Fletcher scores twice as Sunderland beats Stoke 3-1 in Premier League


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SUNDERLAND, England — Steven Fletcher scored twice to give Sunderland a 3-1 win over Stoke on Saturday for its first Premier League victory of the season.

Fletcher made it 2-1 in the 23rd minute and then put the result beyond doubt in the 79th as Sunderland ended a run of five draws in six games and joined Stoke on eight points from seven rounds.

Connor Wickham gave the hosts the lead with a close-range header in the fourth minute, only for Charlie Adam to equalize in the 15th.

Fletcher was handed his first start since August and headed in a cross from Jordi Gomez for his first goal, before slotting home a pass from Wickham for the third after a counterattack.

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