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The referee ends the match.
Asamoah Gyan finds the net with a goal from close in to the top right corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle.Assist on the goal came from Phillip Bardsley.
Effort on goal by Asamoah Gyan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Dan Gosling on for Jonas Gutierrez.
Jack Colback concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Jack Colback coming on for Ahmed Elmohamady. Peter Lovenkrands joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Best. Leon Best is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross, save by Craig Gordon.
The ball is delivered by Leon Best, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joey Barton.
Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Phillip Bardsley concedes a free kick for a foul on Joey Barton. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
Shot on goal by Sanchez Jose Enrique from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Leon Best sends in a cross, Anton Ferdinand manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton challenges Phillip Bardsley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Boudewijn Zenden replaces Nedum Onuoha. Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Shola Ameobi results in a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Joey Barton.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Leon Best has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Danny Simpson gets a block in. Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Steed Malbranque results in a free kick. Steve Harper restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Jonas Gutierrez from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
Unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Ahmed Elmohamady results in a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, Joey Barton manages to make a clearance.
Joey Barton produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steed Malbranque on Danny Guthrie. Joey Barton takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Asamoah Gyan. Steve Harper takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Asamoah Gyan crosses the ball.
Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball.
Kevin Nolan finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle.Joey Barton takes the outswinging corner, assist on the goal came from Shola Ameobi.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Anton Ferdinand. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick.
Darren Bent produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Joey Barton, save by Craig Gordon.
Jonas Gutierrez delivers the ball, clearance by Titus Bramble.
Shola Ameobi is caught offside. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The half-time whistle blows.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, Titus Bramble makes a clearance.
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Kevin Nolan gets a block in.
Steed Malbranque concedes a free kick for a foul on Shola Ameobi. Joey Barton shoots direct from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Steed Malbranque results in a free kick. Steve Harper takes the direct free kick.
Kieran Richardson is cautioned.
Darren Bent challenges Mike Williamson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Header from deep inside the area by Shola Ameobi goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mike Williamson by Darren Bent. Steve Harper takes the indirect free kick.
Joey Barton receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Danny Guthrie coming on for Alan Smith. Joey Barton is adjudged to have handled the ball. Anton Ferdinand takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Alan Smith. Direct free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
The ball is crossed by Jonas Gutierrez.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Best by Anton Ferdinand. Free kick taken by Mike Williamson.
The official flags Leon Best offside. Craig Gordon takes the indirect free kick.
Shola Ameobi produces a cross, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Centre by Nedum Onuoha.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, Steve Harper makes a save.
Shola Ameobi crosses the ball, clearance made by Titus Bramble.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.
The official flags Leon Best offside. Craig Gordon takes the free kick.
Jordan Henderson challenges Jonas Gutierrez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Henderson sends in a cross.
Ahmed Elmohamady fouled by Shola Ameobi, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jordan Henderson. Darren Bent takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan. Short corner worked by Jordan Henderson.
Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Steve Harper. Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line, Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Blocked by Kevin Nolan.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordan Henderson.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line played to the near post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Smith on Titus Bramble. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Shot from outside the area by Jonas Gutierrez misses to the left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton played to the near post, Jordan Henderson makes a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
Foul by Titus Bramble on Shola Ameobi, free kick awarded. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Steve Harper makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nedum Onuoha on Shola Ameobi. Free kick crossed right-footed by Joey Barton, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance.
Leon Best gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Titus Bramble. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Effort from inside the area by Shola Ameobi misses to the right of the target.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Harper.
The match gets underway.
Cattermole could make derby return
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is keeping his fingers crossed over skipper Lee Cattermole and striker Danny Welbeck ahead of Sunday's derby clash with Newcastle.
Cattermole was told he needed to rest a back injury for a month at the start of the new year, but Bruce has given him a 50-50 chance of making the game, while Welbeck, who was initially ruled out for three weeks with the hamstring problem he suffered at Aston Villa on January 5, is in a similar position.
Defender Nedum Onuoha should return from a hamstring injury and Bolo Zenden is available after suspension, but David Meyler is facing around 10 weeks on the sidelines after further damaging his cruciate ligament at Villa.
Michael Turner (knee) is out and John Mensah (ankle) is expected to be missing once again, while Fraizer Campbell (knee) continues his recovery.
Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has warned his team-mates not to get caught up in the derby atmosphere once again as they attempt to set the record straight against arch-rivals Newcastle.
The 28-year-old Scotland international was a stunned bystander as he watched the Magpies' 5-1 rout of their neighbours at St James' Park on October 31 from the bench following his return from injury.
Belgian Simon Mignolet was the man who had to pick the ball out of his net five times after Kevin Nolan plundered a hat-trick and Shola Ameobi maintained his impressive record against the Black Cats with a double.
Amid the soul-searching which engulfed Wearside in the wake of the club's worst derby defeat in more than 50 years, Bruce admitted that his team had been too young, too naive and had simply not turned up for what for the fans represents one of the two biggest games of the season.
Gordon said: "It's a time for calm heads. If the manager said that's what he thought the main problem was the last time, then I am sure he is spot-on with that.
"He has had a lot of time to reflect on it, as we all have, and we will be making sure that doesn't happen again.
"We have got a few players back from injury and suspension now and we are slowly starting to get our squad back together, although it is not at full-strength, as Newcastle won't be.
"It's a case of both squads being tested to the full, especially after the amount of fixtures we have had recently, and it will be a time for experienced players to go in there and play the game."
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll will not be included in the squad despite travelling to Dubai for a warm weather break in a bid to aid his recovery from a thigh injury.
He will be joined on the sidelines by midfielder Cheik Tiote, who begins a three-match ban, and that means the Magpies will be without arguably their best two players of this season to date at the Stadium of Light.
However, Jose Enrique (illness), Steven Taylor (hamstring), Jonas Gutierrez (leg) and Shola Ameobi (ankle) should all be available, and midfielder Dan Gosling has been included in the squad for the first time after his return from the long-term knee injury with which he arrived from Everton during the summer.
Manager Alan Pardew will target victory in his first Wear-Tyne derby despite being hampered by an injury crisis.
However, while he admits he cannot promise a repeat of October's 5-1 win at St James' Park, he is hoping the result is similar.
Pardew said: "The one thing you can guarantee is it is not going to be the same result in terms of the scoreline, but we hope for the same result in terms of a win.
"We can go there off the back of two wins in the Premier League confident, and that's what I hope to put on that pitch on Sunday, a team that is confident, that is assured of what they are doing and that can turn in a performance the fans will be proud of."
Gyan saves Sunderland
Record singing Asamoah Gyan got Sunderland out of jail with a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Newcastle.
Magpies skipper Kevin Nolan looked to have won the game with his audacious 52nd-minute strike.
But with the clock having ticked into the fourth minute of injury time, Gyan almost involuntarily nudged the ball over the line after keeper Steve Harper could only parry Phil Bardsley's shot to snatch a point his side barely deserved.
Newcastle left the Stadium of Light bemoaning the loss of two points which were firmly within their grasp for all but a few seconds of a tense encounter despite the absence of Andy Carroll, Cheik Tiote and Steven Taylor, three of the club's most impressive performers this season.
They dominated the game after Nolan's strike, his 10th of the season - the first time he has reached double figures in the Barclays Premier League - and headed off on the short trip back to Tyneside kicking themselves.
In the long run a return of four points from a possible six against their arch-rivals will be more than satisfactory, and a face-saving draw will do little to quell the disappointment for the bulk of a crowd of 47,864.
It was all too much for one home fan who was arrested on the pitch after making his way over to Harper and their were ugly scenes after the final whistle.
Having seen his players under-perform so drastically in the 5-1 drubbing at St James' Park in October, Sunderland boss Steve Bruce sent them out for the return under no illusions as to what was required of them.
Opposite number Alan Pardew was not at Newcastle the day the Magpies secured their biggest derby victory in 55 years, and his players needed no reminding of what lay ahead of them in the cauldron of the Stadium of Light as the locals gathered intent on retribution.
By the time referee Howard Webb's whistle sounded to mark the end of the opening 45 minutes, it was debatable which of the two managers was more pleased.
Pardew will have been happy enough with the scoreline, which remained at 0-0 despite keeper Harper being busier than counterpart Craig Gordon, although Bruce may have been relieved that the Magpies had been unable to convert a series of good chances which had come their way.
The visitors could have been ahead with just three minutes gone after Joey Barton carved open the home defence.
His floated ball over the top allowed Shola Ameobi to beat the Black Cats' offside trap and bear down on Gordon, but although his shot beat the Scotland international, it ran agonisingly wide of the post.
Sunderland responded and Darren Bent might have opened the scoring three minutes later after being played in by Steed Malbranque.
However, after cutting inside central defender Fabricio Coloccini, who otherwise enjoyed an impressive first half, the England striker saw his shot blocked by Harper's foot.
Newcastle threatened once again with 12 minutes gone when, after Barton's corner had been half-cleared, Coloccini fired towards the bottom corner and Kieran Richardson hacked off the line.
Harper had to get down smartly to keep out Malbranque's 18th-minute drive and Nolan's block accounted for Jordan Henderson's well-struck effort from distance in injury time, although Ameobi had earlier headed over from another Barton corner.
Bent had a glimpse of goal four minutes after the restart when he ran on to Bardsley's long ball, but with Harper advancing to meet him, he lifted his lob over the keeper but wide of the post.
The miss proved costly within three minutes when Ameobi got up above Anton Ferdinand to meet Barton's corner and head down for Nolan to back-heel audaciously past Gordon from point-blank range.
Sunderland were in some disarray as Newcastle dominated possession, although Harper was relived to see Richardson deflected Ahmed Elmohamady's driven 66th-minute cross wide.
The home side worked desperately to force their way back into the game but lacked any real guile or craft.
With Coloccini and central defensive partner Mike Williamson in imperious form against an impotent strike-force of Bent and Gyan, the minutes ticked away with little sign of an equaliser.
But four minutes into injury time Harper failed to hold Bardsley's shot and Gyan bundled the ball home from close range to spare his side's blushes.
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