KENYA BROWN - Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sunderland and DeAndre Yedlin waited until the final minutes to get the win against Geoff Cameron and Stoke, while an exciting finish saw Bournemouth snatch a point against Tim Howard and Everton.
Bournemouth 3 - 3 Everton
Everton will be ruing the lose of three points on the road as they allowed Bournemouth to claw their way back to earn a tie at the Vitality Stadium.
Tim Howard, as usual, was in between the sticks for the Toffees in the wild game.
The visitors were the stronger of the two sides and opened the scoring in the 25th minute thanks to a goal from Ramiro Funes Mori. The Argentine jumped above his marker to head in ball from a Ross Barkley corner.
Everton would score a second goal 11 minutes later when Gerard Dulofeu sent a pinpoint pass to forward Romelu Lukaku who did not hesitate to put the ball past Bournemouth goalkeeper Adam Federici.
It should have been smooth sailing for the Toffees, but Bournemouth had other ideas and would find themselves back in the game in the second half.
Adam Smith would score the Cherries first goal in the 80th minute. The defender decided to take a crack at goal from outside the box and it paid off as the ball hit off the post and into the goal, leaving Howard dumbfounded.
The home side found the equalizer seven minutes later when Junior Stanislas got his foot on the ball from a low cross sent in by Joshua King.
It seemed that the game would be heading to a tie, but Everton had just enough left in the tank to score a third goal well into stoppage time when Barkley's shot got into the goal to send the away supporters into delirium.
However, Bournemouth's night was done as well as Stanislas would score his second goal to level the score once again. Charlie Daniels would send the ball into the box and the midfielder would head the ball past a diving Howard.
The tie leaves Everton in ninth place in the standings.
Sunderland 2 - 0 Stoke City
Sunderland fans will certainly be happy that their team are now out of the relegation zone as two late goals saw them earn three points at the Stadium of Light.
DeAndre Yedlin made his return to the starting lineup for the Black Cats, while Geoff Cameron came on in the 50th minute for the Potters.
It was rather quiet first half until the visitors received a harsh blow in defender Ryan Shawcross was sent off for taking down Duncan Watmore. This would give Sunderland the opening they needed to win the game.
Patrick van Aanholt opened the scoring in the 82nd minute who took a splendid chance from distance buried in the back of the net.
The home side found their second goal two minutes later when Watmore, who came on for Jermain Defoe, got behind the Stoke defense and buried ball past goalkeeper Jack Butland to ensure the win for his team.
The win sees Sunderland move up to 17th place in the standings.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa remained rooted at the bottom of the Premier League standings after suffering another defeat, this time to Watford 3-2.
Jonathan Spector started in the back line for Birmingham City in their 2-1 loss to Brighton.
Tim Ream was in the starting lineup as Fulham settled for a 1-1 time with Preston North End.
Duane Holmes was a second half substitute as Huddersfield Town suffered a 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Eric Lichaj started at right back for Nottingham Forest as they earned a 3-1 win over Danny Williams and Reading.
Cody Cropper was on the bench for MK Dons in their 0-0 tie with Wolves.
Gboly Ariyibi was in the starting lineup for Chesterfield in their 4-0 loss to Swindon Town.