Classic match

West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland
10 April 2010
Premier League

Gianfranco Zola's Hammers ended a run of seven games without a win courtesy of a 1-0 home success over Sunderland on this day in 2010. Six defeats and a draw had seen West Ham plummet to 17th and within a point of the bottom three, before Ilan's second timely intervention in as many weeks.

Last time out, the Brazilian forward had stooped to head a dramatic late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Everton, only to go one better at the Boleyn Ground the following Saturday. After a nervous and goalless first 45, it took just six second-half minutes for Zola's men to edge ahead. 

Carlton Cole flicked on Manuel Da Costa's free-kick, allowing Ilan to stab past Craig Gordon to notch his third goal in claret and blue and his first at the Boleyn Ground. The home side clung on for a crucial three points, only their third of the calendar year.

While West Ham would only collect a further four points from their final four outings, a final points tally of 35 proved ample to sustain their top-flight status. The Hammers ended the campaign down in 17th, albeit some five points clear of the drop zone.          

Complete record - 10 April

2010 West Ham United 1-0 Sunderland (Premier League)
2004 West Ham United 0-0 Derby County (Division One)
1999 Leicester City 0-0 West Ham United (Premier League)
1991 Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1982 West Ham United 1-1 Swansea City (Division One)
1976 Sheffield United 3-2 West Ham United (Division One)
1971 Nottingham Forest 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1954 Bury 2-0 West Ham United (Division Two)
1950 West Ham United 0-1 Coventry City (Division Two)
1948 West Ham United 0-1 Brentford (Division Two)
1937 West Ham United 4-1 Bradford City (Division Two)
1936 West Ham United 3-2 Leicester City (Division Two)
1929 Everton 0-4 West Ham United (Division One)
1926 Huddersfield Town 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1925 Liverpool 2-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1920 West Ham United 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Division Two)

Played 16, Won 5, Drawn 3, Lost 8, Scored 20, Conceded 17

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