KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 29, 2016
Lynden Gooch was once again in the starting lineup for Sunderland as they shared the points with Southampton, while Geoff Cameron got his first start for Stoke City in a loss to Everton.
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Jay Rodriguez's goal in the 85th minute cancelled out a Jermaine DeFoe penalty see that both sides shared the points at St. Mary's Stadium.
Gooch, who played on the left side of the midfield in the previous two games, started on the right this time playing 77 minutes.
It has been six years since the Black Cats have registered a win in August and that streak will continue for a seventh after this weekend's tie.
It was a close game, with neither able to break the deadlock in the first half and for much of the second half. But things changed in the final ten minutes that led to the game ending all square.
Southampton defender Jose Fonte brought down DeFoe in the box leading the to former England striker to blast his penalty well past Fraser Forster.
Any celebrations the visitors were planning at the final whistle for their first win of the season was halted five minutes later when Rodriguez's shot from outside the area got underneath Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Southampton came close to winning the game outright, but Oriol Romeu's effort was blocked.
Sunderland now sit in 16th place in the standings and will have to wait until after the international break to try once again for their first win of the season.
Everton 1-0 Stoke City
A Shay Given own goal was all that Everton needed to get their second win of the season at Goodison Park.
Cameron made his first start of the season for the Potters in central defense after sitting on the bench for the first two games.
The Toffees came close to scoring in the 24th minute of the game when Ashley Williams' header from a Kevin Mirallas cross was cleared off the line by Peter Crouch. It was close, but the referee confirmed that the ball did not cross the line.
Mirallas then to a crack at goal nine minutes later, but Given parried his shot over the bar.
Romelu Lukaku had an excellent chance to break the deadlock at the start of the second half, but his shot bounced off the post.
The home side were awarded a penalty in the 50th minute when Williams was brought down in the area as they were attempting a corner kick. Leighton Baines would step to take the penalty. Given was able to get his hand on the ball, but the shot was too powerful and the ball ricocheted off the post on to the goalkeeper's head and into the goal to give Everton the lead.
It was an unfortunate goal, but it was enough for Everton to get the three points.
Stoke now sit at the bottom of the standings with one point.
Brad Guzan started in net for a second straight weekend for Middlesbrough as they settled for a 0-0 tie with West Brom.
Jonathan Spector started at right back for Birmingham City in their 3-0 win over Norwich City.
Tim Ream watched from the bench as Fulham scored a stoppage time goal to earn a 1-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.
DeAndre Yedlin saw his first action since his transfer to Newcastle United as he came on late in their 2-0 win over Brighton.
Danny Williams started in midfield as Reading got a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City.
Eric Lichaj started at right back and assisted on a goal in Nottingham Forest's 3-1 win over Leeds United.
Gboly Ariyibi started for Chesterfield in their 3-1 loss to Millwall.
Duane Holmes started and played 62 minutes as Scunthorpe United suffered a 3-1 loss to Port Vale.