Classic match

West Ham United 3-0 Sunderland
20 April 2002
Premier League

Glenn Roeder's Hammers consigned Sunderland to a fifth successive away defeat, as a 3-0 win on this day edged Peter Reid's men ever closer to the Premier League's drop zone.

In West Ham's penultimate home fixture of the campaign, Trevor Sinclair volleyed the hosts into a 28th-minute lead, flicking it over George McCartney, of all people, before firing low into the corner past Thomas Sorensen.

It remained that way until seven minutes after the interval, when Sinclair squared for Northern Ireland international Steve Lomas to side-foot home.

And it was left to Jermain Defoe to round off a thoroughly satisfying afternoon for the men in claret and blue, as he poached a third with 77 minutes on the clock.

Though the Mackems would draw each of their two remaining fixtures, it proved plenty to preserve their top-flight status, as they finished 17th, four clear of the drop zone.

Glenn Roeder's Hammers, meanwhile, ended the campaign in seventh, albeit a colossal eleven points behind sixth-placed Chelsea.

Complete record - 20 April

2013 West Ham United 2-0 Wigan Athletic (Premier League)
2002 West Ham United 3-0 Sunderland (Premier League)
1992 West Ham United 0-2 Crystal Palace (Division One)
1991 West Ham United 2-0 Swindon Town (Division Two)
1988 Nottingham Forest 0-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1987 West Ham United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Division One)
1985 Sunderland 0-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1977 Derby County 1-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1974 Manchester City 2-1 West Ham United (Division One)
1973 West Ham United 4-3 Southampton (Division One)
1968 West Ham United 1-0 Liverpool (Division One)
1963 West Bromwich Albion 1-0 West Ham United (Division One)
1962 West Ham United 4-1 Cardiff City (Division One)
1959 West Ham United 5-1 Manchester City (Division One)
1957 Notts County 4-1 West Ham United (Division Two)
1935 West Ham United 2-1 Southampton (Division Two)
1929 West Ham United 2-2 Derby County (Division One)

Played 17, Won 10, Drawn 3, Lost 4, Scored 31, Conceded 19

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