Sunderland’s November hits and misses down the years

Jordi Gomez converts Sunderland's second goal in last November's win at Crystal Palce. The sides meet again at Selhurst Park tomorrow night
Jordi Gomez converts Sunderland's second goal in last November's win at Crystal Palce. The sides meet again at Selhurst Park tomorrow night

Sunderland head to Crystal Palace tomorrow, desperate for points in the battle for Premier League survival.

The Black Cats won at Selhurst Park in a televised Monday night clash last season, perhaps a good omen for the rematch.

Ahead of the game, we look back on Sunderland’s November record in the Premier League, with the Black Cats looking to boost their tally of just 13 wins in 15 seasons in this month.

2015/16: P2 W0 D0 L2

So far this month, a nightmare 6-2 hammering at Everton, against a makeshift three-man central defence, has been followed by a 1-0 loss to a dominant Southampton, who needed a penalty, from a needless foul by Yann M’Vila, to secure all three points.

2014/15: P4 W1 D3 L0

Sunderland grabbed a first away win in impressive style at Palace, with two-goal Steven Fletcher and Jordi Gomez on target in a 3-1 victory. The confidence was maintained for draws at home to Everton and Chelsea, and the Black Cats should have won their 0-0 draw at Leicester.

2013/14: P4 W1 D1 L2

Phil Bardsley’s memorable winner against Manchester City sealed the only win of the month, leaving Sunderland mired in the bottom two. A goalless draw at Villa wasn’t too bad, but disappointing defeats, without scoring, at Hull and Stoke.

2012/13: P5 W1 D1 L3

A convincing, televised win in London, 3-1 at Fulham, provided Sunderland’s only November victory, with Steven Fletcher, Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon on target. The only other point came at home to hapless bottom club QPR, who picked up their first away point. Dismal defeats to Villa and West Brom at home, and away to Everton.

2011/12: P3 W0 D1 L2

One point out of nine saw Steve Bruce axed, following a particularly poor display in a 2-1 home defeat to Wigan after leading with an early Seb Larsson goal. Jordi Gomez and Franco Di Santo, at the end of each half, steered Wigan home. Sunderland also drew 0-0 with Fulham and lost to a Wes Brown own goal at Manchester United.

2010/11: P5 W2 D2 L1

Sunderland’s best November in the Premier League era, highlighted by that epic televised 3-0 victory at Chelsea, where Nedum Onuoha’s memorable opener was added to by Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck. One of Sunderland’s top PL performances ever. The Black Cats also beat Stoke and drew with Spurs and Everton before losing 3-2 at Wolves, after leading with 12 minutes to go.

2009/10: P3 W1 D0 L2

Sunderland maintained eighth place throughout the month, despite defeat at Tottenham and Wigan. The only win came courtesy of a Darren Bent strike to send Arsenal packing at the Stadium of Light.

2008/09: P5 W1 D0 L4

Boss Roy Keane departed after a poor month, leaving following a 4-1 loss to Bolton (after Djibril Cisse put Sunderland ahead), a third successive home defeat (following 2-1 to Portsmouth and 1-0 to West Ham). Kenwyne Jones and Cisse earned a 2-1 victory at Blackburn, only their fourth of the campaign, but Sunderland also crashed 5-0 at Chelsea.

2007/08: P3 W0 D1 L2

The newly-promoted Black Cats lost to a Stephen Ireland goal in a televised trip to Manchester City, before drawing 1-1 with Newcastle, Danny Higginbotham firing the opener. The month ended with a chastening 7-1 mauling at Everton, though, with Dwight Yorke grabbing the consolation as the Wearsiders dropped into the relegation zone.

2005/06: P4 W0 D0 L4

The 15-point season was miserable, with November no exception. No disgrace in losing 3-1 at Arsenal and 2-0 to Champions League holders Liverpool, but dire home defeats to potential relegation rivals Aston Villa (3-1, with Kevin Phillips hitting the visitors’ first) and Birmingham (1-0, Julian Gray netting) hammered big nails in the relegation coffin.

2002/03: P5 W1 D2 L2

The month started well for Howard Wilkinson, Tore Andre Flo earning a 1-1 draw at Charlton. Arguably the best performance of the 19-point season followed as Kevin Phillips and Flo struck to sink Spurs 2-0. A 0-0 draw at Liverpool, without a shot on target, followed, but the rot set back in as Birmingham snatched a 1-0 Stadium of Light win, thanks to Clinton Morrison’s last-minute strike, and Chelsea netted twice in the final six minutes to confirm their 3-0 Stamford Bridge triumph.

2001/02: P3 W1 D0 L2

Ade Akinbiyi ended his long wait for a goal with Leicester’s winner at home to Sunderland, but Peter Reid’s men rallied to beat Leeds 2-0, with Julio Arca and Kevin Phillips on target in seven second-half minutes. Month ended with 1-0 defeat at 10-man Liverpool, who had Dietmar Hamann sent off before half-time.

2000/01: P4 W2 D1 L1

A positive month saw Sunderland beaten 2-1 at Spurs before Dean Richards’ last-gasp equaliser earned Southampton draw 2-2 at the Stadium of Light. Don Hutchison and Niall Quinn, the marksmen against Saints, struck again as Sunderland earned a well-remembered 2-1 victory at Newcastle, after trailing, with Thomas Sorensen magnificently saving a late Alan Shearer penalty. Alex Rae bagged the only goal to finish month with a 1-0 win at Charlton.

1999/00: P3 W1 D1 L1

Sunderland started and ended the month in fourth place. Irish youngster Michael Reddy famously bagged a 78th-minute leveller in a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough, almost instantly cancelling out Hamilton Ricard’s strike - with the Wearsiders down to 10 men for two-thirds of the match, following Chris Makin’s red card. A 2-0 home loss to Liverpool was followed by a fine 3-2 success at Watford, where Kevin Phillips (2) and Gavin McCann turned round an early deficit.

1996/97: P4 W1 D1 L2

Routine defeats at Leeds (3-0) and Tottenham (2-0) were followed by Andy Melville rescuing a 1-1 Roker Park draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Sunderland then produced an outstanding display, inspired by two-goal Michael Bridges, to win 3-1 at Everton, with Craig Russell also on target.

Total: P57 W13 D14 L30