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20 April 2013
• Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 44614
S. Sessègnon 45'+
Sunderland have now recorded back-to-back wins and clean sheets. Everton however are two points off of 5th place, with Tottenham having two games in hand over the Toffees.
And that's it from me, Matt Davis. A huge day for Sunderland as they overcame Everton to beat them 1-0 at a rocking Stadium of Light, and most importantly go six points clear of the drop zone.
Sunderland have recorded their first Premier League win over David Moyes' Everton side. A huge day for Di Canio!
Sunderland have done it! They've beaten Everton 1-0 and have gone six points clear of the relegation zone.
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The whistles are blowing around the Stadium of Light, but Dowd is still yet to blow his!
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Into the first minute of added time. As it stands, Sunderland can move six points clear of the drop zone.
Everton are struggling to link their passes in the attacking third. A very sloppy performance from Moyes' men.
Sunderland have a free kick after Jelavic is ruled out for offside. You can almost hear the sighs across the Stadium of Light.
Everton are pushing for the equaliser but Sunderland are standing firm so far.
Johnson with a good chance to double Sunderland's lead but Howard parries the ball to safety.
Sunderland's last home win was back in January, but the home side are currently looking comfortable.
Larsson is taken off the field for David Vaughan.
Yellow Card Simon Mignolet
Mignolet is booked after catching a loose back-pass which was almost certain to go in. Sunderland clear the pressure however.
Anichebe and Osman are brought off for Barkley and Naismith
Yellow Card Seamus Coleman
Coleman is booked by Dowd after fouling Colback
Baines with a cross for Sunderland but Dowd awards a foul for O'Shea. Huge relief for Di Canio's side.
Fellaini has just shouted at Jelavic after conceding a free kick. Far from sweet for the Toffees at the moment.
Another Everton corner. Baines plays it short but Mirallas fails to meet Pienaar's in-swinging cross.
A disappointing corner from Baines, straight into the hands of the Sunderland keeper.
Corner for Everton after McClean tackles Anichebe in the Sunderland penalty box.
Anichebe misses a great opportunity to level the scores. Some great interplay by Jelavic and Fellaini results in the striker landing a great chance before hitting the ball over the bar.
Mignolet with a great save. Fellaini hits the ball towards the Sunderland goal but deflects off Jelavic yet the Black Cat keeper still manages to get a hand on the ball before claiming it.
Jelavic with his first chance of the game. He is on the receiving end of Baines' cross but his effort is just wide of the post.
Johnson beats Baines by the corner flag and crosses into the six-yard box. McClean fails to controls his header however and Everton clear.
Everton pushing for their equaliser but are still lacking finesse in the final third. Sunderland looking comfortable so far.
A great chance by Danny Rose. The left-back finds himself in space before launching a shot just wide of Howard's post.
Everton starting the second half on the front foot. Fellaini is brought down by McClean but Heitinga wastes the free kick.
Gibson is taken off for Jelavic. Everton set to get the game back underway.
Dowd blows the whistle for half-time. Sunderland 1-0 Everton.
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Assist Sebastian Larsson
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Goal Stéphane Sessegnon
GOAL!! Sessegnon replicates last week's goal against Newcastle to put the home side in front. Baines gives the ball away cheaply in his own half and Larsson picks up the ball. Sessegnon then drills the ball into the bottom left corner of Howard's goal to give the home side the lead.
Yellow Card John Heitinga
Hetinga picks up the first yellow card of the game after blocking off Sessegnon.
Larsson forces a save from Howard following a free kick.
Larsson takes the free kick and it is inches wide. Howard was easily beaten but the angle was slightly wrong.
A free kick for Sunderland after Coleman is adjudged to handle the ball. Unlucky for the Everton defender though, who could do little to prevent it from hitting him.
Some big news from the ground. Our man Charlie Scott has just confirmed, "Kevin Mirallas has just taken a drink of water without spraying any in an opponent's face."
First big chance for Everton. Mirallas picks up the ball in the Sunderland half and works magic with his feet before shooting towards goal.
Danny Rose with a great run forward, penetrating the Everton midfield. Unfortunately his pass is overweighted and Howard collects the ball with ease.
Appeals for a penalty at the Stadium of Light! Graham is held back by Heitinga but Phil Dowd waves play on.
Baines is not having much luck down the left side of the field. Colback is having a great game so far by not allowing the England international much space in the Sunderland half.
A final warning for Fellaini after bringing Sessgnon down by the centre circle. The home side are wasteful with the resulting free kick though as Johnson is ruled out for offside.
Fellaini is playing in his preferred position as holding midfielder, linking well so far with Osman and Gibson.
McClean has given away a cheap foul against Mirallas and is lucky to escape without caution after kicking the winger.
Sunderland clear the resulting corner and push Everton deep back into their own half.
Another Everton corner. Larsson is dispossessed in the centre circle and Osman finds Mirallas before his shot is deflected behind.
Everton are now keeping hold of possession as they attempt to slow down the tempo of the game.
The free kick scrapes the bar and goes over for a goal kick to Everton.
Danny Rose has won a free kick for the home side about 25-yards out after Fellaini brings the defender down. Larsson stands over the ball.
Everton are awarded a free kick after Graham is deemed to have fouled Fellaini.
Sunderland have a corner after some neat Sessgnon and Johnson inter-play is cleared by Fellaini.
Everton have already had four corners in the opening minutes, although they are lacking the final touch so far. Mignolet looks slightly vulnerable in goal after failing to clear a few balls.
Graham registers the first shot on target for the home side after Heitinga fails to clear the ball. Luckily for Everton however, Howard prevents the former Swansea man from scoring the opener.
Everton have a corner after some attacking play by Seamus Coleman following the away side's free kick. Mignolet catches the ball with ease however.
Sunderland start on the front foot. The ball is threaded through to Danny Graham but he is ruled out for offside.
A cracking atmosphere at the Stadium of Light! Sunderland kick us off.
The two teams are on their way out of the tunnel. A huge ovation by the home fans. Kick-off is only minutes away!
Meanwhile, Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio makes his home debut as boss of the Black Cats.
Stat attack - David Moyes has never lost to Sunderland as manager of Everton, winning 12 of the 16 meetings.
David Moyes however makes two changes to his starting line-up. John Heitinga and Leon Osman replace Phil Jagielka and Ross Barkley respectively at in the centre of defence and midfield.
Paolo Di Canio makes one change to the side which defeated city rivals Newcastle 3-0, with Jack Colback slotting in at right-back.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Coleman, Distin, Heitinga, Baines; Mirallas, Osman, Gibson, Pienaar; Fellaini; Anichebe Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy, Neville, Jelavic, Barkley
Sunderland (4-4-1-1): Mignolet; Colback, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose; Johnson, Larsson, N'Diaye, McClean; Sessegnon; Graham Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Mandron, Marrs, Laidler
Good afternoon! Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! coverage of Sunderland versus Everton. I'm Matt Davis and I'll be taking you through today's game.
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