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  1. Sunderland XI: Pantilimon, Yedlin, O’Shea, Kaboul, Coates, Van Aanholt, Cattermole, M’Vila, Larsson, Defoe, Fletcher
  2. Stoke XI: Butland, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Johnson, Pieters, Whelan, Arnautovic, Bojan, Shaqiri, Adam, Walters

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

So then. That is all from me. 

But a reminder you can follow all the reaction, over here.


Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

And that is that. 

What a win for Sam Allardyce's Sunderland, who continue to rise.

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

A few Olés! ringing around the ground now. 

Stoke are still running but it's on empty. 

The home fans are enjoying this - a rare win!

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Four minutes added on. 

The home fans reckon they are there already.

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

A very big win this. And Sunderland are running riot!

Jeremain Lens fluffs his lines, blazing wildly over. 

Stoke look spent.

'Watmore finishes expertly'

Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

"Watmore has talent and is so direct. He has pace and when he gets beyond defenders he finishes expertly."

GOAL - Sunderland 2-0 Stoke

Duncan Watmore

Duncan Watmore scores
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A brilliant driving run and finish from Duncan Watmore - low and hard across the keeper.   

Surely that is that. A massive win for Sunderland this.

GOAL - Sunderland 1-0 Stoke

Patrick van Aanholt

Patrick Van Aanholt scores

From a free-kick played short, Patrick van Aanholt blitzes one home on his left foot and Jack Butland is finally beaten.

Is this two wins a row? Are they out of the bottom three now?

Patrick Van Aanholt celebrates


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Jeremain Lens brought down by Glen Johnson! The ref says no! Again!


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Jeremain Lens picks out Steven Fletcher at the back stick, but Erik Pieters is there to intervene!

Brilliant clearance!

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Under 10 minutes to go here now. 

This would be a fifth consecutive clean sheet in league and cup for Jack Butland and co. 

And they're looking pretty solid.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Another shout for a pen from the home fans - and again it's Steven Fletcher who's leading the call on the pitch. 

He went down under Philipp Wollscheid's challenge. There was a minor tug. Minor. But nothing more.

Desperation setting in?


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Adam Johnson prepares to come on

Sometime's you've just got to take your captain off. 

John O'Shea makes way for Adam Johnson. Can he wing his way into an opening for Sunderland?

The final change for the home side.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Duncan Watmore may be full of energy but it has to be said - his touch ain't great. 

Control lets the youngster down when he's found in the box - a rare opening in what's been a pretty tight last 10 minutes. 

Especially surprising when you consider the numerical advantage. A better touch and he was in.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

What a big last 20 minutes or so for Sam Allardyce's team. 

Can they make this count?

Stoke seem to be dropping deeper... Is it gonna be all-out defence for them from here?

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Even with the extra man Sunderland are struggling to get on top. 

They had a little burst after Ryan Shawcross' red card, but there's no real sign of another spell like that turning up soon.

Lee Cattermole tries to rally the troops - just after almost playing DeAndre Yedlin in with a delicious through ball. 

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Sunderland have definitely been pressing higher up the pitch since the sending off. 

But they've not been able to do much with it when they have won the ball back, and Stoke are still bossing possession. 

Who's got 10 men again?



Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Second change for Stoke. 

Mame Biram Diouf - a striker - on for Xherdan Shaqiri, who has done a lot in front of goal with little impact.

Diouf's muscularity could be exactly what the Potters need up top.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Was that a push by Geoff Cameron on Steven Fletcher in the box? 

The Sunderland fans thought so  - up went the roar - but there's nothing in it. 

Cameron had his hand on him but no foul.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

What a chance this is for Sunderland to claim three points. 

Victory would be just their third of the season - and the third since Sam Allardyce took over in October.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Jack Butland for England! 

What a save, to tip over from Seb Coates' header. Real acrobatic stuff, and presumably great anticipation, too.

Sunderland are cranking up the pressure.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

The first big one since the sending off and Yann M'Vila fluffs it. 

A shanked effort straight at the keeper after Jeremain Lens' first touch to find him. 

The home fans can feel one coming...


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Jeremain Lens is on for Seb Larsson. 

This could be tactical or it could just be Seb Larsson is knackered - he certainly looks it.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

This is a long time to play a man down. Can Stoke see it through? 

Right now there's not been much of a change in the way the game has been played since the restart - Stoke are still on the front foot.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

A reshuffle. Bojan is the man to be sacrificed, with defender Geoff Cameron coming on to shore things up at the back. 

What shape will Stoke go to know? 4-4-1 with Jonathan Walters the lone man?

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

I was just in the middle of writing about Duncan Watmore - who is full of running. 

He's been a constant thorn in the side of the Stoke defence, and Ryan Shawcross couldn't deal with him. 

He bundled the youngster down as he tried to elbow his way through on goal. The ref had no choice but to brandish a second yellow.

RED CARD - Ryan Shawcross (Stoke)

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Ryan Shawcross is shown a red card
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Now this is going to change things, big time!

Ryan Shawcross sees red!


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

And we are back under way. 

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

The players have clearly been enjoying their half-time oranges - they're only just emerging now. 

Taking up the full compliment of their 15 minutes. And fair play to them, workers' rights and all.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

All square then. It finally livened up though!

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Now then. No appeals from Bojan - who was closest to it, but did Costel Pantilimon just handle outside of the box when collecting a through ball? 

It was tight, I tell you - his body gets in the way of the angle on the replay - but I reckon it was just inside. 

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

ANOTHER Stoke corner - they are finishing the stronger. Can Sunderland keep their concentration?

Just about. Charlie Adam rises to head but it's over. A difficult chance, he had to re-position and flick behind himself towards goal.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Well it looked like Sunderland were cooking but Stoke have done well to build slowly, soaking up the pressure. 

They win a corner - the last of the half? - and Glen Johnson is looking to shoot on goal after the short one. 

He's pressed back though, two minutes to be added on.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Free-kick on the edge of the box, how many times do they actually go in? 

Patrick van Aanholt's effort is another that goes straight into the wall. 

There's still time before the break though. Something's brewing, you feel.


Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

It had to be. 

Yellow card for Ryan Shawcross, it was a rugby challenge on Steven Fletcher - the Sunderland man had knocked it past him and might well have been through on goal. 

Sam Allardyce is making the point on the sidelines.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Brilliant intervention by Ryan Shawcross to put the ball behind.

Sunderland with another corner - their third in about five minutes - which is clawed out by Jack Butland. 

A great leap.

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

... which is headed back across goal by Younes Kaboul but then away by Charlie Adam. 

Stoke break, find Bojan jinking on the edge, Xherdan Shaqiri to Marko Arnautovic behind the lines... but he's offside.

Now Sunderland counter - this is picking up!

Sunderland 0-0 Stoke

Charlie Adam picked up a yellow card for a foul on Lee Cattermole a few moments ago  - a sign that Sunderland are edging the midfield battle? 

They're certainly full of intent. Since Duncan Watmore came on the energy levels seem to have risen a notch.

Is there going to be a goal before the break? Watmore's won himself a corner...

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