Marko Arnautovic hits double for Stoke to pile pressure on Sunderland

As Jermain Defoe raised his eyes to the stands at the final whistle he was greeted by a sea of long since emptied seats. With the remaining Sunderland fans directing gentle boos and rather resigned shouts of “rubbish” towards the pitch, David Moyes’s star striker could have been forgiven for hankering after a return to West Ham before the end of the month.

His side’s latest surrender was not remotely Defoe’s fault – indeed his goal, scored with Stoke three goals up, provoked sufficient uncertainty among Mark Hughes’s defence to almost certainly spare the Wearsiders real humiliation – but the forward’s unusually downcast body language seemed indicative of a man losing faith in Sunderland’s ability to win their latest relegation fight.

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From The Guardian
Marko Arnautovic hits double for Stoke to pile pressure on Sunderland