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Sunderland v Southampton - story of the match

Manolo Gabbiadini rekindled memories of his namesake Marco on Wearside as Southampton cruised to a 4-0 Premier League victory at bottom-of-the-table Sunderland.

It will be 30 years in September since Marco Gabbiadini arrived at Roker Park in an £80,000 switch from York and forged a partnership with Eric Gates which brought him 87 goals and a permanent place in the hearts of Black Cats' supporters.

But Southampton's £14.6million January signing from Napoli left Sunderland fans cursing his surname as he scored a first-half double to set the visitors on the road to just a second league win in eight attempts, with Jason Denayer's own goal and a fourth from substitute Shane Long completing the rout.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Then again, I think he might be related? #SUNSOU @Mgabbia23" - former favourite Marco Gabbiadini's observation on the clincial exploits of the man who shares his surname.

STAR MAN

Gabbiadini demonstrated just why Southampton were prepared to invest £14.6million to acquire his services. The Italy international gave the visitors a focal point and was clinical, if not always wittingly, when presented with his opportunities.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Gabbiadini's first goal may not have been the prettiest, but his second was exquisite. His run dragged defender John O'Shea wide and his turn on to Dusan Tadic's pass and finish were of the highest order.

AFTER THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW

Sunderland's 4-0 victory at Crystal Palace last weekend had sparked fresh optimism that they can get themselves out of trouble this season. They started well enough here, but from the moment the first goal went in, they lost their way and never looked like getting back into the game.

PLAYER RATINGS

SUNDERLAND

Vito Mannone 5

Billy Jones 6

John O'Shea 5

Lamine Kone 5

Bryan Oviedo 6

Jason Denayer 5

Darron Gibson 6

Sebastian Larsson 6

Didier Ndong 7

Adnan Januzaj 6

Jermain Defoe 6

Substitutes

Steven Pienaar (for O'Shea, 46 mins) 5

Fabio Borini (for Larsson, 58 mins) 6

Wahbi Khazri (for Gibson, 81 mins) 7

SOUTHAMPTON

Fraser Forster 7

Cedric Soares 7

Maya Yoshida 7

Jack Stephens 7

Ryan Bertrand 7

James Ward-Prowse 7

Steven Davis 7

Oriol Romeu 6

Nathan Redmond 6

Dusan Tadic 7

Manolo Gabbiadini 8

Substitutes

Shane Long (for Gabbiadini, 72 mins) 7

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (for Tadic, 82 mins) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

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