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The referee cautions Craig Gardner for unsporting behaviour.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha.
The referee blows the whistle to end the game.
Clearance made by Steven Caulker.
Shot by Emanuele Giaccherini. David Marshall makes a block.
Emanuele Giaccherini decides to take a short corner.
Clearance by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
The ball is delivered by Craig Bellamy.
Clearance by Santiago Vergini.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Bridcutt on Craig Bellamy.
Corner taken by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Craig Gardner comes on in place of Adam Johnson.
Liam Bridcutt replaces Jack Colback.
Foul by Fabio Borini on Mats Daehli, free kick awarded.
Connor Wickham takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Clearance made by Gary Medel.
Emanuele Giaccherini takes a shot. Gary Medel gets a block in.
Clearance made by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Clearance made by Jack Colback.
Emanuele Giaccherini is shown a yellow card.
Emanuele Giaccherini scores with a left foot finish. Sunderland 3-0 Cardiff.Assist on the goal came from Fabio Borini.
Shot by Connor Wickham went wide of the right-hand upright.
Craig Bellamy replaces Fraizer Campbell.
The ball is delivered by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by Emanuele Giaccherini.
Fabio Borini takes a shot. David Marshall parries the effort to safety.
Sebastian Larsson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha by Marcos Alonso results in a free kick.
Shot by Fabio Borini. Blocked by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson.
Fabio Borini fouled by Gary Medel, the ref awards a free kick.
Header by Wes Brown goes to the left of the goal.
Clearance by Kenwyne Jones.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson.
Marcos Alonso takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick.
Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Peter Whittingham. Vito Mannone fumbles the ball.
Kenwyne Jones replaces Fabio Da Silva.
Unfair challenge on Jordon Mutch by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick.
Fabio Borini takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine produces a cross.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham.
The ball is crossed by Wilfried Zaha.
The ball is swung over by Jordon Mutch.
Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
Wes Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wilfried Zaha.
David Marshall restarts play with the free kick.
Fabio Da Silva receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Fabio Da Silva fouled by Fabio Borini, the ref awards a free kick.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine makes a clearance.
The second half kicks off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Fabio Borini scores a penalty. Sunderland 2-0 Cardiff.
Wilfried Zaha joins the action as a substitute, replacing Don Cowie.
The referee red cards Juan Cala for professional foul.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham by Juan Cala.
Peter Whittingham sends in a cross.
Fabio Da Silva produces a cross.
Clearance by Juan Cala.
Adam Johnson takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Gary Medel.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.
Santiago Vergini receives a caution.
Santiago Vergini challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Jordon Mutch results in a free kick.
Jack Colback has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Kevin Theophile-Catherine.
Connor Wickham has an effort at goal. Steven Caulker gets a block in.
Juan Cala concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini.
Unfair challenge on Juan Cala by Sebastian Larsson results in a free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fraizer Campbell on Wes Brown.
Santiago Vergini produces a cross.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Adam Johnson produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Sebastian Larsson.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Connor Wickham.
Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Jordon Mutch, free kick awarded.
Adam Johnson delivers the ball.
Clearance by Mats Daehli.
Corner taken by Peter Whittingham from the right by-line.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine sends in a cross.
Clearance by Fabio Da Silva.
Jordon Mutch produces a cross.
Gary Medel challenges Connor Wickham unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Juan Cala gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vito Mannone.
Clearance made by Santiago Vergini.
Fabio Da Silva makes a clearance.
Header at goal by Sebastian Larsson. David Marshall safely holds on.
Mats Daehli takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Lee Cattermole gets a block in.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Don Cowie manages to make a clearance.
Connor Wickham delivers the ball.
Marcos Alonso takes a shot. Fraizer Campbell gets a block in.
Juan Cala makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Connor Wickham.
The match gets underway.
Johnson: We have scared rivals
Adam Johnson is hoping Sunderland have scared the lives out of their relegation rivals with their heroics at Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Black Cats have given themselves a genuine chance of Barclays Premier League survival in the most unlikely of circumstances after taking four points from trips to the Etihad Stadium and Stamford Bridge with few onlookers giving them any hope of returning with tangible reward.
They remain three points adrift of safety and at the foot of the table, but both situations could change significantly this weekend if they manage to add a home victory over fellow strugglers Cardiff to their recent exploits.
Johnson claims he has not even looked at the fixtures facing the club's main in rivals for the drop, but he knows they will be well aware of what Sunderland have done in their last two outings.
He said: "There are still a good few teams who are still right in it yet. We said that after the [Chelsea] game, we said there will be a few teams above us now thinking 'Oh no' after we did that.
"I put myself in their position and if I were them when I saw that result come in on Saturday night knowing I had to play on Sunday, I would be thinking, 'It's just got even tougher'.
"We have definitely given everyone a scare now and the momentum should be with us. With three home games, we couldn't really ask for a better run-in, three home games against teams in and around us."
Midfielder Liam Bridcutt returns to the Sunderland squad for Sunday's Barclays Premier League relegation showdown.
The 24-year-old has missed the last three games for personal reasons but is available once again, as is full-back Phil Bardsley after serving a two-match ban, with the Black Cats attempting to build upon last weekend's shock 2-1 victory at Chelsea.
However, defender Carlos Cuellar will not be risked as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury, while midfielder Ki Sung-yueng (knee) also remains on the sidelines along with keeper Keiren Westwood (shoulder) and striker Steven Fletcher (ankle).
Striker Craig Bellamy is set to play a part for Cardiff.
The 34-year-old, who has been sidelined due to a virus, is poised for a role in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad as Cardiff look to build on collecting four points in their last two games against Southampton and Stoke.
Winger Craig Noone (abdominal injury) is the solitary confirmed non-starter, with Solskjaer reporting no fresh injury concerns following the Stoke clash six days ago.
Peter Whittingham believes it will be "the biggest achievement" of his seven-year stint with Cardiff if the Bluebirds secure Barclays Premier League survival this season.
Whittingham and company face Premier League bottom club Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, with three points their sole objective.
If other results work for them, a win in the north east could see Cardiff climb out of the danger zone prior to their final two fixtures against Newcastle and Chelsea.
"It's huge. It's one of the biggest games since I've been here," said midfielder Whittingham, who joined Cardiff from Aston Villa in 2007.
"Along with the cup finals and the play-off finals, it is right up there with those. If we can escape relegation it will be the biggest achievement since I've been here.
"It's always going to be a big game when you know you have to win. The atmosphere is going to be brilliant, it is going to be awesome.
"It's all well and good taking points here and there, but now it is all about winning at Sunderland. It's something we are going to try our best to do.
"We will keep going until it's mathematically impossible for us to stay up. We have to do that. But it would be horrible to lose at Sunderland, and we are not thinking about it."
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