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Football: Sunderland, West Ham bolster survival bids

Published on Feb 1, 2014 11:10 PM
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Sunderland's Fabio Borini (centre) scores a penalty against Newcastle United during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park in Newcastle, northern England, on Feb 1, 2014. Sunderland and West Ham United both climbed away from the English Premier League relegation zone after recording potentially important victories on Saturday, Feb 1, 2014. -- PHOTO:REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Sunderland and West Ham United both climbed away from the English Premier League relegation zone after recording potentially important victories on Saturday.

League Cup finalists Sunderland enjoyed a 3-0 success at bitter rivals Newcastle United, while West Ham weathered the dismissal of striker Andy Carroll to overcome Swansea City 2-0 at Upton Park.

Carroll created both of West Ham's first-half goals, knocking the ball down for Kevin Nolan to break the deadlock in the 26th minute and then teeing up the same player to head in a second in first-half injury time.

The former Liverpool striker was then sent off in the 58th minute after catching Swansea centre-back Chico Flores with a flailing arm, but West Ham held on for a win that took them out of the bottom three.

 
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