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The ball is crossed by David Vaughan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Jordan Henderson. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel. Charlie Adam crosses the ball, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Neal Eardley sends in a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble.
The ball is delivered by Craig Cathcart, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Neal Eardley produces a cross, Boudewijn Zenden manages to make a clearance.
David Vaughan is given a yellow card. The referee penalises Luke Varney for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Asamoah Gyan results in a free kick. Paul Rachubka takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Harewood on Titus Bramble. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Ian Evatt takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
Matt Phillips sends in a cross, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kieran Richardson. Paul Rachubka takes the indirect free kick.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
Craig Cathcart produces a cross, Ahmed Elmohamady manages to make a clearance. Luke Varney sends in a cross, clearance by Titus Bramble. Luke Varney takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the area by Marlon Harewood misses to the right of the goal.
Penalty scored by Charlie Adam. Blackpool 1-2 Sunderland.Foul by Nedum Onuoha on David Vaughan, Penalty awarded. David Vaughan provided the assist for the goal.
Ian Evatt delivers the ball, Jack Colback makes a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save made by Paul Rachubka.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Boudewijn Zenden. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
The referee blows for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Luke Varney, Cristian Riveros manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Luke Varney, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Cristian Riveros joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steed Malbranque.
Charlie Adam crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Neal Eardley by Ahmed Elmohamady results in a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Jack Colback gets a block in. Corner from right by-line crossed in by Charlie Adam.
The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips.
Marlon Harewood challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Brett Ormerod. Craig Gordon takes the indirect free kick.
Asamoah Gyan sends in a cross. Effort on goal by Jordan Henderson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target. Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Harewood on Titus Bramble. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
The ball is swung over by Luke Varney.
Jack Colback crosses the ball.
Shot by Marlon Harewood from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Luke Varney has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Boudewijn Zenden has a drilled shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.
Phillip Bardsley goes off and Jack Colback comes on.
Marlon Harewood joins the action as a substitute, replacing Elliot Grandin.
Kieran Richardson delivers the ball. The assistant referee signals for offside against Kieran Richardson. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Paul Rachubka makes a save.
Luke Varney concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Direct free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
Richard Kingson fouled by Boudewijn Zenden, the ref awards a free kick. Richard Kingson goes off and Paul Rachubka comes on. Direct free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.
Titus Bramble is penalised for a handball. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
The ball is delivered by Kieran Richardson, blocked by Matt Phillips. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, Luke Varney makes a clearance.
Luke Varney produces a cross, blocked by Titus Bramble. Corner from left by-line taken by Matt Phillips.
Kieran Richardson has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Brett Ormerod joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stephen Crainey. Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Neal Eardley manages to make a clearance. Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
The referee blows for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Boudewijn Zenden on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save. Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Luke Varney takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Nedum Onuoha by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Titus Bramble.
Asamoah Gyan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Titus Bramble. Charlie Adam takes the outswinging corner, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Kieran Richardson grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-2 Sunderland.Assist by Steed Malbranque.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Booking for Charlie Adam for unsporting behaviour. Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
David Vaughan crosses the ball, Boudewijn Zenden gets a block in.
Matt Phillips takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon. Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
Stephen Crainey concedes a free kick for a foul on Kieran Richardson. Direct free kick taken by Steed Malbranque.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon. Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post, Craig Gordon makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Charlie Adam challenges Ahmed Elmohamady unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden.
The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, Boudewijn Zenden gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Titus Bramble. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Effort on goal by Kieran Richardson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Titus Bramble results in a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
Luke Varney takes a shot. Blocked by Boudewijn Zenden. Handball decision goes against Boudewijn Zenden. Neal Eardley has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Anton Ferdinand. The ball is swung over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, save made by Craig Gordon.
Handball decision goes against Steed Malbranque. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.
Kieran Richardson grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Sunderland.Assist by Asamoah Gyan.
Foul by Kieran Richardson on Neal Eardley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.
David Vaughan challenges Kieran Richardson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, blocked by Ian Evatt. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, David Vaughan makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Charlie Adam from the right by-line.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, Header from deep inside the area by Steed Malbranque goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Centre by Boudewijn Zenden, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
Foul by David Vaughan on Kieran Richardson, free kick awarded. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Kieran Richardson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Ian Evatt takes the free kick.
Steed Malbranque challenges Elliot Grandin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
Corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden.
The referee gets the game underway.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee starts the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Holloway has sympathy for Bruce
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway can understand Steve Bruce's shock that Darren Bent would want to leave what the manager is building at Sunderland.
Holloway's side play host to the Black Cats, who will be without their top scorer Bent following his decision to join Aston Villa earlier this week.
With the Wearsiders currently sixth in the Barclays Premier League and in the running for European football, Bruce has been left stunned by the striker's defection to a Villa outfit struggling at the opposite end of the table.
Holloway sympathises with his counterpart, describing the way Bruce has taken Sunderland forward since his appointment there in the summer of 2009 as "phenomenal".
Asked what sort of job he felt Bruce had done at the Stadium of Light, Holloway said: "Absolutely terrific, and the shock for him now is that someone would want to leave his club and go somewhere else.
"He is trying to build, grow it and make it better than it has ever been.
"How quickly he is doing it is quite phenomenal, so I think that is what will hurt him more than anything."
He added: "I understand how he might feel, but this is life.
"Any footballer will have his head turned, that is what happens, because you are only in it a short time."
Holloway is having to deal with interest in one of his own star players at the moment in Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, who still has 18 months left to run on his contract.
Villa - who paid #18million rising to #24million for Bent - have had bids of #2.5million and #3.5million for the Scotland midfielder firmly rejected and Holloway has indicated he would only consider letting Adam leave if a substantial offer came in from one of the top flight's biggest sides.
The manager does not want to have to think about it until the season is over, though.
"Realistically, with the choice he (Adam) might have in the summer, our heads might be turned by a huge offer which is so ridiculous, we'd have to accept it," Holloway said.
"But until then, you can't get what you want - you have to work towards getting it.
"Every day that comes closer to the end of the season, Charlie's contract is ticking, so it's all quite simple for me. Everything else is an absolute load of baloney."
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has promised there will be life on Wearside after Bent.
The 50-year-old was stunned, angered and disappointed to lose the man he had seen as a central pillar in his blueprint for lasting success despite raking in #24million for him just 18 months after laying out an initial #10m to secure his services.
Both Bruce and chairman Niall Quinn have had their say over the manner of the former Tottenham man's defection and the race is on to, if not replace him, find short-term reinforcements to plug the gap he left before addressing the situation in more measured fashion during the summer.
However, whatever happens on that front over the next 10 days and beyond, Bruce is adamant that one man did not and never will make his team.
He said: "Make no mistake, any club is bigger than one individual and the club will always - always - march on, and that's my determination.
"Yes, we have had a setback and it's probably our first one in the 20 months I have been here, but we will need to be bigger and stronger.
"Certainly with the money it has generated, it gives me a chance to improve the squad in the long term. But we will have to be a little bit patient for that."
With Fraizer Campbell already on the long-term casualty list, the news that loan signing Danny Welbeck this week underwent surgery to repair a torn knee cartilage which will rule him out for up to eight weeks could hardly have come at a worse time.
That has left record signing Asamoah Gyan as the club's only recognised senior striker, but Northern Ireland international David Healy did play and score for the reserves in midweek following his return from a loan spell at Doncaster.
In the meantime, Bruce and his players will turn their attention to the trip to Blackpool intent on gaining revenge for their shock 2-0 home defeat by the Seasiders on December 28.
Bruce was left scratching his head that day as his side mustered 32 attempts on goal, yet failed to find the back of the net with Bent particularly guilty.
He said: "If we create as many chances, the law of averages will tell you we will take one, so I hope so."
Richardson fills Bent's boots
Kieran Richardson rose to the challenge following Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa by scoring a brace for Sunderland and steering them to a 2-1 victory at Blackpool.
Richardson's first goals of the season could not have come at a better time for manager Steve Bruce as his attacking options were limited.
However, Bruce had to endure a nervous last few minutes with Charlie Adam pulling a goal back from the penalty spot in the 85th minute.
Richardson's goals put Sunderland in the driving seat in the first half but they were also grateful to goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who made three magnificent saves in that period.
Bruce's side made a flying start and Blackpool were pinned back again in the seventh minute when Jordan Henderson swung in a cross from the right.
Steed Malbranque peeled away from his marker but saw his header clear the bar by some distance.
Sunderland made the breakthrough in the 15th minute following a swift counter-attack.
Asamoah Gyan released Richardson with a delightful through ball and he swept a shot into the net for his first goal this season.
Blackpool were stung and Adam floated in a free-kick seven minutes later but Elliot Grandin's header was easily taken by Gordon.
Sunderland almost added a second in the 26th minute when Henderson clipped the ball to Ahmed El Mahamady on the right flank.
He delivered a deep cross and Richardson was handily placed but just failed to get a vital touch.
Blackpool suddenly broke out of their shell and Gordon made two superb saves in the space of two minutes.
He turned away a close-range shot from Luke Varney in the 28th minute after he was set up by the influential Adam, who is apparently on Liverpool's radar.
Then Adam almost equalised, his effort from the edge of the area being turned over the bar by the Scotland international.
The Black Cats extended their lead in the 35th minute with Richardson's second goal of the game.
Richardson showed good movement to get on the end of a pass from Malbranque and his effort beat Richard Kingson at the goalkeeper's near post.
Sunderland, however, were again grateful to Gordon in the 42nd minute when he pushed over a superb 20-yard free-kick from Adam.
Blackpool were forced to make a change in the 49th minute, Brett Ormerod replacing Stephen Crainey after he limped off.
Five minutes later Kingson was left with a cut on his head following a brave block from Zenden, who had been put through by Richardson. He was unable to continue and was replaced by Paul Rachubka between the posts.
It was another blow for manager Ian Holloway, with his side trailing by two goals.
Blackpool responded, though, and almost pulled a goal back in the 59th minute when Varney set up Adam in the six-yard box but Gordon was equal to his effort and turned it over the bar.
Holloway decided to go for broke three minutes later and brought on fit-again striker Marlon Harewood for Grandin.
Harewood was quickly into the action and got the better of Titus Bramble in the 66th minute but dragged his shot the wrong side of the post.
Blackpool were anxious to get back in the game and Adam curled a shot wide from an acute angle in the 77th minute after being picked out by Matt Phillips.
They eventually pulled a goal back in the 85th minute with Adam scoring from the penalty spot after David Vaughan was nudged by Bramble. However, it was too little too late.
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