The LG Performance of the Week Award is decided weekly by the LMA panel, consisting of LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry. Each winner will recieve a specially commissioned optical crystal trophy made by our very own silversmiths at the Workshop.
This week it was agreed that the LG Performance of the Week Award should go to Sunderland following their crucial 3-0 victory against Norwich City, in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday 16th April 2016.
A loss against relegation rivals Norwich City, who began the day four points clear of their visitors, would have left Allardyce’s side with a monumental task to avoid relegation to the Championship. However, the Black Cats returned home to the North East with an extremely valuable three points from a performance which could provide the catalyst to their survival in the Barclays Premier League.
A first half penalty from Fabio Borini gave Sunderland the advantage going into half time, with further goals from Jermaine Defoe and Duncan Watmore sealing the win, the latter coming in second half injury time as Norwich committed men forward in search of a lifeline.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce told BBC Sport: "The position we've left ourselves in was making me feel a bit edgy this morning. Will we handle the pressure? Will we cope with the pressure?
"They've answered my questions. They've coped with the pressure and coped with everything Norwich could throw at them. To come here and win 3-0 shows you what a massive result it is."
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