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Jordan Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-4 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Florent Malouda.
Foul by Didier Drogba on Titus Bramble, free kick awarded. Craig Gordon takes the indirect free kick.
Paulo Ferreira on for Jose Bosingwa.
Jordan Cook replaces Nedum Onuoha.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Kieran Richardson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Booking for Branislav Ivanovic for unsporting behaviour. Kieran Richardson challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jose Bosingwa takes the free kick.
Florent Malouda is brought on as a substitute for Salomon Kalou. Jack Colback comes on in place of Steed Malbranque.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Bosingwa on Jordan Henderson. Jordan Henderson takes the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Terry. Free kick taken by John Terry.
Ramires on for Mikel.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ahmed Elmohamady results in a free kick. Didier Drogba crosses the ball in from the free kick, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by John Terry on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordan Henderson from right wing, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Salomon Kalou. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan challenges Jose Bosingwa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Essien.
Effort from inside the penalty area by Salomon Kalou hits the post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nedum Onuoha by Didier Drogba. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Steed Malbranque challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Frank Lampard takes the free kick.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
Unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Nedum Onuoha results in a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the left by-line played to the near post, Frank Lampard takes a shot. Save by Craig Gordon. John Terry fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Frank Lampard.
Shot from just outside the box by Ashley Cole goes over the bar.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Bosingwa on Phillip Bardsley. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by John Terry.
Salomon Kalou is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Didier Drogba.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa.
Salomon Kalou is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Anton Ferdinand gets a block in.
The official flags Didier Drogba offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Salomon Kalou crosses the ball.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, Didier Drogba takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a comfortable save.
The ball is crossed by Salomon Kalou, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Shot by Didier Drogba from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard.
Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Craig Gordon.
Asamoah Gyan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Didier Drogba is caught offside. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Jose Bosingwa takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.
A goal is scored by Kieran Richardson from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-2 Chelsea.Branislav Ivanovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Ahmed Elmohamady.
The ball is swung over by Jordan Henderson, clearance made by John Terry.
Salomon Kalou grabs a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Chelsea.Nicolas Anelka provided the assist for the goal.
The official flags Ashley Cole offside. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Jose Bosingwa takes the indirect free kick.
Effort from deep inside the area by Mikel misses to the right of the goal.
Asamoah Gyan produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Anton Ferdinand takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Nicolas Anelka results in a free kick. Anton Ferdinand restarts play with the free kick.
Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Ahmed Elmohamady. Power penalty scored by Frank Lampard. Sunderland 1-1 Chelsea.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Steed Malbranque. Free kick taken by Nicolas Anelka.
Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
Frank Lampard takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, comfortable save by Craig Gordon.
The ball is swung over by Nicolas Anelka, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba from the left by-line to the near post.
Phillip Bardsley scores a goal from outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Steed Malbranque.
Ahmed Elmohamady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Jose Bosingwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Indirect free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has revealed the Premier League's big guns have all made enquiries about Jordan Henderson but remains confident the highly-rated midfielder will still be at the Stadium of Light next season.
The 20-year-old has again been linked with a summer move to Manchester United but, although he accepts Henderson will eventually move on, Bruce does not expect that to be for another couple of seasons at least.
He said: "It's fair to say that all of the big managers all around the country have asked to be kept informed if we ever decide to sell Jordan Henderson. But I think the kid and his dad see the next couple of seasons as the most vital for Jordan. We see it and he sees it, which is the most important thing for me, that Sunderland is the right club for him at this particular moment.
"There will come a time undoubtedly when he'll want to go and play in the Champions League and want to win Champions League trophies and further his England career. But I think, for the next couple of years at least, this is the place for him to learn his trade.
"Where is there another 20-year-old who has played for the last 18 months in the Premier League? There aren't many."
Sunderland completed the signing of playmaker Stephane Sessegnon from Paris St Germain and a loan deal for Inter Milan winger Sulley Muntari over the weekend.
But they have all been overshadowed by star striker Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa earlier this month, with Bruce frustrated in his efforts to sign a replacement.
He said: "I'm delighted with the work we've done. I'm delighted to bring in Sessegnon and Muntari. Of course, halfway through the window we didn't expect the sale of Darren, and all the time we were looking to bring in reinforcements in midfield.
"That changed our thinking a little bit but it just goes to show how far the club has come that we can attract players from Paris St Germain and Inter Milan to come and play here. If somebody had told me that 18 months ago, I wouldn't have believed it.
"The progress we've made has enabled us to bring in two quality players like those two so I think the squad is stronger in that respect. The big problem is the loss of Darren.
"It's rocked us in that department and it's fair to say we were looking (at strikers) but the people we've tried to bring to the club, it hasn't been possible, so we'll just have to wait."
Bent's sale means Bruce has been left short of options up front, with injuries to Danny Welbeck and Fraizer Campbell leaving only Asamoah Gyan as a recognised striker, although Sessegnon can also play in that role.
Bruce, though, is hopeful Sunderland's fine run in the Premier League will not be jeopardised, saying: "We've only got six games in the next eight weeks so, by the time April and May come around, where we've got eight games, we should have the whole squad fit.
"It's not really a gamble because realistically there's nobody who can come and be better than what we've already got at this particular moment. A gamble would be for me to go and bring in somebody short term, and that doesn't usually work."
Sixth-placed Sunderland welcome reigning champions Chelsea to the Stadium of Light looking for a repeat of their stunning 3-0 victory at Stamford Bridge in November.
Sessegnon will make his debut but former Portsmouth player Muntari has headed back to Italy to sort out his visa so will have to wait until Saturday's trip to Stoke.
Injuries continue to cause problems for Bruce, with Boudewijn Zenden picking up a knee problem in training and set to join Welbeck, Campbell, David Meyler and Michael Turner on the sidelines.
However, captain Lee Cattermole could return from a back problem and John Mensah (ankle) is vying for a starting place after making the bench for the 2-1 win at Blackpool nine days ago.
The Black Cats romped to a crushing 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in November.
With the game coming just three days after Saturday's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Everton, boss Carlo Ancelotti was not set to decide upon his line-up until.
"I don't think there will be many changes. The players recovered well after the game and we don't have any new problems," he told his club's official website.
"Sunderland are a dangerous team because above all at home they are playing well.
"They are dangerous but I think they will find a different Chelsea from our home game but we need to do our best because to play there is not easy."
Anelka gives Black Cats the blues
New signing Fernando Torres was not needed as Nicolas Anelka reminded Chelsea of his potency at Sunderland, scoring in a 4-2 victory.
The #50million man, like Brazilian defender David Luiz, did not complete his move to Stamford Bridge in time to be available for the game, but he was not missed as the Blues created more than enough chances to win the game without him.
In the end, Anelka's nonchalant injury-time finish and skipper John Terry's strike on the hour were the difference between the sides, but the visitors hit the woodwork three times, twice with the same Salomon Kalou shot, and were repeatedly kept out by Craig Gordon on their way to a second successive Barclays Premier League win on the road.
Sunderland had taken an early lead through Phil Bardsley and after Frank Lampard's penalty and Kalou's 23rd-minute strike had restored order, Kieran Richardson levelled before the break.
But Carlo Ancelotti's men, who started and finished the night 10 points adrift of leaders Manchester United, were good value for a victory which gained a measure of revenge for their 3-0 home defeat by the Black Cats in November.
Stephane Sessegnon enjoyed a promising debut for the home side with Sulley Muntari watching from the stands, but a crowd of 37,855 left knowing the points had ended up with the better side on the night.
The Blues arrived on Wearside having invested a British record transfer fee in Torres on Monday night as the January merry-go-round almost span off its axis, but it was not lack of firepower which was manager Carlo Ancelotti's concern during the opening 45 minutes.
The Italian saw his side score twice and once upon a time in the not so very distant past, that was more than enough for Chelsea to claim all three points.
However, the Londoners not only handed their hosts an early lead, but also gifted them a way back into the game with the kind of lax defending which perhaps prompted another big-money move for Benfica's Luiz.
The game was only four minutes old when makeshift Sunderland left-back Bardsley picked up possession on halfway and with nobody closing him down, made his way towards goal.
As he approached the penalty area, he cut inside John Obi Mikel and with few obstacles in his path, sent a swerving right-foot shot past the flat-footed Petr Cech and into the bottom corner.
The home fans sensed a repeat of the stunning 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge in November, but Chelsea flexed their muscles and were level within 11 minutes.
Quite what Ahmed Elmohamady was trying to do when he climbed all over Ashley Cole as the pair fought for Michael Essien's teasing cross may remain known only to him, but referee Mark Halsey had little choice but to point to the spot and Lampard needed no second invitation.
Chelsea sensed an opportunity as Terry made the most of the freedom afforded him by the Black Cats' one-man frontline, and they went ahead eight minutes later.
Anelka pounced on a loose ball to slide Kalou in, and the Ivory Coast international deftly tucked a shot past the advancing Gordon.
Despite the best efforts of both managers, the game remained dangerously open, but it was Sunderland who struck the next blow when, after Elmohamady had been felled by Mikel, Richardson sent a free-kick through a crumbling wall and into the back of the net.
Branislav Ivanovic hit the crossbar and Didier Drogba headed straight at Gordon in a whirlwind finish to the half, and even the spectators were glad of the break by the time the whistle sounded.
Chelsea returned in similarly determined mood and it took a fine block by Nedum Onuoha to deny Lampard a second and yet more determined defence to prevent either Anelka or Kalou from bundling Ivanovic's flick-on home.
But they regained the lead on the hour when, after Gordon had pulled off a fine save to keep out Lampard's powerfully-struck effort, Terry hit the rebound into the ground and saw it arc over the keeper and into the net.
Gordon was relieved to see Kalou's 67th-minute shot hit both posts and run to safety after Anelka had carved the Black Cats wide open with Sunderland hanging on for dear life.
They reached five minutes of stoppage time still only one goal in deficit, but their late heroics against Newcastle were not to be repeated as Anelka instead struck at the death to seal an impressive victory.
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