• Date: Mon 01 February 2010
  • Venue: Stadium Of Light
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 35,078

Sunderland vs Stoke City

Team Lineups


Craig Gordon
George McCartney
Michael Turner
John Mensah
Matt Kilgallon
Steed Malbranque (Fraizer Campbell, 69)
Lorik Cana
Andy Reid (Boudewijn Zenden, 69)
Lee Cattermole (Jordan Henderson, 89)
Darren Bent
Kenwyne Jones

Stoke City

Thomas Sorensen
Danny Higginbotham
Robert Huth
Ryan Shawcross
Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye (Andy Wilkinson, 17)
Glenn Whelan
Salif Diao (Rory Delap, 75)
Dean Whitehead
Matthew Etherington
Mamady Sidibe
Sanli Tuncay (Ricardo Fuller, 63)

Match Report
There was no separating Sunderland and Stoke City in a dour goalless draw at the Stadium of Light. Neither side was able to shine in a drab, no score bore draw. City boss Tony Pulis will have been the happier of the two managers, while Steve Bruce will have been hoping for much from his outfit on home turf. The Black Cats worked hard, but were lacking in ideas when it came to unlocking a Stoke side, which was set up to defend, and got men behind the ball every time the hosts attacked. Too many times the home side relied on lumping the ball up to strike pairing Kenwyne Jones and Darren Bent, but the high balls were food and drink to Stoke defenders Robert Huth and Ryan Shawcross. The Wearsiders had the greater share of the possession in the first half, but the Potters did look dangerous on the break. In fact, Pulis' side could have gone in front as early as the second minute, but ex-Black Cat Dean Whitehead wasted his one-on-one as Craig Gordon got down to make the save. Sunderland did have chances of their own in the opening half, Steed Malbranque firing wide on 11 minutes and forcing a save out of Thomas Sorensen in the Stoke goal. Sorensen was also on hand to save an Andy Reid free-kick on 43 minutes - the Irishman's effort had the precision, but lacked the power needed to beat the Dane. Before then the hosts felt they should have had a penalty on more than one occasion. Jones was manhandled more than once in the area by City's central defensive pairing of Huth and Shawcross - Shawcross in particular seemed determined to tear the shirt from the Trinidad and Tobago star's back at one point. However, referee Howard Webb waved away the appeals from the incensed Sunderland players on two occasions. The game looked set to get a little heated just before the break as Whitehead went into the book for kicking out at Lee Cattermole. Cattermole returned the favour with a late tackle just before the interval, and he too saw yellow for his troubles. After the break the game continued in much the same vein, both sides failing to convert half-chances. Sunderland saw their third penalty appeal of the evening denied on 62 minutes as Huth handled the ball on the edge of the area. Ten minutes later substitute Fraizer Campbell wasted a good chance to put the Black Cats in front - miskicking in the area. With the clock running down Gordon did well to save from Stoke substitute Ricardo Fuller and, just before full-time, Campbell was pushed to the ground in the box, but again referee Webb refused to award a spot-kick. At the death Huth headed wide of the target from Glenn Whelan's corner. The final whistle will have come as a blessed relief to the footballing neutrals, but there was little relief for the suffering home supporters, who saw their side drop another two much-needed Premier League points.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

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?

Yellow Card

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.

Yellow Card

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.

Second half

We're underway again, will this half be better than the first? Lets hope so!

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

Yellow Card

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.

Yellow Card

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

Awaiting Kickoff

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.

Awaiting Kickoff

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.

Awaiting Kickoff

Sunderland face Stoke at 8pm on Monday, February 1st.