West Ham scored a goal at the death to give them a vital 1-0 Premier League win over Sunderland.
Winston Reid, the unlikeliest of heroes, came up with a last-gasp winner to ensure Sunderland will stay cemented to the foot of the Premier League table.
Off a corner, the Kiwi defender received a pass from an unselfish Dimitri Payet and struck the ball with his left foot from outside of the box, which traveled through a bevy of players to find the back of the goal.
The shot seemed to handcuff Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who had to try find the ball through a maze of players. A couple of Hammers were impeding Pickford’s vision, the resulting seeing-eye shot finding the corner to give West Ham the most important of victories.
The contrast in emotions was evident, as West Ham manager Slaven Bilic gesticulated with elation. His dismay impossible to hide, David Moyes stood on the sideline a forlorn and beleaguered character.
With the result, West Ham move into 15th place and can breath a bit easier tonight as they increase the distance between themselves and the bottom three. The East Londoners will take a lot of confidence from winning in such a dramatic way. Last-gasp winners are always good for a team’s collective morale.
Sunderland stay rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, with only two points from a possible 27. Sunderland is already seven points adrift of safety and will have to turn their season around quickly to have any chance of avoiding the drop.
Moyes’ job will be hanging by a thread, especially considering how poor his team have been defensively. Sunderland have conceded 16 goals in nine games thus far. Only Hull City, who have leaked 22, have allowed more.