A Patrick Van Aanholt mistake cost Sunderland as they lost 1-0 to West Ham at Upton Park on Saturday lunchtime. The Black Cats only have themselves to blame with defensive errors coming back to haunt them. Going forward, Sunderland were unable to capitalise on their second-half pressure with Jermain Defoe and Jack Rodwell unable to convert good chances.
With Sunderland unable to leave London with at least a point, Tuesday’s home tie with Crystal Palace has became a must-win clash. Here is how the Wearsiders rated today: