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Miserable day for Sunderland
Poor performance against Bolton heaps pressure on manager Roy Keane.
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2008 18:56 GMT

Troubled times for Sunderland and manager Roy Keane [GALLO/GETTY]

Bolton rallied to beat Sunderland 4-1 and heap more pressure on manager Roy Keane as he took charge of the English Premier League side for the 100th time.

Johan Elmander scored twice for Bolton, who also got goals from Matthew Taylor and Gary Cahill.

Djibril Cisse scored for Sunderland.

Elsewhere Wigan came from behind to beat bottom-place West Bromwich Albion 2-1
and win back-to-back league games for the first time under manager Steve Bruce.

Aston Villa were held to a 0-0 draw by Fulham, newcomers Stoke and Hull played to a 1-1 draw, and Middlesbrough and Newcastle failed to score in a 0-0 draw in the northeast derby.

Keane disappointed

"It was very poor again.

"Individual mistakes have cost us for three of the four goals and obviously it is very hard one to take again," Keane said.

"We are giving teams a helping hand and maybe one or two players lost confidence in the second half."

Cisse gave Sunderland a perfect start in the 11th minute, scoring off the post after being fed by Steed Malbranque, but Taylor rose above Pascal Chimbonda a few minutes later to meet Gretar Steinsson's cross with a looping header and equalise.

Cahill put Bolton ahead in the 21st when Kevin Davies headed down Andy O'Brien's free kick, and then had referee Chris Foy to thank for keeping the lead intact.

Kenwyne Jones headed off the crossbar and Cisse volleyed in the rebound, but Foy disallowed it, ruling that Jones had pushed Jlloyd Samuel.

Slack defending from Danny Collins allowed Bolton to take a 3-1 lead when
Elmander scored from a tight angle in the 39th.

Elamander's second goal came in similar fashion in the 55th minute.

Dean Whitehead stumbled over a clearance, allowing Kevin Nolan to feed the Sweden striker to complete a miserable day for Keane.

"We are very concerned and as manager it's my job to put it right," Keane said.

A foggy day at the Britannia Stadium between Stoke and Hull [GALLO/GETTY]
Villa unimpressive

Aston Villa were unimpressive up front with midfielder Gareth Barry squandering
three good chances, while goalkeeper Brad Friedel didn't concede for a third
straight match as he made a record 167th consecutive Premier League appearance.

Stoke and Hull drew 1-1.

Marlon King scored just before halftime for Hull, swivelling and curling in his fourth goal of the campaign.

But Hull goalkeeper Boaz Myhill fouled Ricardo Fuller, who converted from the penalty spot in the 73rd.

West Brom lost a fourth straight match despite Ishmael Miller scoring the club's first goal in 344 minutes in the 47th after Wigan defender Titus Bramble failed to clear.

But like Bramble, West Brom's Paul Robinson failed to pick up Henri Camara's run and Emile Heskey was able to put the ball back into the striker's path to equalise in the 61st.

With three minutes left, Emmerson Boyce scored Wigan's winner when he headed home a corner from substitute Jason Koumas.

Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has a bit more time to play with [GALLO/GETTY]
Newcastle moved out of the relegation zone with their point at Middlesbrough, a day after manager Joe Kinnear was given a contract until the end of the season.

Obafemi Martins hit the crossbar for Newcastle in the 35th, while Magpies goalkeeper Shay Given saved well from Justin Hoyte with 15 minutes left.

Super Sunday

On Sunday Chelsea host an Arsenal side in disarray as they bid to break away from Liverpool at the top of the standings, with the Reds not in action until Monday against West Ham.

Also on Sunday, Portsmouth host Blackburn and Everton are at Tottenham.

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