Everton were keen to maintain their year-long undefeated home record as they entertained bottom-place Sunderland at Goodison Park in a Premier League clash this afternoon, but a horror mix-up between Leon Osman and Tim Howard saw the USA goalkeeper sent-off for a professional foul in the box on Ki Seung-Yung in the 23rd minute. The midfielder then stepped up to convert the penalty and claim a 1-0 lead for the Black Cats.

The Toffees came back strong after the interval, despite being down to ten men. They finished up with 55% possession and 20 attempts at goal, including nine on target, but couldn’t get past Sunderland goalie Victor Mannone who produced a string of top-class saves to hold onto the clean sheet. The Italian kept out a number of efforts from Byan Oviedo, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley in the second half.

At the other end, Steven Fletcher and Mobido Diakite both missed rare opportunities to increase the lead for Sunderland throughout the half.

A tale of two ‘keepers at Goodison. Roberto Martinez will be pleased with Everton’s performance but not the result, whilst Gus Poyet and his Black Cats side will be over the moon with a hard-earned three points.

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