FA CUP LIVE: Sunderland v Middlesbrough – the action from the Stadium of Light as it happens
Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Sunderland host Middlesbrough at the Stadium of Light to kick off Sunday's fourth round action. The Wear-Tees derby will be the first for three years after Boro were relegated from the Premier League and Tony Mowbray's side will be fired up to beat their rivals for the first time since 2006. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough (1.30pm)
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Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley,
O'Shea, Brown, Richardson, Larsson, Vaughan, Gardner, McClean,
Sessegnon, Wickham. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Campbell, Colback, Ji,
Coyne, Hoyte, Bates, Rhys Williams, McMahon, Hines, Haroun, Robson,
McDonald, Emnes, Jutkiewicz.
Subs: Ripley, Bennett, Luke Williams,
Martin, Park, Main, Smallwood.
Goals: Robson 16.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
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36min: That's going to keep the local dentist in business. Rhys Williams collides with the back of McClean's head defending a free-kick and he may have lost a tooth as he goes off the pitch to try and stop the heavy bleeding.
33min: A few groans from the home support now as one or two passes from Sunderland start to go astray. Boro looking much more organised at the back than they did earlier in the game.
30min: A few crunching challenges have flown in already, and Wickham seems to be feeling it more than most.
The Sunderland striker is limping his way round the pitch but we will wait and see if he is able to run it off.
27min: Not much from Middlesbrough in attack since the goal. Mainly because Sunderland won't let them have the ball.
The Black Cats not panicking but definitely playing with some urgency.
24min: And Coyne has to be alert again for a James McClean header 10 yards out, but the keeper is fortunate the effort is straight at him.
22min: It was a slow starter but this is turning into a good cup tie now as Coyne does well to parry away a low drive from Wickham.
19min: Arguably goal of the round but it has come slightly against the run of play, as Sunderland continue to press.
16min: GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 MIDDLESBROUGH
Championship, you're having a laugh! This is world class from Barry Robson whose decision to smash home a dropping ball just inside the box on the volley pays dividends, as he crashes his drive across goal into the bottom corner. Simon Mignolet was never going to get near it.
15min: Sunderland win a free-kick in a dangerous position on the right flank, but Vaughan wastes the effort by going straight for goal and firing over.
13min: Nearly a bizarre own goal. David Vaughan's corner is headed clear by Seb Hines, but only straight at his own team-mate Frais Haroun's head with the ball ricocheting just over the bar. A goal kick given though.
Ups and downs: Middlesbrough's Seb Hines (4) challenges Sunderland's Connor Wickham
11min: Sessegnon looks up for this. He dances down the right before clipping a cross for Larsson, who heads wide. Not a great effort from the Swede who should have at least tested Danny Coyne.
9min: Sunderland looking for a couple of openings but Stephane Sessegnon's through ball to Connor Wickham is poorly controlled by the striker, and the Boro defence easily pick the ball up.
6min: A war of attrition so far, Boro fans low in numbers but not noise as they let their home counterparts know what they think of their support. A few empty pockets in the home section.
3min: Early effort from Scott McDonald is on target but straight at Simon Mignolet, who is wearing one of those protective masks that seem to be in vogue this season.
Of course he has good reason, but it can't just be me that has seen an increase in their usage this term.
Kick-off: Away we go at an overcast Stadium of Light.
Prepared: Police form a cordon to separate fans as they made their way to the ground
13.25: Out come the players to a packed stadium. Plenty of empty seats in the away end but it's not due to a lack of interest but health and safety that limit Boro to 3,000 seats. Every single one of them snapped up of course.
13.22: Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray pre-match:
'It's important because it's the next match. Results haven't been going for us this year and we have to get back to winning ways, starting today.
'The FA Cup was big for me growing up, but there is a lot of local pride at stake for fans as well.'
13.19: Any of you questioning the relevance of this derby, I only need to tell you there is a large police presence for this derby.
Plenty of fans filling up the stadium too. Should be top atmosphere at the very least.
13.16: We have already touched on the reason why Lee Cattermole cannot face his former side, but what about Julio Arca
Even I feel bad that he has to miss out on a Sunderland return today. Our man in the north, Colin Young, touches on his absence in his column.
13.13: Yes that is me on the Middlesbrough bench. Don't worry though, if I make it on to the pitch today I will continue to process updates.
In the fifth round hat A Sunderland fan poses with a mock-up FA Cup trophy
13.10: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light:
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Richardson, Larsson, Vaughan, Gardner, McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Campbell, Colback, Ji, Meyler, Elmohamady.
Middlesbrough: Coyne, Hoyte, Bates, Rhys Williams, McMahon, Hines, Haroun, Robson, McDonald, Emnes, Jutkiewicz. Subs: Ripley, Bennett, Luke Williams, Martin, Park, Main, Smallwood.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)
13.05: The draw for the fifth round follows this game and Sportsmail will bring you every ball that comes out of the hat live too.
Whether that will be here or during our coverage of Aston v Aston Villa here, I will let you know.
13.00: Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is conspicuous by his absence for this afternoon's FA Cup fourth round clash with first club Middlesbrough.
The Teessider missed out after damaging a hamstring in training on Friday, and with Nicklas Bendtner also out Craig Gardner and Connor Wickham are brought in.
Boro are without suspended duo Julio Arca – a Black Cats old boy – and Kevin Thomson, while Joe Bennett is named only among the substitutes as Seb Hines, Tony McMahon and Lukas Jutkiewicz get the nod.
12.55: Interesting to see Craig Gardner start for Sunderland today. Homesickness appears to have unsettled the player this season, but weekend Martin O'Neill still sees him as key man in the Black Cats midfield – and not just for this weekend.
12.50: Middlesbrough starting XI
Coyne, Hines, Hoyte, Williams, Bates (C), McMahon, Haroun, Robson, McDonald, Emnes, Jutkiewicz.
Coming into the side: Connor Wickham (left) starts for Sunderland in attack
12.45: Sunderland starting XI:
Mignolet, Bardsley, Richardson, Brown, O'Shea (C), Larsson, McClean, Vaughan, Gardner, Sessegnon, Wickham.
12.40: Sunderland fans (and Middlesbrough supporters too) would have enjoyed seeing Newcastle tumble out yesterday at Brighton, but you don't have to go back far for the last time the Black Cats were humbled at home in this competition.
Only last season in fact, when Notts County won 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in the third round – Darren Bent scored his final goal for Sunderland in that game.
12.35: And while I don't want to pin all my goal scoring hopes on this game. It's worth noting that whether it be the Stadium of Light or Roker Park, there hasn't been a goalless draw between these two on Wearside since 1964. Throw your 0-0 betting slips away now.
12.30: It's probably fair to say that so far at least, the fourth round of the 2012 FA Cup isn't going to be one talked about for many years to come.
Only one team (Birmingham) has scored more than two goals for instance, and upsets have been few and far between.
Still I'm a big fan of the law of averages, and maybe today's game can hopefully serve up some crackers, starting with the Wear-Tees derby with team news on the way.
Dead ball specialist: Sunderland's Seb Larsson has enjoyed a strong season so far