100-year failure

LONDON – Sunderland became the first top-flight club in more than 100 years to fail to register a win in any of their first nine league games in two successive seasons when they suffered a 1-0 defeat by West Ham United yesterday.

Winston Reid’s goal deep into stoppage time was the latest blow for Davis Moyes’s side who have managed just two draws from their opening nine matches.

Bury, in 1906, were the last club to suffer two such dreadful starts to a top-flight season.

Sunderland can take heart in the fact that Bury escaped relegation, but so far there is precious little evidence to suggest they can pull off the sort of recovery they managed last season when Sam Allardyce was installed as manager in January.

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