Liverpool close gap on Chelsea
A review of Wednesday night's action in the Barclays Premier League, as Liverpool beat Sunderland to boost their title hopes.
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Steven Gerrard gave the hosts a first-half lead, curling home a free kick, before Daniel Sturridge doubled their tally shortly after the break.
Sunderland substitute Sung-yueng Ki headed home Adam Johnson's corner to give Sunderland hope and create an air of tension on Merseyside.
Despite enjoyed a prolonged period of possession, Sunderland were unable to find the equaliser, as Liverpool were forced to hold out for the points.
Visiting goalkeeper Allan McGregor was shown a straight red card after charging into Mo Diame, with Mark Noble dispatching the resulting penalty to set Sam Allardyce's side on course for their first Barclays Premier League win since February 22.
But Steve Bruce's Hull did not lie down without a fight and made a good first of getting something out of the game, with Nikica Jelavic scoring his fourth goal for the club before a James Chester own goal to gift the Hammers a much-needed three points.