Bottom club Sunderland gave their survival chances a huge lift with a win at Everton, their first Premier League away success since April.

Midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung's penalty sealed the points at Goodison Park, after the South Korean had been fouled by keeper Tim Howard, who was sent off.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet praises 'incredible' victory

Phil Jagielka, Bryan Oviedo and Ross Barkley were all denied by Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

But the Black Cats, three points from safety, produced a spirited display.

With fellow strugglers Fulham and Crystal Palace also winning away, Sunderland remain bottom of the table and approach the midway point of the season knowing they still have much work to do if they are to stay up.

But victory over one of the Premier League's most in-form sides will provide Gus Poyet's side with a major boost.

Sunderland had failed to score in four of their previous six league games.

Yet the Capital One Cup semi-finalists were gifted their first goal on the top-flight stage for four hours and 18 minutes by midfielder Leon Osman, recalled to the side for his 302nd Premier League Toffees outing.

Rare away joy for Sunderland

Sunderland's previous away win in the Premier League came on 14 April at Newcastle. Since then the Black Cats had failed to win in 10 attempts on the road before this victory.

The 32-year-old's poor back pass let in Ki, the South Korean falling under a Howard challenge as he attempted to round the Everton keeper.

Referee Lee Probert pointed to the penalty spot, although replays were inconclusive about the amount of contact from Howard.

Ki, on loan from Swansea, picked himself up to send the ball beyond substitute keeper Joel Robles, leaving Everton, down to 10 men and unbeaten in the Premier League at Goodison since 30 December 2012, shaken.

Robles, making his first Toffees league appearance since signing from Atletico Madrid in July, denied Sebastian Larsson from doubling the Black Cats lead with his right palm before the hosts produced a second-half rally.

Everton defeat not a set-back - manager Roberto Martinez

Sunderland keeper Mannone did well to keep out Jagielka's header following a corner, while the Italian produced an even better stop to deny Oviedo.

After Steven Fletcher had spurned a fine chance to put the game out of Everton's reach, Barkley was foiled by Mannone.

Everton's frustration was complete when Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, on loan from Liverpool, cleared a header from substitute Nikica Jelavic off the line.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez:

"Goalkeeper Vito Mannone was man-of-the-match for Sunderland but we should have scored.

"Obviously we were a bit sloppy in that situation [the red card].

"The fans will be disappointed with the score but everyone saw the incredible performance we had after the interval.

"I'm a lot happier today than other days when we have won because we learned a lot about the squad."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"Even with 10 men they [Everton] were the best team we have played against.

"It was very difficult and it's incredible that we have beaten them.

"The players are tired, they gave everything possible for the fans."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Everton

  • 24 Howard Dismissed
  • 23 Coleman
  • 08 Oviedo
  • 18 Barry Booked
  • 06 Jagielka
  • 15 Distin
  • 11 Mirallas (Barkley - 45' )
  • 16 McCarthy
  • 17 Lukaku
  • 21 Osman (Robles - 24' )
  • 22 Pienaar (Jelavic - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Robles
  • 05 Heitinga
  • 07 Jelavic
  • 14 Naismith
  • 20 Barkley
  • 26 Stones
  • 32 Alcaraz

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 12 Celustka
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 21 Diakité
  • 29 Roberge
  • 07 Larsson
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 09 Fletcher (Altidore - 87' )
  • 14 Colback (Giaccherini - 70' )
  • 31 Borini

Substitutes

  • 03 Dossena
  • 06 Cabral
  • 11 Johnson
  • 13 Pickford
  • 17 Altidore
  • 22 Ba
  • 23 Giaccherini
Ref: Lee Probert
Att: 39,193

Match Stats

Shots

25 13

On target

9 6

Corners

11 2

Fouls

11 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Everton 0, Sunderland 1.

90:00 +3:25 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Everton 0, Sunderland 1.

90:00 +3:07

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) header from very close range misses to the right following a corner.

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

90:00 +2:42

Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sylvain Distin with a headed pass.

90:00 +2:09

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

89:53

Foul by Nikica Jelavic (Everton).

89:53

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:52

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

89:50

Attempt blocked. Gareth Barry (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy with a cross.

88:27

Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.

87:55

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

86:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher.

85:33

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

85:33

Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:08

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

84:07

Attempt blocked. Nikica Jelavic (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

83:46

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

83:43

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

82:42

Nikica Jelavic (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:42

Foul by Valentin Roberge (Sunderland).

81:33

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nikica Jelavic.

81:02

Attempt saved. Gareth Barry (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

80:59

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James McCarthy.

79:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:59

Delay in match Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) because of an injury.

78:08

Bryan Oviedo (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:08

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

77:14

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini with a through ball.

75:23

Attempt missed. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross following a corner.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Nikica Jelavic replaces Steven Pienaar.

74:44

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

74:43

Attempt saved. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Sylvain Distin.

73:53

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James McCarthy.

72:01

Offside, Sunderland. Vito Mannone tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

71:44

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini replaces Jack Colback.

67:46

Foul by Sylvain Distin (Everton).

67:46

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:58

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James McCarthy.

65:45

Attempt saved. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James McCarthy.

64:23

Attempt missed. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

63:22

Offside, Everton. Sylvain Distin tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

63:01

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

60:37

Attempt missed. Ross Barkley (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Pienaar.

57:32

Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

57:00

Attempt missed. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

56:39

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

55:00

Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

54:59

Attempt saved. Phil Jagielka (Everton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo with a cross.

54:36

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

54:25

Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Barry.

53:04

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.

52:05

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Fabio Borini.

49:08

Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

49:08

Valentin Roberge (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:07

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lee Cattermole with a cross.

46:21

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Gareth Barry.

46:20

Attempt blocked. Modibo Diakité (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ondrej Celustka.

45:38

Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

45:38

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Everton 0, Sunderland 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Ross Barkley replaces Kevin Mirallas because of an injury.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Everton 0, Sunderland 1.

42:54

Attempt missed. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

41:39 Booking

Booking Gareth Barry (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:33

Foul by Gareth Barry (Everton).

41:33

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:16

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

36:01

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

35:33

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Bryan Oviedo.

35:27

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:25

Attempt saved. Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

34:16

Foul by James McCarthy (Everton).

34:16

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:08

Offside, Everton. Bryan Oviedo tries a through ball, but Sylvain Distin is caught offside.

32:25

James McCarthy (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:25

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

31:30

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

31:30

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:21

Seamus Coleman (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:21

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

26:18

Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:18

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

24:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Everton 0, Sunderland 1. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

23:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Everton. Joel Robles replaces Leon Osman.

22:26 Dismissal

Dismissal Tim Howard (Everton) is shown the red card.

22:19

Penalty conceded by Tim Howard (Everton) after a foul in the penalty area.

22:19

Penalty Sunderland. Ki Sung-Yueng draws a foul in the penalty area.

15:45

Foul by Leon Osman (Everton).

15:45

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:51

Attempt saved. Jack Colback (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

13:59

Attempt missed. James McCarthy (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas.

11:10

Attempt missed. Gareth Barry (Everton) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Kevin Mirallas with a cross following a corner.

10:36

Corner, Everton. Conceded by Modibo Diakité.

8:25

Leon Osman (Everton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:25

Foul by Modibo Diakité (Sunderland).

7:20

Attempt saved. Bryan Oviedo (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

6:48

Steven Pienaar (Everton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:48

Foul by Modibo Diakité (Sunderland).

6:10

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

5:59

Foul by Kevin Mirallas (Everton).

5:59

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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