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Summary

  1. Anichebe passes late fitness test and starts for Sunderland
  2. Deeney returns to the Watford starting XI

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Plenty of whistles from the home crowd urging ref Bobby Madley to blow for full-time. He eventually obliges to the relief of the Sunderland fans.

That's it from here but you can follow reaction to this game and the rest of Saturday's action by going to the football page of the BBC Sport website.

Jordan Pickford
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Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Sunderland waste a bit more time as striker Fabio Borini slowly walks off as he is substituted for Wahbi Khazri.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Some fans appear to have left already but Watford still pressing for an equaliser.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

There will be a minimum of five minutes of added time.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Watford have a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the area and Jose Holebas steps up to take it. Sunderland nerves are fraying but he sends his effort over to cheers from the home crowd.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Isaac Success surges into the Sunderland area and sends in a low cross to the near post which the home defence clears for a corner. 

Black Cats keeper Jordan Pickford punches out the corner but only to Daryl Janmaat whose shot is saved by the Sunderland stopper. Pickford then has to save an Odion Ighalo volley as Watford pile on the pressure.

Jordan Pickford
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Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Watford's Jose Holebas has a shot on goal and he catches it well but it's deflected wide.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Sunderland boss David Moyes is trying to shut up shop. He brings on defender John O'Shea for winger Adnan Januzaj.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Shortly after being shown the yellow card, Younes Kaboul is replaced by Daryl Janmaat.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Nordin Amrabat crosses for Troy Deeney and the unmarked striker has a sight of goal from 15 yards but sends a header wide. He still can't get off 99 goals for Watford.

Troy Deeney
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Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Watford are rocking and, rather than them getting an equaliser, Sunderland look more likely to get a second.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Jermain Defoe fails to control a cross from the right but Victor Anichebe runs on to the ball and strikes a piledriver of a shot which goes just wide.

Jermain Defoe
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Sunderland 1-0 Watford

7 – No defender has scored more Premier League goals since the start of last season than Patrick van Aanholt (7). Marauder.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Juan Zuniga is replaced by Isaac Success for Watford.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

The home side look to have gained confidence from that goal as Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe have shots from range but both are well off target.

Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Dion Dublin

Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

Sunderland have defended resolutely and when they have broken, they have done so in numbers. 

They deserve this lead.

Van Aanholt
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GOAL - Sunderland 1-0 Watford

Patrick van Aanholt

Patrick van Aanholt
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How big could that goal be for Sunderland? Adnan Januzaj slides a lovely ball through to Jermain Defoe and he puts a low ball into the Sunderland area. Patrick van Aanholt gets on the end of it as he swivels and sends in a left-foot shot off the post.

Patrick van Aanholt
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

No changes to either team as the second half gets under way...

As it stands table

It's tighter than Santa's red suit...

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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

I have to agree with Sunderland's assessment of the first half...very forgettable.

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HALF-TIME

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

The threat from both sides is mostly coming from the left flank, especially in Sunderland's case as you can see from the graphic on the left.

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HALF-TIME

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

On the stroke of half-time, Patrick van Aanholt is through on goal but has a shot blocked by Watford keeper Heurelho Gomes. Van Aanholt looked offside but wasn't flagged. That is the last action of the first half.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Sunderland fans reckon they've been on the wrong end of most decisions in the first half and give ref Bobby Madley a huge cheer when he books Watford's Valon Behrami for a foul on Adnan Januzaj.

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Watford substitute Christian Kabasele goes down after challenging Victor Anichebe and the referee halts play which doesn't go down too well with the home fans. 

Christian Kabasele
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Adnan Januzaj slips a ball through to Fabio Borini and he has the awareness to play a backheel for Jermain Defoe. It would have been a nice move but Defoe just didn't have the pace to get on the end of Borini's pass. 

Adnan Januzaj
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Watford might have more injury concerns as striker Troy Deeney is limping and looks to be struggling.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Adnan Januzaj is the first player into ref Bobby Madley's book as he's yellow carded for pulling back Valon Behrami.  

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Watford are forced into an early change as defender Sebastian Prodl is replaced by Christian Kabasele. 

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Victor Anichebe makes a powerful run into the box from the left wing before having a shot blocked.

Victor Anichebe
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Watford win a free-kick on their right side and Miguel Britos has a great chance as he jumps highest at the far post but glances a header wide from two yards.

Miguel Britos
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Sunderland give their fans some encouragement as Jermain Defoe has a shot which is blocked by Miguel Britos.

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Watford look the more threatening. Hornets left-back Jose Holebas delievers a low cross into the Sunderland area and right-back Donald Love gets a vital touch to deflect the ball away from Odion Ighalo as it rolls across the Black Cats goalmouth and out for a corner.

Odion Ighalo
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Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Troy Deeney is through on goal and, instead of shooting, he tries to cut the ball back for fellow striker Odion Ighalo but it's a poor pass and Sunderland clear. Deeney has been stuck on 99 goals since 1 October and that was the action of a man lacking confidence.

'Moyes can keep Sunderland up'

Sunderland v Watford (15:00 GMT)

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton and Sunderland winger on Football Focus

David Moyes wanted more money in the last window and it looks like the money won't be there again in January, and it looks like the owner Ellis Short wants to sell. 

There are a lot of difficulties for Moyes. He needed to get back in the game but the task is huge. I firmly believe he is the right man and can keep them up.

David Moyes
Reuters

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

Fans at the Stadium of Light rise and applaud for Bradley Lowery, the five-year-old Sunderland supporter with terminal cancer. 

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

A fast start to the game with a corner at both ends of the pitch inside a minute. Sunderland have the first and Papy Djilobodji has a header saved.

From Watford's corner Nordin Amrabat ends up having a shot from the edge of the area and Black Cats keeper Jordan Pickford has to tip the ball over at full stretch.

Younes Kaboul and Victor Anichebe
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KICK-OFF

Sunderland 0-0 Watford

There was a minute's silence before kick-off at the Stadium of Light for supporters and former players who have passed away this year.

Robert Madley from West Yorkshire then gets the game under way... 

Sunderland 0-0 Watford
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'Maybe he's feeling the pressure'

Sunderland v Watford (15:00 GMT)

Watford head coach Walter Mazzarri on Troy Deeney, who has been stuck on 99 goals for the club for nine matches: "These are moments that can happen for a forward to have in his career.

"He was unlucky last week because he had chances to score and didn't. Maybe he's feeling the pressure of these 100 goals but for us it's just important he plays for the team and then scores.

"I'm not sure if it will be good for him to have had a rest or not, we will see."

Troy Deeney
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Sunderland v Watford (15:00 GMT)

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