Gary Lineker praises Jermain Defoe on Twitter after winning goal for Sunderland

Gary Lineker has hailed Jermain Defoe after his goal for Sunderland against Crystal Palace.

Sunderland snatched a 1-0 win away at Crystal Palace this evening - and match-winner Jermain Defoe has been praised by Gary Lineker.

The Black Cats had won one and lost three of Sam Allardyce's first four games in charge, but claimed a much-needed win at Selhurst Park tonight.

Allardyce took his side down to London and set up in a stifling 5-3-2 system, restricting Palace in the final third in the hope that his team could eventually hit Palace on the break and snatch a goal - and that's just what they managed to do.

Billy Jones sent a ball forward, and after hesitation between Eagles defender Scott Dann and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, Jermain Defoe nicked the ball before tapping in to the empty net.

Sunderland then held on for a clean sheet and a superb away win, taking them above Bournemouth in to 18th place in the Premier League table.

After the game, Match of the Day host and former England striker Gary Lineker took to Twitter to praise Defoe for his match-winning goal, citing that the key was in Defoe gambling on a defensive mistake.

Defoe has had an up-and-down season so far, but his goal tonight showed that he can still be a goalscorer in the Premier League, though concerns over his all-round play remain.

If he can continue to find the back of the net, Sunderland have a fighting chance of achieving Premier League survival, especially with Allardyce at the helm.

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