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Leon Osman takes a shot. John O'Shea gets a block in. Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Kieran Richardson, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Stephane Sessegnon, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
The referee gives a free kick against Phil Neville for handball. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Tony Hibbert concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicklas Bendtner. Wes Brown takes the direct free kick.
James McFadden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tim Cahill.
Shot from 25 yards from Lee Cattermole. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
The ball is sent over by Sebastian Larsson, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.
Tim Cahill challenges James McClean unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Tony Hibbert manages to make a clearance.
Apostolos Vellios is brought on as a substitute for Louis Saha.
James McClean has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
James McClean comes on in place of David Vaughan.
Magaye Gueye produces a cross, Craig Gardner gets a block in.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin. Kieran Richardson takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Magaye Gueye. David Vaughan takes the direct free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Magaye Gueye comes on in place of Royston Drenthe. Sylvain Distin takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Kieran Richardson, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Johnny Heitinga on David Vaughan. The referee shows Johnny Heitinga a yellow card. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Centre by Jack Colback, save by Tim Howard.
Craig Gardner fouled by Royston Drenthe, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Tony Hibbert on Jack Colback, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Sebastian Larsson on Leighton Baines. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Leon Osman has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Stephane Sessegnon takes the indirect free kick.
David Vaughan takes a shot. Blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
Foul by Craig Gardner on Royston Drenthe, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Sebastian Larsson, save by Tim Howard.
Inswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Louis Saha manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson, Louis Saha makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Kieran Richardson from the right by-line, save by Tim Howard.
Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
Long range effort from Tim Cahill misses to the left of the goal.
Handball by Stephane Sessegnon. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Lee Cattermole concedes a Penalty for a foul on Leon Osman. Penalty taken left-footed by Leighton Baines and scored. Sunderland 1-1 Everton.The assist for the goal came from Leon Osman.
Foul by Phil Neville on Nicklas Bendtner, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right wing, clearance by Tim Cahill.
Royston Drenthe challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Leighton Baines, clearance by John O'Shea.
Phil Jagielka gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Kieran Richardson.
Nicklas Bendtner delivers the ball, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Sebastian Larsson shoots direct from the free kick.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Leon Osman gets a block in.
Royston Drenthe takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Richardson. Short corner worked by Royston Drenthe. Corner taken right-footed by Leon Osman from the left by-line, save made by Keiren Westwood. Stephane Sessegnon is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Leon Osman takes the free kick. The ball is sent over by Leon Osman, clearance by John O'Shea. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line.
Royston Drenthe fouled by Jack Colback, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tony Hibbert.
David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Tim Cahill. The ball is swung over by Leighton Baines, Shot on goal by Leon Osman from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Tim Cahill is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Wes Brown takes the free kick.
A goal is scored by Jack Colback from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Everton.Assist on the goal came from Stephane Sessegnon.
Foul by Phil Neville on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Centre by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Wes Brown.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephane Sessegnon. Jack Colback comes on in place of Titus Bramble. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Nicklas Bendtner has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Nicklas Bendtner takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Tony Hibbert.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
Johnny Heitinga concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Royston Drenthe, Header from close in by Louis Saha misses to the left of the goal.
Tony Hibbert produces a cross, clearance by Wes Brown.
Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner. Tim Cahill has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Titus Bramble takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
Phil Neville challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Blocked by Kieran Richardson.
Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball, save by Tim Howard.
Tim Cahill takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicklas Bendtner. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Tim Cahill. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Brown urges Black Cats to build on success
Wes Brown has insisted the men who got Sunderland into their early-season difficulties can get them out again after a welcome resurgence.
Brown clinched a second Barclays Premier League victory in three games for new manager Martin O'Neill with an 89th-minute winner at QPR on Wednesday evening to move the Black Cats three points clear of the drop zone.
The triumphs over Blackburn and QPR either side of a narrow defeat at Tottenham have doubled the club's tally for the season and swiftly reached O'Neill's initial target of establishing a one-point-per-game ratio with 17 matches played.
They will now seek to build upon that as Everton and then leaders Manchester City head for the Stadium of Light over the holiday period.
While that might prove challenging, Brown is confident they have what it will take.
He said: "We have always had it. The players haven't changed, we have always had it in the team. We managed to get that break on Wednesday night, and hopefully we can carry on from there and have a good Christmas period.
"If you look at Everton at the moment, you could probably say they are not playing to their best ability as well, so we can go into the game confident.
"We are at home - that's all we can do. We got three points at QPR, which is the main reason we went there. If we had scraped three points, I still would have been happy with a 1-0, 5-4.
"It doesn't really matter, we got the three points, and now we can take it into the next game."
Brown will perhaps not be aware of the club's recent record against Everton.
Sunderland have not beaten the Toffees in 14 attempts in all competitions and the Merseysiders have won 11 of those encounters, 10 of them in the Barclays Premier League.
O'Neill has been made aware of that statistic and is treating it as just another challenge.
Asked how one team can have a stranglehold over another for an extended period, he said: "There can be a very obvious reason - some team can be just miles better than the other one over a period of time, or there might have been games here where Sunderland could have got a result and didn't do.
"Then you start worrying about statistics and when the whole thing is going to change.
"But it is up to us to try to do something about that. I can't account for recent history but that is something I am hoping won't be in the players' minds as we take the field."
Striker Connor Wickham is unlikely to make the clash despite receiving better news of his injured knee.
Everton manager David Moyes expects O'Neill to make Sunderland a force to be reckoned with in quick time.
He said: "I think everybody respects Martin as a manager. I don't think anyone has a bad word to say about him. They like his interviews, how he speaks.
"He is at a really big club, it is a big job. It is a big club that has tended to spend well in the market and has done a good job supporting managers financially.
"If they give that to Martin they will be a force in the next year or so."
O'Neill has a strong reputation in the game after impressive spells with Leicester, Celtic and Aston Villa.
He had been out of the game since leaving Villa in August 2010 but, from initial impressions, Moyes believes that break probably did him good.
Moyes, who will have been at the Goodison Park helm for 10 years come next March, said: "I think once you have been out of it and you come back, you are full of it.
"No matter what job you are in, if somebody says you can have a break and you don't need to work, when you come back it is great, I am sure.
"It has suited Martin. I am not saying it would suit me or anyone else.
"Martin is certainly doing what he has done with most clubs he has been at."
Everton have a good record against Sunderland having not lost in their 13 previous meetings, winning 10 of them.
But Moyes sees them as a danger, particularly with free-kick specialists such as Sebastian Larsson in their side.
Moyes said: "I watched the game against Blackburn when Martin took over and they were a threat.
"They then scored on Wednesday from a couple of set-pieces. They have got wonderful delivery from Kieran Richardson and Seb Larsson.
"We need to try to make sure we are on the ball and not give too many away."
Everton are without Seamus Coleman (groin) while Jack Rodwell and Conor McAleny (both hamstring) are doubts.
Baines penalty earns point
Leighton Baines ensured Sunderland's miserable run against Everton continued as he claimed a point with a disputed penalty in a 1-1 draw.
The full-back blasted past keeper Keiren Westwood from 12 yards after referee Howard Webb had ruled that Leon Osman had been fouled inside the box, although claims from the home players that he had simply kicked the ground appeared to be borne out by television replays.
Baines' effort cancelled out Jack Colback's first senior goal for the Black Cats, a deflected 26th-minute shot against the run of play which galvanised his side as they attempted to win for the third time in manager Martin O'Neill's four games to date.
Baines' equaliser also extended Sunderland's wait for a victory over the Toffees to 15 games with the visitors unbeaten at the Stadium of Light for a decade.
The game, which was broadcast by the BBC World Service to an estimated audience of 25 million across Africa, very nearly came to a dramatic conclusion when Sylvain Distin turned Stephane Sessegnon's cross into the side-netting.
However, the big talking points as a crowd of 43,619 headed home were the decision which handed Baines his big chance, and Sunderland's paltry return of just four wins on their own pitch in 2011.
So often this season, the Black Cats have dominated the opening stages of games and failed to take advantage of the chances they have created, a failing which ultimately cost Steve Bruce his job.
The story was markedly different as they endured a torrid opening 20 minutes or so.
Everton, themselves on an upward curve after their midweek victory over Swansea, dominated the early exchanges and created at least three gilt-edged opportunities to take the lead.
Tim Cahill, who has not scored for his club since December 20 last year, might have ended his drought with just seven minutes gone when full-back Tony Hibbert's long ball played him in on the right side of the penalty area.
The Australia international struck his shot from a tight angle well, but Westwood beat the ball away.
Cahill should have done much better seven minutes later when he was presented with a free header from Baines' corner, but powered his effort well wide.
Striker Louis Saha was equally wasteful in similar circumstances two minutes later, this time with Royston Drenthe the supplier, as the defensive resilience which has returned under O'Neill deserted Sunderland.
Their cause was not aided with 21 minutes gone by Titus Bramble's premature exit to injury, which saw Phil Bardsley switch from left-back to right-back, John O'Shea push inside with Wes Brown and Kieran Richardson drop in on the left with Colback replacing him in midfield.
But it was Sunderland who took the lead five minutes later and it was the newcomer who did the damage.
Sessegnon skipped past Distin and Hibbert before slipping the ball to the unmarked Colback, whose shot clipped the recovering Frenchman and flew past the helpless Tim Howard.
In an instant, the uncertainty and lack of cohesion which had characterised the Black Cats' performance during the early stages evaporated, and they started to take the game to Everton with Sessegnon and Bendtner repeatedly finding space.
However, Everton got themselves back into the game within six minutes of the restart, although they did so in controversial circumstances.
Osman was allowed to work his way into the penalty area, where he went down as Wes Brown and Lee Cattermole closed in on him.
Referee Webb took his time, but eventually pointed to the spot, although replays suggested that neither Sunderland man had touched the midfielder and that he had actually kicked the ground.
But as the home fans bayed, the nerveless Baines smashed his spot-kick high to Westwood's left to level.
Clearly aggrieved by the turn of events, the Black Cats set about the task of restoring their lead in determined fashion, and Hibbert had to clear away a Richardson corner from under his crossbar while Saha headed Sebastian Larsson's effort from the other side on to the roof of his own net.
However, Westwood was relieved to see Osman head across the face of goal after meeting Drenthe's driven 63rd-minute cross.
Sunderland battered away in the search for a last-gasp winner, but the closest they came to getting it was when Distin deflected Sessegnon's 90th-minute cross into the side-netting.
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