West Ham 0-3 Sunderland

West Ham 0 - 3 Sunderland

Bolo Zenden
Bolo Zenden opened the scoring in possibly his last game for Sunderland

West Ham left the Premier League with a whimper as Sunderland eased to victory and sealed a top-10 finish.

Bolo Zenden headed home Ahmed Elmohamady's cross to give the visitors an early advantage.

Zavon Hines almost levelled from close range before Stephane Sessegnon doubled the lead when he lashed home from 25 yards after a solo run.

The Hammers struggled to muster a response and Cristian Riveros converted Jordan Henderson's cross late on.

Hammers fans hoping to see some pride restored after a dismal season against an out-of-form Sunderland side were instead subjected to a performance as abject as anything served up under Avram Grant, who was sacked as manager after the club's relegation last weekend.

Caretaker boss Kevin Keen has declared his wish to replace Grant full-time but this audition inspired no confidence - his youthful side's display highlighting the desperate need for a strong figure to revive and inspire the club in the Championship next season.

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Perfect end to season - Bruce

Sunderland, buoyed by the return of Asamoah Gyan from injury, put on a clinical show that propelled them four places up the table - and crucially above north-east rivals Newcastle.

There was a low-key but defiant atmosphere inside the Boleyn Ground, possibly hosting its last Premier League match given West Ham's pending move to the Olympic Stadium, and the Hammers' loyal followers were treated to a lively start.

A Freddie Sears drive and Thomas Hitzlsperger's 30-yard free-kick forced good stops from Simon Mignolet as the Hammers, featuring five Academy graduates, attacked with purpose.

However, the defensive vulnerability that has dogged the east Londoners all season was evident from the start and Gyan was twice presented with early chances, which he fired straight at Robert Green.

Sunderland's opening goal was not long in coming though and it was an unmarked Zenden who supplied the finish, arcing a header over Green from Elmohamady's right-wing cross.

The hosts' fragile confidence drained away and the Black Cats protected their lead in comfort for the rest of the half, bar a close-range snapshot from Hines in first-half injury time that Mignolet acrobatically blocked.

But any hopes of a second-half revival were quickly stamped out when more lethargic defending allowed the visitors to double their lead six minutes after the break.

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Need to restore tradition and values - Keen

Sessegnon picked up the ball on the halfway line and strode completely unopposed to the edge of the penalty area, where he unleashed a fine low drive past Green.

The Black Cats soon threatened more goals, but Gyan fired just wide and Jack Colback's strike was tipped around the post by the busy Green.

The home fans contented themselves with self-deprecating gallows humour - a conga was seen in the 'Chicken Run' at one point - and some warm applause for substitute Scott Parker.

The closest they came to cheering a goal was when Victor Obinna headed straight at Mignolet but it was a rare foray upfield from the Hammers, who were more preoccupied with keeping the scoreline respectable.

The defence held out until injury-time when Paraguayan midfielder Riveros was given time in the area to fire home a scrappy third that was typical of the 70 goals the Hammers have conceded in the league this season.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

West Ham

  • 01 Green
  • 04 Gabbidon
  • 05 Tomkins (Jacobsen - 54' )
  • 27 Spence
  • 36 Bridge
  • 10 Collison
  • 11 Hitzlsperger
  • 13 Boa Morte (Parker - 60' )
  • 19 Sears
  • 26 Hines (Obinna - 54' )
  • 30 Piquionne

Substitutes

  • 31 Boffin
  • 37 Jacobsen
  • 08 Parker
  • 14 Kovac
  • 25 Stanislas
  • 38 Tombides
  • 33 Obinna

Sunderland

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Bardsley Booked (Riveros - 67' )
  • 15 Onuoha
  • 29 Ferdinand
  • 07 Zenden
  • 08 Malbranque Booked
  • 10 Henderson
  • 25 Colback
  • 27 Elmohamady
  • 28 Sessegnon
  • 33 Gyan (Cook - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 24 Carson
  • 34 Adams
  • 16 Riveros
  • 26 Cook
  • 30 Knott
  • 31 Noble
  • 38 Lynch
Ref: Taylor
Att: 32,792

Match Stats

Shots

17 17

On target

12 12

Corners

4 6

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:51

Assist on the goal came from Jordan Henderson.

90:00 +2:51 Goal scored

Goal! - Cristian Riveros - West Ham 0 - 3 Sunderland Cristian Riveros finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. West Ham 0-3 Sunderland.

88:24

Corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, save by Robert Green.

88:09

Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Jordan Spence gets a block in.

86:19

Thomas Hitzlsperger has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.

85:47

Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

83:15

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Scott Parker from the left by-line, save made by Simon Mignolet.

82:30

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Steed Malbranque gets a block in.

79:26

Thomas Hitzlsperger produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

78:38

Boudewijn Zenden decides to take a short corner, Effort from the edge of the area by Steed Malbranque goes wide of the right-hand upright.

78:24

Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Spence.

72:52

Ahmed Elmohamady concedes a free kick for a foul on Frederic Piquionne. Thomas Hitzlsperger takes the free kick.

71:32 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Cook on for Asamoah Gyan.

70:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Spence on Stephane Sessegnon. Boudewijn Zenden takes the direct free kick.

67:30

Frederic Piquionne is caught offside. Nedum Onuoha takes the free kick.

67:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Thomas Hitzlsperger. Thomas Hitzlsperger takes the free kick.

66:44 Substitution

Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Cristian Riveros coming on for Phillip Bardsley.

66:03

Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Victor Obinna results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

63:38

Victor Obinna takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

63:03

Direct free kick taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.

63:03 Booking

Booking Steed Malbranque receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

62:53

Victor Obinna fouled by Steed Malbranque, the ref awards a free kick.

60:38

Freddie Sears gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Direct free kick taken by Jack Colback.

59:50 Substitution

Substitution Scott Parker on for Luis Boa Morte.

57:39

Jordan Henderson is penalised for a handball. Shot comes in from Thomas Hitzlsperger from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

56:50

Corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden from the right by-line, save by Robert Green.

56:29

Jack Colback takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

54:43

Asamoah Gyan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

53:16

Phillip Bardsley takes the indirect free kick.

53:16 Substitution

Substitution Lars Jacobsen on for James Tomkins.

53:16 Substitution

Substitution Victor Obinna comes on in place of Zavon Hines.

53:16

The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside.

50:43

Boudewijn Zenden provided the assist for the goal.

50:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephane Sessegnon - West Ham 0 - 2 Sunderland Goal scored by Stephane Sessegnon from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Ham 0-2 Sunderland.

49:06

Shot on goal comes in from Jack Collison from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

49:06 Booking

Booking Phillip Bardsley goes into the referee's book.

48:59

Phillip Bardsley challenges Zavon Hines unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Boudewijn Zenden on Luis Boa Morte. Free kick taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger.

47:07

Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jordan Spence.

46:27

Corner from the right by-line taken by Boudewijn Zenden, Robert Green makes a save.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:42

Zavon Hines takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

45:00 +0:42

Header by Jack Collison from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

39:05

Jack Collison produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

36:15

Corner from left by-line taken by Jordan Henderson.

35:17

James Tomkins concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Boudewijn Zenden takes the direct free kick.

31:15

Frederic Piquionne is ruled offside. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

30:32

Shot by Frederic Piquionne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

28:20

Steed Malbranque gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Freddie Sears. James Tomkins takes the direct free kick.

26:32

The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, save by Robert Green.

25:45

Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

23:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Boudewijn Zenden by Thomas Hitzlsperger. Phillip Bardsley fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

23:16

Freddie Sears is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

21:04

Frederic Piquionne sends in a cross, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

18:46

Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

18:34

The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, save by Robert Green.

16:26

Ahmed Elmohamady provided the assist for the goal.

16:26 Goal scored

Goal! - Boudewijn Zenden - West Ham 0 - 1 Sunderland Boudewijn Zenden grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty area. West Ham 0-1 Sunderland.

13:14

Jordan Henderson challenges Frederic Piquionne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from James Tomkins, save by Simon Mignolet.

12:27

Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger, Simon Mignolet makes a save.

12:02

Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.

11:33

The official flags Frederic Piquionne offside. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

10:18

Corner taken by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the right by-line, Wayne Bridge takes a shot. Nedum Onuoha gets a block in.

9:26

Unfair challenge on Freddie Sears by Boudewijn Zenden results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Thomas Hitzlsperger, save by Simon Mignolet.

8:39

Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

8:13

Frederic Piquionne concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

6:42

Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Hitzlsperger from the left by-line, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.

6:26

Freddie Sears takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

6:01

Zavon Hines takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

5:25

Nedum Onuoha takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.

4:42

Jack Collison challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.

4:25

Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.

3:01

Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Robert Green.

2:44

Thomas Hitzlsperger takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Henderson.

1:32

Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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