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The ball is crossed by Rodrigo Moreno, Ivan Klasnic produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Centre by Rodrigo Moreno, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
Darren Bent challenges Gary Cahill unfairly and gives away a free kick. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Boudewijn Zenden misses to the left of the target.
Ivan Klasnic takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand.
Paul Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand. Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Anton Ferdinand. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Holden, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
Phillip Bardsley delivers the ball, Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
Tamir Cohen comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba. Rodrigo Moreno replaces Matthew Taylor.
Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a comfortable save.
Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, clearance by Zat Knight.
Kieran Richardson produces a cross, clearance made by Zat Knight.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross.
Foul by Danny Welbeck on Stuart Holden, free kick awarded. Samuel Ricketts takes the free kick.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, clearance made by Gary Cahill.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nedum Onuoha on Ivan Klasnic. Ivan Klasnic takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Anton Ferdinand by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Asamoah Gyan goes off and Boudewijn Zenden comes on. Jordan Henderson takes a short corner, Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, Matthew Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan produces a cross, clearance by Gary Cahill.
Effort from inside the area by Danny Welbeck bounces off the post.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor, save by Craig Gordon.
The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, Kevin Davies takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.
Fabrice Muamba receives a yellow card. Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Asamoah Gyan, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Corner taken by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Ivan Klasnic replaces Martin Petrov.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, Ahmed Elmohamady makes a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan produces a cross.
Paul Robinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Darren Bent. Kieran Richardson shoots direct from the free kick.
Long range shot from Martin Petrov misses to the left of the target.
Centre by Martin Petrov. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball, clearance made by Ahmed Elmohamady.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Fabrice Muamba manages to make a clearance.
Stuart Holden booked for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Stuart Holden on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stuart Holden on Danny Welbeck. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Johan Elmander takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Craig Gordon.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Phillip Bardsley fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Nedum Onuoha. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, Zat Knight takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Header by Zat Knight from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Johan Elmander concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
Lee Cattermole has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal.
Lee Cattermole booked for unsporting behaviour. Lee Cattermole challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Asamoah Gyan concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Gary Cahill receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Gary Cahill on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Nedum Onuoha takes the direct free kick.
Danny Welbeck finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 1-0 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Darren Bent.
Darren Bent has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Shot by Asamoah Gyan. Gary Cahill gets a block in. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Davies sends in a cross, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
The ball is crossed by Danny Welbeck.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Fabrice Muamba. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Stuart Holden, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Martin Petrov concedes a free kick for a foul on Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
The ball is delivered by Kevin Davies, Header on goal by Johan Elmander from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Stuart Holden, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
John Mensah goes off and Ahmed Elmohamady comes on. John Mensah gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Taylor from left channel.
The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
Martin Petrov challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Darren Bent clears the crossbar.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line to the near post, Zat Knight makes a clearance.
Asamoah Gyan is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Kevin Davies takes a shot. Blocked by Johan Elmander.
Danny Welbeck fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Asamoah Gyan shoots direct from the free kick.
Martin Petrov has an effort at goal. Save by Craig Gordon.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
Long distance effort from Kieran Richardson misses to the left of the goal.
Johan Elmander crosses the ball, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
The referee gets the game underway.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The second half begins.
The match has reached full-time.
Ferdinand adds to Bruce's worries
Anton Ferdinand has failed in his bid to be fit for Sunderland's Barclays Premier League clash with Bolton, meaning Steve Bruce will be without three centre-backs.
Titus Bramble and Michael Turner are out until the New Year, and it looked like the Black Cats' injury curse had struck again when Ferdinand pulled up in last week's 0-0 draw at Fulham with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Further examination revealed the 25-year-old's problem may instead have been caused by a back spasm and Bruce had hoped he would be able to play at the Stadium of Light, but he has now been ruled out.
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon will return after missing last week with a hamstring problem while Asamoah Gyan (toe) is also fit, but Boudewijn Zenden (concussion) is a doubt and Fraizer Campbell (knee) remains a long-term absentee.
Bruce has stoked the fires ahead of the clashby claiming the Trotters' style of play has not changed under manager Owen Coyle.
The Scot has earned numerous plaudits for transforming Bolton in the 11 months since he succeeded Gary Megson, including making them a more attractive side to watch.
The Trotters go into the encounter sitting in sixth place, two points and one place ahead of their opponents.
But, while Bruce is prepared to give Coyle plenty of praise for the job he has done at the Reebok Stadium, he still believes they rely largely on the long-ball tactics they have been renowned for since promotion to the Premier League 10 seasons ago.
The Sunderland boss said: "I've just watched two videos of them, and I still think they can get it forward quickly to (Johan) Elmander and (Kevin) Davies. And why not?
"They've got Stuart Holden and (Fabrice) Muamba in the middle of the park, and in the wide areas (Martin) Petrov and the Korean boy (Lee Chung-yong) have got a bit of quality about them.
"Hats off to them. Owen's done a smashing job but I don't think they're playing that much different. If that's disrespectful to them, then I'll take that."
Bolton will be without Mark Davies, who is suspended following his sending-off in the 2-1 victory over Blackburn on Sunday, so Fabrice Muamba is expected to return to the starting line-up.
Otherwise, Coyle should have the same squad to choose from as he did for the game against Rovers.
Welbeck wins it for Sunderland
Danny Welbeck's fifth goal of the season saw Sunderland leapfrog Barclays Premier League surprise package Bolton and strengthen their claims on Europe with a 1-0 win.
The striker, on loan from Manchester United, stooped to head home from close range after Jussi Jaaskelainen had turned away Darren Bent's 32nd-minute shot.
However, keeper Craig Gordon had to pull off a superb 45th-minute save to deny defender Zat Knight an equaliser.
Victory saw the Black Cats climb above the visitors into sixth place to cement their excellent start to the season as they gave a crowd of 35,101 something to cheer on a bitterly cold Wearside afternoon.
They might have won more comfortably had Welbeck's 70th-minute effort crept inside the post rather than coming off the outside of it, but they were good value for the points as they tamed Owen Coyle's high-flying side.
Bolton lost 4-0 at the Stadium of Light last season on an afternoon when Steve Bruce's men ended a 14-game wait for a Premier League win, and although the contest was much closer this time around, they rarely looked like emerging with anything to show for their efforts as they slipped to just a second defeat in eight outings.
Bruce had admitted after last weekend's drab 0-0 draw at Fulham that the visiting supporters might have been better off spending the day Christmas shopping, and he was in no mood to witness a repeat on home soil.
But with Wanderers heading for Wearside sitting in sixth place, one ahead of their hosts, he knew they would have to be at their best to get something from the game.
The sides largely cancelled each other out during the opening half-hour with the visitors enjoying slightly the better of what chances there were.
Martin Petrov warmed the returning Gordon's hands with a seventh-minute snapshot, but the #9million man had to be at his best to deny Wanderers two minutes later.
Matthew Taylor managed to forced his way past Nedum Onuoha on the left to pull the ball back from the goal-line, and Kevin Davies seemed certain to score until the Scotland international blocked his low drive with a foot.
Darren Bent was guilty of a bad miss at the other end four minutes later with he and strike-partner Asamoah Gyan seeing little of the ball.
However, as the half-hour mark came and went, Sunderland stepped up a gear despite the loss of central defender John Mensah to an ankle injury, and to good effect.
It took a fine save from Jaaskelainen to keep out Gyan's 31st-minute shot after it clipped Gary Cahill on its way towards goal after Lee Cattermole had played the striker in over the top.
But the respite was short-lived and Sunderland took the lead seconds later.
Bent did well to control a deep cross beyond the far post and although the keeper parried his shot, Welbeck arrived right on cue to head the rebound home.
Cahill found his way into referee Chris Foy's notebook for a crude 34th-minute challenge from behind on Bent, and he was soon followed by Cattermole, but the Bolton defender was very nearly instrumental in dragging his side back into the game on the stroke of half-time.
He got up well at the far post to head Taylor's corner back across goal, and Knight seemed certain to score until Gordon somehow managed to turn the ball over the crossbar.
Cattermole enjoyed some good fortune four minutes after the restart when, having been booked before the break for a foul on Stuart Holden, he escaped a second and his third red card of the season for a late challenge on Johan Elmander.
The Bolton striker tested Gordon with a 52nd-minute snapshot, but Sunderland might have increased their lead seconds later when Welbeck met Jordan Henderson's free-kick with a downward header which Jaaskelainen claimed just before Gyan could get to it.
They came agonisingly close to a second goal with 20 minutes remaining as the visitors started to wilt.
Bent miscontrolled Henderson's cross with just Jaaskelainen to beat, but the ball ran to Gyan, who looked up before pulling it back for the fast arriving Welbeck.
The 20-year-old opened up his body to slide a side-footed shot across the keeper towards the far post, but saw the ball clip the outside of the upright and drop wide.
Bolton might have snatched a point four minutes from time when the ball dropped to Cahill 15 yards out, but his goalbound effort was well blocked by Anton Ferdinand with Sunderland refusing to release their grip on the points.
Substitute Bolo Zenden might have increased their lead at the death, but headed wide from Henderson's cross, but Ivan Klasnic was guilty of a worse miss in stoppage time as the visitors' hopes faded.
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