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May 6, 2013
• Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Referee: L. Mason
• Attendance: 38130
J. O'Shea 63'
J. Walters 9'
Sunderland looked out of it at half-time, so to come back and get something with 10 men was a fantastic achievement. Over to you, Wigan.
A vital, vital point for the Black Cats. They rise above Norwich and Newcastle into 15th. A win for Wigan tomorrow night will see the Magpies drop into the bottom three for the first time this season. The last time they were in the relegation zone, they dropped into the Championship.
Full-time: Sunderland 1-1 Stoke
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
John O'Shea gets a block in from Steven N'Zonzi shot, as the Black Cats try to hang on for a vital point.
Four minutes of injury time remain in this fantastic encounter.
Substitute David Vaughan has to take his shot early, and it shows, as he drags it wide of Begovic's goal.
Brilliant block, Ryan Shawcross. The ball finds its way to James McClean in space, and the defender makes up grounds and gets a timely block in.
Chance! Steven N'Zonzi tries to scoop the ball over his head and into the goal, but he could not quite manage the acrobatics, and Mignolet watches the ball go over his head and over the bar.
Both sides are looking to get a late winner in this one. Corners galore for Stoke at the moment.
Chance! Sunderland almost take the lead. Danny Rose, fresh from scoring his first for the club last week, almost puts them in front. He takes his shot early on the edge of the box, and it just clips the outside of Begovic's post. The Bosnian was never getting there.
Adam has left his shooting boots in Stoke. He's just tried a shot, but it goes wide of Mignolet's post.
Johnson and McClean team up yet again in this match, but the former's pass is too hard for the latter to catch up with it.
Whitehead tries to atone for his error in the goal, but shoots straight at Mignolet. The ball is cleared, but only as far as Charlie Adam. He tries to lob the goalkeeper from distance, but he gets it all wrong.
As it stands, Sunderland jump above Norwich and their rivals Newcastle into 15th. This could prove to be an absolutely vital point if they hold on. In fact, they could even get all three.
This game has really opened up following that equaliser. Sunderland are playing like they have 11 men, never mind 10. They are showing great courage.
Play has been stopped by referee Lee Mason so Jonathan Walters can receive treatment for a head injury following a head collision with Danny Rose.
Goal John O'Shea
Goal!!! Sunderland are level. A corner finds captain O'Shea at the back post. He pokes home following a flick on from Stoke's Whitehead in the box. Game on.
The Potters go straight down the other end, and N'Zonzi rifles a left footed effort towards the top corner, but Mignolet produces a fine save to keep the ball out.
Dean Whitehead is Stoke's hero as he clears John O'Shea's effort off the line after a header across the box from Carlos Cuellar.
Cameron Jerome has a shot blocked in the area, as Tony Pulis' men go in search of a second goal.
It is Stoke's turn to have a bit of possession Peter Crouch thinks he's through on goal, but he is been flagged offside.
Adam Johnson almost made Stoke pay for allowing him to make a penetrative run through their ranks. He unleashed a raspong left foot shot straight at Begovic, but it is a sign that Sunderland are not going to take this one lying down.
It has turned into a midfield battle at the moment. Neither side can get a stranglehold of the game.
John O'Shea pings a long ball in the direction of James McClean, but substitute Geoff Cameron marshalls the Republic of Ireland international off the ball.
The Black Cats have started like they have been on the end of a rollicking from Paolo Di Canio at half-time. Larsson has a shot deflected for a corner after good play from Jack Colback.
Stoke get us back underway.
As it stands, Stoke are on 43 points, and have all but assured themselves of Premier League safety. Sunderland could be in the bottom three tomorrow evening if the result stays this way and Wigan win their game in hand. An absolutely crucial 45 minutes for the Black Cats.
Stoke on the other hand will be elated with that first half showing. It has been a typical away performance from Tony Pulis' men. An early goal and astute defence display so far.
The Black Cats have it all to do after going behind as early as the ninth minute courtesy of a Jonathan Walters goal. They have also been reduced to 10 men after Craig Gardner was shown a straight red card after 34 minutes.
That's half-time. Sunderland 0-1 Stoke.
45' + 2'
Johnson drills a free kick just wide following a foul from former Black Cat Dean Whitehead.
Chance! Charlie Adam pings one into the Sunderland area, and Cameron Jerome leaps above everyone, but can only direct his header wide of Mignolet's goal.
Yellow Card Steven N'Zonzi
Adam Johnson plays a long ball down the wing, but Marc Wilson manages to put his body between the ball and Jack Colback to usher the ball out of play.
The ball goes down the other end, and Walters has a shot blocked. You can't take your eyes of this one.
Brilliant run by Larsson. The Sunderland man takes on three Stoke defenders, but tried one too many and the ball is cleared to safety.
The Black Cats are pushing forward, but the Stoke defence are standing firm.
Alfred N'Diaye crosses, but only into the arms of Asmir Begovic, as Sunderland try to come to terms with being a man and goal down.
Yellow Card Sebastian Larsson
In the aftermath, Seb Larsson receives a caution for dissent and a Sunderland fan runs on the pitch to confront some Stoke players. It's all happening here.
Red Card Craig Gardner
Red Card!!! After having gone all season without a sending off, Sunderland have now been reduced to 10 men in two consecutive games. This time, Craig Gardner goes over the top of the ball and catches Charlie Adam's shin studs first.
Yellow Card Carlos Cuéllar
Sunderland supporters rise to their feet and applaud Ian Porterfield's 1973 FA Cup winning goal, as it is the 40th anniversary of their victory against Leeds.
Danny Rose has been Sunderland's best player in the opening half an hour. He is essentially playing as a wing-back, but he can't quite seem to find the final ball his side crave.
First real sign of any real enterprise for the Black Cats. Ryan Shawcross had to be alert to nod Garder's cross away from the head of Danny Graham.
The home faithful are starting to vent their frustations as early as the 25th minute. The moans amplified when McClean tried a long range effort, which was well wide of the goal.
Sunderland have their first real chance of the game through Adam Johnson. The winger, playing in more of an advanced role in the absence of Sessegnon, breaks through the middle of the defence but he shot with his unfavoured right foot sails over the bar.
Steven Nzonzi looks like he is struggling with a slight niggle, and he hobbles into the box for a corner, but Simon Mignolet is first to the ball. Good hands from the Sunderland goalkeeper.
Adam returns to the field, and he hasn't missed much. Stoke very much bossing play at the moment.
That's got to hurt. Charlie Adam has just fallen over the advertising hoardings trying to keep the ball in play. He went down in a heap and is receiving treatment.
Craig Gardener has just thrown the ball straight out of play from a throw-in for Sunderland. Nothing seems to be going right for them at the moment.
Yellow Card Dean Whitehead
Dean Whitehead receives a yellow card for pulling back Adam Johnson.
Goal Jonathan Walters
Goal!!! That's put the cat amongst the pigeons. Stoke take the lead, and break a few of their unwanted records at the Stadium of Light. Charlie Adam whips in a corner, Jonathan Walters heads it goalwards. The ball is cleared of the line, but Walters slams home from close range.
Sunderland have a corner that Seb Larsson takes, but the ball sails over the bar.
End-to-end stuff in the opening few minutes of the game, as both sides go at each other's throats.
We're underway at the Stadium of Light.
The players are out on the pitch, and kick-off is moments away.
It is not all bad news for Tony Pulis' men. They are currently on the longest winning run of any team in the Premier League. Their back-to-back wins against QPR and Norwich see them on a run of two consecutive wins.
Stoke have drawn a blank in front of goal in their previous four matches at the Stadium of Light, and they have only hit the target with 38% of their shots this season - the worst record of any club this campaign.
Sunderland have not won in 17 Monday night Premier League matches, a run that stretches back to April 2002.
A few stats coming up for you.
Tony Pulis makes two changes from the side that beat Norwich. Dean Whitehead and Marc Wilson start ahead of Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson.
Paolo Di Canio makes two changes from the side that were beaten 6-1 last Monday night. Jack Colback starts ahead of Phil Bardsley at right-back, whilst James McClean comes in for the suspended Stephane Sessegnon.
Big game this one tonight. If Sunderland win, they could move as high as 11th in the league. If Stoke win, they could all but secure Premier League safety. A draw would leave the Black Cats still in trouble.
Substitutes: Sorensen, Jones, Owen, Cameron, Kightly, Etherington, Palacios.
Stoke: Begovic, Shotton, Wilson, Huth, Shawcross, Whitehead, Adam, N'Zonzi, Walters, Crouch, Jerome.
Substitutes: Westwood, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Marrs, Mandron.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Colback, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, N'Diaye, Larsson, Gardner, Johnson, McClean, Graham.
Good evening and welcome to Sunderland v Stoke. Team news coming up.
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