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January 29, 2014 7:45 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ R. Madley‎
Attendance:‬ 34745‎
 
17′ Adam Johnson
 
Top of the Match
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To Be Announced Shortly
Sung-Yong Ki
Sung-Yong Ki
Sunderland
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Sunderland 1-0 Stoke: Johnson lifts Black Cats out of the relegation zone

The winger tapped in the rebound after Asmir Begovic could only parry Ki Sung-Yueng's firm shot into his path to lift the Black Cats two points clear of the drop zone

Sunderland celebrate Adam Johnson's goal
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Sunderland moved out of the Premier League relegation zone with a 1-0 triumph over 10-man Stoke City at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

Adam Johnson's first-half tap-in inflicted a fifth straight away defeat in all competitions on Mark Hughes' men, who had Steven N'Zonzi sent off in the second half for a second bookable offence.

It could have been even better for Sunderland, who spurned several chances to extend their lead, with Jozy Altidore missing the best opportunity, but one goal proved to be enough.

The result sees the hosts move to 17th, while Stoke are just three points above the drop zone in 16th.

VIEW FROM STADIUM OF LIGHT
By Harry Slavin

Sunderland record just their third win at home this season but it could be their most important as they climb out of the bottom three for the first time since August.

It wasn’t all straight forward for the Black Cats though and they retreated at an alarming rate after failing to build on Adam Johnson’s early strike, with only another fine display from Vito Mannone and host of spurned Stoke City chances securing the victory in the end.

The missed opportunities will certainly have frustrated Mark Hughes, but what will be of more concern is the Potters’ current league position – they’re now just three points off the drop zone.

Sunderland predictably named a much-changed team from Saturday's FA Cup win over Kidderminster Harriers, but there was no place for midfielder Lee Cattermole as speculation mounts that he could be poised for a move to Stoke.

The visitors handed a debut to Peter Odemwingie, who completed his switch from Cardiff City on Tuesday.

Gus Poyet's side were on the front foot from the off and they had the first sight of goal on seven minutes when Fabio Borini surged forward and laid the ball into the path of Sebastian Larsson, whose shot stung the palms of Asmir Begovic.

That positive start was rewarded with the opening goal 17 minutes in. Borini's tame effort from 20 yards was spilled by Begovic, and Johnson was on hand to tap home the rebound from a tight angle.

After a sluggish opening, Stoke grew into the game and Geoff Cameron should have done better in the 36th minute when he headed over at the back-post from Charlie Adam's corner.

Soon afterwards, Vito Mannone kept the scores level when Adam's cross-shot was met by the head of Ryan Shawcross, who drew a superb point-blank save from the goalkeeper.

Stoke continued to press in the second half but they were reduced to 10 men on 53 minutes. Altidore broke free of the defence only to be tugged down by N'Zonzi, who had already been booked for a challenge on the same man in the first half.

Altidore could have made the numerical advantage pay immediate dividends when the ball broke for him in the box, but he was thwarted by the legs of Begovic.

Sunderland had further chances, with Johnson curling wide from the right-hand side of the box, and Larsson testing Begovic from 25 yards.

Odemwingie almost made them pay for their profligacy when he had the chance to level after 73 minutes, as a neat turn saw him go one-on-one with Mannone, but his weak effort was easily saved.

Stoke came even closer with time running out, Shawcross this time almost earning a point when he guided a lofted header onto the crossbar.



Sunderland

25
Vito Mannone
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Phil Bardsley
Defender
45′ 46′
2.00
5
Wes Brown
Defender
2.00
16
John O'Shea
Defender
2.50
28
Marcos Alonso
Defender
3.00
4
Sung-Yong Ki
Midfielder
2.50
7
Sebastian Larsson
Midfielder
3.00
11
Adam Johnson
Midfielder
17′ 87′
3.00
14
Jack Colback
Midfielder
2.50
17
Jozy Altidore
Striker
67′
3.00
31
Fabio Borini
Striker
79′
2.50

Stoke City

3.00
1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
2.50
12
Marc Wilson
Defender
50′
2.00
17
2.50
20
2.50
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
1.50
15
Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder
34′ 53′
3.00
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
40′
2.00
24
2.50
25
2.50
9

Substitutes

32
Óscar Ustari
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
2.50
27
 - 
8
Craig Gardner
Midfielder
87′
 - 
23
 - 
9
 - 
10
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
29
 - 
5
Muniesa
Defender
 - 
8
W. Palacios
Midfielder
 - 
32
2.00
10
 - 
19
 - 
23

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
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