SUNDERLAND manager Martin O’Neill marked a year in charge of the Black Cats with a crucial win over Reading to haul his side out of the Premier League relegation zone.
James McClean gave O’Neill the perfect start, firing in on the turn after only three minutes.
Sunderland strengthened their dominance when Steven Fletcher improvised to back heel Danny Rose’s cross in from eight yards.
Stephane Sessegnon compounded Reading’s misery late on, running clear to round Adam Federici for only Sunderland’s third league win in 23 matches. Struggling Reading have now lost five in a row and lie six points from safety.