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Charlie Adam and Steven N’zonzi’s goals in either half secure Mark Hughes second win at The Britannia Stadium and Stoke City’s first league win since August.

Both Sunderland and Stoke were desperate for points as two of this seasons early struggler’s clashed at The Britannia Stadium.

The first real chance of the game fell to the visitors as Jack Colback took a shot at Asmir Begovic’s goal but this was deflected behind for a corner.

A free kick for Stoke in a dangerous area almost broke the deadlock but Charlie Adam’s effort beat the keeper but only found the roof of the net.

But The Potters took the lead on the half hour mark when Geoff Cameron found Steven N’zonzi on the edge of the area and his low cross picked out Adam who calmly dispatched his shot past Vito Mannone.

Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland six minutes later as Wes Brown’s badly timed tackle on goal scorer Adam saw referee Kevin Friend reach for the red card and The Black Cats were down to ten men.

Adam had a man of the match performance in the first half and almost doubled Stoke’s lead just before half time when his teasing cross almost found Jon Walters but the striker couldn’t make contact.

The hosts pressed to double their lead in the opening stages of the second half with Peter Crouch trying his luck from a simple header but it was an easy save for Mannone. Cameron made a run down the right and put in a dangerous cross but neither Crouch or Walters could take advantage.

Sunderland still put up a fight even with their one man disadvantage and Phil Bardsley tried to guarantee his team at least a point when he unleashed a fierce shot at Begovic but the Stoke keeper easily gathered.

Stoke broke quickly from a Sunderland free kick, Glenn Whelan found Adam but his wild shot was blazes over the cross bar.

Cameron and Crouch combined in an effort to secure the three points but the striker’s finish was high over the bar.

Adam Johnson was found unmarked in on the edge of the area but somehow managed to drag his shot wide.

Begovic inadvertently hit Darren Fletcher with a high foot as he attempted a goal line clearance, Gus Poyet was incensed but the referee didn’t agree with his protests.

N’zonzi secured the three points for the hosts with his first goal of the season after Crouch picked him out and he rolled his shot from 16 yards past a helpless keeper.

The Potters now climb to 14th and away from danger as Sunderland drop to the bottom of The Premier League after Crystal Palace’s win over Hull