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Fletcher stars as Sunderland banish the Monday blues

By Mark Bryans

Sunderland recovered from another own goal gaffe to collect their first away league win of the season at the expense of 10-man Crystal Palace.

Looking to break a hoodoo of 12 years without a Barclays Premier League win on a Monday, the Black Cats appeared on course for a much-needed victory when Steven Fletcher notched his third goal of the season.

But they made life difficult for themselves once more as substitute Wes Brown scored the sixth Premier League own goal of his distinguished career, and Sunderland's fourth in their last three games, only to see Jordi Gomez score from a rare second-half break.

A bad night was made worse for the hosts when captain Mile Jedinak was dismissed in the closing stages having collected two yellow cards, before Fletcher completed an impressive display by tucking home a second in the final seconds.

The result takes Gus Poyet's side above Palace in the table and the Eagles are now winless in four, only sitting outside of the bottom three courtesy of a better goal record than Leicester.

Jubilant Fletcher said: "It was a great performance from us with the past two games we had.

"We are glad we got the three points and put in the performance as well. I had three chances and took two of them so I am happy with that.

"Luck has not been going our way so when the own goal went in the heads went down and Palace got on top but we picked up again.

"The manager will be delighted. Everyone wanted a reaction.

"We have a massive game next week (against Everton) so we will go into that with confidence."

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