Sunderland star Fabio Borini was a real spark at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon despite his side crashing to a disappointing 3-1 defeat against managerless Chelsea.
Chelsea started the encounter with real purpose, and within 15 minutes it was all-but over as a contest as Branislav Ivanovic and then Pedro gave the hosts a commanding lead.
Sunderland never really got a foot hold in the game, and being two goals down at half-time prompted boss Sam Allardyce to withdraw midfielder Ola Toivonen and bring on Fabio Borini.
While Oscar put Chelsea three up, the substitution did have the desired effect as Sunderland came back into it moments later with former Liverpool star Borini leading the charge for his side.
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As per the table provided by Opta Stats, the Italian performed extremely well as he contributed in a number of key areas and worked tirelessly in a bid to haul his side back into the game.
Borini’s goal wasn’t anything particularly special, but his endeavour was admirable as he posted 30 touches, six defensive duels won, five ball recoveries and three shots in just 45 minutes.
Sunderland have been lacking in creativity of late, yet when on form they have a capable player in Borini and drawing the best out of him could be pivotal in their bid to beat the drop.
The defeat leaves Sunderland second from bottom in the Premier League table, five points adrift of safety and with games against Manchester City and Liverpool as their next two opponents.