In a comprehensive victory for the Black Cats, Patrick van Aanholt opened the scoring with a free kick that somehow sneaked it’s way past Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles, whilst defender Lamina Kone found the net either side of half time.
So despite Norwich City thumping Watford 4-2, with a strike from Nathan Redmond, a brace from Dieumerci Mbokani and a Craig Cathcart own goal, they’ll be spending next season in the Championship – as will Sunderland’s bitter local rivals Newcastle United.
With the Premier League relegation battle now over, fans from all three clubs – not to mention the neutrals – have all been having their say on Twitter.
As you can imagine, Sunderland fans are absolutely delighted…
Beyond delighted #SAFC staying up. Sorry we've relegated Norwich. And the other lot? Hahahahahahahaha
— Ian Kidger (@IanKSindlesham) May 11, 2016
— SunderlandNow (@SunderlandNow) May 11, 2016
— Ross Carter (@rosscarter19) May 11, 2016
Other mgrs have kept #SAFC up by skin of their teeth in recent seasons. Allardyce gives them a chance to stabilise, consolidate and build
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) May 11, 2016
Am tired with this retweeting of geordie tears that's it for me lol #safc
— Darren (@Darren_Temple) May 11, 2016
— Mark Thompson (@Mark__Thomps) May 11, 2016
Norwich fans, on the other hand, feel beaten but not out….
played wonderfully today! Neil is the right man to take us forward long term. I can't wait for next season!@NathanRedmond22 crucial #NCFC
— J•A•C•K (@JField97) May 11, 2016
"There's only one Alex Neil" echoes round Carrow Road. As it should. Right man, who's not had the necessary tools to do the job #NCFC
— Dan O'Hagan (@danohagan) May 11, 2016
Good performance tonight but the table doesn't lie, not quite good enough over the season, only ourselves to blame. We'll be back #Ncfc
— Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) May 11, 2016
Whilst Newcastle supporters are staring into the abyss of the second tier…
There's something to be said for running a football club for passion and not business #NUFC
— Jonny Smith (@JonnySmithTV) May 11, 2016
Steve McClaren and whoever appointed him are to blame for relegation. If Rafa had come in at Christmas we'd have been safe – "fact". #NUFC
— Mike Holt (@MikeHolt12) May 11, 2016
What now for #nufc tho? Only way to avoid complete disaster will be to keep Rafa in the Championship. Quite how you do that tho …
— Paul Fraser (@paulfraserecho) May 11, 2016
It's a shame #nufc have been relegated, because the players have grafted sooo hard all season, and the board's leadership was impeccable
— Chris Petts (@chrispetts) May 11, 2016
Not that he will stay but if he does Rafa Benitez will have gone from the Bernabeau to Burton Albion in the space of a year #NUFC
— Alex Crook (@alex_crook) May 11, 2016
— andrew hedley (@hedley1989) May 11, 2016