Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Yedlin, Jones, O’Shea, Coates, van Aanholt, M’Vila, Toivonen, Borini, Fletcher, Watmore
  2. Watford XI: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Britos, Ake, Capoue, Watson, Abdi, Deeney, Jurado, Ighalo.

Live Reporting

By Chris Bevan

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

"Lots of noise about Deeney and Ighalo and the way they play, but from Sunderland's perspective how disappointing, This would have been a game they were targeting for a win."  

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford break up the other end and Odion Ighalo could seal it... but no, he dithers and is denied by Costel Pantilimon. Will it matter?

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

The ball keeps being hoisted into the Watford area. They are desperate for the final whistle.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

You guessed it, another Sunderland attack, another near-miss. This time Adam Johnson pounces on a bouncing ball at the far post but sends his first-time shot wide. Time is running out for the Black Cats.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland go close again. Jermain Defoe gets on the end of Patrick van Aanholt's bouncing ball into the box but his deft touch diverts it the wrong side of the post.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford are hanging on here, but they are still dangerous on the break. Odion Ighalo runs clear and can wrap it up but Seb Coates gets back and forces him to shoot wide. Great defending.

Flores
AP

GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Heurelho Gomes knew this one was going in. Jermain Defoe embarks on a winding run inside the Watford box but his low shot is brilliantly turned round the post by the Hornets' keeper.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland go close to getting the ball in the net for real - Duncan Watmore looks up on the edge of the box and flashes in a shot that swerves away from goal. Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes was at full stretch - I don't think he knew that was going wide.

Duncan Watmore
Getty Images

Jason Roberts

Former West Brom striker on Final Score

 "Watford have played really well, I've been impressed with their intensity. In Ighalo they have a player who can really change games."  

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Another Watford change. This time Ikechi Anya is on for Jose Manuel Jurado.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Jermain Defoe does not take long to make a difference, running on to Adam Johnson's precise pass before slotting home... but the flag is already up for offside.

Johnson has moved to a central position and is seeing more of the ball.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Here comes Sam Allardyce's last throw of the dice - Jermain Defoe is on for Steven Fletcher in Sunderland's final substitution.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

A first change by Watford - Almen Abdi is replaced by Adlene Guedioura. The Hornets only have to hold out for another 20 minutes to secure their third successive Premier League win.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford have been under the cosh since the interval but have just shown how quickly they can break when they get the chance - only a poor final ball let them down. Sunderland have to be careful here.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland substitute Jack Rodwell has got his shooting boots on today. He lets fly again, when the ball drops to him inside the area, but sees it curl high and wide of Heurelho Gomes's goal.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Jermain Defoe is still warming up on the touchline as we pass the hour mark. The second half has been all about Sunderland so far, but they seem to be lacking a cutting edge, especially in the box. Defoe would definitely do that job...

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

More Sunderland pressure, more good defending from Watford, who win back possession and end up winning a free-kick when Patrick van Aanholt hacks down Ben Watson - that's a booking for the Sunderland man.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Another Sunderland change. Adam Johnson is on for Fabio Borini - Jermain Defoe is taking his coat off too, so he might also be on soon.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford have seen far less of the ball since the break but they don't seem too rattled so far - they are very well organised on the edge of their own box and are not allowing any balls in from open play. That's probably why another Sunderland attack has just ended with a shot from long range - this time Jack Rodwell's effort ends up in Row Z.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford have dealt pretty well with Sunderland's  attempts to get the ball into their box so far. No wonder the Black Cats are being forced to try their luck from distance, and Jack Rodwell - who has impressed since coming on - brings a decent stop from Heurelho Gomes.

Gomes
AP

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Allan-Romeo Nyom doesn't half cover some ground on the Watford right. He motors forward down that flank again and finds Odion Ighalo in the middle.... but the Hornets striker is offside.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland are first to attack too. Patrick van Aanholt lets fly with a hopeful effort from 30 yards that is so bad it almost ends up being a pass.

KICK-OFF

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

We are back under way at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland's wide men Duncan Watmore and Fabio Borini appear to have swapped flanks for now - Borini is over on the left.

Get Involved

#bbcfootball

I love how @WatfordFC are so under the radar and getting on with it. Not a Championship team anymore #bbcfootball #bbc606 #PremierLeague

Tweet via #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

HALF-TIME

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford deserve their lead but Sunderland are definitely not out of this one yet.

Sam Allardyce
Getty Images

Get Involved

#bbcfootball

What odds at the start of the season that a Leicester-Watford game in Dec would be a heavyweight clash? #bbcfootball

Tweet via #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Yann M'Vila swings it in to the box on Big Sam's behalf and Watford defender Miguel Britos inadvertently heads it towards his own goal - forcing Heurelho Gomes to tip over. That goes down as Sunderland's best effort of the first half.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

It's all gone a bit scrappy in the last few minutes, but the upshot is Sunderland have a free-kick on the left about 35 yards from goal after Duncan Watmore was fouled. This is Sam Allardyce territory...

A stat for sore Sunderland eyes

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland have not won a home Premier League game from 1-0 down for four years. They have managed nine draws, though, so not all is lost for Black Cats fans.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland are trying to build chances in typical Sam Allardyce style, with long balls up to Steven Fletcher and Billy Jones working hard on the right to get some deliveries into the box. 

That approach just earned them a corner and, eventually, a decent sight of goal... Heurelho Gomes punched it clear as far as Fabio Borini, who did not make proper contact on the edge of the box and saw his first-time shot fizz wide.

Get Involved

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Lewis Loyd: Goodness me Watford are sixth in the as it stands table!

Tweet via #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK only - please include a name) or post on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

Sunderland's switch

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Sunderland have gone from 5-4-1 to 4-1-4-1 since that early switch, with Billy Jones now at right-back and Ola Toivonen protecting the back four. They look a slightly more solid unit but they are still yet to force Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes into a save.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Watford still look much neater in possession, and much more threatening when they cross the halfway line. Sunderland are scrapping well enough but are short of quality in the final third - Jack Rodwell just blazed over from 25 yards out.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Meanwhile, Watford continue to look dangerous every time they come forward. The ball breaks to Etienne Capoue on the edge of the area and his low curling shot is pushed away by Costel Pantilimon.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Not much of an improvement from Sunderland since that early substitution. Only a long period of head-scratching from Sam Allardyce on the sidelines - impressive.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Odion Ighalo was involved in six goals in his last six top-flight appearances (4 goals, 2 assists) before today but I am not sure whether he will be credited with Watford's opener this afternoon - replays seem to suggest Sebastian Coates got the last touch with an outstretched boot.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

An early change for Sunderland, and it could mean a change of formation. Deandre Yedlin is off, and Jack Rodwell is on. Sam Allardyce has obviously not enjoyed the first few minutes of this game.

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Better by Sunderland. Fabio Borini spins to make room for a shot on the right of the area and flashes a low effort just wide.

Sam Allardyce
Getty Images

Sunderland 0-1 Watford

Quite a good reason for that, Lucy - Watford signed about 15 players in the summer, which is also when Quique Sanchez Flores took charge.