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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.

PHOTO: Sunderland's Steven Fletcher, foreground, celebrates scoring his sides second's goal, during the English Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City, at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, England, Saturday Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Richard Sellers) UNITED KINGDOM OUT
Sunderland's Steven Fletcher, foreground, celebrates scoring his sides second's goal, during the English Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City, at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland, England, Saturday Oct. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/PA, Richard Sellers) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

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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