The Black Cats respond to Mowbray’s sacking in emphatic fashion, with an important victory against in-form West Brom.
Sunderland move into the play-offs, at least until the 3pm kick-offs.
Dan Ballard and Dan Neil provided the 2 goals, and a late Thomas-Asante goal for West Brom gave Sunderland a slight scare, but they were able to see it out.
Jobe should have had his name on the scoresheet early on, but the linesman gave offside, despite him being well onside.
The rest of the first half was reasonably tight, with the home side arguably edging it.
But, the second-half was a different story.
Sunderland almost took the lead early in the second-half as Aouchiche hit the post with a curling effort.
Alex Pritchard’s arrival in the 60th minute added an extra spark into Sunderland’s play, and he provided an assist for the first goal with a free-kick delivery.
Dan Ballard rose above, higher than everyone else and powered in a bullet header to make it 1-0.
West Brom, as you’d expect, turned up the tempo after going behind, but that allowed Sunderland to catch them on the break.
Sunderland’s second goal came from a West Brom corner.
Pierre Ekwah cleared and Alex Pritchard capitalised on a mistake from Conor Townsend before playing Dan Neil through, who dinked it brilliantly over the ‘keeper to make it 0-2 with 6 minutes remaining.
West Brom hit back instantly, thanks to a header from Thomas-Asante, but it wasn’t enough as Sunderland secured all 3 points.
MoTM – Dan Ballard