, who made Dann and Hennessey pay dearly for their indecision.

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