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  • Campbell (25), Bent (41)
  • Thompson (82)
  • Date:2010-04-17
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:41341
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

The full-time whistle goes and Burnley are running out of time in their fight against relegation.

90mins

Benjani Mwaruwari replaces Darren Bent.

90mins

Steven Thompson is cautioned for a foul on Anton Ferdinand.

90mins

Boudewijn Zenden fires the ball over the bar from just outside the area.

90mins

There are four minutes of added time.

89mins

Kenwyne Jones's fierce shot produces a great save from Brian Jensen, who parries the ball away for a corner.

87mins

Boudewijn Zenden is on for David Meyler.

87mins

Michael Duff is booked for a foul on Darren Bent.

86mins

Burnley are ending the game well, Robbie Blake floats in a free-kick which is cleared by Kenwyne Jones.

85mins

Robbie Blake sends in a corner but it's cleared by Alan Hutton.

83mins

The Burnley fans are in full voice, can their team get something from this game?

82mins

Robbie Blake finds Steven Thompson whose low drive beats Craig Gordon.

80mins

Robbie Blake replaces Jack Cork.

80mins

David Meyler is booked for a foul on Chris Eagles.

79mins

Steed Malbranque finds Darren Bent but he can't get a clean shot away when he should have scored.

78mins

Darren Bent is flagged offside.

76mins

Wade Elliott gets a cross in but it's easy for Craig Gordon.

74mins

Jordan Henderson attempts to get a cross in but the ball runs out of play.

72mins

Kenwyne Jones easily beats the Burnley defence but skews his shot wide.

71mins

Kieran Richardson tries to find Kenwyne Jones but the ball goes through to Brian Jensen.

70mins

Jordan Henderson has a shot saved by Brian Jensen, who's definitely been the busier of the two keepers.

68mins

Craig Gordon is finally tested by a shot from Graham Alexander but he makes a comfortable save.

66mins

Misplaced passes from Burnley as Steven Thompson and Graham Alexander both give the ball away.

64mins

Chris Eagles goes for goal from just outside the area but his effort goes wide.

63mins

Steven Thompson appeals for a penalty but Howard Webb isn't interested.

62mins

Darren Bent seizes on a poor backpass from Wade Elliott but Graham Alexander manages to get a challenge in and Brian Jensen completes the clearance.

60mins

Kenwyne Jones and Leon Cort both require treatment after a clash of heads but are okay to continue.

58mins

Burnley get the ball forward as Tyrone Mears crosses towards Steven Thompson but Anton Ferdinand is able to make the clearance.

56mins

Kenwyne Jones forces another save from Brian Jensen as Sunderland continue to turn the screw.

55mins

Steed Malbranque almost finds Jordan Henderson but the ball goes through to Brian Jensen.

54mins

Kenwyne Jones has an effort saved by Brian Jensen.

52mins

Kieran Richardson's cross is cleared by Michael Duff but it's straight back to the Sunderland man who shoots straight at Brian Jensen.

51mins

The play is a bit stop-start with both sides conceding free-kicks.

49mins

Wade Elliott tries to find Steven Thompson but he asks too much of his team-mate and Anton Ferdinand can clear.

48mins

Chris Eagles heads over from Steven Thompson's cross.

48mins

Darren Bent is almost through on goal but Burnley manage to close him down and clear the ball.

47mins

Steven Fletcher has a long-range effort which flies wide of the right-hand post.

46mins

Steven Thompson replaces Martin Paterson.

46mins

Anton Ferdinand is on for John Mensah.

46mins

The second half gets underway.

45mins

The half-time whistle goes and Burnley have it all do now.

44mins

John Mensah is booked for a foul on Steven Fletcher.

42mins

Burnley have been poor and are staring at defeat despite having half the game still to go.

40mins

Fraizer Campbell heads the ball across goal towards Darren Bent who can't miss.

39mins

Steed Malbranque goes into the book for a foul on Jack Cork.

37mins

Tyrone Mears has a strike from just outside the area that flies wide.

35mins

Steed Malbranque swings in a free-kick and John Mensah puts it wide from close range as the Black Cats continue to dominate.

34mins

Alan Hutton produces another great cross from the right but it's headed wide by Darren Bent.

32mins

Chris Eagles tries to cross for Burnley but it goes out for a goal-kick.

31mins

Brian Laws is looking concerned as his team are failing to test Craig Gordon.

29mins

Burnley win a corner which is swung in by Danny Fox but it evades everyone and goes out for a goal-kick.

27mins

Alan Hutton has a strike from 12 yards saved by Brian Jensen.

26mins

The goal was coming, Burnley have it all to do now.

25mins

Alan Hutton's cross from the right is turned into the net by Fraizer Campbell.

23mins

Sunderland are cranking up the pressure, Kenwyne Jones hitting the post from Kieran Richardson's corner.

21mins

Michael Duff concedes a free-kick for handball but Jordan Henderson's ball is overhit.

19mins

Jordan Henderson hits a free-kick to John Mensah who looked like he'd scored with a header but Brian Jensen makes a fantastic save.

18mins

Kenwyne Jones has a shot on the turn from the edge of the area but Leon Cort gets a block in.

17mins

Jack Cork has a 20-yard effort blocked by David Meyler.

16mins

Fraizer Campbell is flagged offside.

14mins

The Burnley fans are making themselves heard around the Stadium of Light.

12mins

A great chance for Burnley as Graham Alexander floats a ball in but it's too far ahead of Chris Eagles and he can't get the vital touch.

11mins

The Sunderland fans howl their disapproval as Alan Hutton appeared to be fouled but referee Howard Webb waves play on.

10mins

Jack Cork tries to get Burnley on the attack but can't get a shot away.

8mins

John Mensah concedes a free-kick in a dangerous area for a foul on Steven Fletcher, Danny Fox takes the kick but it's cleared by Michael Turner.

7mins

Steed Malbranque is penalised for a foul on Tyrone Mears and Brian Jensen takes the free-kick.

5mins

Jordan Henderson tries to find Darren Bent but his throughball goes straight to Brian Jensen.

3mins

Darren Bent's cross take a deflection and looks to be going in but Brian Jensen makes a good save.

2mins

Burnley are straight on the attack but Michael Turner manages to get in front of Wade Elliott and heads the ball back to Craig Gordon.

1mins

The game gets underway.

0mins

Chris Eagles is back in the Burnley starting line-up replacing David Nugent.

0mins

Kenwyne Jones returns for Sunderland but Lee Cattermole is absent with a calf injury.

Match Preview

Burnley will look to press on from their shock 4-1 victory against fellow relegation threatened side Hull City last weekend and secure back to back Premier League wins for only the second time and the first time since August.

After winning just one point from their opening 16 games on the road this season, the Clarets' win over Hull was the first time that they have secured all three points available on the road this season.

Their home form has been better, with one of their vital victories at Turf Moor this term coming against Sunderland in their earlier meeting this season (3-1).

Sunderland have been hard to beat recently, suffering just two defeats in their last eight Premier League matches, and the Black Cats have lost only once in their last 16 league games at the Stadium of Light; displaying the importance of their form at home this season.

Steve Bruce will hope that his side can capitalise on the fact that Burnley are yet to keep an away clean sheet in the league this season, especially as his own side have not conceded more than once in a league match at the Stadium of Light in 2010.

Bruce will look to top scorer Darren Bent to provide the ammunition in attack once again. The former Tottenham striker found the net in their meeting with Burnley earlier this season, and has scored 22 overall this season; accounting for half of Sunderland's 44 Premier League goals.

Burnley defender Michael Duff is hopeful of avoiding relegation, saying that Burnley "just need to keep turning in performances, and, ultimately, picking up wins."

He added: "We're at the stage of the season where we need results, it doesn't matter where we win now though, we just need points. Hopefully we can get a couple more wins and see where it takes us."

The Sunderland quartet of George McCartney, Lorik Cana, John Mensah and Andy Reid are all nearing returns to action, but this game could prove too early for a first-team recall.


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Match Report

Sunderland put another nail Burnley's relegation coffin as the Black Cats claimed a 2-1 win at the Stadium of Light.

The scoreline suggests a closer encounter than this game should ever have been with the hosts seemingly in control in the first half.

However, a fightback from the Clarets led to some nervy moments for the Wearsiders with the clock running down.

But Steve Bruce's men held firm for all three points and to ensure they are mathematically safe from the drop themselves.

Burnley on the other hand, look doomed to Championship football next term. The Clarets kept plugging away and there is no doubt that they will battle against relegation to the bitter end.

But they should have been fighting for their Premier League lives on Wearside, and while the endeavour was there, the quality was by and large lacking - Brian Laws' side managing just two shots on target in the whole game.

Sunderland on the other hand had plenty of chances and deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes. Right-back Alan Hutton crossed into the area and a sliding Fraizer Campbell clipped the ball past Brian Jensen in the away goal.

Two minutes later Campbell tried to return the favour playing in the on-loan defender, but the ball was on Hutton's weaker left foot and his effort was comfortably saved by Jensen.

The Black Cats were well on top and could have gone further ahead on 33 minutes, but Hutton's superb cross was headed wide by Darren Bent.

And three minutes later John Mensah was wide of the mark after failing to connect properly with a Steed Malbranque free-kick.

But the Wearsiders did grab a second four minutes before the break. David Meyler clipped a ball over the top to Campbell, who looked offside.

The flag stayed down and the ex-Manchester United striker guided a diving header into the path of Bent, who fired home goal 24 of the season.

After the break, the visitors seemed far more spirited, but it was Sunderland who almost added to their tally on 52 minutes - Kieran Richardson cutting inside before firing straight at Jensen.

Three minutes later Kenwyne Jones fired straight at Jensen.

Just before the hour Burnley's efforts to get back into the game were almost rewarded, but Tyrone Mears' cross was put out for a corner.

Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon was forced to make his first save of the afternoon on 67 minutes, comfortably saving Graham Alexander's long-range effort.

Burnley thought they may have grabbed a lifeline on 82 minutes as substitute Robbie Blake played in Steven Thompson and he beat Gordon to reduce arrears.

Spurred on the visitors pressed, but even four minutes of time added on wasn't enough for them to find a leveller.

In fact, Sunderland went closer to finding the net Jones forcing a save from Jensen and Bolo Zenden firing wide in time added on.

Sunderland

Burnley

Corners

33

Fouls

1418

Goal attempts

168

Shots off target

66

Offsides

31

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