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A goal is scored by Dong-Won Ji from close in low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Man City.Assist on the goal came from Stephane Sessegnon.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Kilgallon.
Micah Richards produces a cross, clearance made by John O'Shea.
Stephane Sessegnon challenges Joleon Lescott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Pablo Zabaleta.
David Silva has a drilled shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet. Micah Richards takes a shot. David Silva takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Shot by Gareth Barry. Jack Colback gets a block in.
Shot by Vincent Kompany. Craig Gardner gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, Header from close in by Edin Dzeko misses to the left of the goal. David Vaughan leaves the field to be replaced by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Edin Dzeko produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Centre by Pablo Zabaleta, Edin Dzeko produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Dong-Won Ji replaces Nicklas Bendtner.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Joleon Lescott makes a clearance.
Micah Richards concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Centre by David Vaughan.
A cross is delivered by Pablo Zabaleta.
Short corner taken by David Silva.
Centre by Adam Johnson, Pablo Zabaleta takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Jack Colback. David Silva takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Sebastian Larsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Kilgallon on Edin Dzeko. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gnegneri Toure Yaya.
Sergio Aguero has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Sebastian Larsson challenges Sergio Aguero unfairly and gives away a free kick. Booking for Sebastian Larsson for unsporting behaviour. (Man City) makes a substitution, with Micah Richards coming on for Aleksandar Kolarov. The ball is swung over by David Silva, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Edin Dzeko misses to the right of the target.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is sent over by Aleksandar Kolarov, Jack Colback manages to make a clearance.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a curled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
The ball is sent over by Gareth Barry, clearance by James McClean.
Vincent Kompany challenges Nicklas Bendtner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Gareth Barry.
Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on Sebastian Larsson, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
Sergio Aguero takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a brilliant save. Corner taken by Adam Johnson, clearance by Craig Gardner.
Effort on goal by Edin Dzeko from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Johnson takes a short corner.
Shot from just outside the box by Pablo Zabaleta misses to the right of the target. (Man City) makes a substitution, with David Silva coming on for Samir Nasri.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Aguero by Sebastian Larsson. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov delivers the ball, John O'Shea gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, save by Joe Hart.
Gnegneri Toure Yaya produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov, Simon Mignolet makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by James McClean.
Sergio Aguero joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nigel De Jong.
Shot from just outside the area by Craig Gardner goes over the bar.
The ball is crossed by James McClean, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Samir Nasri crosses the ball, clearance made by Matthew Kilgallon.
Unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nigel De Jong.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot from 25 yards. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Pablo Zabaleta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left channel, Joe Hart makes a save.
Samir Nasri sends in a cross, Craig Gardner manages to make a clearance. Joleon Lescott takes a shot. Matthew Kilgallon gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Craig Gardner results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, save by Simon Mignolet.
Shot from 18 yards by Edin Dzeko.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save by Simon Mignolet.
Samir Nasri takes a shot. Craig Gardner makes a clearance.
Edin Dzeko takes a shot from 6 yards. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is crossed by Gnegneri Toure Yaya, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.
Shot from 18 yards by Edin Dzeko. John O'Shea gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, clearance by Nicklas Bendtner.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Wes Brown leaves the field to be replaced by Matthew Kilgallon.
Centre by Craig Gardner, clearance made by Nigel De Jong.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, clearance made by Joleon Lescott.
Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Vincent Kompany gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Vincent Kompany.
Nigel De Jong fouled by Sebastian Larsson, the ref awards a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov takes the indirect free kick.
Centre by Aleksandar Kolarov, clearance by John O'Shea.
Foul by Gareth Barry on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Pablo Zabaleta, clearance by John O'Shea.
Effort on goal by Adam Johnson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
The offside flag is raised against Aleksandar Kolarov. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, save by Simon Mignolet.
Foul by Nigel De Jong on Lee Cattermole, free kick awarded. The referee shows Nigel De Jong a yellow card. Indirect free kick taken by John O'Shea.
Edin Dzeko sends in a cross, clearance by John O'Shea.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Edin Dzeko. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
James McClean takes a shot. Joe Hart makes a comfortable save.
Drilled right-footed shot by Nicklas Bendtner. Save by Joe Hart.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Craig Gardner.
Confidence key to O'Neill
Martin O'Neill is keeping his fingers crossed that his Sunderland side's new-found confidence will not be shattered by title hopefuls Manchester City.
The Black Cats will run out for their New Year's Day clash with the Barclays Premier League leaders having taken seven points from the 12 on offer during the 59-year-old's reign to date to ease themselves three places and four points clear of the fight for top-flight survival.
However, with tough trips to Wigan, who currently occupy 18th place, and Champions League contenders Chelsea to come in their next two fixtures, O'Neill knows that position could be eroded if they do not maintain the standards they have set themselves during his early weeks at the club.
He said: "The confidence is good, but until you win a substantial number of football matches, I always feel that it can be a bit brittle.
"You don't want to destroy that in a couple of games. We have got some tough games coming up now - we have got this game, away to Wigan with a day's less rest, and I don't want to look that much further to the Chelsea game.
"The league games are vitally important to us.We wouldn't want to lose momentum but by the same token we obviously have a long-term aim - but we have a short-term aim as well."
Defenders Phil Bardsley and Titus Bramble are major doubts for the clash.
Full-back Bardsley (thigh) and centre-half Bramble (Achilles/calf) suffered injuries in the 1-1 Boxing Day draw with Everton and with Michael Turner (knee) also on the casualty list, manager Martin O'Neill is short of defensive options.
Midfielder Kieran Richardson has not trained all week because of illness but O'Neill is keeping his fingers crossed.
Connor Wickham, Fraizer Campbell and Craig Gordon (all knee) and Simon Mignolet (fractured nose and eye socket) remain on the sidelines.
Sergio Aguero has urged his Manchester City team-mates to "finish the job" and win the Barclays Premier League.
The Argentina striker feels the quality of the City squad has enabled him to settle quickly since his club record #38million move from Atletico Madrid last summer.
City established themselves as title favourites after losing just one of their opening 18 matches and Aguero wants an equally strong second half of the season.
The 23-year-old wrote on his personal website, www.sergioaguero.com: "I couldn't have wished for a better start to this new era in my personal and professional life, and everything I set for myself is being fulfilled.
"Fortunately, the adaptation was faster than I thought. It helped a lot to arrive at a club with a very serious project and a team with a solid base of great players and good people.
"We made a great start to the season and now we have to finish the job. We hope we can keep this pace. We want to win the league and we will give everything to succeed."
Full-backs Micah Richards and Aleksandar Kolarov are back in contention.
Right-back Richards was not risked in the Boxing Day draw at West Brom after a calf problem while left-back Kolarov has missed six games with a groin injury.
The pair's possible return means manager Roberto Mancini has a full-strength squad, aside from the absent Carlos Tevez.
City defeated at death
Sunderland substitute Ji Dong-won blew the race for the Barclays Premier League title wide open once again as Manchester City wasted their chance to establish a three-point lead with a 1-0 defeat at the Stadium of Light.
The South Korea international came off the bench to launch 2012 in style on Wearside with an unlikely winner in the fourth minute of injury time, when he looked to be fractionally offside before slotting in.
His fellow substitute Micah Richards had hit the woodwork at the other end with just a minute of the 90 remaining, and with the Black Cats staging a valiant rearguard action.
But a day after Manchester United and Chelsea both slipped up at home, City were unable to take advantage despite creating a host of chances as they were shut out for the second successive game.
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet kept out substitute Sergio Aguero's 59th-minute shot and striker Edin Dzeko saw a series of opportunities go begging on another frustrating afternoon for the leaders.
City manager Roberto Mancini, perhaps with one eye on Tuesday's home clash with Liverpool, had started with Aguero and David Silva on the bench and left Mario Balotelli out of the 18, but he was forced to bring on the star substitute pair in a desperate search for a winner.
Yet, had either Nicklas Bendtner or Stephane Sessegnon taken the chances which fell their way either side of the break, Sunderland might have been in front long before they did actually take the lead.
Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill had gone into the game without a specialist full-back as injuries tore his defensive resources apart, and the situation was to get worse long before the half-time whistle sounded.
Having already had to press midfielders Craig Gardner and Jack Colback into service at right-back and left-back respectively, he also had to draft in Mignolet for the first time since he fractured his nose and a eye-socket on October 29 as Keiren Westwood pulled out.
O'Neill was forced into a further change with just 26 minutes gone when centre-back Wes Brown pulled up and was replaced by Matt Kilgallon, making his first senior appearance for the club since May 2010.
In the circumstances, O'Neill could hardly have been more pleased with the way his distinctly makeshift defence battled its way to the break without conceding.
Had lone frontman Bendtner shown a little more composure, his side might have headed for the dressing room holding a lead.
Sunderland broke at pace from a third-minute defensive corner and Sessegnon slid the perfect pass into the Dane's run to put him in on goal.
Bendtner took the ball wide of goalkeeper Joe Hart, but crucially not wide enough and the England international was able to make an important block.
Hart had to make a smart save from James McClean's effort two minutes later, but as the half went on, it was a City side featuring six changes from the 0-0 draw at West Brom which began to dominate.
It was not until the half-hour mark had passed that they really made their presence felt.
Mignolet, who was wearing a protective face mask, made a point-blank 32nd-minute block to deny Dzeko, but was then grateful to see Gardner clear Samir Nasri's effort off the line seconds later.
Dzeko rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive 10 minutes before the break and then prompted a comfortable save from Mignolet from distance with two minutes of the half remaining.
But it was the home side who went close in injury time when Gardner blasted just high and wide as the Black Cats surged forward.
Mancini had seen enough and replaced defensive midfielder Nigel de Jong with Aguero at the break, although it was McClean who went close to breaking the deadlock when his 47th-minute cross flew just over the angle of bar and post.
Yaya Toure scuffed a volley wide seconds later after Mignolet had kicked Aleksandar Kolarov's cross away, and Pablo Zabaleta also failed to hit the target after being played into space by captain Vincent Kompany.
Mancini responded by sending on Aguero for Samir Nasri, and the visitors squandered another promising opening within seconds when Dzeko skied a shot high over the bar from Adam Johnson's cross.
City might have taken the lead in controversial circumstances with 59 minutes played when referee Kevin Friend allowed play to continue after Sessegnon went to ground under Kolarov's challenge.
Silva fed the ball to Dzeko, who dropped it off for Aguero to fire in a close-range effort which Mignolet managed to block.
But Sunderland should have been in front with 64 minutes gone when Sessegnon cut inside from the right and found himself with just Hart to beat.
The Benin international pushed his shot agonisingly wide of the far post with the outside of his right foot.
Richards went desperately close to a winner with a minute of normal time remaining when he headed the ball into the ground and saw it come back off the crossbar after Mignolet had parried Silva's shot.
However, the drama was not over and when Sessegnon stabbed the ball into Ji's path, he calmly rounded Hart to snatch three precious points.
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