- Premier League
Begovic scores for Stoke, Sunderland self-destruct
Sunderland failed to build on their derby victory over Newcastle as Gus Poyet's side slumped to a calamitous 1-0 defeat to Hull City at the KC Stadium.
Following a slow start in Yorkshire, the home side went ahead in fortuitous fashion after 25 minutes when Carlos Cuellar headed Liam Rosenior's cross into his own net.
A bad situation suddenly became a catastrophic one for Poyet and Co as the away side were reduced to nine men shortly before the interval; first, Lee Cattermole saw the familiar sight of a red card following a poor challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady, before Andrea Dossena was given his marching orders for a nasty stamp on David Meyler.
Begovic joined by Sanna
- Asmir Begovic was not the only goalkeeper to get on the scoresheet on Saturday - Colwyn Bay stopper Chris Sanna found the net in his side's 3-1 win over Solihull Moors in the Conference North.
- Sanna's long free-kick looped over Jasbir Singh to give the home side the lead in the 11th minute, before further goals from Rob Hopley and Gareth Evans secured the points.
It did not get any better after the break as George Boyd and Elmohamady both missed half chances but by then the damage had seemingly been done.
However, Steve Harper brilliantly denied Adam Johnson late on before Jake Livermore hit the woodwork at the other end, but it was Steve Bruce who was left smiling after a vital win gave him retribution over his former club.
Asmir Begovic became only the fifth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League as Stoke and Southampton played out a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium.
With only 14 seconds on the clock, Begovic opened his account in bizarre fashion as windy conditions played havoc in the Potteries; his long punt forward was left by visiting backline, only for the ball to loop over Artur Boruc's head and into the net.
However, shortly before half time Southampton were level; James Ward-Prowse found Jay Rodriguez with a crossfield ball, before the striker advanced unchallenged to head the ball into the ground and over the Boruc.
Ward-Prowse went close with a free-kick at the start of the second half, Ryan Shawcross headed over but neither side could find the finishing touch.
Shawcross appeared to handle the ball in the box, but Southampton were denied a late penalty and a chance of all three points as referee Chris Foy waved away their appeal.
West Brom held on to record a narrow 2-0 win over bottom-placed Crystal Palace, with Saido Berahino and Gareth McAuley earning the points for Steve Clarke's side.
Boaz Myhill produced a sharp save to deny Adlene Guedioura's snap shot early on, but that was the striker's only contribution as he was stretchered off following a collision with the West Brom goalkeeper.
Shortly before half time, substitute Berahino - who scored his side's winner at Old Trafford in September - gave Albion the lead when he swept the ball into the bottom corner.
Shane Long was then denied what surely would have been a second for West Brom when Joel Ward superbly cleared Morgan Amalfitano's cross.
It almost came back to haunt the hosts, but Marouane Chamakh's miscontrol rolled agonisingly wide of Myhill's post.
That sort of luck evades you at the bottom, as McAuley headed in at the back post to put the game to bed with six minutes to go.
West Ham and Aston Villa played out an entertaining but ultimately goalless draw at Upton Park.
Villa started strongly as Andreas Weimann was denied by Jussi Jaaskelainen, before the home side responded through former Villa winger Stewart Downing. However, his effort was aimed straight at Brad Guzan as the first half drew to a close.
Christian Benteke's should have done better from six yards out, but his effort hit the woodwork before Kevin Nolan went close at the other end. However, neither team could find a breakthrough and were left to share the spoils after a frustrating afternoon in the final third.
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