Hammers deal Sunderland big blow
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Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll helped to nudge Sunderland closer to the relegation trapdoor as West Ham United all but secured their own English Premier League status with a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

The England striker powered the visitors into an early lead and midfielder Mohamed Diame extended it five minutes into the second-half on a night when there were no boos for Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.

Substitute Adam Johnson gave Sunderland, who had earlier seen strong penalty appeals go unanswered, hope when he pulled one back with 25 minutes remaining, and keeper Adrian had to pull off a double save to deny Ki Sung-yueng and Connor Wickham but West Ham held on for victory.