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Sunderland survive under Advocaat after a difficult season

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat was overcome with emotion after securing survival at Arsenal.

With the Premier League season over, here's a look back at Sunderland's campaign as thoughts turn towards the summer and next season.

Your season in a sentence and final grade: D-

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Beating Newcastle United twice and the belief each result inspired that a surge up the table would follow. Both were good, hard-working performances, with one winner resulting from a sweeping move (Adam Johnson at St James' Park) and the other from a stunning goal of the season contender (Jermain Defoe's volley...

Premier League season in a sentence - how did your team do this term?

The ESPN FC crew discuss the Premier League team of the year.

As the dust settles on another Premier League season, it is time to reflect on the campaign and how it went for each club. Was it a success or failure? We asked our Premier League bloggers to assess their season in a sentence.

1. Chelsea

Worthy champions from start to finish -- "boring" is just a jealous state of mind.

2. Manchester City

Taken to the cleaners by Arsenal in the Community Shield, ill-prepared City did not heed that wake up call and suffered for most of the season.

3. Arsenal

Although...

Chelsea soak up festivities in winning finale

Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory at home before lifting the Premier League trophy.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho puts the Premier League trophy crown on the head of club legend Didier Drogba.
Chelsea finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy following their 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Steven Fletcher goal (26') Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Diego Costa goal (37') Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (37') Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (88') Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
The ESPN FC panel choose their top picks for next season's Premier League title.

LONDON -- On a day of fitting gestures and a lot of cheers, Jose Mourinho knew something was needed to add an extra thrill to it all. Chelsea had to do what they've managed in 25 other games this season, and with the title itself. They had to finish as they started. They had to win.

"We didn't want to celebrate at least without a point," Mourinho said after his side's 3-1 victory over Sunderland, champagne glass finally in hand. "Lower tempo than normal, but the qualities of our football during...

Sunderland must sort Dick Advocaat situation swiftly following survival

Chelsea cruised to a 3-1 victory at home before lifting the Premier League trophy.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho puts the Premier League trophy crown on the head of club legend Didier Drogba.
Chelsea finally get their hands on the Premier League trophy following their 3-1 victory over Sunderland.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Steven Fletcher goal (26') Chelsea 0-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Diego Costa goal (37') Chelsea 1-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (37') Chelsea 2-1 Sunderland
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Loic Remy goal (88') Chelsea 3-1 Sunderland
The ESPN FC panel choose their top picks for next season's Premier League title.

After the outpouring of emotion that followed Sunderland's season-saving draw at Arsenal, Dick Advocaat's team succumbed to superior quality as Chelsea won 3-1 on the final day.

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There was the expected party atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea supporters celebrated an emphatically won Premier League title and Sunderland's large travelling support relished a rare stress-free afternoon.

When Steven Fletcher nodded in Adam Johnson's first-half corner to put Sunderland ahead, a repeat of last season's...

Sunderland ready for Chelsea party after securing Premier League survival

Against many odds, manager Dick Advocaat, left, has managed to keep Sunderland in the Premier League for another season.
Sunderland sealed survival with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Wednesday night.

The memory will probably never go away. Chelsea had just swept into a four-goal lead at home to Sunderland and goalkeeper Marton Fulop had to pick the ball out of his net three more times before the match ended, mercifully, at 7-2.

"Appreciate," was the only word uttered by a teenage Chelsea fan as she walked close to the suffering Sunderland contingent back to her seat from the concourse.

At Stamford Bridge in Sunday's finale for this season's Premier League, the away section will be full as it...

Advocaat makes Sunderland survival a reality again

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat couldn't help but shed some tears as his side drew with Arsenal and clinched survival in the Premier League.

Dick Advocaat has joined the United Nations of managers to pull off great escapes for Sunderland in recent seasons after masterminding a tremendous defensive display at Arsenal to claim the point his side needed to stay up.

Never let anyone say goalless draws have to be dull. This was a game of passion, desire and goalmouth action, and while Arsene Wenger's team inevitably dominated, there were good chances at both ends.

The 67-year-old Dutch manager earned his survival bonus, reportedly £500,000,...