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Christopher Samba is given a yellow card.
The assist for the goal came from Phillip Bardsley.
Handball by Mauro Formica. Sebastian Larsson finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Phillip Bardsley.
Corner from left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.
The ball is delivered by David Dunn.
Kieran Richardson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
David Vaughan fires in a goal from a long way out to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Phillip Bardsley.
The referee gives a free kick against David Dunn for handball. Kieran Richardson has an effort direct from the free kick.
David Vaughan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ayegbeni Yakubu gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line to the near post.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, Grant Hanley gets a block in.
Centre by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Drilled left-footed shot by James McClean. Grant Hanley gets a block in. Effort on goal by Stephane Sessegnon from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
James McClean produces a cross, save made by Paul Robinson.
Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
James McClean sends in a cross.
David Vaughan challenges Morten Gamst Pedersen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Christopher Samba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. James McClean on for Jack Colback. Connor Wickham goes off and Dong-Won Ji comes on. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Connor Wickham. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
John O'Shea delivers the ball.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Jack Colback takes a shot. Blocked by David Dunn. Corner taken by David Vaughan.
The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley.
The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Scott Dann.
Kieran Richardson crosses the ball.
Kieran Richardson produces a volleyed left-footed shot from 25 yards. Save by Paul Robinson. Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Grant Hanley challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
David Dunn takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Stephane Sessegnon goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
Simon Vukcevic fouled by Connor Wickham, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Kieran Richardson challenges Grant Hanley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Jack Colback gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Dunn. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Kieran Richardson from the right by-line played to the near post.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Morten Gamst Pedersen gets a block in.
Shot from outside the area by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the goal.
(Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Grant Hanley coming on for Michel Salgado.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by David Dunn results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Titus Bramble. Titus Bramble takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Kieran Richardson.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson.
The ball is sent over by Kieran Richardson, clearance by Christopher Samba.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
Martin Olsson goes off and Adam Henley comes on.
Michel Salgado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley. Michel Salgado is given a yellow card. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
A cross is delivered by John O'Shea, save made by Paul Robinson.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel, Unfair challenge on Keiren Westwood by Christopher Samba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
The referee gives a free kick against David Dunn for handball. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
John O'Shea concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Vukcevic. John O'Shea receives a caution. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
Centre by Jason Lowe, save by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
The ball is crossed by John O'Shea, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Phillip Bardsley sends in a cross, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback by David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by David Vaughan.
The ball is delivered by Connor Wickham, Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
Effort on goal by David Vaughan from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in. Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Stephane Sessegnon goes wide of the left-hand post.
Connor Wickham concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon challenges David Dunn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Shot from just outside the box by Stephane Sessegnon misses to the left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson from the right by-line, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
Gael Givet leaves the field to be replaced by Martin Olsson.
Sebastian Larsson delivers the ball, clearance made by Scott Dann. Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Lowe.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
Kieran Richardson delivers the ball, clearance made by Scott Dann.
The ball is swung over by Stephane Sessegnon, Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
Connor Wickham has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Simon Vukcevic grabs a headed goal from close range. Sunderland 0-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Christopher Samba.
Foul by Sebastian Larsson on Ayegbeni Yakubu, free kick awarded. Morten Gamst Pedersen crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Connor Wickham is ruled offside. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Jack Colback concedes a free kick for a foul on Mauro Formica. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by John O'Shea, clearance by Christopher Samba.
The ball is crossed by Phillip Bardsley, clearance by David Dunn.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Christopher Samba makes a clearance. Phillip Bardsley produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Jack Colback, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Kieran Richardson played to the near post, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.
Michel Salgado is penalised for a handball. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Jason Lowe.
Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
O'Neill knows there will be no let-up
Martin O'Neill may feel like the new kid in school but he knows there will be no chance to ease himself back into football management when his Sunderland side meet fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Blackburn on Sunday.
The former Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa boss ended more than a year out of the hotseat when he took over at the Stadium of Light last weekend following the sacking of Steve Bruce.
Sunderland could already be in the bottom three when they take to the pitch on Sunday depending on results elsewhere, but that will definitely be the case if they lose to Rovers, who currently sit one point and one place behind them.
That his team are at home will be of little comfort to O'Neill given they have picked up only 13 points on Wearside in 2011, while this season's tally of 16 goals in 14 games is another priority area for the new boss.
He said of his first week: "It's been particularly hectic. It's trying to get to know players, backroom staff, and they likewise with me. But the excitement is still there, obviously building up to Sunday's game, and I'm looking forward to it immensely.
"There has always seemed to be a good atmosphere around the place, I just think it's a little bit of confidence that has been lost.
"I really think it's key (getting that back) because when players lose a bit of confidence, it doesn't matter what ability they have, they don't shine in the same fashion. The best way to change that is by winning some football matches as soon as possible.
"We have to address the goalscoring situation, obviously, and as soon as possible. The backroom staff have been telling me that we have been creating chances in games but have been unable to put them away.
"It puts an awful lot of pressure then to try to keep a clean sheet, which is pretty difficult these days."
O'Neill has several injury concerns ahead of his opening game.
Striker Nicklas Bendtner has not trained all week because of a groin problem while defender Phil Bardsley has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury but O'Neill is hopeful both will be available.
Midfielder Lee Cattermole misses out through suspension after picking up five yellow cards, along with striker Connor Wickham (knee) and goalkeepers Simon Mignolet (fractured nose and eye socket) and Craig Gordon (knee).
It was a surprise to many people that Bruce and not Blackburn's Steve Kean was the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season, but Rovers go into this game on the back of a much-needed win over Swansea last weekend.
Unlike Sunderland, they have had no problem scoring goals and, with Ayegbeni Yakubu looking to add to the four he managed last time out, O'Neill knows it will be a tough afternoon.
The Northern Irishman said: "I'm expecting a real physical battle. We have to withstand the sort of pressure we know we're going to be put under.
"Our job is to cause them as many problems as possible and galvanise ourselves, and in so doing get the crowd behind us.
"It is really important game for both teams. At this stage of the season I suppose you could say the proverbial six-pointer. The league is so unforgiving. You can't afford to keep losing matches and that is something we have to address."
Martin Olsson (hamstring) will have a fitness test to see if he can make the Blackburn squad.
Ruben Rochina is doubtful having suffered a muscle injury while he has also been recovering this week after having his wisdom teeth removed.
Steven Nzonzi serves the final game of his three-match suspension while Ryan Nelsen is still short of match fitness.
Rovers boss Kean is confident his Blackburn side can spoil O'Neill's debut and claims all the pressure will be on Sunderland's new manager.
He said: "There will be massive expectation on Sunderland, such is the way in that area of the country where the supporters are fanatical.
"I think their fans will be expecting that something is going to happen this weekend so there will be big pressure on them.
"There is an expectation now Martin has gone in there and the fans will immediately be thinking there's going to be a change in the way they play.
"I certainly think there will be an excitement and a buzz about the place but we've just got to go and do our own business."
He added: "If we win this game we go out of the bottom three and above Sunderland so that's a fantastic carrot to be dangled in front of the players and they are aware of that."
Larsson leaves it late
Sebastian Larsson fired Sunderland to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Blackburn to launch Martin O'Neill's reign as manager in style.
The Swede curled home an injury-time free-kick off the foot of the post eight minutes after David Vaughan had dragged the Black Cats back into a game they looked destined to lose with a stunning 30-yard piledriver.
Until Vaughan's intervention, it looked as though it would be Rovers easing themselves out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble with a second successive victory after Simon Vukcevic's 17th-minute opener.
Steve Kean's men also had a second goal ruled out for a foul by Chris Samba on keeper Keiren Westwood, but eventually succumbed as the home side improved markedly after a poor first half.
It was just Sunderland's fourth home win in 2011 and their second over Blackburn, and just what the bulk of a crowd of 39,863 had turned up to see.
O'Neill gambled on the fitness of young striker Connor Wickham in his return from a knee ligament injury and Sunderland started brightly enough as full-back Phil Bardsley saw a third-minute shot deflected wide by Samba and then had another effort blocked by Jason Lowe three minutes later.
However, it was Rovers who took the lead and they did so with the help of some woeful defending by the Black Cats.
Morten Gamst Pedersen's driven free-kick was somehow allowed to reach Samba on the edge of the penalty area and after he had controlled deftly, he drilled a deflected right-foot shot across Westwood.
The Republic of Ireland international could only palm the ball away and midfielder Vukcevic, playing in a protective face mask, headed into the empty net.
Sunderland should have been level within two minutes, but their lack of confidence in front of goal came back to haunt them once again.
Stephane Sessegnon got in behind full-back Gael Givet, who left the pitch five minutes later after complaining of a high heart rate, and squared the ball perfectly for Kieran Richardson.
The midfielder had just Paul Robinson to beat from six yards, but he took a heavy touch and then saw his effort smothered by the keeper as he came to meet him.
Bardsley had another shot blocked by Lowe and Sessegnon fired wide from the rebound, while Vaughan curled over from distance as Sunderland pressed for an equaliser.
But the Black Cats might have found themselves further behind four minutes before the break when Westwood failed to collect another Pedersen free-kick and Scott Dann headed home, only for referee Peter Walton to rule that the keeper had been impeded by Samba.
Martin Olsson, who had replaced Givet with 22 minutes gone, failed to re-appear after the break with Adam Henley taking his place, and he was soon followed by Grant Henley, who came on for Michel Salgado with six minutes of the half played.
Sunderland had started brightly and went close with 54 minutes gone when Richardson's inswinging corner hit the near post with nobody close enough to capitalise on the rebound.
Rovers gradually eased their way back into the game as an attacking force, having seemed largely content to soak up pressure.
However, Robinson had to pull off a fine 65th-minute save to keep out Richardson's volley after it took a wicked deflection off Pedersen.
O'Neill sent on winger James McClean and striker Ji Dong-won for Jack Colback and the tiring Wickham with 14 minutes remaining, but it was Sessegnon who had the home fans on their feet which he sent an acrobatic overhead kick just over the bar.
But Vaughan gave Sunderland hope with six minutes remaining when he ran on to a loose ball and blasted home from distance with Robinson helpless.
The keeper was equally powerless to deny Sunderland victory when, two minutes into injury time, Larsson curled his free-kick over the wall and in off the foot of the post to snatch a much-needed victory, although an injury which saw Lowe carried off on a stretcher delayed the celebrations.
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