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Adam Reach gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McClean. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
Stuart Parnaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Phil Bardsley. Andre Bikey takes the direct free kick.
Ishmael Miller leaves the field to be replaced by Richard Smallwood.
Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Stephane Sessegnon results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Stephane Sessegnon produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by James McClean from the right by-line played to the near post.
Shot by James McClean. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
Phil Bardsley produces a cross, Andre Bikey makes a clearance.
Effort from just outside the area by Ishmael Miller goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by James McClean.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Fraizer Campbell coming on for Adam Johnson.
Effort on goal by George Friend from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.
Shot from 30 yards by Stuart Parnaby. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Fletcher. Adam Reach comes on in place of Emmanuel Ledesma. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
Faris Haroun produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
A cross is delivered by James McClean, save by Jason Steele.
Scott McDonald sends in a cross, clearance by Carlos Cuellar.
Foul by Andre Bikey on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Adam Johnson.
Handball by David Vaughan. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Outswinging corner taken by James McClean, save by Jason Steele.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ishmael Miller on Phil Bardsley. Keiren Westwood takes the direct free kick.
Shot on goal by Nicky Bailey from long range goes harmlessly over the target.
A cross is delivered by Stephane Sessegnon, George Friend manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on John O'Shea by Ishmael Miller results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
Seb Hines leaves the field to be replaced by Stuart Parnaby.
The ball is swung over by Adam Johnson.
Centre by Phil Bardsley, clearance by Andre Bikey.
The ball is delivered by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Seb Hines.
Stephane Sessegnon has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with James McClean coming on for Louis Saha.
The ball is swung over by David Vaughan.
Emmanuel Ledesma challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Scott McDonald. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Emmanuel Ledesma challenges David Vaughan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
Corner taken left-footed by Emmanuel Ledesma, Phil Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
George Friend produces a cross, clearance by John O'Shea.
Shot from just outside the box by Louis Saha goes over the target.
Centre by Adam Johnson, Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Scott McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Adam Johnson from the free kick, Faris Haroun manages to make a clearance.
Nicky Bailey crosses the ball, save made by Keiren Westwood.
Corner taken left-footed by Emmanuel Ledesma from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
Centre by David Vaughan, Andre Bikey makes a clearance.
Emmanuel Ledesma gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. John O'Shea takes the direct free kick.
Emmanuel Ledesma takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by John O'Shea.
A goal is scored by Scott McDonald from close in high into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Middlesbrough.Assist by Ishmael Miller.
Jack Colback delivers the ball, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross, John O'Shea has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Adam Johnson from the left by-line, clearance by Ishmael Miller.
Shot by Steven Fletcher from 25 yards. Seb Hines gets a block in.
Scott McDonald produces a curled right-footed shot from 25 yards.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Louis Saha. Seb Hines gets a block in.
Foul by Faris Haroun on Steven Fletcher, free kick awarded. Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephane Sessegnon. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
Scott McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.
George Friend produces a cross, Effort on goal by Ishmael Miller from 18 yards. Comfortable save by Keiren Westwood.
The ball is crossed by Phil Bardsley, clearance made by Emmanuel Ledesma.
Ishmael Miller produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot from a long way out by Grant Leadbitter goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Bardsley on Scott McDonald. Andre Bikey takes the direct free kick.
Scott McDonald has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Scott McDonald booked for unsporting behaviour.
Shot by Adam Johnson. Blocked by Andre Bikey.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Emmanuel Ledesma played to the near post, clearance by John O'Shea.
Shot by Faris Haroun. Save by Keiren Westwood.
Emmanuel Ledesma fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Emmanuel Ledesma delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Jason Steele makes a save.
George Friend concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct free kick taken by Phil Bardsley.
Adam Johnson takes a shot. Nicky Bailey gets a block in.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Johnson, clearance made by Andre Bikey.
Stephane Sessegnon crosses the ball, clearance by Seb Hines.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott McDonald on David Vaughan. David Vaughan takes the free kick.
Justin Hoyte crosses the ball, Effort from outside the penalty box by Faris Haroun goes wide left of the goal.
Effort from deep inside the area by Louis Saha clears the bar.
Adam Johnson takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Justin Hoyte.
Nicky Bailey concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Adam Johnson from left wing, save made by Jason Steele.
Victory the priority for O'Neill
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill admits he faces a "balancing act" ahead of their Capital One Cup fourth-round tie against Middlesbrough.
The Black Cats' form in the Barclays Premier League has been patchy and remains O'Neill's primary concern, with few goals scored and six draws to show from their first eight games.
However, O'Neill knows that winning some silverware will be a huge boost for the club after Sunderland lost out at the quarter-final stage of the FA Cup to Everton last season.
A worry ahead of the tie with Boro is that he has several injuries to consider, with a Premier League fixture against Aston Villa on the horizon at the weekend.
"I'm pleased to have the game. I would rather be in the competition than out of it," O'Neill said.
"Of course you want players who've had less time in recent weeks to get on the field of play and it's a fine balancing act but the most important issue is to win. It's a tough call.
"It's a tough game and we might have to make a couple of changes in our side and a couple of enforced changes as well. I'll see how the injuries are later on but there are a couple of players with a few problems but we'll go as strong as we can and try and win.
" I'll keep those to myself but I'm hoping there's one (player) that can come through that if not then too bad."
The prize of winning - a place in the last eight - is incentive enough for O'Neill.
He said: "Sunderland won't be the only club hoping to get silverware on the table. I can think of a few others who would be considered bigger clubs than ourselves who are finding that a struggle.
"For us the immediacy of it all is that it offers the chance of getting into the quarter-finals of the competition.
"That in itself should be a big enough incentive for both teams and that's the way it will go. A derby game."
Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is looking forward to putting the pressure of the league aside as his men aim for local bragging rights.
Boro have been on the march in the npower Championship and four successive wins has kept them on the coat-tails of leaders Cardiff.
But they turn their attention away from their quest to return to the Barclays Premier League at the Stadium of Light and are on the hunt for revenge after losing to the Black Cats in the FA Cup last season.
"It's a game we are looking forward to, we went there last year and gave a decent account of ourselves. We were disappointed not to come away from there with a win," Mowbray said.
"But it's the next game for us, there's no points at stake and it is a nice break from the pressure of going for three points.
"It's a game in which the supporters and the team will want to go there and give a good performance and get a victory.
"It would be nice to get to the quarter-finals of a major tournament but it will be a big ask at a Premier League side.
"It is a big job for us, but we will go and give it our best shot."
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