Premier League
SunderlandSunderland1Man CityManchester City0
By Sam SheringhamBBC Sport
Phil Bardsley scored

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.

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.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 12Celustka
  • 2Bardsley
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 23GiaccheriniSubstituted forGardnerat 72'minutes
  • 7Larsson
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forAltidoreat 77'minutes
  • 14Colback
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forBoriniat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Adilson Cabral
  • 8Gardner
  • 17Altidore
  • 20Westwood
  • 21Diakité
  • 31Borini
  • 35Mavrias

Man City

  • 30Pantilimon
  • 2RichardsSubstituted forZabaletaat 71'minutes
  • 13Kolarov
  • 14García FernándezBooked at 26minsSubstituted forNavasat 45'minutes
  • 26Demichelis
  • 6Lescott
  • 7Milner
  • 42Y Touré
  • 9NegredoSubstituted forDzekoat 71'minutes
  • 16Agüero
  • 8Nasri

Substitutes

  • 1Hart
  • 5Zabaleta
  • 10Dzeko
  • 15Navas
  • 17Rodwell
  • 22Clichy
  • 38Boyata
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
40,137

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamMan City
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home5
Away24
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away14
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

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    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Manchester City 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

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

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    Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).

  7. Post update

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

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    Foul by Sergio Agüero (Manchester City).

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

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    Foul by Samir Nasri (Manchester City).

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

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    Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Fabio Borini replaces Adam Johnson.

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    Foul by James Milner (Manchester City).

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

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

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

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

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

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    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.