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The referee signals the end of the game.
John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Jason Puncheon has an effort at goal. Vito Mannone blocks the ball.
Clearance by Scott Dann.
Joe Ledley takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.
Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
Mile Jedinak gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown.
Clearance made by Julian Speroni.
Shot by Adlene Guedioura.
Marcos Alonso challenges Jason Puncheon unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Centre by Jason Puncheon.
Marcos Alonso has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Adlene Guedioura results in a free kick.
Ignacio Scocco joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Johnson.
Fabio Borini takes a brilliant shot and bounced off the bar.
Jason Puncheon is brought on as a substitute for Yannick Bolasie.
Adlene Guedioura fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick which goes right of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Mile Jedinak.
Adlene Guedioura restarts play with the free kick.
Yannick Bolasie fouled by Adam Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance made by Damien Delaney.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Fabio Borini.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Joel Ward.
Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Vito Mannone catches the ball.
Adlene Guedioura joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tom Ince.
Vito Mannone makes a clearance.
Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
Clearance made by Yannick Bolasie.
Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line.
Damien Delaney takes the free kick.
Joe Ledley fouled by Craig Gardner, the ref awards a free kick.
Cameron Jerome on for Glenn Murray.
Sebastian Larsson leaves the field to be replaced by Craig Gardner.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Mile Jedinak.
Adam Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Ledley.
The ball is swung over by Yannick Bolasie.
Unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Damien Delaney results in a free kick.
Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Ward.
Yannick Bolasie takes a shot. Vito Mannone catches the ball.
Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.
Glenn Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt.
Phil Bardsley produces a cross.
Unfair challenge on Julian Speroni by Fabio Borini results in a free kick.
Jozy Altidore has an effort at goal. Julian Speroni parries the ball away.
Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
Sung-Yeung Ki challenges Yannick Bolasie unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The second half kicks off.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Kagisho Dikgacoi results in a free kick.
The referee blows for offside.
Yannick Bolasie fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick.
Steven Fletcher goes off and Jozy Altidore comes on.
Wes Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Yannick Bolasie.
Damien Delaney makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Marcos Alonso.
The referee penalises Phil Bardsley for handball.
Unfair challenge on Glenn Murray by Phil Bardsley results in a free kick.
Adam Johnson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Joe Ledley gets a block in.
Damien Delaney restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Phil Bardsley.
Steven Fletcher has an effort at goal. Scott Dann gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Fabio Borini.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Tom Ince.
Damien Delaney manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki went wide right of the target.
Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Phil Bardsley by Mile Jedinak results in a free kick.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross.
Unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Yannick Bolasie results in a free kick.
Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Marcos Alonso.
Clearance by Wes Brown.
Steven Fletcher takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mile Jedinak on Fabio Borini.
Centre by Joel Ward.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mile Jedinak by Liam Bridcutt.
Wes Brown makes a clearance.
Foul by Steven Fletcher on Scott Dann, free kick awarded.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Wes Brown on Glenn Murray.
Free kick taken by Phil Bardsley.
Joel Ward goes into the book.
Sebastian Larsson fouled by Joel Ward, the ref awards a free kick.
Header at goal by Wes Brown misses left of the target.
Short corner worked by Sebastian Larsson.
Marcos Alonso has an effort at goal. Julian Speroni safely holds on.
Fabio Borini fouled by Adrian Mariappa, the ref awards a free kick.
A cross is delivered by Adam Johnson.
Adrian Mariappa concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Bardsley by Glenn Murray.
Marcos Alonso fouled by Yannick Bolasie, the ref awards a free kick.
The match has kicked off.
Poyet striving for survival
Gus Poyet will only enjoy his summer if Sunderland remain a Barclays Premier League club.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan has spent most of his time on Wearside to date engaged in a desperate fight for top-flight survival, and after a brief cup sabbatical, he will return to that battle on Saturday when Crystal Palace visit the Stadium of Light in what could prove to be a crucial encounter for both teams.
Sunderland had only one point when Poyet arrived in October last year, and while they have added a further 23 in 19 league games since, they remain in deep trouble.
As he prepares for a 12-game mini-season which will determine the Black Cats' destiny, Poyet admits the pressure is intense, but he is hoping it will all be worthwhile.
He said: "After the games is the worst. Before the games, I just need to be convinced most of the time - I'm not saying all the time - that we have done everything possible to prepare the team.
"After the games, especially after the bad ones, I am not the best person to be around that night.
"It's because we care, because we suffer, because we hate losing and because we are making sure everything we believe in - and which has been working to some point - is going to finish well and we are going to have a very good summer.
"We will keep going."
Sunderland currently sit in 19th place in the table, but are only a point adrift of safety and have at least two games in hand on all their closest rivals.
However, Poyet is refusing to immerse himself in the business of trying to work out the various permutations, and will instead concentrate simply on the task of getting as close as he possibly can to 40 points, the generally accepted safety mark.
He said: "Last week, I was with a few people talking about it and the week before, and you talk to the managers and maybe they check more than me who is playing against who, who can win and if they win this...
"I don't do that. I cannot kill myself mentally to think if it's 40, 39, 38, 37 (points needed) ... I don't know.
"Me, I always believe that the closer you get to 40, the more chance you have of staying up. Then if there are three teams who don't reach 30, great, we need 31."
Poyet has a virtually full-strength squad from which to select.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will be without Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh.
English forward Glenn Murray is set to replace Chamakh up front and lead Palace's attack at Sunderland. Pulis will have the rest of his players available for the encounter at the Stadium of Light.
Pulis is full of praise for his players but insists they must reach a higher level to retain their Barclays Premier League status.
The Eagles have won just twice away from home heading into Saturday's game at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.
Palace are 16th, three points clear of second-bottom Sunderland.
"From when I came in to where we are now, we have done fantastically well," Pulis said.
"I have a great group. What we have to do is to step up another level to get us over the line."
Palace suffered a 1-0 home defeat to Southampton last weekend and Pulis remains frustrated by some of the refereeing decisions that went against his club.
"Against Southampton, in the first 20 minutes we had two great opportunities where the linesmen flagged," he said.
"I've been on to the Referees' Association and the linesmen should get those decisions right because the two were onside.
"(Glenn) Murray was through on goal and had just the goalkeeper to beat.
"In the second half when (Southampton defender Jose) Fonte brings down (Palace's Yannick) Bolasie, that is a sending off.
"In Premier League games, you need things to go for you and they never did. If Murray had been allowed to go on and score, it would have been a different game."
Pulis does not expect anything to come easy this weekend.
"It will a tough game, it always is," he said.
"They are a big club, the fourth or fifth best supported in the Premier League. It's absolutely fantastic for us to go to the Stadium of Light and play against a great football club."
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