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Neil Johnston

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    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Mixed emotions from home fans. Having wasted a 2-0 lead, they hold on with 10 men to secure a valuable point that lifts them off the bottom of the table.

    Dick Advocaat turns and waves to the fans before disappearing down the tunnel. Will we see him again?

    Thanks for your company and don't forget you can get reaction from all today's Premier League games here.

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    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    One red card, six other players booked. It's been niggly rather than a dirty game. It's been highly competitive.

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    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Credit to Sunderland. They are defending in numbers and frustrating their opponents. West Ham are finishing strongly but are struggling to carve out another opening.

    Four minutes of additional time.

  4. Hammers on fire

    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    You can see from the two teams' respective heat maps that West Ham (right) have made deeper inroads down the flanks, reaching the byeline on more occasions than Sunderland (right). Hammers right-back Carl Jenkinson has been among those making the forays. 

    Sunderland West Ham
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    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Not all Sunderland fans are staying until the end. It's been another bitter-sweet afternoon at the Stadium of Light. Are we seeing the closing minutes of Dick Advocaat's reign?


    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Sunderland are hanging on. Just. The Hammers are peppering Costel Pantilimon's goal, the Sunderland keeper spreading himself to deny Aaron Cresswell.


    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Sebastián Coates is booked

    Sebastian Coates picks up his fifth yellow card of the season after bringing down Manuel Lanzini in full flight. Sunderland are having to dig deep.

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    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    It's all West Ham.

    The Hammers are piling on the pressure as they look to secure a fourth straight away win.

    Sunderland's defence is all over the place and Dick Advocaat is a picture of frustration on the sidelines.

  9. 'Sunderland do not defend'

    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Graeme Le Saux

    Former England defender on Final Score

      "This match has shown the way Sunderland play, they do not defend and do not take their chances."  

  10. Post update

    Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Unsurprisingly the mood inside the Stadium of Light has turned.

    The Black Cats were cruising at 2-0 and Fabio Borini's miss looks like proving costly. 

    West Ham, with the extra man, are going for the kill.

  11. GOAL - Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

    Dimitri Payet

    Dimitri Payet scores

    Disaster for Sunderland. A terrible error by keeper Costel Pantilimon, who spills Manuel Lanzini's shot and Dimitri Payet puts away the rebound.

  12. RED CARD - Jeremain Lens (Sunderland)

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Jeremain Lens is shown a red card

    It's all going wrong for Sunderland.

    They were 2-0 up but now their advantage is down to a single goal... and they must play the final 30-odd minutes with 10 men after Jeremain Lens picks up a second yellow for a late challenge on Winston Reid.

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    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham are looking lively, Manuel Lanzini going close after letting fly from just outside the area. 

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    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Carl Jenkinson is back on. But for how long? He still looks in pain. 

    Sunderland have started the half brightly but they can't carve out an opening. Frustration is creeping into their play.

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    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    West Ham are temporarily down to 10 men as scorer Carl Jenkinson goes off for treatment after hurting his shoulder in a challenge with Fabio Borini.

  16. Today's attendance is...

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

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    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Here comes Dimitri Payet with the free-kick... and it's straight into the grateful hands of Costel Pantilimon.

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    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Nervous Sunderland fans everywhere. All the noise coming from West Ham's travelling fans. 

    Sunderland's mood is not helped by Billy Jones conceding a free-kick by bringing down Victor Moses just outside the area.

  19. KICK-OFF

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Huge 45 minutes coming up for Sunderland. Can they protect or even extend their lead? Will West Ham come roaring back? We're back under way.

  20. Lifeline for Hammers

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Looking back at West Ham's goal, nice play from winger Victor Moses, who is already enjoying a bright start to the season, as he burst down the left to cross for on-rushing goalscorer Carl Jenkinson. 

    Carl Jenkinson
  21. Take on Lawro


    Mark Lawrenson thinks this match will end in a 2-0 win for Sunderland.

    "West Ham have been brilliant away from home, so you might think this will be a straightforward victory. But football does not work like that, which is why we love it, and why I am going for a surprise result," reckons our football expert.

    Take on Lawro - and football fans from across the world - by having your say in all of this weekend's fixtures in our football predictor game.

  22. Cattermole tigerish

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Lee Cattermole was impressive last weekend despite the 3-0 defeat by Manchester United, and he is at his tigerish best today, already making five recoveries (yellow), three interceptions (blue), one tackle (green) and one clearance (purple).

    Lee Cattermole
  23. 'Fletcher and Borini linking well'

    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker on Final Score

    Fabio Borini reacts

    "They have linked up well, Fletcher and Borini. But Borini, what an opportunity to put that game to bed at 3-0."


    Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Terrific entertainment but Sunderland will be kicking themselves for conceding so late. Will that come back to haunt them?

  25. Sunderland 2-1 West Ham

    Carl Jenkinson

    Carl Jenkinson scores

    Would you believe it? West Ham's first serious threat and they have scored.

    Victor Moses runs rings around the Sunderland defence before pulling the ball back for Carl Jenkinson to hammer home.

    The mood immediately changes inside the Stadium of Light.

    Carl Jenkinson celebrates

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Lee Cattermole is booked. Surely not? The midfielder who can't resist a challenge goes in late on Dimitri Payet. That's five yellows but it's a competitive rather than a dirty game.

    Three minutes of added time.

  27. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Fabio Borini lines up another shot on the edge of the area...and it's just wide. One-way traffic. The Hammers are getting hammered.

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    Dick Advocaat

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    In all that excitement there has been another yellow card.

    Aaron Cresswell is cautioned for a lunge on Jeremain Lens.

    It's 3-1 to West Ham on the yellow card count.

  30. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Huge miss by Fabio Borini. 

    Not for the first time, the Hammers defence is sliced wide open by a free-flowing home move and Borini only has the keeper to beat but stubs his effort agonisingly wide from 12 yards. 

    Will it prove costly?

  31. Post update

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Newcastle lead at Manchester City... and it means Sunderland are back on the bottom of the 'as it stands' table. What happened to a bit of neighbourly love?

  32. Sunderland in wonderland

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Jeremain Lens with as composed a lob as you will see. In off the underside of the bar too. 

    Jeremain Lens

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    First Sunderland booking and it's goalscorer Jeremain Lens, who is in trouble for colliding with Aaron Cresswell. 

  34. 'Hammers' start surprising'

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    John Hartson

    Former Wales striker on Final Score

    "It's very surprising after the results West Ham have had on the road. They've not started very well at all today."  


    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Sunderland are unrecognisable...and the home fans are loving it.

    Fabio Borini tees up another chance for Steven Fletcher, whose shot is deflected behind before Adrian produces a fine save to keep out John O'Shea from the corner.

    The Hammers are all over the place.

  36. Easy for Fletcher

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Steven Fletcher's goal looks pretty simple in its execution, but he ran from deep and was helped by a nice blocking run by Sunderland team-mate John O'Shea. It was a nice finish. 

    Steven Fletcher goal

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham are not only being taken apart, they are also losing their discipline.

    Winston Reid is booked for a cynical challenge on the impressive Steven Fletcher.

  38. 'Terrible defending'

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Graeme Le Saux

    Former England defender on Final Score

    "Terrible defending by West Ham, Payet gave the ball away and Lens poached the ball, got to the edge of the box and dinked the ball over the goalkeeper. A lovely delicate finish."   

  39. Post update

    Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    West Ham are masters of their own downfall. That goal came as a result of an error by Dimitri Payet. 

  40. Sunderland 2-0 West Ham

    Jeremain Lens

    Jeremain Lens scores

    What. A. Goal.

    Sublime finish from Jeremain Lens as the Dutch forward beats Adrian with a sublime chip from the edge of the area following Yann M'Vila's through-ball.

    Wonderful technique.

    Jeremain Lens celebrates

    Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    All too easy for the hosts so far. Sunderland need to make this spell count. 

    Steven Fletcher tries to feed Fabio Borini inside the Hammers area but goes sprawling under a James Tomkins challenge.

    Referee Neil Swarbrick takes a hard look before waving play on.

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    Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    Sunderland fans celebrate

    Do Sunderland fans want Dick Advocaat to leave?

    Not on this evidence. "Dick, Dick Advocaat" sing the crowd.

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    Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    West Ham arrived on Wearside having defeated Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City on their travels.

    Manuel Lanzini picks the ball up in midfield and is invited to run at the home defence. Space opens up for a shot but he drills wide.

    Sunderland comfortable so far.  

  44. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    Sunderland are off the bottom of the 'as it stands' table and they are on a roll.

    The Hammers are shaken and Fabio Borini almost doubles the lead but his shot rattles into the side netting.

    The Black Cats don't look like a team in trouble.

  45. GOAL - Sunderland 1-0 West Ham

    Steven Fletcher

    Steven Fletcher scores

    What a start. What a goal.

    A goal straight from the training ground gives Dick Advocaat something to cheer about as Yann M'Vila's low free-kick findsSteven Fletcher,who fires home first time from 12-yards.

    About 40,000 Sunderland fans inside the Stadium of Light come to life.

    Steven Fletcher celebrates
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    Sunderland 0-0 West Ham

    Scrappy start.

    Neither side has yet to get going. Dimitri Payet already looks a handful for the Sunderland defence. 

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    Sunderland 0-0 West Ham

    That noise you can hear? It's the sound of thousands of Wearside fingernails being bitten. There's a nervous atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light. This crowd needs lifting but Sunderland have yet to threaten in the opening exchanges.


    Sunderland 0-0 West Ham

    West Ham are getting stuck in from the off and skipper Mark Noble is booked inside 90 seconds for a clumsy challenge on Ola Toivonen.

  50. KICK-OFF

    Sunderland 0-0 West Ham

    A shrill of the whistle and it is green for go at the Stadium of Light.

  51. LINE-UPS

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Sunderland fan

    Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones, Yedlin, O’Shea, Coates, Cattermole, M’Vila, Toivonen, Lens, Borini, Fletcher. Subs: Mannone, PVA, Brown, Larsson, Rodwell, Gomez, Defoe.

    West Ham United: Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Tomkins, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Moses, Payet, Lanzini. Sakho. Subs: Randolph, Zarate, Obiang, Collins, Jelavic, Antonio, Oxford.

  52. Countdown to kick-off

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Dick Advocaat is signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans. He's even smiling. He doesn't look like a man about to walk away.

  53. Leaky Black Cats

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

  54. Countdown to kick-off

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    The Sunderland subs have already taken their places on the bench. Jermain Defoe is eating an energy bar while John O'Shea and the rest of the Black Cats team line up in the tunnel. Mark Noble is ready to lead out West Ham.

  55. 'Concentrating on the game'

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Quote Message: We are bottom of the league, so we have to get three points. The most important thing is they show they want to win and get the fans behind you. As long as they give everything, the best team will win. If you are not afraid to win the duels you will get results. I'm concentrating on the game and the other things are not so important." from Dick Advocaat Sunderland boss
    Dick AdvocaatSunderland boss
  56. Goal-den Hammers

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    West Ham fact
  57. 'Advocaat must be questioning decision'

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Steve Bower

    BBC Match of the Day commentator at Stadium of Light

    Dick Advocaat

    "These two clubs couldn't have had more contrasting starts. Facing West Ham is back where it all began at Sunderland for boss Dick Advocaat. There must have been moments so far this season that he has questioned his decision to come back for more.

    "The longer the winless run continues the more the pressure will build. With the international break on the horizon, the importance of victory is huge.

    "Such has been West Ham's form on the road, they are expected to leave the North East with a positive result. They will look to use the anxious atmosphere around the Stadium of Light to their advantage."

  58. Troubled Advocaat

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Dick Advocaat looks like a man who has all the troubles in the world resting on his shoulders. Hands in pockets and deep in thought, he has been watching his players warm up on the pitch.

    There's a 40,000-plus crowd expected at the Stadium of Light. Those inside the ground already are making little noise.

  59. Three Sunderland changes

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has just faced the TV cameras. Asked about speculation surrounding his future, he said: "I am concentrating on the game. All the other things are not so important." 

    Advocaat makes three changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Manchester United on 26 September. Defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Sebastian Coates are recalled as is striker Steven Fletcher. Out go Younes Kaboul, Patrick van Aanholt and Adam Johnson.

    Sunderland line-up

    West Ham United are unchanged from the side that salvaged a draw against Norwich City on 26 September. The Hammers are chasing a fourth straight away win this season in the Premier League. There is no Andy Carroll on the bench.

    West Ham line-up
  60. More change on Wearside?

    Sunderland v West Ham (15:00 BST)

    Will Sunderland be hunting a fifth boss in 31 months?

    It is claimed Dick Advocaat has become disillusioned with life on a limited budget and that the 68-year-old will leave even if Sunderland defeat West Ham United at the Stadium of Light to record their first win of the campaign.

    If the reports are true, Burnley manager Sean Dyche is set to take over the struggling club.

    Is Mrs Advocaat about to get her husband all to herself? Will Dick stay on long enough to take charge of the looming Tyne-Wear derby? One thing is for sure. It's going to be another eventful afternoon on Wearside.

  61. End for Advocaat?

    He was reduced to tears five months ago as Sunderland sealed survival in the Premier League.

    Dick Advocaat

    Fans then had a whip round and raised more than £1,000 to buy flowers for his wife after he performed a U-turn and decided to stay.


    But is Dick Advocaat's reign as Black Cats boss coming to an end?

    The veteran hard man of management, known as the Little General is reportedly ready to quit the top-flight's bottom club after today's game... whatever the result against away-day specialists West Ham United.

    Dick Advocaat
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    Welcome to our live page for Sunderland v West Ham. We'll have text commentary here from 14:30 BST, plus you can follow Final Score via the live coverage tab. You can keep up to date with all the build-up to today's games here.