International Soccer - England

West Ham sneaks past Sunderland

Sunderland, England ( - West Ham United earned a second consecutive victory in league play on Monday after coming away with a nervy 2-1 result over relegation-battling Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Coming off a 2-1 win over Hull City last week, West Ham got off the mark quickly on Monday, taking the lead after just eight minutes when Andy Carroll rose highest on a Mark Noble corner kick and nodded it into the roof of the net.

The visitors doubled their advantage in the 51st minute when Mohamed Diame pounced on a loose second ball in the area following a free kick from distance and drilled it low past Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

But the hosts kept at it and pulled one back in the 64th minute as Adam Johnson unleashed a beautiful, curling strike that flew into the top right corner of the net, past the outstretched hand of Hammers goalkeeper Adrian.

Desperate to collect points in an effort to avoid relegation, Sunderland sent numbers forward in the final minutes in search of an equalizer, but the tying goal never materialized and West Ham escaped with all three points.

The result sees West Ham improve to 37 points and move closer to survival, while Sunderland remains in the drop zone with 25 points.

03/31 16:56:16 ET