Southampton vs. Sunderland: Final score 0-1 in a dour affair

Tom Dulat

Ick.

Southampton and Sunderland played their relegation six-pointer while lots of very good teams were playing, and we hope for your sake that you chose to watch one of those other games. Basically everything about the game was poor except for Steven Fletcher's movement and finish on the game's only goal, which helped Sunderland to a 1-0 victory.

Stephane Sessegnon will get credit for the assist on the winning goal, though it's not entirely clear how much intent he had to create anything dangerous for Fletcher. He took what appeared to be a less than spectacular shot that took a slight deflection into the path of Fletcher, who finished well.

Almost everything else about the game was bad, which shouldn't be shocking to anyone. Sunderland have performed below expectations this year, Southampton just aren't that good, and Martin O'Neill likes to sit on 1-0 leads. The Black Cats are now out of immediate relegation danger, but might slip again when they start playing opponents who know how to defend.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.