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Summary

  1. Sunderland XI: Mannone, Yedlin, O’Shea, Kone, PVA, Kirchhoff, M’Vila, Rodwell, N’Doye, Khazri, Defoe
  2. Crystal Palace XI: Hennessey; Ward, Dann, Delaney, Kelly; Cabaye, Jedinak; Zaha, Mutch, Bolasie; Wickham

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace

And that's it. Who expected that much of a cracker? Head over here for full reaction.

Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace

Sunderland aren't done as Fabio Borini works a ball into the bod - it's cleared.

GOAL - Sunderland 2-2 Crystal Palace

Fabio Borini

Where on earth has that come from?

Fabio Borini, from the tightest of angles has slapped it across Wayne Hennessey and in at the far post. Tremendous goal.

Fabio Borini
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Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Here's a sniff, as Jack Rodwell wriggles into the corner of the area. But the left-footed shot is ungainly and way off target.

Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Absolutely nothing is happening for Sunderland. In fact they can't even get hold of the ball.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

The boos ring out as Connor Wickham is taken off. Emmanuel Adebayor is on.

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Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Lee Cattermole comes off worse in a clash of heads and the midfielder is gushing blood from above his left eye. He'll need to be stitched up.

There really is a lot of the red stuff there, so Big Sam brings on Fabio Borini to replace Cattermole.

Lee Cattermole
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SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie gives a wink to the bench as he's pulled off, with Bakary Sako comimg on.

Palace will be keen to rest Bolasie after his return to the starting line-up.

Sako has also had a spell on the sidelines, so it's turning into a good night for the Eagles.

Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Sunderland almost implode here as Lee Cattermole gives it away to Jordon Mutch just outside his own area.

Connor Wickham picks it up but can't make inroads.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye would win a slow walking race as he trudges off for Joe Ledley in a Palace switch.

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Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Absolute blow to the bread basket for Sunderland, who are back down to 19th as it stands.

GOAL - Sunderland 1-2 Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham

This man again. He's haunting the toffee out of Sunderland fans against his former club.

Yohan Cabaye's corner is nodded down by Scott Dann and Connor Wickham scurries across the edge of the six-yard box to meet the bouncing ball and lash it in.

Connor Wickham
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Sunderland 1-1 Crystal Palace

Hmmm, it definitely catches the toe of Yedlin, but it's nowhere near the detour we saw on Sunderland's goal.

It perhaps lifts the ball slightly - but Vito Mannone looked like he was always going to struggle to reach it.

Three goals in two games for Wickham.

GOAL - Sunderland 1-1 Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham

Out of nowhere this.

Yannick Bolasie plays a simple ball to Connor Wickham in the area and the former Sunerland man hits a crisp, tasty effort in off the far post.

Did it take a little nick off DeAndre Yedlin? Maybe...

Connor Wickham
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Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sunderland players queue up to have awful shots - Patrick van Aanholt has the final one, scooping a half-volley high and wide.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Yannick Bolasie, so often a bystander tonight, puts in a good, deep cross, that Sunderland scurry behind.

Jordon Mutch's corner is well defended.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Word is by the way that Dame N'Doye will get that deflected goal, as it was initially on target. So that's his first ever goal for the Black Cats.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

The rain has departed the Stadium of Light, but only to make way for a bitter, bitter cold air.

If it's not one it's t'other.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Jermain Defoe had a really quiet first 20 minutes but he's dropping into space wonderfully now and linking things nicely.

His work sees DeAndre Yedlin with it down the right and Martin Kelly makes a mess of his clearance, spooning it in the air, but Palace survive.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Wahbi Khazri sends in an outswinger and Younes Kaboul puts his head to it, but it's over.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Sunderland work it well through Wahbi Khazri and Jermain Defoe as it finds its way out wide to Dame N'Doye, whose cross deflects behind.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

As it stands Sunderland fans (say it quietly) you are out of the relegation zone. But shhhh, I don't want to jinx you.

KICK-OFF

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Here we go again. A big 45 minutes for these teams... Palace take the kick-off.

HT - Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

The appetite of Wahbi Khazri has impressed me tonight. The Sunderland man is supposedly playing wide left - but this touchmap shows that positions are an abstract concept to the Tunisian.

Khazri
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HT- Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Here's how that Sunderland goal was scored - although the arrow on that shot from Dame N'Doye should have a little skewiff in it from where it clipped Scott Dann.

There was a great tackle by DeAndre Yedlin (24) in the middle of the park to win the ball and start the move through Yann M'Vila (21) and then Jermain Defoe (18).

Sunderland goal
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HALF-TIME

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

And with that, an entertaining first half comes to an end.

YELLOW CARD

Scott Dann's night gets marginally worse as he's booked for fouling Patrick van Aanholt.

The free-kick from Wahbi Khazri comes off a Sunderland head and goes over.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Younes Kaboul and Connor Wickham chase a ball towards the Sunderland goal-line. It looks like it comes off Kaboul, but no corner given.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

I think we've gone two minutes without a chance...

But Jack Rodwell fouls Wilfried Zaha for a Palace free-kick - it comes to nothing.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Jermain Defoe again finding the target, making space with a textbook turn, but Wayne Hennessey is there again.

Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

And now Jermain Defoe, who teed up Dame N'Doye for that goal, has an effort from similar distance but finds only a Wayne Hennessey-shaped midriff.

GOAL - Sunderland 1-0 Crystal Palace

Dame N'Doye

Ah, unlucky Scott Dann. This might go down as an own goal as Dame N'Doye has a tame looking shot from around 25 yards which clips the boot of the defender and loops beyond Wayne Hennessey.

If anyone has ever worked on a dubious goals panel could you give me a bell please?

Dame N'Doye
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Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

Oh a great chance for Jermain Defoe, who fails to make decent contact with Yann M'Vila's cut-back.

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

Brief response by Sunderland as Dame N'Doye hits one from 20 yards straight at Wayne Hennessey.

Dame N"Doye
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GREAT SAVE!

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham comes over the left side to take a long throw for Palace. How many strikers do you see on throw-in duties? It's headed behind for a corner...

And from that we get the best chance of the game, as Scott Dann meets Yohan Cabaye's corner with a header six yards out and Vitor Mannone makes a tremendous fingertip save to push it over.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

Sunderland skipper John O'Shea has to come off - he's holding his lower left leg.

Younes Kaboul is on, ending a spell on the sidelines after an ankle injury.

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

And more frustration as Wahbi Khazri has acres of space between the Palace midfield and defence, but his throughball for Jermain Defoe is hasty and rushed.

The home side come again though and Yann M'Vila lays in Dame N'Doye down the right - the shot is up. up and over.

Sunderland 0-0 Crystal Palace

Sunderland fans are getting a bit worried about this flurry of Palace chances.

There's a few groans as the home side mess about with it at the back.