Sunderland win over Crystal Palace breaks unwanted 12-year record

Sunderland won on a Monday night for the first time in 12 years when they beat Crystal Palace yesterday evening.

Sunderland's win over Crystal Palace was their first win on Monday night since 2002. 

The club's last victory in a Monday evening fixture 12 years ago was a 2-1 triumph over Leicester City at the Stadium of Light.

Since then Sunderland have had 20 unsuccessful Monday night outings, drawing eight times and losing 12 of them. 

It is a staggeringly poor run, but they will be hoping that the three points from yesterday's fixture have banished the Monday night curse around the club.

The Black Cats beat Palace 3-1, picking up a very important victory as they look to push away from the relegation zone.

Steven Fletcher opened the scoring, before Wes Brown's calamitous own-goal levelled.

Given their poor form, Sunderland could have collapsed after this set-back, but Jordi Gomez's fine strike restored the lead before Fletcher secured the points with a well-taken finish late on. 

It is a win which pushes them up to 15th in the Premier League table and Gus Poyet will be hoping this proves to be a turning point in their season. 

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