Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham

14 August 2010 03:55
Sunderland could not survive captain Lee Cattermole's first-half sending off as Birmingham mounted a battling late comeback at the Stadium of Light.Darren Bent converted a dubious 22nd-minute penalty but Cattermole deserved to go after two yellow cards. [LNB]Birmingham full-back Stephen Carr looped a header into his own goal after half-time to put the hosts in control. [LNB]But Scott Dann headed in late on and Blues nicked an unlikely point through Liam Ridgewell's bundled equaliser. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB]Referee was out of his depth - Bruce[LNB]Sunderland manager Steve Bruce will be rueing his side's inability to hold firm after they looked far the more competent side on the opening day of the Premier League season. [LNB]But he may, ultimately, take more positives than opposite number Alex McLeish after Birmingham showed little but spirit in a competitive, bruising encounter between the two teams with the worst disciplinary records of last season. [LNB]The hosts came out of the traps quickly in bright north-east sunshine, with midfielder Jordan Henderson testing the early nerves of Birmingham's debutant goalkeeper Ben Foster with a decent long-range effort. [LNB][LNB] First half, Birmingham were poor and Sunderland completely dominated. Second half we played much better. It's a fantastic result... bcfcsteve1 Bent then pushed a well-placed knock-back into the path of midfield team-mate Steed Malbranque, but he could only screw a close-range shot wide of goal when it looked a more simple task to hit the target. [LNB]With Birmingham disjointed, Cattermole issued an unnecessary statement of intent when he caught Gary O'Connor with his right elbow - a full-blooded aerial clash which left the Scottish striker with a nasty cut above his eye. [LNB]Cattermole escaped punishment for that and the visitors' luck then worsened as it appeared they had real cause for complaint when Sunderland's penalty was awarded. [LNB]Republic of Ireland international Carr did bring Fraizer Campbell down after a burst of speed from the on-rushing former Manchester United striker, but the challenge looked as if it might have come just outside the 18-yard box. [LNB]Regardless, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot and Bent - who notched five penalties amid a glut of goals last season - coolly converted low to Foster's right. [LNB]The tough-tackling nature of the game was typified when three yellow cards were awarded in the space of five minutes, with Cattermole finally receiving his first for a clumsy challenge on Cameron Jerome. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB]McLeish demands Blues improvement[LNB]The hosts should have gone 2-0 up on the half hour but, after a brilliant interchange with strike partner Campbell, Bent - just 10 yards out and unmarked - could only stub his shot into the turf with the goal at his mercy. [LNB]Such were Birmingham's slumbers, Lee Bowyer nearly sliced into his own goal after 36 minutes but Foster managed to claw the ball away for a corner. [LNB]Just before half-time Cattermole was dismissed after receiving a second yellow card for clattering straight through Bowyer, without ceremony, from behind. [LNB]McLeish brought James McFadden on for Keith Fahey after the break and, although it helped Birmingham gain more possession of the ball, their quality when pressing was lacking. [LNB]Sunderland soon made them pay, going 2-0 up on 55 minutes when Birmingham full-back Carr looped a long-range header over Foster into his own net as he tried to clear a deep cross under strong pressure from Campbell. [LNB]Nikola Zigic - at 6ft 7½in he is competing with Tottenham's Peter Crouch to be the league's tallest player - came off the Birmingham bench to test Sunderland's debutant Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. [LNB]And his immediate impact endured as Birmingham spent much more time on the offensive, launching long balls into the box for the £8m Serbia striker to attack. [LNB]Paraguayan international Cristian Riveros - another player to impress at this summer's World Cup - came on for Sunderland, and he nearly put the Black Cats out of sight with a lovely chip that drifted just inches wide of the post. [LNB]But when all looked lost for the Midlanders, Dann put Birmingham back into the game with his first ever Premier League goal as he rose above Nedum Onuoha to squirm a header through the legs of Mignolet. [LNB]Unmarked, Dann should then have levelled from Roger Johnson's dangerous free-kick as Sunderland clearly struggled to batten down the hatches without 11 men on the pitch. [LNB]But the task of equalising was left to a combination of Ridgewell and an assortment of panicked Sunderland defenders, who ensured the ball trickled agonisingly in with three minutes remaining after a goalmouth scramble ensued from Sebastian Larsson's expert free-kick. [LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 14 August 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham FT (HT 1-0) Bent (pen) 24 Carr (og) 56 Dann 77 Ridgewell 88 Sunderland 22 Mignolet 03 Richardson yellow card 05 John Mensah 15 Onuoha 19 Bramble 06 Cattermole yellow card, red card 08 Malbranque (Riveros 63) 10 Henderson 27 Al-Muhammadi (Waghorn 90+2) 09 Campbell 11 Bent yellow card (Welbeck 83) Substitutes 24 Carson, 02 Bardsley, 14 Da Silva, 07 Zenden, 16 Riveros, 17 Welbeck, 26 Waghorn Birmingham 26 Foster 02 Carr yellow card (Gardner 65 yellow card) 05 Johnson yellow card 06 Ridgewell 15 Dann 04 Bowyer 07 Larsson 12 Ferguson 18 Fahey (McFadden 46) 10 Jerome 11 O'Connor (Zigic 57) Substitutes 01 Taylor, 03 Murphy, 21 Parnaby, 08 Gardner, 17 Marcos Madera, 16 McFadden, 19 Zigic Ref: TaylorAtt: 38,390 SUNDERLAND BIRMINGHAM Possession Sunderland 47% Birmingham 53% Attempts on target Sunderland 2 Birmingham 4 Attempts off target Sunderland 4 Birmingham 6 Corners Sunderland 3 Birmingham 4 Fouls Sunderland 11 Birmingham 7 Final Result Full Time 90:00+4:02 The final whistle is blown by the referee. 90:00+3:11 The assistant referee flags for offside against Danny Welbeck. Ben Foster takes the free kick. 90:00+2:34 Nikola Zigic produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal. 90:00+1:48 Attacking throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham).Defending throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham). 90:00+1:48 Substitution Sunderland substitution: Ahmed Al-Muhammadi replaced by Martyn Waghorn (tactical). 90:00+1:14 Defending throw-in by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland). 89:41 Foul by Craig Gardner (Birmingham) on Cristian Riveros (Sunderland). Craig Gardner (Birmingham) booked for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken right-footed by Titus Bramble (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play. 87:02 Assist (cross) by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham) from right wing. 87:02 GOAL - Liam Ridgewell:Sunderland 2 - 2 Birmingham goal by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham. 87:02 Foul by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland) on Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham) from right wing, 86:49 Cross by Craig Gardner (Birmingham), clearance by John Mensah (Sunderland). 86:38 Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 86:27 Shot by Cameron Jerome (Birmingham) right-footed from left channel (25 yards), blocked by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 84:27 Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Nedum Onuoha. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet. 84:00 Right-footed shot by Jordan Henderson missed to the left of the goal. 83:32 Attacking throw-in by Cameron Jerome (Birmingham). 81:31 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland). 81:31 Substitution Sunderland substitution: Darren Bent replaced by Danny Welbeck (tactical). 81:31 Foul by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland) on Lee Bowyer (Birmingham). Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play. 80:48 Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 79:06 Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet. 78:12 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by James McFadden (Birmingham) to centre, clearance by John Mensah (Sunderland). 75:13 Cross by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland), clearance by Roger Johnson (Birmingham). Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) to far post, clearance by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 74:40 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland). 73:54 Ahmed Al-Muhammadi produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar. 73:31 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 72:30 Attacking throw-in by Cameron Jerome (Birmingham). 72:21 The ball is sent over by Cameron Jerome, clearance made by Titus Bramble. 71:09 The ball is sent over by James McFadden, Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save. 70:46 The ball is sent over by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, Ben Foster makes a save. 70:02 Direct free kick taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland) from left wing, resulting in open play. 70:02 Booking Roger Johnson (Birmingham) booked for unsporting behaviour. 70:02 Foul by Roger Johnson (Birmingham) on Darren Bent (Sunderland). 68:15 Defending throw-in by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland). 67:18 The ball is sent over by James McFadden, Shot from close range by Scott Dann misses to the right of the target. 66:34 Outswinging corner taken by James McFadden from the left by-line, Fraizer Campbell makes a clearance. 65:19 Direct free kick taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham) from right channel, resulting in open play. 65:19 Booking Darren Bent (Sunderland) booked for dissent. 65:19 Foul by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) on Lee Bowyer (Birmingham). 64:34 Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (Birmingham). 64:34 Substitution Craig Gardner joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Carr. 63:44 Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet. 62:15 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland). 62:15 Substitution Cristian Riveros is brought on as a substitute for Steed Malbranque. 61:15 Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet. Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line, clearance made by Steed Malbranque. 60:58 A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson. 59:45 Attacking throw-in by James McFadden (Birmingham). 59:00 Cross by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland), resulting in open play. 58:04 Shot by Barry Ferguson from outside the box goes over the net. 57:40 Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick. 56:59 Substitution Nikola Zigic is brought on as a substitute for Garry O'Connor. 55:10 Assist (cross) by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) from right wing. 55:10 GOAL - Stephen Carr:Sunderland 2 - 0 Birmingham Headed own goal by Stephen Carr (Birmingham) (top-right of goal) from own half (12 yards).Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham. 54:19 Shot by Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), blocked by Roger Johnson (Birmingham). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) to far post, clearance by James McFadden (Birmingham). 53:47 Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball. 52:13 Defending throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 51:32 Garry O'Connor sends in a cross. 51:16 Darren Bent is ruled offside. Roger Johnson takes the free kick. 49:55 Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 49:09 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland). 48:24 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, Ahmed Al-Muhammadi manages to make a clearance. 47:49 The ball is swung over by Sebastian Larsson. 47:23 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Carr (Birmingham). 45:46 Handball decision goes against Darren Bent. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick. 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. 45:01 Substitution Birmingham substitution: Keith Fahey replaced by James McFadden (tactical). Half Time 45:00+4:07 The referee blows for half time. 45:00+3:44 Defending throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 45:00+1:39 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland). 45:00+0:51 Defending throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 44:56 Unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Mensah. 43:12 Sent off Lee Cattermole sent off. Correction - 43:12 Ben Foster takes the free kick. Correction - 42:44 Sent off Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) dismissed for second bookable offence. 42:44 Indirect free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (Birmingham) from own half, resulting in open play. Correction - 42:44 The official flags Fraizer Campbell offside. Foul by Lee Cattermole on Lee Bowyer, free kick awarded. 42:44 Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) caught offside. Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) on Lee Bowyer (Birmingham). 41:47 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 40:49 Unfair challenge on Titus Bramble by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick. 40:20 Defending throw-in by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland). 38:59 Attacking throw-in by Kieran Richardson (Sunderland). 36:59 Foul by Kieran Richardson on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Header on goal by Scott Dann from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. 36:29 Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 35:31 The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson, clearance by Keith Fahey. 33:52 The ball is delivered by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi, save by Ben Foster. Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post. 31:56 Foul by Cameron Jerome (Birmingham) on Lee Cattermole (Sunderland). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) from own half, resulting in open play. 31:37 Garry O'Connor fouled by Nedum Onuoha, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick. 31:26 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 31:16 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 30:54 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 30:41 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 29:30 Ben Foster takes the direct free kick. 29:30 Booking The referee cautions Kieran Richardson for unsporting behaviour. 29:25 Kieran Richardson challenges Sebastian Larsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. 29:17 Ahmed Al-Muhammadi sends in a cross, clearance by Sebastian Larsson. 28:17 Shot by Darren Bent (Sunderland) mishit right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left. Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (Birmingham). 27:18 Barry Ferguson takes the free kick. 27:18 Booking The referee cautions Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour. 27:11 Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Cameron Jerome. 26:30 Foul by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland) on Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Scott Dann (Birmingham) from own half, resulting in open play. 25:48 Garry O'Connor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal. 25:21 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 25:13 Defending throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 22:55 Booking 21:39 Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 21:14 Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Fraizer Campbell results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick. 20:34 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 19:53 Goal kick taken long by Simon Mignolet (Sunderland). 19:40 Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Blocked by Titus Bramble. 19:18 Attacking throw-in by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 15:32 Fraizer Campbell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick. 14:40 Unfair challenge on John Mensah by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick. John Mensah restarts play with the free kick. 14:15 The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, Lee Bowyer makes a clearance. 12:42 The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson, Steed Malbranque produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post. 11:19 Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, save by Ben Foster. 10:24 Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, clearance by Kieran Richardson. 9:59 Attacking throw-in by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham). 9:19 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 7:47 The official flags Keith Fahey offside. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick. 7:01 Handball by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland). Indirect free kick taken left-footed by Ben Foster (Birmingham) from own half, resulting in open play. 6:25 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Carr (Birmingham). 5:33 Defending throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 4:53 Unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson. 4:39 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 3:53 John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. Ben Foster takes the free kick. 3:02 Shot by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) drilled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Ben Foster (Birmingham). 2:51 Cross by Ahmed Al-Muhammadi (Sunderland), clearance by Liam Ridgewell (Birmingham). 2:42 Cross by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland), clearance by Sebastian Larsson (Birmingham). 1:44 Goal kick taken long by Ben Foster (Birmingham). 0:38 Foul by Roger Johnson (Birmingham) on Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland). Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson (Sunderland) from right wing, blocked by Scott Dann (Birmingham). 0:16 Attacking throw-in by Nedum Onuoha (Sunderland). 0:00 The match has kicked off. Booking Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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