Jermaine Beckford struck twice as Sunderland suffered yet more misery with a 2-0 defeat at Everton.
The former Leeds striker found the net in the first half to lift Everton further away from Barclays Premier League relegation danger and send Sunderland home from Goodison Park empty-handed again.
The Black Cats, without a league win at the ground since 1996, went close when Tim Howard saved well from Stephane Sessegnon but Beckford's second just before the interval blunted their threat.
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