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Sunderland out of luck, Swans pile pressure on Jol

ESPN staff
November 23, 2013
Sunderland players were left furious after Wes Brown was dismissed against Stoke © Getty Images

Sunderland failed to build on their Premier League victory over Manchester City as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Steven Fletcher saw an early effort well saved by Asmir Begovic, but it was the home side who took the lead when Charlie Adam converted Steven Nzonzi's smart pullback.

It soon got worse for Gus Poyet's side as Wes Brown was controversially shown a straight red card for a tackle on Adam, leaving the Sunderland boss furious on the touchline.

Peter Crouch's header was comfortably saved by Vito Mannone in the second half, while Adam Johnson wasted an effort from 20 yards out before Nzonzi secured the points for Mark Hughes' side late on.

Swansea piled further pressure on Fulhammanager Martin Jol as they ran out 2-1 winners at Craven Cottage.

Following a slow start, Darren Bent crashed a volley against the post when capitalising on a defensive lapse from Chico Flores. Maarten Stekelenburg was then called into action as he denied Nathan Dyer from close range shortly before half time.

However, ten minutes after the break Stekelenburg was left helpless as Aaron Hughes shinned the ball into his own net to gift Swansea the lead.

Jol needed a bit of fortune and he soon got it through the unlikely source of Scott Parker, whose chipped cross-shot nestled in the top corner to pull Fulham level.

The fortune did not last long, though, as Jonjo Shelvey converted with ten minutes left on the clock to condemn Fulham to a fourth consecutive league defeat.

Crystal Palace recorded their second Premier League win of the season to give new manager Tony Pulis the perfect start to his tenure at the club, as Barry Bannan netted a late winner to deny Hull City at the KC Stadium.

A largely uneventful game in Yorkshire suddenly sprung into life with 12 minutes remaining as the away side were reduced to ten men.

Yannick Bolasie was given his marching orders for a poor challenge on Jake Livermore, but the home side could not take advantage as Bannan coolly converted Cameron Jerome's cross late on to steal all three points.

Elsewhere, Newcastle's recent resurgence continued as they recorded a third straight league win with a 2-1 victory over hapless Norwich.

Alan Pardew's side were handed the perfect start when Loic Remy headed in Yohan Cabaye's corner from close range; Bradley Johnson allowed the striker plenty of room to net his eighth Premier league goal of the season.

Yoan Gouffran doubled the lead seven minutes before half-time when he pounced to convert from close range after Shola Ameobi's initial header was parried by Norwich stopper John Ruddy.

A late goal from Leroy Fer sent a wave of nerves around St James' Park, but Newcastle held on for the win.

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