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  • Johnson, A (90)
  • Date:2010-03-14
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Stadium Of Light
  • Attendance:41398
  • Referee:Foy, C

Live Commentary

90mins

FULL TIME SUNDERLAND 1-1 MAN CITY: Adam Johnson's late strike earns City a deserved point to put City within two points of fourth placed Spurs, while Sunderland are seven points clear of the relegation zone.

90mins

Roque Santa Cruz hits a shot over the Sunderland bar and Craig Gordon is booked for time wasting by referee Chris Foy.

90mins

Roberto Mancini wants his players to stop celebrating and go for the three points now but Darren Bent goes close for Sunderland with a header.

90mins

SUNDERLAND 1-1 MAN CITY: Sunderland can only clear the corner to ADAM JOHNSON on the edge of the area and the winger picks his spot before curling a brilliant effort into the top corner.

90mins

There will be four minutes of stoppage time as Craig Bellamy smacks shot through a ruck of players and it is saved by Craig Gordon.

89mins

It is all hectic stuff now as City are trying to get the ball in the Sunderland area as much as possible but the hosts are holding on well.

87mins

Kieran Richardson took the kick but it fails to beat the first defender and City go back on the attack.

86mins

Sunderland are enjoying a good spell now as Craig Bellamy is penalised for a foul on Alan Hutton on the edge of his own area which was a harsh decision.

84mins

Fraizer Campbell is the man going off now with the defensive Phil Bardsley taking his place for the final moments of the game.

83mins

Kieran Richardson is down with a touch of cramp here as Steve Bruce is set to make another change.

81mins

There is head tennis in the area from the corner and Craig Gordon gathers on his line with Joleon Lescott trying to force the ball into the net.

80mins

Another chance here for City as Patrick Vieira plays in Craig Bellamy who beats Alan Hutton for pace but again Craig Gordon saves the day.

79mins

It is all City at the moment as Sunderland are defending in numbers but they get a breather when Nigel de Jong blasts his shot miles over the bar.

77mins

Steed Malbranque is going off here with Boudewijn Zenden coming on in his place.

76mins

Carlos Tevez picks up the ball almost central to the goal but hits his effort well over the bar when Adam Johnson was better placed to his right.

75mins

Adam Johnson wins a corner down the right for City but the ball in is disappointing and Sunderland clear.

73mins

Adam Johnson goes on a surging run and lays the ball out to Roque Santa Cruz who hits his cross behind for a goal kick much to the disgust of Roberto Mancini.

73mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips is going off and Adam Johnson is on to replace him to a chorus of boos from the home fans.

72mins

Sunderland are dropping deeper into their own half here as they look to hold on to this slender lead, while they still look dangerous on the break.

70mins

Craig Bellamy plays a ball in from the right and Carlos Tevez looks certain to score at the near post but again Craig Gordon pulls off a great save at point-blank range to deny him. A follow up shot is blocked as Sunderland hang on.

69mins

Craig Bellamy goes on a run and tries his luck with a shot but Sunderland get bodies in the way and clear the danger.

67mins

City are pressing but fair play to Sunderland they are standing firm as Gareth Barry is just offside as he tries to latch on to a great Patrick Vieira pass.

65mins

Craig Bellamy goes on a charge up field to get on the end of a Roque Santa Cruz pass and John Mensah goes down after running into him. But strangely Chris Foy awards a free kick to Sunderland.

64mins

City make a change here as veteran midfielder Patrick Vieira is coming on to replace Micah Richards.

61mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips wastes a great chance to set up a City chance as he knocks the ball out down the right. A second glance and it was harsh as the whole ball had not crossed the by line.

60mins

It is turning into a great contest now as Sunderland have fought back after good pressure from City in this second half.

58mins

Fraizer Campbell wins a free kick down the left side of the area. It is played into the box by Jordan Henderson and Joleon Lescott has to virtually head it off his own line.

57mins

David Meyler, who is just back from a ban after his red card at Portsmouth, is also booked.

57mins

Gareth Barry is booked for his part in the shoving match.

56mins

Gareth Barry and David Meyler have a bit of a dust up in the middle of the park here. It could be trouble for both players.

54mins

The rain is coming down and it's windy but City's game has improved significantly in the opening 10 minutes of this second half.

52mins

Craig Bellamy gets played in down the left side of the area and whips a cross in with Craig Gordon pushing it out for a corner. The ball is played in and Vincent Kompany's shot is well blocked.

51mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips is in now but he goes for power towards the near post and Craig Gordon saves with his foot. The corner comes in but Sunderland clear.

50mins

A great chance for City as Carlos Tevez manages to flick a ball through to Roque Santa Cruz but Craig Gordon does well to deny him.

49mins

A quick break from Sunderland but Fraizer Campbell cannot keep his chip from the left side of the area away from Shay Given who gratefully plucks it out of the air.

48mins

A bright start to the half from City who are putting Sunderland under a bit of pressure for the first time in the game.

46mins

Steve Bruce made one enforced change at half time as goal scorer Kenwyne Jones did pick up an injury so he has been replaced by Jordan Henderson with Fraizer Campbell now joining Darren Bent in attack.

46mins

We are back up and running at the Stadium of Light and City will no doubt have had a rocket from Roberto Mancini after a poor first half. Steve Bruce will be happy with his side and will be wanting more of the same.

45mins

HALF TIME SUNDERLAND 1-0 MAN CITY: Kenwyne Jones' header has given Sunderland a deserved half time lead against a lacklustre City side.

45mins

Fraizer Campbell goes down in the area under a tackle from Joleon Lescott and there are screams for a penalty, but Chris Foy waves play on.

44mins

Steed Malbranque threads a neat ball through to the onrushing Anton Ferdinand but the left-back is marginally offside inside the area.

43mins

It seems City are adopting more of a long ball game now Roque Santa Cruz is on the field as the pitch does not appear conducive to a passing game.

41mins

Sunderland almost capitalise on some slack City defending but Darren Bent completely misses the ball inside the area after being played in by Steed Malbranque.

40mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips is the latest City player in the book as he was late in his challenge on David Meyler.

39mins

Play has just been held up while Alan Hutton needed treatment but we are back up and running now.

37mins

Darren Bent tries to make room for a shot inside the area but is blocked off with Steed Malbranque waiting to be played in for a clear effort.

37mins

Kieran Richardson is unlucky not to get his cross in from the right after good build up play by Sunderland but Joleon Lescott did enough to put him off.

35mins

Kieran Richardson hits the subsequent free kick with his left foot but it is well wide of Shay Given's goal.

34mins

Micah Richards totally chops down Steed Malbranque and is booked by referee Chris Foy.

33mins

An enforced change here for City as Wayne Bridge goes off to be replaced by Roque Santa Cruz and Gareth Barry will go to left-back.

31mins

Shaun Wright-Phillips and Carlos Tevez are fortunate as they engineer a decent chance for Gareth Barry who fires just wide inside the area for City's best chance so far.

30mins

Carlos Tevez scuffs an attempted simple pass out of play which has summed up City's display in this opening half hour.

28mins

Steve Bruce will be delighted with the way his side have played as they have not given City's players a chance to get any sort of passing game together.

26mins

Fraizer Campbell makes room for himself down the right side of the area but he blasts his shot well wide of the mark.

25mins

Not much joy for City going forwards as Shaun Wright-Phillips' cross from the right drops out of play before Craig Bellamy can reach it to the left of the penalty area.

23mins

Sunderland go up the other end and Kenwyne Jones hits a scuffed shot wide of the City goal. He looks like he is struggling with an injury problem.

23mins

Michael Turner almost chests the ball into the path of Carlos Tevez but recovers quickly to clear the danger.

21mins

Sunderland win another corner as Micah Richards blocks Steed Malbranque 's shot. Steed Malbranque whips it in from the left but Micah Richards clears.

19mins

Gareth Barry clears the corner away but Sunderland come forward again with Steed Malbranque again crossing for Kenwyne Jones but Vincent Kompany does just enough to prevent his header beating Shay Given this time around.

18mins

An Alan Hutton cross into the area from the right is flicked out for a corner to Sunderland.

16mins

Carlos Tevez tries a very ambitious shot from well outside the area but it ends up trickling into the hands of Craig Gordon via a slight deflection.

15mins

The game is held up for a moment as Shay Given is allowed time to tie up his boot laces and he gets it in the neck from the home fans as he does so.

13mins

Kenwyne Jones' cross from the right is only cleared to David Meyler who hits a shot straight at Shay Given.from just outside the area.

12mins

Sunderland are buzzing after that goal as City almost break but Craig Bellamy is flagged well offside.

10mins

Carlos Tevez is over zealous as he dives in on Michael Turner and he is rightly booked.

9mins

SUNDERLAND 1-0 MAN CITY: Sunderland break up field and Steed Malbranque whips a great cross in from the left to KENWYNE JONES who thumps a powerful header past Shay Given,.

8mins

A strange free kick here as John Mensah is penalised for a foul on Carlos Tevez despite not really doing anything. Fortunately for Sunderland it came to nothing.

6mins

There is a good atmosphere at the Stadium of Light from both sets of fans with a good following travelling across the Pennines from Manchester.

4mins

A quick break from Sunderland ends with Kenwyne Jones shooting from the edge of the area but its straight at Shay Given.

3mins

John Mensah does well to recover and avoids conceding a corner after a bobble on the pitch almost caught him out.

2mins

Sunderland are just edging the early possession here but no real opportunities for either side as former Newcastle keeper Shay Given is getting some stick from the home fans when he touches the ball.

0mins

The action is underway at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to follow up the win over Bolton with another three points to move them nine points clear of the drop zone. City can move level on 52 points with fourth-placed Spurs with a win.

0mins

The omens are stacked in favour of a City win here as they have won the last nine meetings between the two sides, while Sunderland are looking for their first back-to-back wins in 15 months.

0mins

Man City starting XI: Given, Richards, Kompany, Lescott, Bridge, Wright-Phillips, Zabaleta, De Jong, Barry, Bellamy, Tevez.

0mins

Patrick Vieira returns from suspension and is handed a place on the bench alongside Kolo Toure, who has recovered from a knee injury.

0mins

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini makes one change to the starting XI that beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge last time out with Shaun Wright-Phillips replacing Sunderland-born Adam Johnson.

0mins

Sunderland starting XI: Gordon, Hutton, Turner, Mensah, Ferdinand, Campbell, Richardson, Meyler, Malbranque, Jones, Bent.

0mins

Lee Cattermole is with a hamstring strain and Lorik Cana is suspended so Kieran Richardson and David Meyler come into the starting XI.

0mins

Steve Bruce makes two changes to the Sunderland side that beat Bolton 4-0 in midweek ahead of the visit of Manchester City.

0mins

Sunderland face Man City at 4pm on Sunday, March 14th.

Match Preview

Sunderland welcome Manchester City to their Stadium of Light home on Sunday and there will be a palpable sense of relief around the ground after their midweek win against Bolton Wanderers.

Steve Bruce's struggling side grabbed a much-needed 4-0 win against the Trotters, with Darren Bent notching a hat-trick, and the timing couldn't have been better.

The Black Cats had laboured to 14 games without a win before Tuesday night's triumph which lifted their mood ahead of the tricky test against Roberto Mancini's outfit.

Sunderland now sit six points ahead of Hull City in the third and final relegation place with just ten games of the Premier League season remaining.

City have been out-of-sorts of late, but their last outing brought about a fantastic 4-2 win at Chelsea.

Craig Bellamy and Carlos Tevez both bagged braces in a heated contest at Stamford Bridge and will be aiming to aid their team's top-four challenge with another win.

Prior to that stunning triumph, they had collected just four points out of a possible 12 on offer. They currently occupy fifth place in the table, level on points with Tottenham Hotspur, who sit above them on goal difference.

With Liverpool's poor form continuing, the Citizens could take full advantage with a success in the north-east to move further away from the chasing Merseysiders.

However, they must do without injured Martin Petrov (knee ligaments) and long-term absentee Michael Johnson (knee).

The hosts could welcome back duo Andy Reid (hamstring) and Jordan Henderson (ankle), who are nearing returns to full fitness.

City cruised to a 3-0 win in last season's clash between the two teams. Stephen Ireland opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time before Shaun Wright-Phillips, starting for City for the first time since May 2005, made a dream return by doubling their advantage.


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Match Report

Sunderland-born Adam Johnson struck to break the Black Cats' hearts late on at the Stadium of Light, as Manchester City snatched a point from a 1-1 draw.

Things got off to a promising start for the Black Cats as they went in front after just nine minutes.

David Meyler spread the ball out to Steed Malbranque on the left and he cut inside to curl a perfect cross into the area. Striker Kenwyne Jones got up above the City defence to head past Shay Given and into the net.

Five minutes earlier Jones had a chance to open the scoring, but fired straight at Given.

Sunderland were the more productive going forward, with City's moves breaking down at key moments. They did manage to get into the danger area on 14 minutes, but appeals for a penalty were waived away as Micah Richards went down in the area.

Jones was clearly enjoying himself and tried an audacious lob from distance on 20 minutes, which came to nothing.

City's best chance of the opening 45 minutes came just after the half-hour mark, as Gareth Barry curled his shot wide.

Sunderland were forced to ring the changes at the break, with young midfielder Jordan Henderson replacing goalscorer Jones, who appeared to have picked up a knock towards the end of the first half.

Jones was a miss after the break, as City who had been troubled by the big Trinidad & Tobago frontman, started to get on to the front foot.

But the hosts could have increased their lead on 49 minutes. Darren Bent backheeled the ball in to Fraizer Campbell, but his chip was comfortably gathered by Given.

A minute later City were on the attack as Carlos Tevez put in substitute Roque Santa Cruz, but Craig Gordon made a great save.

It was to be the first of many from Gordon, who made three top saves in as many minutes to deny Craig Bellamy twice and Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Gordon set to be City's nemesis as he denied them time and time again, with Bellamy in particular finding the Scot up to everything he threw at him.

But right at the end the visitors found a way through, Gordon saved from Bellamy again, but from the resulting corner the ball dropped to Johnson, who curled a superb left-foot effort into the top corner.

It was ecstasy for the away side and agony for the hosts, but overall Steve Bruce will have been happier with the point earned, while the visitors missed out on a chance to move into the top four.

Sunderland

Manchester City

Corners

37

Fouls

1212

Goal attempts

Shots off target

54

Offsides

23

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