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|Steed Malbranque (Fraizer Campbell, 69)|
|Andy Reid (Boudewijn Zenden, 69)|
|Lee Cattermole (Jordan Henderson, 89)|
|Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (Andy Wilkinson, 17)|
|Salif Diao (Rory Delap, 75)|
|Sanli Tuncay (Ricardo Fuller, 63)|
Boos riing round the Stadium of Light at the final whistle, plenty of effort but very little quality.
Whelan's corner is met by the head of Huth, whose header flashes just wide.
FOUR minutes are to be added on
Sunderland are replacing Lee Cattermole with Jordan Henderson.
Not long left now and any momentum by Sunderland has been lost, can either side grab an unlikely winner?
Andy Wilkinson is booked for unsporting behaviour.
Chance for Stoke! Riccardo Fuller escapes his marker and darts into the penalty area. his goalbound shot however is well palmed away by Gordon.
The fans are getting behind their side as Sunderland push for a winner, they have yet to show enough quality in the final third so far though.
Salif Diao is replaced by Rory Delap.
The referee has booked Ricardo Fuller and John Mensah for another ugly confrontation.
Twenty minutes left - can either team break the deadlock?
As predicted Sunderland are replacing Andy Reid with Bolo Zenden.
Steed Malbranque is being taken off, Fraizer Campbell has come on in his place.
Bolo Zenden is warming up on the touchline, I expect him to join the action soon, the game needs his creatvitiy.
Stoke are replacing Sanli Tuncay with Ricardo Fuller.
How is that not a pen? Robert Huth clearly uses is arm to block a Darren Bent pass but neither ref or linesman spots it.
Glenn Whelan curls in a free-kick from the left touchline bu fails to hit a Stoke head, that's the sum total of The Potters attacks so far this half.
Good play down the left by Reid and his cross towards Jones is just headed clear, good defending by Stoke.
The Sunderland fans groans continue as Stoke close down the Black Cats players at every opportunity, foricng them to lose possession.
Great chance for Stoke! Etherington's free kick is kept in play by Higginbottom at the far post and in the resulting goalmouth scramble Jones somehow clears the ball off the line.
We're underway again, will this half be better than the first? Lets hope so!
The ref has blown his whistle for half time.
Lee Cattermole is booked for unsporting behaviour.
Two minutes to be added on.
Andy Reid curls in a free kick, but it is easily collected by Sorensen, not enough pace on it to trouble the former Black Cats Keeper.
Dean Whitehead goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. He is lucky there, as he clearly kicked out at Lee Cattermole.
Lorik Cana has time and space but his cross is too close to Sorensen.
Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross are taking turns to wrestle with Kenwyne Jones, after two penalty appels were turned away the referee finally gives a free-kick for a tug on Jones' shirt.
Reid puts a nice ball in from the left, Bent dummies and Steed Malbranque curls in a low shot that Sorensen saves down to his right.
A good move sets up Matthew Etherington down the left but his cross somehow evades three onrushing Stoke players.
The frustration is growing among the Sunderland fans, their howls of discontent are growing ever louder.
Good one two between Bent and Reid sees a through ball played towards Jones, however the pass is over hit and Sorensen collects.
Andy Reid is lucky not to escape a booking for a late tackle on Wilkinson, good sensible refereeing from Howard Webb though, letting him off with a warning.
The game has slowed down a lot now after an early flurry of chances, it needsa spark to bring it back to life.
A lower back problem was the cause of Fay'es subsitution apparently, he was clearly struggling.
Abdoulaye Faye is injured and has to come off, with Andy Wilkinson replacing him.
Michael Turner nods a corner down for Kenwyne Jones, but he shoots stright at Thomas Sorensen from 8 yards.
Abdoulaye Faye gifts the ball to Darren Bent in the area but does well to recover and tackle the former Spurs man before he can shoot.
Nervy start from Sunderland, who are playing like a side low on confidence.
Chance for Stoke! A neat backheel from Tuncay sets up Dean Whitehead, but his low shot is easily saved by Craig Gordon.
We are underway at the Stadium Of Light
Stoke boss Tony Pulis makes three changes from the side that beat Arsenal 3-1, with Abdoulaye Faye returning to defence alongside Ryan Shawcross. Salif Diao and Dean Whitehead return to midfield, with Rory Delap dropped to the bench.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce gives new signing Matt Kilgallon his first home start following his move from Sheffield United as the Black Cats look to arrest a worrying slide in form.
Sunderland face Stoke at 8pm on Monday, February 1st.
With the summer transfer window fast approaching, Liverpool will again have the chance to strengthen their squad.
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Hull and Newcastle will be fighting for their Premier League lives on Sunday in yet another instalment of relegation drama
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