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Sunderland were at home to Everton tonight (September 12) and a hat-trick of goals from striker Romelu Lukaku meant a decisive win for the visitors.
He scored three goals in eleven minutes in the second half, meaning Everton continued their unbeaten run this season.
Bad news for Sunderland manager David Moyes who watched his old club beat his new club. He was in charge at Goodison Park for more than a decade.
The final score: Sunderland 0 Everton 3.
By Paul Dobson
I'd love to say "what a difference a win makes" but, with all due respect, it was only the EFL Cup and Shrewsbury, and we have bigger things to worry about. Mind, it was a cracking goal and we're hoping that's him warmed up for the season. Manquilla has arrived, and the rumours are that he was one of three guests watching Wednesday's game - so maybe that's the way we're doing things - quietly. Nice, but let's see who the other two are.
Of course, we were glad to get through the game with no further injuries, which is an achievement for us these days, so we set off at daft o'clock for the south coast with six hours in which to work out the starting eleven. Oh, and to argue over the newspaper reports that Ellis Short is both to blame and a victim of the club's financial situation. It couldn't be simple with us, could it? At least we had plenty of time to discuss the situation, and pick the team once each - perhaps we should have put a fiver in the pot and whoever picked the team closest to the manager's choice could have won - and got the beers in.
With a week supposedly being a long time in football, you'd think that two years would be long enough to forget about the eight goal game, but of course nobody had - which led to lively, but good-natured chat with the home fans. Two hours later, they were moaning that we had been muscular (Kone and mebbe Gooch apart, that was clearly nonsense) and that Defoe had gone down as if shot.
Well, we'd all have taken a point before the game, as it's the law away from home, but once ahead we should have won it. We'll let Pickford off, as he'd been otherwise imperious, and celebrate the point.
Sunderland AFC have completed a deal to sign Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquillo.
The 22-year-old Spaniard becomes David Moyes’ fifth signing of the summer after joining from the Spanish giants.
The agreement is a season-long loan initially, which includes an option for Sunderland to make the move a permanent four-year deal after the completion of the loan.