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  1. Sunderland hoping for back-to-back wins for second time this season
  2. Gibson makes full debut in place of Rodwell for Black Cats
  3. Southampton have lost six of their last seven in the Premier League
  4. Redmond and Tadic start in place of Boufal and Rodriguez

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By Matthew Henry

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Sunderland 0-4 Southampton

All over.

Sunderland win 4-0 one week, lose 4-0 the next.

Southampton excellent.

GOAL - Sunderland 0-4 Southampton

Shane Long

Long to Ward-Prowse.

Ward-Prowse to Long.

Long slots home.

Too easy from Sunderland's point of view. Clinical from Southampton.

Long celeb

GOAL - Sunderland 0-3 Southampton

Jason Denayer OG

Bertrand sprints down the left, crosses, and with Shane Long lurking, Jason Denayer converts the ball into his own net.

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Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

A Sunderland free-kick narrowly misses Jason Denayer.

The home side muster a corner, it comes to nothing.

Borini heads wide moments later from Bryan Ovideo's cross.

That was possibly the best chance they have created all game.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Southampton attack again. Shane Long looks to be in a prime position to score but he lets the ball roll through to the keeper.

He thought he was offside. I don't think he was.


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Darron Gibson's full debut comes to an end. He's replaced by Wahbi Khazri.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg replaces Dusan Tadic for the visitors.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Nathan Redmond shows his express pace down the left, racing into the area.

He gets a shot away but it goes straight at Mannone.

Southampton look far more likely to score.

Borini goes in for a tackle. I'd forgotten he'd come on to be honest.

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Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Some Sunderland fans are starting to drift out of the Stadium of Light.

Who can blame them? Their side have hardly threatened in this game.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Almost an instant impact from Shane Long.

Cedric swings a high ball in and Long, under no pressure, is allowed to head at goal but Mannone pushes it over.


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

There'll be no hat-trick for Manolo Gabbiadini who's been replaced by Shane Long.

Gabbiadini off

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Sunderland are chasing shadows.

Redmond beats Billy Jones down the left, crosses to James Ward-Prowse who heads a yard wide.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Oriol Romeu has been really impressive in central midfield for Southampton.

The former Barcelona and Chelsea man has made 60 passes, more than any other player, and made three tackles and four interceptions.

James Ward-Prowse tries his luck from 25 yards but his shot goes narrowly wide.

The visitors are attacking at ease.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

First shot on target from Sunderland.

It is nothing to celebrate though, a 30-yard strike from Didier Ndong which is tamely straight at Fraser Forster.

Ironic cheers from the home fans


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Southampton are just wearing Sunderland down here. 

After keeping the ball at ease, Dusan Tadic's stinging shot is saved by Mannone.

Adnan Januzaj breaks upfield for Sunderland, but like most that his team have tried in this game, it comes to nothing.

Tadic shot


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

One Italian has scored twice in this game and now Sunderland bring on one of their own.

Fabio Borini on for Sebastian Larsson.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

The home side finally mount an attack in this second half.

They're yet to have a shot on target in the match.

The attack ends when Seb Larsson plays a long ball up to Adnan Januzaj. I don't think I've seen the Belgian win many aerial challenges in his career.


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Sunderland are living dangerously (if 2-0 down at home isn't already dangerous).

Southampton play 'keep ball' on the edge of the area before Jason Denayer flies into a risky challenge, managing to make some contact with the ball.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Manolo Gabbiadini almost has his hat-trick.

A Southampton corner comes in from the left and the Italian is allowed to swing a boot at the ball, diverting it on target but not enough power to beat Mannone.

That was really poor defending from the home side.


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Back under way at the Stadium of Light.

Midfielder Steven Pienaar replaces John O'Shea at half-time.

O'Shea had been struggling with a hamstring injury before the game and I'd assume that means a switch to 4-4-2 for Sunderland.

Sunderland 0-2 Southampton


Southampton really grew into that half after Sunderland had the better of the opening stages.

Ryan Bertrand (number 21) has looked threatening, pushing high up from full-back on the left-hand side.


Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

And with that it is half-time at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland were 4-0 up at half-time last week, today they're 2-0 down at home.

Southampton are well on the way to just their second league win since Christmas.

GOAL - Sunderland 0-2 Southampton

Manolo Gabbiadini

Gabbiadini goal
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Brilliant from Gabbiadini.

Sadly for Sunderland it is Manolo Gabbiadini not Marco who is terrorising defences on Wearside.

The Italian striker receives the ball in the box from Dusan Tadic and brilliantly turns, leaving John O'Shea and Lamine Kone for dead, before slotting past Vito Mannone.

Long way back for Sunderland now.

Gabbiadini second goal

Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Sunderland take a different route of working the ball into the box from a free-kick.

In the end Jermain Defoe's cross is headed away.

From the resulting corner Defoe goes to ground claiming a tug of the shirt from Bertrand but the referee isn't fooled.

'He reminds me of Pippo Inzaghi'

Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

This striker, Manolo Gabbiadini, really has an eye for goal. He reminds me a little bit of Pippo Inzaghi, wiry and a reat threat. It was a good ball in, not a great height, but he gets down and turns it into the net.


Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Here come Southampton again.

Nathan Redmond takes a shot at goal from the edge of the area but it's blocked into the arms of Vito Mannone.

Sunderland are looking a little ragged right now. Don't forget they can climb out of the relegation zone with a win today.

Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

I've seen a few replays of that goal and I'm not sure whether it comes off Sunderland's Lamine Kone or Southampton's Manolo Gabbiadini.

Both were stretching for the ball but its Gabbiadini who has been credited with his second goal in as many games for the club.

Only one other player has scored in his first two Premier League games for Southampton.

I'll give you five guesses...

GOAL - Sunderland 0-1 Southampton

Manolo Gabbiadini

Gabbiadini goal
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Southampton had been pressing and now have the breakthrough.

Ryan Bertrand whips in a great ball from the left, in behind the Sunderland defence, and Manolo Gabbiadini beats Lamine Kone to the ball and deflects it in.

Gabbiadini celebrates
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Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

Southampton's best chance of the game.

Manolo Gabbiadini beats the offside trap but is forced wide by the onrushing Vito Mannone.

The Italian forward checks back, gets his head up and picks out Cedric Soares on the edge of the area but the full-back fires high and wide.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

After Sunderland had the better of the early stages, Southampton are coming into this one now.

Most of their play is coming down the left through Nathan Redmond and Ryan Bertrand.

Billy Jones and Lamine Kone do well to block crosses from the pair.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

The Gabbiadini name is one Sunderland fans know well. Marco Gabbiadini scored 87 goals in 183 games for the Wearsiders.

Manolo Gabbiadini - no relation - fails to capitalise on a poor Darron Gibson pass here when his first-time shot sails harmlessly wide.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

More good stuff from Sunderland.

Adnan Januzaj, a player of so much promise, dribbles into the area before crossing low towards Jermain Defoe.

Sunderland's leading scorer fails to control the ball though, seven yards out. It's not often we say that.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

And after that big build-up it's a really poor free-kick from the Swede, straight into the ankles of the Southampton wall.

The visitors are yet to settle. We haven't seen anything of their new man Manolo Gabbiadini.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

This one is Sebastian Larsson territory.

Didier Ndong drives on from midfield before being brought down by Nathan Redmond.

Just right of centre, 25 yards out

Ndong and Redmond

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

The initial free-kick comes to nothing but Sunderland win another corner.

England international Fraser Forster looks shaky dealing with the delivery in the Southampton goal, not getting much purchase on his punch.

The home side are on top so far.

Oviedo and Ward-Prowse

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

Adnan Januzaj takes the first shot on goal.

His effort from the edge of the area is blocked wide for a corner which results in nothing.

Sunderland win a free-kick in a dangerous position however. Seb Larsson to take...

Januzaj shot

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

John O'Shea was a big doubt for this game with a hamstring injury and the centre-back has been called into meaningful action for the first time.

He heads away a dangerous cross from the left before Didier Ndong helps the ball further away.

Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

Both sides are testing each other out early on.

Sunderland have started with the 3-5-2 formation that served them so well at Selhurst Park last week.

The Black Cats have kept two clean sheets in a row, much of that down to Lamine Kone.

He's just booted a wayward pass straight out of play here though.

Tadic and Larsson


Sunderland 0-0 Southampton

Referee Paul Tierney blows his whistle. We're under way.

'Perhaps they feel the clouds parting'

Sunderland v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

Last weekend was a game-changer for Sunderland. To blitz Crystal Palace as they did, that trip home on the bus must have been great. 

Perhaps they feel the clouds parting. If they can follow it up with at least a point today, that will keep the momentum.

Sunderland v Southampton (15:00 GMT)

It is cold and wet up in the North East.

Classic February football weather. There's a hardy soul in just jeans and a short sleeve Sunderland shirt in the crowd. He looks cold.

John O'Shea and Steven Davis lead the teams out. We're moments away from kick-off.

Sunderland fans