Saturday analysis: Relegation concertina squeezing out Sunderland and Norwich
Sunderland 0-1 Everton
Two teams moving in opposite directions: Everton's seventh straight victory moved them into the Champions League places, while the Championship beckons for Sunderland after a fifth successive loss leaves them seven points from safety.
The fact that the Black Cats held their own – Sunderland had 24 shots to Everton's 20 and twice as many on target (6 to 3) – only makes Wes Brown's inadvertent 75th-minute winner harder for home fans who have now only witnessed one win in 10 attempts since the annual home win over Manchester City (this season's coming on November 10).
Adam Johnson created 6 unconverted chances, but Everton's quiet determination was typified by Gareth Barry. Nobody attempted or completed more passes (57 of 67), attacking-third passes (16 of 19), or made more ball recoveries (10) or tackles (10).