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|Steed Malbranque (Boudewijn Zenden, 76)|
|Fraizer Campbell (Phil Bardsley, 83)|
|Kenwyne Jones (Jordan Henderson, 46)|
|Micah Richards (Patrick Vieira, 64)|
|Wayne Bridge (Roque Santa Cruz, 32)|
|Shaun Wright-Phillips (Adam Johnson, A, 72)|
|Nigel de Jong|
FULL TIME SUNDERLAND 1-1 MAN CITY: Adam Johnson's late strike earns City a deserved point to put City within two points of fourth placed Spurs, while Sunderland are seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Roque Santa Cruz hits a shot over the Sunderland bar and Craig Gordon is booked for time wasting by referee Chris Foy.
Roberto Mancini wants his players to stop celebrating and go for the three points now but Darren Bent goes close for Sunderland with a header.
SUNDERLAND 1-1 MAN CITY: Sunderland can only clear the corner to ADAM JOHNSON on the edge of the area and the winger picks his spot before curling a brilliant effort into the top corner.
There will be four minutes of stoppage time as Craig Bellamy smacks shot through a ruck of players and it is saved by Craig Gordon.
It is all hectic stuff now as City are trying to get the ball in the Sunderland area as much as possible but the hosts are holding on well.
Kieran Richardson took the kick but it fails to beat the first defender and City go back on the attack.
Sunderland are enjoying a good spell now as Craig Bellamy is penalised for a foul on Alan Hutton on the edge of his own area which was a harsh decision.
Fraizer Campbell is the man going off now with the defensive Phil Bardsley taking his place for the final moments of the game.
Kieran Richardson is down with a touch of cramp here as Steve Bruce is set to make another change.
There is head tennis in the area from the corner and Craig Gordon gathers on his line with Joleon Lescott trying to force the ball into the net.
Another chance here for City as Patrick Vieira plays in Craig Bellamy who beats Alan Hutton for pace but again Craig Gordon saves the day.
It is all City at the moment as Sunderland are defending in numbers but they get a breather when Nigel de Jong blasts his shot miles over the bar.
Steed Malbranque is going off here with Boudewijn Zenden coming on in his place.
Carlos Tevez picks up the ball almost central to the goal but hits his effort well over the bar when Adam Johnson was better placed to his right.
Adam Johnson wins a corner down the right for City but the ball in is disappointing and Sunderland clear.
Adam Johnson goes on a surging run and lays the ball out to Roque Santa Cruz who hits his cross behind for a goal kick much to the disgust of Roberto Mancini.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is going off and Adam Johnson is on to replace him to a chorus of boos from the home fans.
Sunderland are dropping deeper into their own half here as they look to hold on to this slender lead, while they still look dangerous on the break.
Craig Bellamy plays a ball in from the right and Carlos Tevez looks certain to score at the near post but again Craig Gordon pulls off a great save at point-blank range to deny him. A follow up shot is blocked as Sunderland hang on.
Craig Bellamy goes on a run and tries his luck with a shot but Sunderland get bodies in the way and clear the danger.
City are pressing but fair play to Sunderland they are standing firm as Gareth Barry is just offside as he tries to latch on to a great Patrick Vieira pass.
Craig Bellamy goes on a charge up field to get on the end of a Roque Santa Cruz pass and John Mensah goes down after running into him. But strangely Chris Foy awards a free kick to Sunderland.
City make a change here as veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira is coming on to replace Micah Richards.
Shaun Wright-Phillips wastes a great chance to set up a City chance as he knocks the ball out down the right. A second glance and it was harsh as the whole ball had not crossed the by line.
It is turning into a great contest now as Sunderland have fought back after good pressure from City in this second half.
Fraizer Campbell wins a free kick down the left side of the area. It is played into the box by Jordan Henderson and Joleon Lescott has to virtually head it off his own line.
David Meyler, who is just back from a ban after his red card at Portsmouth, is also booked.
Gareth Barry is booked for his part in the shoving match.
Gareth Barry and David Meyler have a bit of a dust up in the middle of the park here. It could be trouble for both players.
The rain is coming down and it's windy but City's game has improved significantly in the opening 10 minutes of this second half.
Craig Bellamy gets played in down the left side of the area and whips a cross in with Craig Gordon pushing it out for a corner. The ball is played in and Vincent Kompany's shot is well blocked.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is in now but he goes for power towards the near post and Craig Gordon saves with his foot. The corner comes in but Sunderland clear.
A great chance for City as Carlos Tevez manages to flick a ball through to Roque Santa Cruz but Craig Gordon does well to deny him.
A quick break from Sunderland but Fraizer Campbell cannot keep his chip from the left side of the area away from Shay Given who gratefully plucks it out of the air.
A bright start to the half from City who are putting Sunderland under a bit of pressure for the first time in the game.
Steve Bruce made one enforced change at half time as goal scorer Kenwyne Jones did pick up an injury so he has been replaced by Jordan Henderson with Fraizer Campbell now joining Darren Bent in attack.
We are back up and running at the Stadium of Light and City will no doubt have had a rocket from Roberto Mancini after a poor first half. Steve Bruce will be happy with his side and will be wanting more of the same.
HALF TIME SUNDERLAND 1-0 MAN CITY: Kenwyne Jones' header has given Sunderland a deserved half time lead against a lacklustre City side.
Fraizer Campbell goes down in the area under a tackle from Joleon Lescott and there are screams for a penalty, but Chris Foy waves play on.
Steed Malbranque threads a neat ball through to the onrushing Anton Ferdinand but the left-back is marginally offside inside the area.
It seems City are adopting more of a long ball game now Roque Santa Cruz is on the field as the pitch does not appear conducive to a passing game.
Sunderland almost capitalise on some slack City defending but Darren Bent completely misses the ball inside the area after being played in by Steed Malbranque.
Shaun Wright-Phillips is the latest City player in the book as he was late in his challenge on David Meyler.
Play has just been held up while Alan Hutton needed treatment but we are back up and running now.
Darren Bent tries to make room for a shot inside the area but is blocked off with Steed Malbranque waiting to be played in for a clear effort.
Kieran Richardson is unlucky not to get his cross in from the right after good build up play by Sunderland but Joleon Lescott did enough to put him off.
Kieran Richardson hits the subsequent free kick with his left foot but it is well wide of Shay Given's goal.
Micah Richards totally chops down Steed Malbranque and is booked by referee Chris Foy.
An enforced change here for City as Wayne Bridge goes off to be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry will go to left-back.
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlos Tevez are fortunate as they engineer a decent chance for Gareth Barry who fires just wide inside the area for City's best chance so far.
Carlos Tevez scuffs an attempted simple pass out of play which has summed up City's display in this opening half hour.
Steve Bruce will be delighted with the way his side have played as they have not given City's players a chance to get any sort of passing game together.
Fraizer Campbell makes room for himself down the right side of the area but he blasts his shot well wide of the mark.
Not much joy for City going forwards as Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross from the right drops out of play before Craig Bellamy can reach it to the left of the penalty area.
Sunderland go up the other end and Kenwyne Jones hits a scuffed shot wide of the City goal. He looks like he is struggling with an injury problem.
Michael Turner almost chests the ball into the path of Carlos Tevez but recovers quickly to clear the danger.
Sunderland win another corner as Micah Richards blocks Steed Malbranque 's shot. Steed Malbranque whips it in from the left but Micah Richards clears.
Gareth Barry clears the corner away but Sunderland come forward again with Steed Malbranque again crossing for Kenwyne Jones but Vincent Kompany does just enough to prevent his header beating Shay Given this time around.
An Alan Hutton cross into the area from the right is flicked out for a corner to Sunderland.
Carlos Tevez tries a very ambitious shot from well outside the area but it ends up trickling into the hands of Craig Gordon via a slight deflection.
The game is held up for a moment as Shay Given is allowed time to tie up his boot laces and he gets it in the neck from the home fans as he does so.
Kenwyne Jones' cross from the right is only cleared to David Meyler who hits a shot straight at Shay Given.from just outside the area.
Sunderland are buzzing after that goal as City almost break but Craig Bellamy is flagged well offside.
Carlos Tevez is over zealous as he dives in on Michael Turner and he is rightly booked.
SUNDERLAND 1-0 MAN CITY: Sunderland break up field and Steed Malbranque whips a great cross in from the left to KENWYNE JONES who thumps a powerful header past Shay Given,.
A strange free kick here as John Mensah is penalised for a foul on Carlos Tevez despite not really doing anything. Fortunately for Sunderland it came to nothing.
There is a good atmosphere at the Stadium of Light from both sets of fans with a good following travelling across the Pennines from Manchester.
A quick break from Sunderland ends with Kenwyne Jones shooting from the edge of the area but its straight at Shay Given.
John Mensah does well to recover and avoids conceding a corner after a bobble on the pitch almost caught him out.
Sunderland are just edging the early possession here but no real opportunities for either side as former Newcastle keeper Shay Given is getting some stick from the home fans when he touches the ball.
The action is underway at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to follow up the win over Bolton with another three points to move them nine points clear of the drop zone. City can move level on 52 points with fourth-placed Spurs with a win.
The omens are stacked in favour of a City win here as they have won the last nine meetings between the two sides, while Sunderland are looking for their first back-to-back wins in 15 months.
Man City starting XI: Given, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez.
Patrick Vieira returns from suspension and is handed a place on the bench alongside Kolo Toure, who has recovered from a knee injury.
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes one change to the starting XI that beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge last time out with Shaun Wright-Phillips replacing Sunderland-born Adam Johnson.
Sunderland starting XI: Gordon, Hutton, Turner, Mensah, Ferdinand, Campbell, Richardson, Meyler, Malbranque, Jones, Bent.
Lee Cattermole is with a hamstring strain and Lorik Cana is suspended so Kieran Richardson and David Meyler come into the starting XI.
Steve Bruce makes two changes to the Sunderland side that beat Bolton 4-0 in midweek ahead of the visit of Manchester City.
Sunderland face Man City at 4pm on Sunday, March 14th.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool will again have the chance to strengthen their squad.
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