Nigerian striker Victor Anichebe was the hero for troubled Sunderland on Saturday as he scored a goal and won a penalty kick that saw Sunderland secure a precious 1-2 away win over AFC Bournemouth in the English Premier League.
The Black Cats had gone 10 games without a win in the League this season and there were insinuations that manager David Moyes could be fired if he had failed to get a good result in Saturday’s game.
Luckily for Moyes, his Nigerian striker was on hand to help him keep his job.
Anichebe pulled Sunderland level with his great strike in the 33rd minute and then worked out a penalty kick which was converted by Jermain Defoe in the 74th minute.
Saturday was the first time since February 2015 that Anichebe was starting a Premier League game and he made that count.
While it was all smiles for Anichebe, it was not the same for Kelechi Iheanacho and his Manchester City teammates who failed to build on their impressive win over Barcelona in the Champions League.
Middlesbrough’s late rally saw Manchester City drop two valuable points at home following a 1-1 draw at home in a Premier League week 11 fixture staged at the Etihad stadium.
Sergio Aguero sent the home side in front after 43 minutes, but an added time header from De Roon made sure the visitors extended their unbeaten run to three games, halting City’s three games winning streak.
Iheanacho came in as a late substitute but there was nothing the 19-year-old could do to save the day.
In the other decided Saturday games, Burnley scored a late goal to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 while West Ham and Stoke City settled for a 1-1 draw at the Olympic Stadium.