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Luke Shaw produces a cross.
Clearance made by Calum Chambers.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki. Luke Shaw gets a block in.
Clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Centre by Steven Fletcher.
Fabio Borini has an effort at goal. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcos Alonso on James Ward-Prowse.
Foul by Rickie Lambert on John O'Shea, free kick awarded.
Maya Yoshida on for Dejan Lovren.
James Ward-Prowse on for Gaston Ramirez.
A cross is delivered by Craig Gardner.
Shot by Adam Johnson. Artur Boruc blocks the ball.
The referee blows for offside against Steven Fletcher.
Marcos Alonso takes the free kick.
Fabio Borini fouled by Gaston Ramirez, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is swung over by Rickie Lambert.
Centre by Adam Johnson.
Shot by Craig Gardner. Blocked by Rickie Lambert.
Craig Gardner has an effort at goal. Artur Boruc parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Adam Lallana goes off and Gaston Ramirez comes on.
Phil Bardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez.
Craig Gardner delivers the ball.
Steven Fletcher joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jozy Altidore.
Adam Johnson scores a right footed goal. Sunderland 2-2 Southampton.Assist by Craig Gardner.
Rickie Lambert delivers the ball.
Clearance by Jack Cork.
Jozy Altidore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Calum Chambers.
Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
Calum Chambers manages to make a clearance.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Jack Colback coming on for Sebastian Larsson.
Craig Gardner comes on in place of Lee Cattermole.
Shot by Jay Rodriguez missed to the right of the target.
Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.
Jozy Altidore manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Luke Shaw went wide right of the net.
Headed chance falls to Jose Fonte. Vito Mannone blocks the ball.
Marcos Alonso challenges Adam Lallana unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Jay Rodriguez takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Vito Mannone parries the ball but the danger is not over.
Vito Mannone restarts play with the free kick.
Morgan Schneiderlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Johnson.
Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
Shot by Calum Chambers. Vito Mannone makes a block.
Clearance by Jose Fonte.
Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Cork on Lee Cattermole.
Luke Shaw takes a shot. Vito Mannone catches the ball.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line.
Free kick crossed by Adam Johnson.
The second half begins.
Unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson by Dejan Lovren results in a free kick.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Calum Chambers delivers the ball.
Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Rickie Lambert. Vito Mannone parries the effort to safety.
A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson.
Rickie Lambert challenges Marcos Alonso unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis.
Steven Davis has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
Sebastian Larsson produces a cross.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Phil Bardsley, free kick awarded.
Adam Lallana has an effort at goal. Wes Brown gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Sung-Yeung Ki goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
The ball is sent over by Phil Bardsley.
Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.
Clearance by Luke Shaw.
Header at goal by Wes Brown to the left of the net.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson.
Sebastian Larsson takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
The ball is delivered by Marcos Alonso.
Fabio Borini slots the ball right footed into the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Southampton.Assist by Adam Johnson.
Corner taken by Steven Davis. Dejan Lovren scores with their right foot. Sunderland 0-2 Southampton.The assist for the goal came from Steven Davis.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Vito Mannone catches the ball.
Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Phil Bardsley.
Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Rickie Lambert.
Free kick taken by Wes Brown.
Morgan Schneiderlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki.
Jozy Altidore challenges Morgan Schneiderlin unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Rickie Lambert has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
Short corner taken by Adam Lallana.
Adam Johnson makes a clearance.
Wes Brown makes a clearance.
Jack Cork produces a cross.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Phil Bardsley gets a block in.
Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Bardsley.
Clearance made by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Shot by Jack Cork went over the bar.
Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Lee Cattermole goes into the referee's book.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Lee Cattermole.
Clearance by John O'Shea.
Jay Rodriguez grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Sunderland 0-1 Southampton.Assist on the goal came from Morgan Schneiderlin.
The ball is swung over by Jack Cork.
The match gets underway.
Poyet doing things his way
Gus Poyet insists there is no right or wrong way to turn around a struggling team as he continues his quest to drag Sunderland out of relegation trouble.
The 46-year-old Uruguayan has eased the Black Cats back from the brink of despair to within a single point of safety during his time on Wearside to date, and while there is much work still to be done, optimism is rising ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
It is all in stark contrast to the situation Poyet inherited from predecessor Paolo Di Canio in October last year, with defender Phil Bardsley this week admitting team spirit within the camp was "beyond dead" under the controversial Italian.
However, the current manager was in no mood for point-scoring as he assessed his contribution to date and what lies ahead.
Poyet said: "I was not here six months ago, so I can't comment on how it was six months ago.
"But I understand as a normal person that when a team is not winning, there is a mental side that you need to work on, and the way we are, the way we treat the players, I knew that sooner or later, the atmosphere would be different.
"It doesn't mean that you are going to win football games, but it's the way we are.
"Again, I am not comparing with anyone because there are so many styles of football, so many different ways of coaching and dealing with players, and no-one is more right than any other in saying that is the way to win games.
"I believe in my way."
Bardsley is in many ways emblematic of the recovery Poyet has engendered.
Discarded by Di Canio after being pictured at a casino and then posting an ill-advised tweet, he was restored to the fold by the newcomer and has not looked back since.
Poyet said: "I can only be thankful to Phil because he took his chance.
"It was a difficult decision for everybody - for me, but especially for him - and then it was up to him to take it, so all the credit needs to go to Phil.
"He has been on the pitch knowing that everybody was looking at him and saying, 'don't make another mistake, or we are going to be on top of you'. He has been excellent, one of the key parts of the team for what we have been doing."
Poyet's men go into the game with a relatively clean bill of health, but with striker Ji Dong-won having left the club for German side Augsburg.
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood has undergone shoulder surgery and will begin his rehabilitation next week, while defender Carlos Cuellar is around 10 days away
from a return after a long-term hip injury.
Mauricio Pochettino will focus on driving a nucleus of recent absentees back to full form and fitness while uncertainty surrounds Southampton's transfer policy and protocol.
Pochettino leads Southampton into action at Sunderland, a year on from taking the St Mary's helm.
Mentor and boss Nicola Cortese's resignation on Wednesday night could well see manager Pochettino leave Southampton in the summer. The former Espanyol boss has pledged himself to Saints until the end of the season, but offered no further assurances.
Owner and now interim non-executive chairman Katharina Liebherr has vowed to recruit a chief executive to replace the 45-year-old Cortese.
Meanwhile, Southampton's limbo leaves a host of top talents vulnerable to poaching from Premier League rivals.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea are circling defender Luke Shaw, with West Ham targeting England striker Rickie Lambert.
Pochettino is unsure who currently handles Saints' transfer business, but said he will focus his attention elsewhere.
"We've got to concentrate on the group of players we can bring back to fitness and assimilate back into the squad and the team," he said.
"Artur Boruc and Guly Do Prado are still coming back from injuries and we need to make sure Victor Wanyama can do the same quickly."
Full-back Calum Chambers should be available for the Sunderland trip after illness, with striker Dani Osvaldo still missing as he completes his three-match ban for violent conduct in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle in December.
Pochettino has been at pains to reassure his squad about the future, at least short-term, and is battling for calm ahead of the Wearside clash.
Press Association Sport understands there is still widespread unrest among the Southampton squad, with players keen for further answers from the ownership.
Pochettino will press for more information from Liebherr in the next fortnight, but said there is no opportunity before Saturday's lunchtime Sunderland fixture.
"It is only natural that everyone would be reacting to all this," he said.
"It is hard to predict what the effect on the players will be.
"It's clear that it may affect the players as they all have varying degrees of relationship with Nicola Cortese, and of course his leaving may affect us in some way.
"In those situations it's clear that maybe some minds will be focused on what happened on Wednesday, rather than on Sunderland on Saturday. But we have to be professional.
"We have to be fully focused on the game on Saturday and, as always, try to get a positive result."
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