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Sunderland v Manchester United live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Manchester United – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:13 GMT, 30 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Manchester United at the Stadium of Light to kick-off the weekend's action. Sir Alex Ferguson has set the target for his side, who are likely to regain the Premier League title, to reach the record mark of 95 points ahead of the trip to the North East.

By contrast Martin O'Neill's team have been sucked into the battle against relegation and will be desperate to pick up a positive result following a run of just three points from their last 21 available.

SUNDERLAND v MAN UNITED

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Bramble, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, N'Diaye, McClean, Sessegnon, Graham

Subs: Westwood, Larsson, Wickham, Kilgallon, Colback, Mangane, Mandron

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Vidic, Smalling, Buttner, Valencia, Carrick, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Evra, Evans, Nani, Welbeck, Cleverley, Powell.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

12.11: In the little green box on the right are the full line-ups for this afternoon's match. Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs aren't even on the bench as Nani, Danny Welbeck and Nick Powell are Ferguson's attacking options, should he need them.

12.07: That said, by Robin van Persie's remarkably high standards, he's going through something of a barren spell. He hasn't scored for United since United's 2-0 win over Everton on February 10. I wouldn't rule him out of getting back to scoring ways domestically today, though. He scored three times in Holland's two international matches during the break…

11.56: Sir Alex obviously has one eye on Monday's FA Cup replay against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. He's starting top goalscorer Robin van Persie but is without Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney in attack. Instead Ashley Young and Shinji Kagawa will have to create the openings for the Dutchman from the off.

Stephane Sessegnon was an injury doubt for Sunderland, but he makes the starting XI for Martin O'Neill. There's no time like the present if misfiring new boy Danny Graham is to get off the mark. He hasn't found the back of the net since leaving Swansea for the Stadium of Light in January.

11.55: And Manchester United's team: De Gea, Rafael, Buttner, Smalling, Vidic, Carrick, Valencia, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Van Persie

11.54: Here is Sunderland's starting XI: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, O'Shea, Bramble, N'Diaye, Gardner, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Graham

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

Pain: Manchester United saw the title snatched from their grasp at the Stadium of Light last season

11.51: Early team news. United will be without Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Ryan Giggs this afternoon. Full teams to follow.

11.45: Good morning one and all. We're an hour away from kick-off in this one and Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping to be heading back to Manchester with his side 18 points clear of rivals City at the top.

Last time United were here in the Premier League it was the final day of the season. Phil Jones, Sir Alex and Co were on the pitch after the 1-0 victory over the Black Cats, applauding the travelling fans and believing they had won the club's 20th league crown. We all know what happened back at the Etihad though, when Sergio Aguero wriggled clear in the QPR box to hit the title-winning goal for City.

United's players will remember that. And now that they are on course to win the league, their players will be keen to avenge the Sunderland fans who performed City's trademark Poznan celebration after City clinched the title last May.

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Comfortable winners: United cruised to a 3-1 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford earlier in the season

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2 – match report

Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2: Stunning second half start helps Spurs sink Black Cats

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UPDATED:

15:26 GMT, 29 December 2012

Aaron Lennon kept Tottenham's Champions League challenge alive as his side came from behind to win at Sunderland.

Spurs trailed at the break to John O'Shea's first goal for the Black Cats despite having enjoyed the better of a first half during which strike Emmanuel Adebayor hit the bar from just two yards.

However, Carlos Cuellar's own goal three minutes after the restart gave the visitors a foothold, and they took full advantage with 51 minutes gone when Lennon sped through to beat keeper Simon Mignolet.

Hot Spurs: Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland and move third in the Premier League

Hot Spurs: Tottenham came from behind to beat Sunderland and move third in the Premier League

MATCH FACTS

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet; Gardner, Kilgallon (Campbell 61), O'Shea (Bramble 67), Cuellar; Larsson (Wickham 80), Colback, Johnson, McClean; Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: McFadden, Vaughan, Dong-won, Westwood

Goals: O'Shea 40

TOTTENHAM: Lloris; Walker, Dawson, Caulker, Naughton; Lennon (Parker 82), Sandro, Dembele, Bale (Sigurdsson 89); Adebayor, Defoe (Dempsey 75). Subs not used: Vertonghen, Huddlestone, Livermore, Friedel

Goals: Cuellar (own goal) 47, Lennon 51

Booked: Dawson, Dembele, Bale

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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Had it not been for the Belgian's
excellence, Jermain Defoe would have wrapped up the points on the hour
with a shot from point-blank range which looked odds-on to end up in the
back of the net, and he also kept out Adebayor's late effort.

Martin O'Neill's side battled
manfully for a way back into the game, but Spurs held out with little
difficulty to claim a second successive Barclays Premier League win on
the road.

Sunderland could hardly have headed
into the game with any more confidence having dispensed with champions
Manchester City on Boxing Day to claim a third victory in four league
outings.

On paper at least, today's fixture
looked perhaps the more winnable of the two, but O'Neill was under no
illusions as to how difficult a contest it would prove to be having seen
Spurs dismantle former club Aston Villa in their last outing.

In the event, two sides with a
reputations for hitting teams hard and fast on the counter started
relatively cautiously and genuine chances were few and far between
during the opening 45 minutes.

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Wing wizard: Aaron Lennon grabbed the winner applying a finishing touch to a swift passing move

Adebayor failed to make the most of
Gareth Bale's enterprising fourth-minute run and pull-back, and Spurs
keeper Hugo Lloris was able to collect Craig Gardner's deflected
free-kick with little difficulty seconds later.

As the half wore on, the Black Cats,
who had hurt City in wide areas on Wednesday, worked their way into
several promising positions, but Stephane Sessegnon and James McClean
were able to pick out only Lloris with their final balls.

Tottenham began to shade the game in terms of possession and they created a series of openings.

Sandro could not extend Mignolet with
a bouncing 21st-minute shot from distance, and Bale was similarly
wasteful when presented with a headed chance by Lennon, who was giving
makeshift left-back Matt Kilgallon a tough time.

In the meantime, Mignolet had rushed
from his line to block Adebayor's flick after the strike had been played
in by Sandro, but the Togo international should have put the visitors
ahead on the half-hour.

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Been a while: Sunderland took the lead through John O'Shea's first goal in more than three years

Cuellar failed to cut out Jermain
Defoe's curling shot, although he took the pace off it to allow Adebayor
to get to the loose ball before Mignolet.

However, the strike somehow managed to hit the bar from just two yards and Sunderland were able to breathe again.

The home side created their first
effort of note seven minutes before the break when Cuellar looped a
header over from Adam Johnson's free-kick, and it was they who took the
lead two minutes later.

Neither Stephen Fletcher nor O'Shea
could make meaningful contact with Sebastian Larsson's free-kick as it
sped towards goal, but after the Scot had seen his follow-up blocked by
Lloris, the Republic of Ireland international, back in the starting
line-up after illness, gleefully swept the ball into the unguarded net.

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

Miss: Emmanuel Adebayor wasted several chances, most notably when he hit the bar from two yards

O'Neill's men returned in determined
mood and the way Johnson went past Bale before seeing his cross hacked
clear by Sandro might have proved inspirational.

However, their lead and optimism evaporated within six disastrous minutes.

There was an element of fortune about
Spurs' equaliser when Cuellar headed a 48th-minute corner into his own
net, but things went from bad to worse for the home side just three
minutes later.

Lennon attempted to lay the ball off,
but saw it hit O'Shea and bounce back to his feet, and he raced in on
goal to beat Mignolet despite Kilgallon's best efforts to apprehend him.

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Thorn: Gareth Bale caused plenty of problems, but was later booked for diving, his fifth caution this season

Spurs should really have ended the
game as contest on the hour when, with the Black Cats in disarray, Bale,
who was later booked for diving, sprinted from halfway before picking
out Defoe in front of goal.

The England striker had time to
control before shooting, but as the entire stadium waited for the net to
bulge, Mignolet pulled off a breathtaking save he had no right to make
to keep his side's hopes alive.

Sunderland poured forward in the
search for an equaliser, in the process leaving themselves vulnerable at
the back, but neither side could increase their tally with Mignolet
keeping out Adebayor eight minutes from time, and that proved more than
satisfactory for the visitors.

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1 match report: Robin van Persie, Tom Cleverley, Wayne Rooney score goals

Manchester United 3 Sunderland 1: No slip up as Van Persie inspires Old Trafford stroll

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17:02 GMT, 15 December 2012

Robin van Persie's 15th goal of the season ensured Manchester United will spend Christmas Day on top of the Premier League tree as the Red Devils eased past Sunderland.

Tom Cleverley's first league goal at Old Trafford and Wayne Rooney's fifth in four games were enough to keep United six points clear of neighbours City, with Frazier Campbell's header against his old club scant consolation for the Wearsiders, who remain deep in relegation trouble.

Yet perhaps the most significant moment of the entire game came with Nemanja Vidic's introduction midway through the second-half.

The main man: Robin van Persie enjoyed another fruitful afternoon in a Manchester United shirt, opening the scoring after 16 minutes with a cool finish (below)

The main man: Robin van Persie enjoyed another fruitful afternoon in a Manchester United shirt, opening the scoring after 16 minutes with a cool finish (below)

On target: Van Persie converts

Match facts

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Ferdinand (Vidic 68), Evra, Valencia, Carrick (Scholes 46), Cleverley (Giggs 73), Young, Rooney, Van Persie. Subs not used: Lindegaard, Hernandez, Welbeck, Fletcher.

Goals: Van Persie 16, Cleverley 19, Rooney 59.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Cuellar, Colback (McFadden 85), O'Shea, Bramble, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson (Campbell 68), McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher (Wickham 46). Subs not used: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Saha.

Goal: Campbell 72.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 75,582.

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Plagued by injuries since August
2011, Vidic's absence during last season's run-in contributed to
United's defensive wobbles and the Serbian is viewed as the main way of
plugging the leaks that have been so obvious for a side who have still
only kept three clean sheets all season.

Not for the first time, Sir Alex
Ferguson used the build-up to offer support to an under-fire colleague,
only for his team to dismantle them 24 hours later.

In ridiculing those who questioned
Martin O'Neill's credentials, Ferguson was ignoring statistics that
showed the Black Cats had won just twice in the Premier League this
season, both on home soil against teams – Wigan and Reading – that are
alongside them in the mire.

Within 20 minutes here, it had become apparent this was not going to be number three.

Ferguson had insisted those cheeky
celebrations by Sunderland fans when the title was snatched away from
their last-day visitors in May would play no part in the outcome.

Fine effort: Tom Cleverley curls his effort past helpless Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet

Slick finish: Tom Cleverley curls his effort past helpless Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet

Nevertheless, there was a sense of purpose about United's start which has rarely been matched this season.

Patrice Evra had already wasted one
excellent opportunity when Ashley Young wriggled away from Carlos
Cuellar close to the dead-ball line, then cut a cross back which Van
Persie finished expertly.

Scoring streak: Wayne Rooney netted his fifth goal in three Premier League games

Scoring streak: Wayne Rooney netted his fifth goal in three Premier League games

Yet the goal also needed significant
assistance from John O'Shea, who got himself into a muddle as he tried
to clear Young's cross, which allowed Van Persie to profit.

Given Wes Brown's own-goal was the
difference in last season's corresponding fixture, Sunderland's
ex-United contingent have not had the happiest of returns to old haunts.

Rising high: Fraizer Campbell nods home against his former club to hit Sunderland's consolation goal

Rising high: Fraizer Campbell nods home against his former club to hit Sunderland's consolation goal

Within three minutes, the hosts had their second.

If Cleverley wants to assume the Paul Scholes mantle, he needs to start finding the net more consistently.

Back in action: Nemanja Vidic made a welcome return to the heart of Manchester United's defence - but the Serb could not prevent Campbell's consolation strike

Back in action: Nemanja Vidic made a welcome return to the heart of Manchester United's defence – but the Serb could not prevent Campbell's consolation strike

And after two goals against Newcastle
earlier in the campaign, the England man finally got his first in the
Premier League at Old Trafford.

It was a gem too as Cleverley
exchanged passes with Michael Carrick before drilling an excellent
effort past Simon Mignolet from 12 yards.

Knockout: Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet and Titus Bramble struggle to contain Patrice Evra

Knockout: Mignolet and Titus Bramble struggle to contain Patrice Evra

With United scenting blood, Wayne Rooney wasted a glorious chance when he volleyed wide from Van Persie's knock-down.

The England striker then steered a near-post header wide from Evra's cross as the Red Devils threatened to run riot.

Close control: Van Persie receives a pass at Old Trafford

Close control: Van Persie receives a pass at Old Trafford

Half-time was approaching before
Sunderland carved out their first meaningful opportunity, which Stephane
Sessegnon struck Evra with before it flew over.

The interval introduction of Conor
Wickham for the injured Steven Fletcher did trigger a flurry of activity
around the United goal as David de Gea denied Craig Gardner and
Sessegnon.

Yet the clear chances kept falling to the hosts.

Held up: John O'Shea (second right) battles with Van Persie as Phil Jones gets stuck in

Outnumbered: John O'Shea (second right) battles with Van Persie as Phil Jones gets stuck in

Rooney's shot rattled the bar after flicking off Titus Bramble, with Young blazing the rebound over.

Then, given the number of goals he
has scored so far this season, came the somewhat surprising sight of Van
Persie lobbing wide after Young had sent the Dutchman running clear of
an over-stretched Sunderland defence.

Missed opportunity: Rooney reflects on one that got away

Missed opportunity: Rooney reflects on one that got away

There was little argument to be made
for a Black Cats comeback and any pretence was ended just before the
hour when an unselfish overlapping run by Van Persie was followed by a
deft piece of skill that took him between Cuellar and Bramble before he
set up Rooney, who tapped home from close range.

With victory assured, Ferguson felt sufficiently confident about easing Vidic back into the fray.

Long afternoon: Martin O'Neill looks on as his side were outclassed at Old Trafford

Long afternoon: Martin O'Neill looks on as his side were outclassed at Old Trafford

After only 13 appearances in a
16-month period that included a calf injury and two lots of knee
surgery, the 31-year-old desperately needs to stay injury free in order
to rediscover his old form.

Evidently, Vidic has plenty of work
in front of him too judging by the uncharacteristic mistake that
eventually led to United old-boy Campbell heading home from close range.

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3: Match report – Fernando Torres at the double

Sunderland 1 Chelsea 3: Smiling Torres at the double as Benitez wins first league game

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17:04 GMT, 8 December 2012

Fernando Torres handed Rafael Benitez a first Barclays Premier League victory as Chelsea manager as he ended his personal drought in style at Sunderland.

The Spaniard capped a powerful start for the Blues by firing them into an 11th-minute lead – scoring his first league goal since October 6 – and he made it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time by converting a penalty awarded for Sebastian Larsson's trip on Ramires.

Only the woodwork prevented him from completing a hat-trick inside 49 minutes, but Juan Mata rifled in the loose ball to end the game as a contest.

Smiling: Fernando Torres' delight was evident as he struck for the first time in the top flight since October

Smiling: Fernando Torres' delight was evident as he struck for the first time in the top flight since October

MATCH FACTS

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Colback 66), Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson (Saha 81), McClean, Sessegnon, Wickham.

Subs not used: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble.

Booked: Gardner.

Goal: Johnson 66.

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cahill, Cole, Ramires, Romeu (Oscar 20), Mata, Moses (Bertrand 61), Hazard (Lampard 79), Torres.

Subs not used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Azpilicueta.

Booked: Ivanovic, Ramires, Mata.

Goals: Torres 11, 45, Mata 49.

Att: 39,272.

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

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Sunderland responded and England
international Adam Johnson embarrassed keeper Petr Cech with a
66th-minute shot he really should have repelled, with Craig Gardner
hitting the bar at the death.

However, as a crowd of 39,273 left the
Stadium of Light, it was those heading south who were wearing the
smiles, leaving those closer to home to contemplate a run which now
extends to just two Premier League victories in 23 attempts.

Chelsea will now turn their attention
to Japan and the FIFA Club World Cup, while Black Cats boss Martin
O'Neill will attempt to take the positives from another difficult
afternoon as he attempts to quell a growing tide of pessimism on
Wearside.

In truth, the visitors could have had
the game won inside the opening 11 minutes as they hit Sunderland with a
whirlwind to spark mass panic.

Referee Mark Halsey proved a central
character and had he seen what television replays later revealed, he
might have endeared himself even less to the locals.

There were just two minutes on the
clock when Eden Hazard ran on to Mata's stunning pass but just as he
prepared to shoot, he had his arm tugged by the covering Larsson.

It was enough to throw the striker off
balance and keeper Simon Mignolet took advantage to smother the ball
with Halsey allowing play to continue and sparing Larsson an inevitable
red card, much to the annoyance of the Belgian.

Hazard returned the favour two minutes
later to allow Mata to fire across the six-yard box, where Torres only
just failed to connect, and Mignolet had to be at his best to deny the
Spain international with six minutes gone when skipper John O'Shea
headed a clearance straight at team-mate Carlos Cuellar and saw the ball
ricochet straight to the striker.

Emphatic: Torres sees his early volley fly in

Emphatic: Torres sees his early volley fly in

How's that Torres fizzes in the first goal

How's that Torres fizzes in the first goal

But having ridden their luck during
the early stages, the Black Cats finally succumbed with 11 minutes
played when, after Cuellar had rashly attempted to nick the ball ahead
of Torres on the halfway line and failed, the visitors broke at pace.

Victor Moses raced away before picking
out Hazard wide on the left, and when he crossed to the near post,
Torres arrived right on cue to turn it into the net.

Defender David Luiz sent a long-range
16th-minute free-kick just over the bar, but as Chelsea relaxed,
Sunderland re-grouped and started to force their way back into the game.

Cuellar saw a 23rd-minute shot blocked
after the Blues had failed to deal properly with Larsson's corner, and
Cech was called upon for the first time five minutes later to beat away
Stephane Sessegnon's well-struck effort after Connor Wickham, deputising
for the injured Steven Fletcher, had held off Luiz to flick on.

Spot on: Torres fires home a penalty to double Chelsea's lead

Spot on: Torres fires home a penalty to double Chelsea's lead

Thump: Seb Larsson brings down Ramires clumsily to concede the penalty

Thump: Seb Larsson brings down Ramires clumsily to concede the penalty

With Gardner and Johnson starting to
make an impression, the Blues were forced on to the back foot at times
and although they tried to hit their hosts on the counter, O'Neill's men
were starting to dominate.

However, disaster struck deep into
injury time when Sweden international Larsson decided not to shepherd
Brazilian into touch, instead needlessly going to ground and taking the
Chelsea man with him.

Halsey pointed straight to the spot, guaranteeing himself a chorus of boos at the break, and Torres obliged from 12 yards.

Three and easy: Juan Mata follows up a Torres effort which hit the bar to bag the third

Three and easy: Juan Mata follows up a Torres effort which hit the bar to bag the third

Off form: Adam Johnson scored but otherwise had a quiet day

Off form: Adam Johnson scored but otherwise had a quiet day

Any hopes of a fightback were dashed
within four minutes of the restart when Phil Bardsley miscontrolled a
cross and the ball ran to Torres, who was denied a hat-trick by the
crossbar.

Sadly for Sunderland, the rebound
dropped invitingly for Mata to make it 3-0 and wrap up the victory with
41 minutes still to play.

It could have been four three minutes
later when Mata rolled the ball into the path of Moses, who drilled a
right-foot effort wide of the far post.

Pressure: Martin O'Neill is enduring a tough time at Sunderland this season

Pressure: Martin O'Neill is enduring a tough time at Sunderland this season

Party time: Chelsea players celebrate as they secured what proved to be a comfortable win

Party time: Chelsea players celebrate as they secured what proved to be a comfortable win

Chelsea eased into cruise control with
the points in the bag, although Johnson gave Sunderland hope with a
rasping 66th-minute strike which keeper Cech appeared to leave, only to
see it scream inside the far post.

Cech was much more accomplished in
dealing with Johnson's goal-bound free-kick 10 minutes later and had to
dive full-length to turn away Wickham's injury-time effort, but he
needed the help off the crossbar to keep out Gardner's free-kick at the
death.

Back in business: Rafael Benitez enjoyed his first win in the top flight as Chelsea boss

Back in business: Rafael Benitez enjoyed his first win in the top flight as Chelsea boss

Happy times: Victor Moses celebrates with Torres who played with more conviction than of late

Happy times: Victor Moses celebrates with Torres who played with more conviction than of late

Fire in his belly: Torres contesting for the rights to take the spot kick with defender Luiz - who scored one in midweek

Fire in his belly: Torres contesting for the rights to take the spot kick with defender Luiz – who scored one in midweek

Norwich 2 Sunderland 1: Match report

Norwich 2 Sunderland 1: Canaries flying high after escaping Black Cats' claws

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18:35 GMT, 2 December 2012

Norwich survived a second-half onslaught from Sunderland to secure their fourth straight home Barclays Premier League win and condemn the Black Cats to yet another defeat.

A second goal in eight days from former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong and a smart finish from Anthony Pilkington gave the home side a well-deserved two-goal lead.

But Craig Gardner pulled one back just before the break for Sunderland, who then wasted numerous chances in a second half they dominated without managing to secure a much-needed result.

Doubling up: Anthony Pilkington makes it 2-0 to Norwich in the first half

Doubling up: Anthony Pilkington makes it 2-0 to Norwich in the first half

Match Facts:

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 77), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Howson 88), Holt.

Subs Not Used: Rudd, Martin, Jackson, Morison, Barnett.

Goals: Bassong 8, Pilkington 37.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson (Vaughan 90), McClean (Campbell 85), Sessegnon, Fletcher (Wickham 46).

Subs Not Used: Westwood, McFadden, Colback, Bramble.

Booked: Kilgallon, Bardsley.

Goal: Gardner 44

Attendance: 26,228

Referee: Phil Dowd

The win moves the Canaries up to 12th
in the table, with Sunderland still only one place and one point above
the relegation zone.

The hosts dominated the opening
exchanges and looked much sharper in possession, with Sunderland
defender Matthew Kilgallon cautioned by referee Phil Dowd after just
three minutes for tugging at Norwich skipper Grant Holt as he turned
past him.

Another free-kick conceded five
minutes later led to the opening goal as Robert Snodgrass' set-piece was
flicked on by Bradley Johnson, the ball taking a deflection off the arm
of Carlos Cuellar before being bundled home from close range by
Bassong, with the borderline offside decision going in Norwich's favour.

Sunderland finally tested Mark Bunn
in the 28th minute as Sebastian Larsson pulled a corner back to the edge
of the box to Danny Rose, who fired in a low effort that the Norwich
goalkeeper did well to keep hold of. The game became a little scrappy as
the half progressed but the Canaries would double their lead eight
minutes before the break.

Bradley Johnson played a through ball
into the run of Pilkington, who was played onside by Kilgallon, and the
winger ran through on goal before rounding Cuellar and coolly slotting
past Simon Mignolet.

From distance: Pilkington sees his effort fly in

From distance: Pilkington sees his effort fly in

With just one minute remaining before half-time, Sunderland hauled themselves back into the game.
Adam Johnson skipped down the left flank and pulled the ball across to
Gardner who arrowed a low effort past Bunn, although the former
Blackburn goalkeeper may feel he could have kept it out.

Gardner's effort was the first goal
Norwich had conceded in the league at home since Liverpool's 5-2 victory
at Carrow Road at the end of September and it meant the Black Cats went
in at the break with renewed vigour ahead of the second period.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill
introduced striker Connor Wickham at half-time with Steven Fletcher
making way and the visitors started the second half brightly, with only a
clearance from Ryan Bennett stopping Wickham from tapping home to make
an immediate impact.

Going ahead: Sebastien Bassong scored an early header for Norwich

Going ahead: Sebastien Bassong scored an early header for Norwich

Where Norwich had looked calm and
assured in possession for the majority of the first half, Gardner's goal
seemed to knock them off their stride and they played a number of
lacklustre passes in the early stages of the second 45 minutes.

After weathering a Sunderland storm,
Chris Hughton's side started to reassert themselves on the game and only
a flying stop from Mignolet prevented Pilkington scoring his second
from just outside the box.

Back in the game: Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his side's goal

Back in the game: Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his side's goal

The heat is on: Sunderland manager Martin ONeill looks on as his side were beaten by Norwich

The heat is on: Sunderland manager Martin ONeill looks on as his side were beaten by Norwich

Sunderland should have been level
moments later as a rasping Gardner free-kick rattled the post and
Kilgallon turned the rebound over the bar from six yards out.

Bunn's goal continued to live a
charmed life as the goalkeeper's punched clearance from a Sunderland
corner fell straight to Gardner, whose effort was cleared off the line
by Javier Garrido.

Stephane Sessegnon was the next
Sunderland player to have a chance to level matters but he shot straight
at Bunn who had stayed on his feet.

Taking a fall: Connor Wickham goes to ground after a challenge from Bassong

Taking a fall: Connor Wickham goes to ground after a challenge from Bassong

Fight for the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Norwich City's Alexander Tettey battle

Fight for the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Norwich City's Alexander Tettey battle

The Benin international again came
close on 73 minutes when the Norwich defence allowed an innocuous ball
into their penalty area to bounce and Sessegnon's overhead kick flew
wide.
Wickham had the ball the back of the net with 13 minutes remaining after
Bunn spilled Rose's long-range effort, but the former Ipswich man was
flagged offside.

With his side still struggling to
contain the visitors Hughton introduced Elliott Bennett from the bench
in place of Snodgrass to offer more pace in attack.

Holding off: Wes Hoolahan fends off Matthew Kilgallon of Sunderland

Holding off: Wes Hoolahan fends off Matthew Kilgallon of Sunderland

Making a break: Ryan Bennett vies with Sunderland's Danny Rose

Making a break: Ryan Bennett vies with Sunderland's Danny Rose

Holt then had a great chance to
punish the profligacy of their visitors but a heavy touch after being
played through by Wes Hoolahan meant Mignolet could collect the loose
ball, before Elliott Bennett found Holt with a decent cross a minute
later only for the Canaries captain to blaze a difficult chance over the
bar.

O'Neill threw on Fraizer Campbell and
David Vaughan in the closing stages but Norwich held on to extend their
unbeaten league run to eight games and move six points ahead of
Sunderland in the table.

Fulham 1 Sunderland 3 – match report

Fulham 1 Sunderland 3: Black Cats punish 10-man hosts with second-half treble

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Sunderland picked up their first win since late September as they threw off the shackles to down 10-man Fulham at Craven Cottage.

The Black Cats have been the division's most lacklustre in front of goal this season, but scored three times in 20 second-half minutes to punish their hosts.

Fulham captain Brede Hangeland was sent off in the first-half for a reckless lunge on opposite number Lee Cattermole, making anything other than a draw a big ask for Martin Jol's team.

And so it proved. Steven Fletcher grabbed the first five minutes after the break, but substitue Mladen Petric levelled things up seven minutes later from close range.

However, it was Sunderland who reacted the best, taking the lead through Carlos Cuellar, and adding a spectacular third through Stephane Sessegnon's first goal of the season.

More to follow…

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

On song: Sunderland ended a winless run dating back to September after Brede Hangeland was sent off

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Riether, Sidwell, Karagounis (Senderos 35), Duff, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 27), Berbatov, Ruiz (Petric 59). Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Smith, Dejagah,

Booked: Sidwell

Sent off: Hangeland 31

Goal: Petric 62

SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Cattermole, Larsson (McClean 70), Colback (Vaughan 79), Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Kilgallon, McClean, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

Booked: O'Shea, Johnson

Goals: Fletcher 50, Cuellar 65, Sessegnon 70

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Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Classy: Steven Fletcher got the ball rolling with a brilliantly taken strike early in the second half

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

Back in it: Mladen Petric responded quickly for Fulham, and suffered a cut on his leg as a result

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Fulham host Sunderland at Craven Cottage for Sunday's only game of the day. Martin Jol's side have made a positive start to the season in contrast to the Black Cats, who sit outside the relegation zone only on goal difference. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Fulham v Sunderland (4pm)

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Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether,
Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Ruiz,
Berbatov.
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah,
Smith.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley,
Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Sessegnon,
Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan,
McClean, Saha.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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15.56: As the sun sets and the mercury begins to drop in west London the teams make their way out.

15.52: One final piece of reading before the game and it comes from Sportsmail's Charles Sale who has touched on Fulham owner Mohamed Al Fayed's opposition against the Financial Fair Play rules. Check it out here.

15.47: From InfostradaLive:

Sunderland have scored seven goals after 10 PL matches this season. They have only netted less at this stage in a PL season in 2002-03, when they had scored four. They finished that season last and were relegated, scoring only 21 goals in the whole season.

Sunderland’s seven league goals scored this season is also less than any other team in all four tiers of English league football this season.

15.44: The full line-ups from Craven Cottage:

Fulham v Sunderland
Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

15.39: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'Cattermole's return is a big boost for us, he was playing well before getting injured.

James McClean is a big part of the squad, some players have played a lot of football but it’s just a case of taking him out and look at it from there, but he was fantastic last season and he can be so again.

'We get forward in reasonable numbers but we have struggled to create clear cut chances. We could’ve been 3-0 up at Everton at half-time so I’m hoping we can take confidence from that game into today.

15.34: With just under half-an-hour until kick-off I'm going to go off on a slight tangent and recommend you read Gary Neville's latest column for the Mail on Sunday.

The former Manchester United defender this week has commented on how Cristiano Ronaldo has redefined football. How Martin O'Neill could do with the Portuguese' creative spark right now.

Trusted: Giorgos Karagounis (right) makes his first start for Fulham

Trusted: Giorgos Karagounis (right) makes his first start for Fulham

15.29: You didn't read that incorrectly by the way. Only Manchester City and Stoke have conceded fewer than Sunderland's 11 so far this season.

It seems bizarre to think the Black Cats are a point in front of Southampton who have let in nearly three times the amount of goals.

15.26: The good thing for Fulham (and many neutrals) is that Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz start in attack again.

The pair have formed a promising front pair at Craven Cottage so I look forward to seeing how they gel against one of the Premier League's tightest defences.

15.21: Fulham boss Martin Jol hands Giorgos Karagounis his first start for the club for the Barclays Premier League visit of Sunderland.

The 35-year-old Greece midfielder replaced the suspended Chris Baird with Damien Duff coming in for the injured Kieran Richardson and Alex Kacaniklic demoting Ashkan Dejagah to the bench.

Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole is passed fit following a knee injury and replaces James McClean in Martin O'Neill's starting line-up.

While Phil Bardsley recovers from a hamstring injury in time to step in for the suspended Craig Gardner at right-back.

15.16: Part of Sunderland's recent troubles have been down to Steven Fletcher suddenly drifting out of form.

Adam Johnson became the first Black Cats player to score a league goal other than the Scot (and own goals) in the defeat at Everton last week. But Fletcher hasn't scored since September.

15.11: Fulham starting XI:

Schwarzer, Riether, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov.

15.06: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

15.03: Only both the Manchester clubs have scored more than Fulham who have seen 16 goals in their last three league games.

We'll ignore the fact that Sunderland games by contrast have only seen 18 goals over the entire course of the season so far.

15.00: I know what you're thinking and yes this wouldn't have been a fixture that would have sprung to my mind when deciding an exclusive match for Sunday.

But stick with this folks as Fulham have delivered a few blockbusters this season while Sunderland are in slight danger of being dragged into a relegation fight. Team news as ever is on the way.

Taking centre stage: Fulham host Sunderland in Sunday's only Premier League game

Taking centre stage: Fulham host Sunderland in Sunday's only Premier League game

David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1: Match report

Sunderland 0 Aston Villa 1: Agbonlahor ends drought to hand Lambert timely boost

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Gabriel Agbonlahor's first Barclays Premier League goal of the season was enough to see off shot-shy Sunderland as Aston Villa ruined former boss Martin O'Neill's day.

The striker fired home from close range 12 minutes after the break to claim just a second league victory of the season for the midlanders on an afternoon when the Black Cats mustered only a single notable effort on target, and that six minutes from time.

It was no more than Villa, who headed north without former Sunderland striker Darren Bent, deserved after turning in a display which belied their lowly position with striker Christian Benteke bullying the home defence and Barry Bannan enjoying plenty of space in midfield.

Winner: Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the only goal of the game as Aston Villa beat Sunderland

Winner: Gabriel Agbonlahor scores the only goal of the game as Aston Villa beat Sunderland

Match facts

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley (Campbell 81), O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Cattermole, Gardner (McClean 67), Johnson, Fletcher, Sessegnon (Saha 67).

Subs not used: Westwood, Rose, Kilgallon, Vaughan.

Booked: Bardsley, Fletcher

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, (Lichaj 11 (Stevens 71)) Weimann (Holman 85), Ireland, Westwood, Bannan, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs not used: Given, Albrighton, Delph, Bowery

Booked: Clark, Lichajm Benteke

Goal: Agbonlahor 67

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

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But where the visitors were dynamic, their hosts once again laboured with dangerman Steven Fletcher effectively shackled as Adam Johnson, Sebastian Larsson and Stephane Sessegnon failed to provide meaningful service for long periods.

The response from the locals among a crowd of 41,515 on the final whistle was predictable with O'Neill's men having now won just one of their last 17 league games.

Those who turned up at the Stadium of Light did so hardly expecting a classic with neither side going into the game with any great confidence.

Sunderland's midweek Capital One Cup exit at the hands of npower Championship Middlesbrough provided further ammunition for those unhappy with a toothless run of form in the league, while Villa's paltry return of just six points before kick-off told its own story.

But it was the visitors who enjoyed the better of an opening 45 minutes which did little to disabuse the spectators of their misgivings.

The Black Cats had the ball in the net after just five minutes when Fletcher, the only Sunderland player to have scored a league goal so far this season, lifted the ball over the advancing Brad Guzan from Sessegnon's through-ball, although he did so from an offside position.

But from that point onwards, the visitors settled and largely dominated possession with Bannan and Ashley Westwood making the most of the space they were afforded in the middle of the field to bring the pacy Agbonlahor and the combative Benteke into play.

Eyes on the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood battle for the ball

Eyes on the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood battle for the ball

The Belgium international headed a 13th minute Bannan corner over and then looped another into compatriot Simon Mignolet's hands nine minutes later.

In the meantime, Mignolet was well protected by full-back Phil Bardsley, who dived in to block Agbonlahor's 18th minute shot after Benteke had headed down substitute Eric Lichaj's cross.

The home side had gone into the game having mustered only 12 efforts on target all season, and they could not improve on that damning statistic as Craig Gardner dragged a 24th minute effort wide and Ciaran Clark blocked Sessegnon's shot after the Benin international had exchanged passes with Johnson.

Chance: Sunderland's Louis Saha heads wide as the home side fall to defeat

Chance: Sunderland's Louis Saha heads wide as the home side fall to defeat

However, they might have taken the lead on the half hour when Sessegnon picked out Johnson wide on the right and he pulled the ball back for Lee Cattermole to curl a shot just over with keeper Guzan rooted to the spot.

Mignolet had to get down well at his near post to turn away Andreas Weimann's 38th minute strike, but Larsson might have done better a minute before the break when he fired across the face of goal from a promising position.

Even Fletcher was unable to trouble Guzan when, three minutes after the restart, he turned neatly and made his way to goal before slicing a 30-yard effort well wide.

Gutted: Saha is stunned after failing to hit the target with his header

Gutted: Saha is stunned after failing to hit the target with his header

There was at least a greater sense of urgency from Sunderland as the second half unfolded, and Larsson headed over after reacting smartly when Guzan only just got his fingertips to Bardsley's 53rd minute cross.

But it was Villa who took the lead four minutes later as Benteke once again climbed high above Bardsley at the far post to knock down Matt Lowton's right wing cross into the six-yard box and Agbonlahor pounced ahead of Carlos Cuellar to volley into the roof of the net.

O'Neill looked to inject fresh impetus into his team when he sent on James McClean and Louis Saha for Gardner and Sessegnon with 23 minutes remaining, and the Frenchman went close within six minutes wen he got to Larsson's free-kick ahead of Guzan, but headed just over the crossbar.

Tussle: Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson and Aston Villa's Eric Lichaj fight for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson and Aston Villa's Eric Lichaj fight for the ball

However, Mignolet kept the Black Cats in the game with a 76th minute save from Weimann after Stephen Ireland had found space on the right to set him up.

Cattermole came close to snatching a point when he took aim from distance with 84 minutes gone, but Guzan, who was initially wrong-footed, saved at the second attempt to ensure his side left Wearside with the points despite substitute Fraizer Campbell heading just wide in injury time.

Happy days: Villa celebrate their narrow win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Happy days: Villa celebrate their narrow win over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Stoke 0 Sunderland 0: Tony Pulis left frustrated again

Pulis groans draw specialists Stoke are not getting the breaks after latest stalemate

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Stoke boss Tony Pulis admitted his frustration after seeing his side held to a goalless home draw by Sunderland in what was the Potters' sixth stalemate in nine Barclays Premier League games so far this season.

In a contest of few clear-cut chances, the hosts posed the greater attacking threat but were unable to make a breakthrough and once again had to settle for a point.

'Ave it: Stoke's Dean Whitehead challenges Sebastian Larsson

'Ave it: Stoke's Dean Whitehead challenges Sebastian Larsson

Match facts

Stoke: Begovic,Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson (Wilkinson 53), Kightly, Whitehead, Adam (Owen 79), Nzonzi, Walters (Etherington 72), Crouch. Subs Not Used: Sorensen, Jones, Upson, Palacios.

Booked: Whitehead, Crouch.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose (Bardsley 83), Larsson (Sessegnon 61),Cattermole, Colback, Johnson (Saha 89), McClean, Fletcher. Subs Not Used: Westwood, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan.

Booked: Rose,Gardner.

Att: 27,005

Ref: Mark Halsey (Lancashire).

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Reflecting on his team's performance,
Pulis said: 'We went to win the game. I thought Sunderland defended
really well and that their goalkeeper (Simon Mignolet) was outstanding.

'We needed a break. I've just looked
at a few of the set-plays in the first half and how two of them stay
out, I just don't know.

'That is what you need – a bit of
luck. It was always going to be a tight game. They are a good side – we
certainly don't look down our noses at Sunderland.

'(Sunderland manager) Martin
(O'Neill) has bought some quality players and they are a tough team to
play against. But I thought there was only one team that would win the
game, and that was us.'

He added: 'We are frustrated. I
think a big thing today is that having gone to Manchester United and
defended so poorly last week (in a 4-2 defeat), we actually looked
really solid.

Room-mates: Tony Pulis and Martin O'Neill

Room-mates: Tony Pulis and Martin O'Neill

Up for it: Michael Kightly of Stoke wins the ball from Craig Gardner

Up for it: Michael Kightly of Stoke wins the ball from Craig Gardner

'I don't think Asmir Begovic has
had a shot to save today. So that has been a bonus, but we just need a
break in front of goal. We have created enough opportunities today. 'We
just need a break and for the forwards to score a few goals for us.'

Stoke defender Marc Wilson sustained a
serious-looking injury in a challenge with Sunderland striker Steven
Fletcher only a few minutes into the second half and the Republic of
Ireland international subsequently had to be carried off on a stretcher.

Over the top: Sunderland's John O'Shea beats Stoke City's Peter Crouch

Over the top: Sunderland's John O'Shea beats Stoke City's Peter Crouch

On the run: Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland holds off Steven N'zongi of Stoke

On the run: Stephane Sessegnon of Sunderland holds off Steven N'zongi of Stoke

Asked for an update on Wilson's
condition, Pulis said: 'He has gone to hospital straight away, so we are
just waiting for confirmation of what it is. We are not sure.

'I think he actually did it himself. I think his studs got caught in the ground.'

Sunderland, who also registered
their sixth league draw of the campaign, offered little going forward,
although they did have a penalty appeal turned down in the second half
when Fletcher's shot hit Robert Huth's arm in the box.

Flying in: Stoke City's Charlie Adam and Sunderland's Danny Rose (right)

Flying in: Stoke City's Charlie Adam and Sunderland's Danny Rose (right)

Ouch: Peter Crouch clashes with Danny Rose

Ouch: Peter Crouch clashes with Danny Rose

Giving his view on that incident,
O'Neill said: 'I've seen it back briefly. The truth is, I thought if it
had been given against us, I might have been none too pleased.

'I think he has tried to keep his arm
there, although if it misses him, it is in the net. I'm not sure it was
a deliberate handball.'

O'Neill declared himself satisfied
enough overall with a point at the Britannia Stadium, although like
Pulis, is keen to see his side start to chalk up a few more wins.

'It was a difficult game played in difficult enough conditions, with the wind swirling around,' O'Neill said.

'A point away from home isn't too bad.
We have drawn a lot of games this season and we are just unable at the
moment to turn one or two of those draws into victories.'