As a result, survival continues to look like a forlorn hope.
Above all, they have been dismayed by the persistently downbeat demeanour of a manager who, as early as last August, declared that a relegation battle beckoned and underwhelmed by a series of low key, low impact, signings including Darron Gibson and Donald Love, nearly all of whom had previously played for Moyes at either Everton or Manchester United.
The Hammers took the lead early on through Andre Ayew. Darron Gibson should have been marking Ayew, but instead stood motionless as the striker ran off him.
Has had to wait patiently to remind the Sunderland faithful of what he can do and the fact that he produced a man-of-the-match display having been ignored for so long by Moyes did not go unnoticed by the fans.
The contest did not initially go to form, though, and Huth put the visitors ahead after just six minutes, before Vardy's goal finally stirred Allardyce's charges into life.
When you have not scored in 11 hours and 41 minutes of Premier League football, any goal is welcome and it was fitting that Sunderland's first arrived in freaky style.
Sadly, their dominance was not to last.
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He issued a statement saying that Hernandez's family and legal team were "shocked and surprised" at the news of his death. It may never be clear why Hernandez would kill himself just days after he was cleared of two additional murder charges.
Sunderland boss David Moyes revealed last week that Pienaar is back in full training, and he could well come into contention for the visit of West Ham tomorrow after the FA rejected the appeal against Seb Larsson's red card. James Collins rose to guide Snodgrass's flag-kick into the corner of the net, much to the anguish of the home crowd.
Harry Maguire eventually took advantage of some poor Stoke defending at a corner to level matters in the 51st minute. Khazri's set-piece curls straight in as Anichebe blocks off Randolph.
Having surged down the right-hand side, he picked out an unmarked Ndong in the heart of the penalty area, but the midfielder somehow side-footed over from ten yards with the goal seemingly at his mercy.
The teams played 10 minutes of stoppage time after Fabio Borini's 90th-minute leveller, following a concerning injury for Sunderland's Billy Jones, but Moyes offered a positive update on the defender's condition.
However, unlike Khazri, who has barely had a kick this season, Borini has had plenty of chances to prove himself this term, and has regularly been found wanting. Sam Byram was then later sent off for a second bookable offence.
Subs (not used): Mannone (gk), Djilobodji, Pienaar, Rodwell. Or will West Ham add to the horror season for Sunderland?
Subs (not used): Adrian (gk), Cresswell, Feghouli, Fletcher, Rice.