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Patrick Jennings

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  1. Post update

    Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    Right then, that's it from me. 

    But you can follow all the reaction to this match and the rest of Saturday's action over here. 

    See you soon!

    Kevin Friend

    Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    Lewis Grabban looks to line one up before thinking better of it. Sympathy for the home fans? 

    That is your lot. A brilliant showing from Alex Neil's men.

    Nathan Redmond
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    Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    Sunderland have got three minutes of added time if they're going to turn it round. 

    Not looking likely though.

    Stadium of Light
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    Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    Two more goals in this team then? 

    It's all Norwich at the minute...

  5. Sunderland 1-3 Norwich

    Duncan Watmore

    A goal on Duncan Watmore's Premier League debut! It's a pretty ugly one - a shank of his shin - but it bobbles into the far corner. 

    John Ruddy pounds the ground with his fist. 

    Duncan Watmore celebrates
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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    This Duncan Watmore is full of running but sadly there's little support for him up top. 

    Most of the other players (and fans) seem to have made their mind up about this one already. 

    Three goals in under five minutes? Not if Jeremain Lens' terrible corner is any indication.

    Dick Advocaat

    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Gary O'Neil is back in the Premier League - with the seventh club of his career. 

    Nathan Redmond is the man to make way. He's been excellent. That's Norwich's last change of the match. 

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    There's under 10 minutes to go for Sunderland to find something approaching a decent move now. 

    The home side are looking seriously flat. A penny for your thoughts, Dick? Do you regret staying on?

    Lee Cattermole
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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

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    Norwich were beating Middlesbrough in the play-off final just three months ago. This team looks very much at home in the Premier League though. Or is it just that Sunderland are that bad?

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Yann M'Vila was sent off on his U21 debut (against Norwich) last week and he'll do well to keep better hold of his temper here. 

    A bit of silliness with Graham Dorrans sees a few shoves exchanged and the referee decides to let it go. 

    The last thing Sunderland need is a red card now. Norwich want a fourth.

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    First real touches for Duncan Watmore and he wins a Sunderland corner. Cue massive cheers from the home fans. 

    Sebastian Coates rises but his header's cleared. Think it was going wide anyway? 

    The closest the home side have come in a while though.

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Now. I've not seen 21-year-old Duncan Watmore play. Not for Sunderland's youth squad or for Altrincham, or for Clitheroe - where he played on loan. 

    There's a bit of hype about the youngster, but whether he's the man to turn this one round is really another story though. Just over 15 minutes to go now... 


    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Now Sunderland with a change.

    And it's a popular one too. Duncan Watmore, 21, is on for a Premier League debut. 

    He was Paulo Di Canio's first buy for the club when joining from Altrincham in 2013, moving up five divisions in the process. Steven Fletcher is the man to make way.


    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Norwich are just coasting here. Again they float through the Sunderland midfield (where's the bite of Lee Cattermole and Yann M'Vila?) before Cameron Jerome drags one wide. 

    I don't think he really had the technique to pull that off. And here's Lewis Grabban is on to replace him. 

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Garth Crooks

    BBC Final Score

    Quote Message: From what I've seen both last week and this week, I don't think Sunderland are going to stay in the Premier League. Whoever does Match of the Day tonight is going to have a field day. Sunderland have been done there by a rudimentary one-two.
    Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher

    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Is Alex Neil shutting up shop now? Bradley Johnson is on for Wes Hoolahan. He's been brilliant today.

    There's so much space for Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond down the Sunderland left. Every time they look dangerous. 

    Sunderland are desperate for a goal. A way back in.

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    This is how Sunderland shaped up in the first half - their average positions.

    The question surely should be: Where on earth were their strikers? 

    Update: They've still not turned up.    

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    Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Surely there's no way back for Sunderland from this, is there? 

    Should Billy Jones have a penalty here though? The cry goes up in the stands but on the replay it looks soft. 

    Meanwhile, Nathan Redmond continues to rampage on the break.

  19. Sunderland 0-3 Norwich

    Nathan Redmond

    Oh my word. For the second Saturday in a row, Sunderland are three behind.

    It's brilliant, fluid, snappy, from Norwich. Nathan Redmond exchanges with Wes Hoolahan on the edge of the box, before stroking it just beyond Costel Pantilimon. 

    Some of the Sunderland fans are heading home already.

    Nathan Redmond
  20. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Norwich get their foot on it. 

    "Calm down lads." Alex Neil is still in control - he is yet to lose an away game since taking over as Norwich boss in January.

    Impressive, this 34-year-old. The youngest in the league.

    alex neil
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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Younes Kaboul - he was signed for his ability in the air, no? 

    A Sunderland corner, a bit of momentum building, and he clears it out like a pro. Great defending, exactly when the Black Cats didn't need it. 

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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Danny Graham is offside in his first real involvement since coming on at half-time. John Ruddy did really well to get off his line so fast and block anyway though. 

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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Steven Fletcher seems to have picked up a bit of a knock. Premier League debut for Duncan Watmore?

    The 21-year-old is warming up in case Fletcher can't continue.

    Duncan Watmore
  24. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Alex Tettey. Now is there any need for that? With his team two up he clatters into Jermain Defoe - in no kind of space - and picks up a yellow. 


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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    So an extra striker on for Dick Advocaat's side. Boy, do they need it - they could do with an extra two. 

    Jeremain Lens stings the hands of John Ruddy with another banana shot from range - straight down his throat though.

    Jermaine Lens of Sunderland
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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    We're back under way at the Stadium of Light. 

    One change - for Sunderland - Danny Graham is on for Sebastian Larsson.

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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Garth Crooks

    BBC Final Score

    Quote Message: Norwich have played really well so far. Russell Martin's goal was an excellent reaction from him. Steven Whittaker then broke from the right and scored with a super strike.

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich.

    And it's Norwich who end the first half on the front foot. 

    Graham Dorrans flashes one wide after a lovely Nathan Redmond nutmeg in the box. 

    There are boos from the home fans...

    Norwich celebrate their second goal
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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Sebastian Larsson thinks so - he charges down Sebastien Bassong not once but twice. 

    The crowd are on their feet but it's just a Norwich throw at left-back...

  30. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Three minutes added on. Is there time?

  31. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    No momentum left in this half, seemingly. Not that Sunderland had a lot of it anyway. The balls played back to Costel Pantilimon as Norwich defend their turf well. 

    Alex Tettey of Norwich
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    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Bit of a break in play as Robbie Brady gets some treatment. 

    No arguments from Alex Neil at this stage...

  33. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Steven Fletcher almost makes me eat my words. How close was that header from a Jeremain Lens cross? Close indeed. A good position but he was under pressure from his marker though.

    Would have been a brilliant time to score. About three minutes to go before the break. 

  34. Post update

    Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Now there is some noise! Boos from the stands as Cameron Jerome almost adds a third! 

    Nathan Redmond's cross pings around before reaching the big man - Jerome was off balance as he prodded over though. 

    Wow. This is not what Sunderland were looking for. Two goals in the five minutes before half-time? Not even one is looking likely.

  35. Sunderland 0-2 Norwich

    Steven Whittaker

    Where oh where is the Sunderland defence? Steven Whittaker is strong but he just waltzes through Patrick van Aanholt and Younes Kaboul before blazing home. 

    Glorious start for Norwich.

    steven whittaker
  36. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    Sebastian Coates doesn't time this one nearly as well though - Norwich free-kick and Nathan Redmond picks up where Robbie Brady let off by hitting the Sunderland wall.

    Costel Pantilimon races off his line to collect the ball as it's pumped back in from deep. He's back in the game.

  37. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    Great intervention from Sebastian Coates - Cameron Jerome was almost in from an easy ball over the top. 

    No sign of a home comeback so far. No sound of one either. It really is very quiet.

  38. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    Here's how the goal was scored - just 40 seconds or so after Costel Pantilimon brilliantly tips one wide, he's at fault for the opener.

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    Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    Norwich are bossing this now. Assured in possession, looking dangerous on the wings.

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    Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle

    Garth Crooks

    BBC Final Score

    Quote Message: Costel Pantilimon’s entitled to some help there for the goal. The Sunderland defence is far too static.
    Sunderland react to conceding
  41. Post update

    Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    It was Robbie Brady's shot that Costel Pantilimon couldn't handle. He'll be sick about that one, and his next involvement is to mis-kick an easy clearance. 

    Very quiet at the Stadium of Light. Jeremain Lens fires one from range and it is wayward.

  42. Sunderland 0-1 Norwich

    Russell Martin

    My oh my is that lucky but it's probably just about deserved.

    Russell Martin won't score an easier one as Costel Pantilimon's parry hits him and goes in. 

    Norwich take the lead

    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    The closest we've come to a goal though is this Norwich move. Lovely touch from Robbie Brady to lay it off to Jonny Howon on the break and Costel Pantilimon tips his effort wide.

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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Much, much better from Sunderland. 

    All the impetus from this move comes from Yann M'Vila winning it in midfield. The Frenchman set Jermain Defoe in motion, but it all falls down when Steven Fletcher doesn't read the next pass. 

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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    And now we've got the first touch for a man with gloves on. Jonny Howson gets his backheel on one but it's easily gathered by Costel Pantilimon. 

    Sunderland play it quick up the pitch - Jermain Defoe is in... but it's offside. He looked set to bury that.

    Jermaine Defoe
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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Cameron Jerome goes flying again! Beautiful arc, his technique is textbook. It's all in the arms.  

    This time he does get the free-kick though. Robbie Brady's had plenty of efforts to get his eye in, but it still hits the wall.

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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    We've had a shot! At least I think it was a shot. No real surprise it's come from Norwich. Wes Hoolahan's effort is blocked after Nathan Redmond picked Patrick van Aanholt's pocket. 

    Robbie Brady with the corner and it's cleared. Eventually that is - Steve Fletcher takes a risk beating his man in the six-yard box. 

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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Patrick van Aanholt isn't having a brilliant time of it either - for the second time in five minutes he fails to bring the ball down and it's out of play for a Norwich throw. 

    The home fans let him know how they're feeling. You can probably guess how. 

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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Not a lot to cheer about for Sunderland just now, and it could be a lot worse as Jeremain Lens escapes a second yellow for a very late challenge indeed. 

    Free-kick, but just a warning. One more and you're off?

  50. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    So far, Norwich are looking the more dangerous of the two. Cameron Jerome goes down like a swan - such grace - but fails to win a free-kick. 

    Throw-in instead. The ball pops out to Robbie Brady but the £7m man's shot is wild and way over. 


    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Seb Larsson's hopeful shot from range is deflected - corner Sunderland. Pressure building? 

    Larsson's delivery is again cleared, and now Jeremain Lens is in the book himself - for scything down Wes Hoolahan as the Norwich man looked to counter.


    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Here we go though! Yellow card for Sebastien Bassong - he totally cleaned out Jeremain Lens, who was scampering down the left wing. 

    Seb Larsson with the free-kick... doesn't beat the first man.  

    Jeremain Lens
  53. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Not much going on up top for either side here so far. 

    Robbie Brady had a cross cut out by Sebastian Coates - that is the highlight so far. 

    Dick Advocaat
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    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Here's Norwich with the ball now though, played into Cameron Jerome's feet, who's backing in and is off balance as Lee Cattermole steals in. 

    He was on Jerome like a flash. 

  55. Post update

    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    Two fouls in the first 15 seconds it seems like - Sunderland are well up for this! 

    They're straight into Norwich from the start and win back possession. Advocaat's words ringing in their ears.

  56. KICK-OFF

    Sunderland 0-0 Norwich

    The group hugs and huddles are over lads. We are under way at the Stadium of Light. 

  57. Post update

    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Garth Crooks

    BBC Final Score

    Quote Message: Sunderland brought in Sebastian Coates and Younes Kaboul in defence during the summer. They were a disaster last week. John O'Shea is sitting on the bench again. He must be wondering: "What have I got to do to get in the side?"
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    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Sunderland Norwich graphic

    Can Norwich find the net today?

    Kick-off moments away now.

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    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Interesting to see how the players get themselves hyped up in the tunnel before games. 

    Norwich captain Russell Martin is slapping himself in the face, while Sunderland counterpart Lee Cattermole, eyes like a shark, is staring straight ahead into some imaginary reckless challenge.

    He's got 89 yellow cards in his career.

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    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Dick Advocaat

    Meanwhile, Dick Advocaat has been reasserting his steely side in the build-up to this afternoon's fixture. No tears this early in the season. 

    Asked if he had been shocked by Sunderland's performance at Leicester he said: "Yes, I was. If we think we can play that way, then we have no chance at all. 

    "If this team, this squad doesn't work and there is no aggression in the team to get the ball and to do something more, then we will find it very difficult. 

    "But we have discussed that and they have to show me what they can do." 

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    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Alex Neil

    Norwich manager Alex Neil has not lost an away game since taking charge of the Canaries in January. And he sounds pretty confident his side's chances today. 

    "Going away from home gives you a different dynamic because the pressure is on the home team to come and beat you," he told the club's website.  

    “I’d imagine with them being at home, the fans will be up for it and the players likewise. We’ve got our own agenda though."

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    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    The sun's out at the Stadium of Light, beautiful stuff. 

    'Dancing in the Moonlight' has just started up over the speakers though. 

    Couldn't really think of a less appropriate song right now, for so, so many reasons. 

    Can't say I approve of what's going on in the photo below either to be quite frank... 

  63. New season, new faces

    Yann M'Vila, Sunderland

    Yann M'Vila

    After years cropping up in the gossip columns, Yann M'Vila finally makes it onto a Premier League pitch with Sunderland today.

    The 25-year-old anchorman was a reported target for Liverpool and Arsenal in previous seasons, but disciplinary issues on and off the pitch did not help his case as a move went unfulfilled.

    Now, after a stint at Russian side Ruban Kuzan and a year on loan at Inter Milan, he forms a teak-tough central midfield partnership with Lee Cattermole at the Stadium of Light.

  64. 'From desperately unlucky, to desperate'

    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Guy Mowbray

    BBC Match of the Day commentator

    Norwich v Crystal Palace

    "Both teams were beaten by two goals last week, but whilst Norwich could claim to have been desperately unlucky against Crystal Palace, Sunderland were just desperate at Leicester.

    "Dick Advocaat's players will have been in defensive drill overdrive this week and that's where changes to his team are most likely.

    "Alex Neil will have noted the havoc caused by Riyad Mahrez to the Black Cats' backline and may contemplate a start for his scorer last Saturday, the lively Nathan Redmond.

    "It's too early to be a 'six-pointer', but it could prove a useful pointer to what lies ahead for both."

    Lee Cattermole
  65. Post update

    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    Norwich manager Alex Neil makes two changes from the side that lost 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace last Saturday. Nathan Redmond is in for Bradley Johnson, while Cameron Jerome replaces Lewis Grabban.

    Norwich XI: Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Tettey, Dorrans, Howson; Hoolahan; Jerome.

    Norwich line-up
  66. Post update

    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    The teams are in. Let's take a look at the home side first.

    Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat makes two changes to the side that lost 4-2 at Leicester last Saturday. There’s a debut for summer signing Yann M’Vila, who comes in for Jack Rodwell, while Steven Fletcher starts in place of injured winger Adam Johnson. There’s also a home debut for Netherlands international Jeremain Lens.

    Sunderland XI:  Pantilimon, Jones, Kaboul, Coates, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, Larsson, M’Vila, Defoe, Lens, Fletcher.

    Sunderland line-up
  67. Get your predictions in

    BBC Sport Predictor

    First up though we've got a little bit of housekeeping to take care of. 

    Because the predictor fans among you have still got just enough time to get in your guesses for the results of Saturday's Premier League fixtures. 

    Can you do better than former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson?

    The page you'll be needing is over here.

  68. Hello there

    Sunderland v Norwich (15:00 BST)

    What are the nerves like on Wearside today after Sunderland's dismal showing at Leicester last week? 

    Can Norwich move on from their own date with disappointment at home to Crystal Palace - Cameron Jerome'sdisallowed goalincluded? 

    You're in the right place to find out. Welcome. 

    Sunderland fans