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The offside flag is raised against David Carney. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Titus Bramble receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Titus Bramble challenges Luke Varney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.
Goal scored by Dudley Campbell from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 Blackpool.Assist by Matt Phillips.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the left of the goal.
The referee blows for offside against Steed Malbranque. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Craig Cathcart, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Darren Bent from the free kick,
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Neal Eardley gets a block in.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
Effort on goal by Lee Cattermole from 18 yards. Save made by Richard Kingson.
Ludovic Sylvestre leaves the field to be replaced by Keith Southern. Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes off and David Carney comes on.
Jordan Henderson takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the goal.
Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Comfortable save by Richard Kingson.
Dudley Campbell fouled by Kieran Richardson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Short corner worked by Jordan Henderson.
Foul by Dudley Campbell on Anton Ferdinand, free kick awarded. Anton Ferdinand takes the direct free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Lee Cattermole goes over the bar.
Darren Bent crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.
Steed Malbranque takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Richard Kingson.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save made by Richard Kingson.
The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, blocked by Craig Cathcart.
Steed Malbranque produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
Jordan Henderson takes the inswinging corner, Effort from deep inside the area by Danny Welbeck misses to the right of the target.
Jordan Henderson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Matt Phillips manages to make a clearance.
Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Steed Malbranque coming on for Asamoah Gyan. The assistant referee flags for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line, Close range header by Craig Cathcart misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by David Vaughan, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. David Vaughan gets a block in.
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Richard Kingson makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Matt Phillips.
The ball is delivered by Darren Bent, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Phillips on Lee Cattermole. Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Kieran Richardson joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Meyler.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Effort from inside the area by Asamoah Gyan misses to the right of the target.
Danny Welbeck is penalised for a handball. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Bent misses to the right of the target.
Jordan Henderson has a drilled shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
Matt Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
Jordan Henderson has a drilled shot. Richard Kingson makes a comfortable save.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a comfortable save.
Dudley Campbell fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Blackpool.Assist on the goal came from Ian Evatt.
Short corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line.
Matt Phillips sends in a cross, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
Shot by Danny Welbeck. Save by Richard Kingson.
Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Darren Bent results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Asamoah Gyan has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
The referee cautions David Meyler for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre by David Meyler. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
Matt Phillips produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, Darren Bent takes a shot. Neal Eardley makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line.
Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Comfortable save by Richard Kingson.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher challenges Danny Welbeck unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Jordan Henderson from left wing.
Dudley Campbell has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Anton Ferdinand on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. David Vaughan takes the free kick.
Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross.
Darren Bent produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Darren Bent from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Titus Bramble on for Nedum Onuoha.
Dudley Campbell has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
Effort from 18 yards by Luke Varney. Save made by Craig Gordon.
Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Jordan Henderson goes wide of the left-hand post.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
The official flags Darren Bent offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Danny Welbeck, Richard Kingson makes a comfortable save.
Elliot Grandin goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.
The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, David Vaughan gets a block in.
The official flags Jordan Henderson offside. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
Darren Bent is ruled offside. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
Darren Bent has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
Effort from the edge of the area by Danny Welbeck goes wide of the right-hand post.
Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.
The referee gets the game started.
The first half comes to an end.
The second half kicks off.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Bruce has reasons to be cheerful
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has urged his players to bounce back from their mauling at Manchester United to set up an exciting conclusion to the season.
A depleted Black Cats side went down 2-0 at Old Trafford as United maintained their place at the top of the Barclays Premier League table, although the margin of victory did not start to tell the story of the home side's dominance.
Sir Alex Ferguson's men won at a canter as injuries, suspension and ineligibility cut a swathe through opposite number Bruce's resources.
It is testament to the character of the men the former United defender was able to field that they did not leave the red half of Manchester on the wrong end of a drubbing.
However, seventh-placed Sunderland have an early opportunity to make amends from what was only their fourth league defeat of the season when Blackpool head for the Stadium of Light.
Only West Ham have won on Wearside to date this season, and that was in the Carling Cup, and while Ian Holloway's men will arrive refreshed having not played since December 11 because of the weather, Bruce is confident his side will be a different proposition.
He said: "Now the defining part of the season is upon us. We have got back-to-back home games against Blackpool and Blackburn - can we go and win them both?
"If we can, then we have got an exciting Spring to look forward to.
"It won't be easy and they will be as fresh as daisies as well. They haven't played at all now for two weeks, so all the little injuries and knocks and all the rest of it that they have had will be okay.
"We will have to treat them with the respect we gave Manchester United.
"Our home form has been terrific and we are a different beast. We hope we go and produce the kind of performance were we are capable of getting a result at home, and we will be trying our utmost."
Skipper Lee Cattermole returns after sitting out the defeat at United through suspension while loan signing Danny Welbeck is also available having been ineligible to play against his parent club.
Kieran Richardson may return after missing out through illness at Old Trafford while central defender Titus Bramble could be added to a squad which included youngsters Blair Adams, Adam Reed and Jordan Cook on Boxing Day following his return to training from a knee injury.
However, John Mensah (ankle), Michael Turner and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) remain on the sidelines.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admits it feels like they have been going through their very own Groundhog Day during the recent cold snap.
The Seasiders have had their last three home matches - against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool - called off because Bloomfield Road does not have undersoil heating.
Snow and ice in the north west have also meant Holloway has had to come up with some creative solutions to allow training just to continue, never mind remain challenging for players halfway through their maiden Barclays Premier League season.
The trip to Sunderland may, at last, offer a welcome release to a squad which has not played a competitive match since December 11 - a 1-0 win at Stoke.
"It's like Groundhog Day; we've had three cancellations now. The first everyone played and we didn't," Holloway said. "We are trying to train athletes in this weather but it is ridiculous.
"Where would you put a racehorse in weather like this? We've tried training on the beach and even that was frozen.
"We've been indoors but the clever thing is we are monitoring what has happened to our lads after we have used certain surfaces.
"Last year we got two or three injuries by repeating the same surface so we are trying to swap it around and it won't cause a problem for their bodies."
The postponement of their last two matches mean captain Charlie Adam will miss the match at the Stadium of Light as he has had a one-match suspension hanging over him for accumulating five bookings.
"If he had planned this it would have been great for him because he's had Christmas off but I don't think he has!" joked Holloway.
"Players want to play, they don't like it when they are not playing and Charlie is no different."
DJ has Bruce in a spin
DJ Campbell returned to haunt Steve Bruce as Blackpool claimed a 2-0 win to become just the second team to win a Barclays Premier League game at the Stadium of Light in 2010.
Bruce had given Campbell his first chance in the Premier League during his time as Birmingham boss, but saw his former charge produce a 52nd-minute volley and a late second goal which handed the Seasiders their fifth league win on the road this season.
However, the Black Cats had only themselves to blame as they squandered a series of chances in front of a bumper holiday crowd of 42,892 on the way to a fifth defeat of the campaign and their first on home soil.
Only Manchester United had previously won a league game on Wearside this calendar year, and although the visitors had keeper Richard Kingson and the crossbar to thank for their clean sheet, they scrapped their way to the whistle to claim all three points.
Blackpool arrived on Wearside having not kicked a ball in anger since December 11 and with the home fans wondering whether that would have left them rusty or rested.
Sunderland were significantly strengthened in the wake of a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at Manchester United which was far more comprehensive than the scoreline suggested.
Skipper Lee Cattermole and in-form striker Danny Welbeck returned from suspension and ineligibility respectively, while there was also a start for David Meyler following his latest return from injury.
Bruce had hoped the changes would give his team fresh legs and fresh impetus, and while the trio certainly did that, the Black Cats simply could not make the pressure tell.
They dominated the early stages of the game as the Seasiders came to terms with their belated return to action and created at least six good opportunities during the opening 45 minutes.
However, #23million strike-force Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan, as well as Welbeck, who had gone into the game with five goals in his last six appearances, had left their shooting boots at home.
Bent shot across the face of goal after 11 and 32 minutes and Gyan, who had earlier driven the ball into the side-netting from a tight angle, wastefully scuffed wide from Ahmed Elmohamady's injury-time cross with the goal at his mercy.
Indeed, only midfielder Jordan Henderson, whose inviting cross Welbeck had earlier failed to convert, troubled Kingson unduly when he forced him into an ungainly 40th-minute save after Bent had set him up to side-foot firmly towards goal.
Blackpool, without inspirational captain Charlie Adam through suspension, found themselves on the back foot for lengthy periods, but gradually worked their way into the game and had chances of their own.
The best of them fell to striker Campbell, and if he should have done better with the first of them, he was unfortunate not to convert the second.
Substitute Matt Phillips, on for the injured Elliot Grandin, left Welbeck and Phil Bardsley for dead down the left on the half-hour and crossed for Campbell, who made space for himself, but could not hit the target.
But he went much closer seven minutes before the break when he worked himself into a good position and fired a low 20-yard drive inches wide with keeper Craig Gordon scrambling anxiously across his line.
Sunderland resumed with a flurry as Gyan headed across the face of goal and Welbeck shot straight at Kingson.
However, it was Blackpool who took the lead with 52 minutes gone after the home side went to sleep at a corner.
Neil Eardley was given time and space to collect David Vaughan's short pass and clip in a left-foot cross which Ian Evatt flicked on for Campbell to volley home from close range.
Matt Phillips blasted a long-range effort just wide a minute later, sparking Sunderland back into life, although Gyan could not keep his 58th-minute shot down as he slid in to meet Henderson's driven cross at the near post.
Bruce replaced Meyler with Kieran Richardson seconds later, but Blackpool were growing in confidence as the game wore on and looked capable of adding to their tally.
Indeed, they might have done just that with 64 minutes gone when defender Craig Cathcart headed Ludovic Sylvestre's corner into the side-netting.
Sunderland mounted an onslaught as the clock ran down and Kingson had to pull off a series of saves, denying substitute Steed Malbranque 10 minutes from time and then getting Evatt out of jail after his slip allowed Bent in four minutes later.
Bent's afternoon was summed up when his 86th-minute free-kick came back off the bar, and Campbell completed a miserable afternoon for the home side when he added a second from the impressive Phillips' inch-perfect cross with just seconds to play.
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