Yannick Bolasie plundered an 11-minute hat-trick as Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew got his own back on Sunderland.
The DR Congo international struck after 51, 54 and 62 minutes after Glenn Murray had opened the scoring to hand the former Newcastle manager a 4-1 victory at the Stadium of Light, Palace's first ever top-flight win on Wearside. Connor Wickham scored the home side's consolation.
Pardew, of course, presided over four successive defeats by the Black Cats during his spell in charge at St James' Park, and that run was a major factor in the deterioration of his relationship with the Toon Army.
Victory took the Eagles through the 40-point barrier – 25 of their 42 have come in the 12 Premier League games since he took charge.
Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, O’Shea, Vergini, Jones, van Aanholt, Cattermole, Gomez, Rodwell, Fletcher, Wickham, Defoe.
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Gus Poyet has revealed he was "disappointed" to be sacked by Sunderland, but "honoured" to have managed the Premier League club.
In a statement released through the League Managers Association, Poyet used the opportunity to list his achievements at the club, including three wins against local rivals Newcastle, last season's League Cup run and famous victories at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford.
"I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland but I am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager," he said.
Expanding on his time at the club, which dates back to October 2013 when he was appointed with the club rooted to bottom of the Premier League, Poyet explained:
I leave Sunderland feeling proud of all of our achievements during my tenure, not least reaching the club’s first cup final in 22 years when we took more than 30,000 fans to the Capital One Cup Final at Wembley. Of the three Tyne-Wear derby matches since I joined the club as manager, I am very proud that we were able to win all three, two of which were away from home.
I will never forget winning at Old Trafford last May, Sunderland’s first league victory there since 1968, which came shortly after beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has dismissed reports linking him with the Sunderland job as "pure speculation".
The 60-year-old emerged as an early favourite to be appointed at the Stadium of Light in the summer after the struggling Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet and installed Dick Advocaat on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
"Pure speculation," Allardyce replied when asked about reports linking him with a summer move to Sunderland.
"I'm West Ham manager and I'm contracted to West Ham and don't expect anything other than somewhere along the line we'll be talking about a contract here."
When asked if he saw himself at West Ham next year, he said: "If that contract is right, yes."
Jack Rodwell is backing the vast experience of new head coach Dick Advocaat to drag Sunderland out of relegation trouble.
The 67-year-old Dutchman was handed the task of preserving the club's Barclays Premier League status on Tuesday just hours after Gus Poyet's reign on Wearside was brought to an abrupt conclusion.
Advocaat will have just nine games in which to complete his mission with the Black Cats sitting precariously a point above the drop zone, but midfielder Rodwell is confident his knowledge and background will stand him in good stead.
His CV speaks for itself, really. A man of his experience, it's always good to come into, especially for young players like myself and a few of the other lads, so it's all good. We are all raring to go.
He has come in, he's had a little initial meeting with us. Obviously, he's only been here two days and I'm sure the next couple of days, he will have a lot more to say about opponents and all that.