The Hammers finally returned to winning ways in the Premier League, as they got the better of the Black Cats 1-0 at home.
Senegal international striker Diafra Sakho’s goal in the 88th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides at Boleyn Ground.
It was only the second win in 12 Premier League games for West Ham, who are now fighting for a top-10 finish.
Club co-chairman Gold was delighted with the team’s victory over Sunderland and singled out 25-year-old Sakho for special praise.
Our luck changed today and we won with a last minute goal for the first time this season from the outstanding Diafra Sakho. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) March 21, 2015
Sakho ended the match with four shots, 45% pass accuracy, three chances created, four crosses, one clearance and one block.
Over the 90 minutes, Sam Allardyce’s side had 54% of the possession, 15 shots of which just four were on target, and six corners.
West Ham are currently ninth in the Premier League table with 42 points from 30 matches.