Manchester City suffered their fourth Premier League defeat of the season as Sunderland's revival under Gus Poyet gathered pace.

Phil Bardsley scored the only goal in the first half when he shrugged off James Milner and curled in a low shot.

City dominated thereafter but were thwarted by a well-organised Sunderland defence and goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Sergio Aguero headed wide from close range and had a shot palmed away by Mannone as the Black Cats held on.

City's bogey ground

Manchester City have suffered 1-0 defeats on each of their last four trips to the Stadium of Light

By the end of the match, as the hosts soaked up incessant City pressure, every Sunderland touch was greeted with a roar by the home fans.

It was the Black Cats' third win in four games in all competitions and Poyet's third in as many home games since he succeeded Paolo Di Canio as manager.

In just over a month at the helm, the Uruguayan appears to have instilled a confidence and composure in his team.

With Wes Brown making his first Premier League start in 22 months, the defence carried a steeliness that has been missing for most of a miserable start to the season as they registered their first clean sheet of the campaign.

Brown and his former Manchester United team-mate John O'Shea were outstanding as they tamed City's prolific strikers Aguero and Alvaro Negredo, and largely restricted their visitors to speculative shots from distance.

Pellegrini worried about Man City away form

Even at this early stage of the season, a dangerous pattern is emerging for City, whose 100% home league record contrasts starkly with their performances away from the Etihad Stadium, where they have four defeats and just one win in six games.

It is an alarming weakness, and one that manager Manuel Pellegrini will have to address immediately if his team is to maintain hope of wresting the title back from Manchester United.

City were punished for a slow start as the home side seized the early initiative.

They created the first opening when Sebastian Larsson's cross from the right picked out Steven Fletcher, whose header from the penalty spot lacked power and drifted wide.

Soon afterwards, Larsson was extremely fortunate to escape punishment when his studs connected with Javi Garcia's ankle in midfield.

Referee Mike Dean's leniency was on display once again in the build-up to the opening goal.

Poyet salutes Sunderland 'perfection'

The official opted not to penalise Bardsley when he appeared to bundle over Milner, allowing the full-back to race on to Brown's long pass and curl a precise finish past Costel Pantilimon.

Aguero had a clear chance to level on the half hour, but he headed wide from close range after some slick City build-up.

An ankle injury to Garcia forced City into a half-time change, and his replacement Jesus Navas made an instant impact.

Moments after seeing his cross from the right headed wide by his former Sevilla team-mate Negredo, the Spain winger latched on to Aguero's cut-back and had two goal-bound shots blocked by Sunderland defenders.

As City's onslaught intensified, Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to be at his best to tip a low Aguero drive around the post and fist away a 25-yard effort from substitute Edin Dzeko.

The ball barely left the Sunderland half in a frantic last 10 minutes, but when the final whistle sounded, Poyet and his team could at last celebrate a hard-earned victory.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 25 Mannone
  • 12 Celustka
  • 02 Bardsley
  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 05 Brown
  • 23 Giaccherini (Gardner - 72' )
  • 07 Larsson
  • 09 Fletcher (Altidore - 77' )
  • 14 Colback
  • 11 Johnson (Borini - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 06 Cabral
  • 08 Gardner
  • 17 Altidore
  • 20 Westwood
  • 21 Diakité
  • 31 Borini
  • 35 Mavrias

Manchester City

  • 30 Pantilimon
  • 02 Richards (Zabaleta - 71' )
  • 13 Kolarov
  • 14 Javi García Booked (Jesús Navas - 45' )
  • 26 Demichelis
  • 06 Lescott
  • 07 Milner
  • 42 Y Touré
  • 09 Negredo (Dzeko - 71' )
  • 16 Agüero
  • 08 Nasri

Substitutes

  • 01 Hart
  • 05 Zabaleta
  • 10 Dzeko
  • 15 Jesús Navas
  • 17 Rodwell
  • 22 Clichy
  • 38 Boyata
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 40,137

Match Stats

Shots

5 24

On target

2 4

Corners

0 14

Fouls

6 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

90:00 +3:02

Attempt missed. Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +2:45

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

90:00 +2:12

James Milner (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +2:12

Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

90:00 +2:04

Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner with a cross.

90:00 +0:51

Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

90:00 +0:51

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:59

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

89:59

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:21

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

86:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Fabio Borini replaces Adam Johnson.

86:13

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

86:13

Jozy Altidore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:05

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

83:37

Attempt blocked. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Zabaleta.

82:46

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

81:59

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

79:49

Attempt missed. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross following a corner.

79:30

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

77:53

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

77:47

Attempt missed. Joleon Lescott (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross.

77:29

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

76:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jozy Altidore replaces Steven Fletcher.

75:57

Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

75:57

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:22

Offside, Manchester City. James Milner tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

72:40

Foul by Yaya Touré (Manchester City).

72:40

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:13

Foul by Martín Demichelis (Manchester City).

72:13

Craig Gardner (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Emanuele Giaccherini.

71:04

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

71:02

Attempt saved. Edin Dzeko (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Pablo Zabaleta replaces Micah Richards.

70:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Edin Dzeko replaces Álvaro Negredo.

69:51

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) header from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri with a cross following a corner.

69:19

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

67:32

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

67:30

Attempt saved. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

66:21

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Samir Nasri following a corner.

65:57

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

65:12

Attempt saved. Micah Richards (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

64:33

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:12

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Emanuele Giaccherini.

62:16

Offside, Manchester City. Samir Nasri tries a through ball, but Álvaro Negredo is caught offside.

61:19

Attempt missed. James Milner (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Samir Nasri.

60:05

Jesús Navas (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:05

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

58:43

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

57:16

Attempt missed. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

55:26

Foul by Micah Richards (Manchester City).

55:26

Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:43

Foul by Jesús Navas (Manchester City).

52:43

Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:30

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

49:28

Attempt blocked. Jesús Navas (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

45:58

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Manchester City. Jesús Navas replaces Javi García.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

44:57

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

42:11

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

42:11

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:06

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:06

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

36:55

Samir Nasri (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:55

Foul by Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland).

35:53

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

34:08

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

34:08

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:36

Attempt missed. Álvaro Negredo (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

31:52

Attempt missed. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Kolarov with a cross.

29:15

Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:40

Attempt blocked. Samir Nasri (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:17

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ondrej Celustka.

27:15

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Wes Brown.

25:05 Booking

Booking Javi García (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:56

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:56

Foul by Javi García (Manchester City).

20:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Brown.

19:31

Attempt missed. Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Agüero.

18:09

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:09

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

17:52

Javi García (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:52

Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).

15:46

Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov (Manchester City).

15:46

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:56

Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross.

11:01

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:01

Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

7:30

Attempt saved. James Milner (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo.

6:38

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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