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The final whistle is blown by the referee.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tuncay Sanli.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Jordan Henderson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
Kieran Richardson challenges Ricardo Fuller unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Abdoulaye Faye goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Abdoulaye Faye concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Kieran Richardson restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken short by Kieran Richardson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Richardson on Tuncay Sanli. Abdoulaye Faye takes the direct free kick.
Ricardo Fuller is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Ricardo Fuller on Phillip Bardsley, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Asamoah Gyan finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-0 Stoke.
Kieran Richardson has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide right of the target.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Robert Huth makes a save.
Ryan Shawcross is shown a red card. Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck. Strike comes in from Kieran Richardson from the free kick, Tuncay Sanli gets a block in.
Shot from outside the box by Boudewijn Zenden goes wide right of the target.
Effort from 30 yards by Asamoah Gyan. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Ryan Shawcross receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Ryan Shawcross. Phillip Bardsley restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Tuncay Sanli, Robert Huth takes a shot.
Dean Whitehead goes off and Rory Delap comes on. The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet. Boudewijn Zenden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ahmed Elmohamady.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tuncay Sanli on Lee Cattermole. Direct free kick taken by Michael Turner. The referee blows for offside against Asamoah Gyan. Indirect free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Cattermole.
Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Phillip Bardsley. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Marc Wilson, free kick awarded. Abdoulaye Faye restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Robert Huth on Danny Welbeck, free kick awarded. Asamoah Gyan produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Anton Ferdinand is brought on as a substitute for John Mensah. Ricardo Fuller produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner.
The ball is sent over by Phillip Bardsley, Danny Welbeck produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Dean Whitehead, Robert Huth challenges Simon Mignolet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick. Kieran Richardson on for Steed Malbranque.
Corner taken right-footed by Dean Whitehead, Unfair challenge on Simon Mignolet by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Robert Huth, Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.
Jonathan Walters goes off and Ricardo Fuller comes on.
Asamoah Gyan is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
Matthew Etherington challenges Michael Turner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Matthew Etherington has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Matthew Etherington has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by John Mensah.
Phillip Bardsley takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
The second half begins.
The half-time whistle blows.
Jonathan Walters is booked. Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Ryan Shawcross gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson.
Robert Huth receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Robert Huth concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Danny Collins. Header by Nedum Onuoha from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Danny Collins.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross. Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson.
Danny Collins takes a shot. John Mensah gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line to the near post, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
Foul by John Mensah on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Marc Wilson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Steed Malbranque concedes a free kick for a foul on Tuncay Sanli. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
A cross is delivered by Matthew Etherington, clearance by John Mensah. Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, clearance by John Mensah.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Shawcross concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Danny Welbeck.
Jonathan Walters gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan. Penalty taken by Steed Malbranque is saved by Asmir Begovic. Sunderland 1-0 Stoke.
Handball decision goes against Abdoulaye Faye. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Jonathan Walters. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Welbeck on Danny Collins. Direct free kick taken by Abdoulaye Faye.
Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Wilson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington from left channel, save by Simon Mignolet.
Centre by Steed Malbranque, Danny Collins manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Danny Welbeck by Dean Whitehead results in a free kick. Nedum Onuoha takes the direct free kick.
Phillip Bardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters. Ryan Shawcross takes the direct free kick.
Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Shawcross.
Asamoah Gyan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Stoke.Assist on the goal came from Nedum Onuoha. Nedum Onuoha takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.
Nedum Onuoha concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Direct free kick taken by Danny Collins.
Corner taken by Marc Wilson.
Tuncay Sanli has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The match begins.
Bruce gives green light to Gyan
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will unleash wild-card Asamoah Gyan on Stoke under orders to prove him right over his decision to sell Kenwyne Jones.
The Black Cats' #13million-plus record signing will make his first Barclays Premier League start against the Potters on the day Jones, who left Wearside for the Britannia Stadium in an #8million summer switch, returns.
Bruce decided the time had come to cash in on the Trinidad and Tobago international and invested the proceeds and a good deal more in Gyan following his superb World Cup campaign with Ghana.
The 24-year-old has had to remain patient since his arrival with his only start to date coming in the Carling Cup third round defeat by West Ham on September 21.
But in the wake of last Sunday's derby humiliation at Newcastle, Bruce has decided the time is now right to give him his head, and he is expecting fireworks.
He said: "He is something different. I am sure he will be a big hit in the Premier League.
"He is a little bit off the wall and he will do things that will frustrate you, but he's got that little bit of brilliance that can win you a match.
"We have invested a lot of money in the kid and I hope he can come in and give us the spark which the crowd will enjoy.
"It's a response to what happened last week. Our Achilles heel is we haven't scored enough, so I just think it is right, after what has happened this week, that we give the kid his chance and say, 'Here we go'.
"I think he can give everybody a spark and a lift."
Bruce will be without key defender Titus Bramble for the clash.
The 29-year-old is suspended following his sending-off in last weekend's 5-1 derby defeat at Newcastle, and his place is likely to be taken by Ghana international John Mensah.
A bout of flu is threatening to disrupt the manager's preparations, although he otherwise has no new problems with David Meyler (knee) having returned to action for the reserves in midweek and only Fraizer Campbell (also knee) on the long-term casualty list.
Meanwhile, Stoke manager Tony Pulis has a difficult decision to make over his goalkeeper for the match, but is more than happy to have the dilemma.
Regular first-choice Thomas Sorensen missed last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Everton with an elbow problem and stand-in Asmir Begovic did little wrong at Goodison Park.
Sorensen is fit to return so Pulis now has to choose between the two.
"He (Sorensen) wasn't fit for Saturday but I thought Asmir came in and did brilliantly, looking very assured," Pulis said.
"We have Thomas, who is an outstanding keeper who has done brilliantly for us, but we have a young pretender in Asmir.
"It is a case now of deciding what I do on Saturday. Do I leave Asmir in and let him get on with it because that then puts enormous pressure on Thomas to get back in the team?
"It is one of those situations as a manager you hope for."
Pulis is hopeful of having Ricardo Fuller on the bench after the striker missed the last three games with a dislocated shoulder, but midfielder Rory Delap (calf) is more of a doubt.
Gyan has Sunderland smiling again
Record-signing Asamoah Gyan paid off a sizeable chunk of his transfer fee with a match-winning double as Sunderland saw off 10-man Stoke 2-0.
The Ghana international struck after nine minutes and, after Steed Malbranque had missed a first-half penalty, added a second four minutes from time to help ease the pain of last weekend's 5-1 humiliation by Newcastle.
But in the meantime, Stoke were denied what they felt was a certain penalty for handball after Lee Cattermole smuggled Kenwyne Jones' header off the line and then had skipper Ryan Shawcross sent off for two bookable offences inside three minutes.
It was the visitors' fifth successive defeat in all competitions and fourth in the Barclays Premier League, and it proved the perfect tonic for their hosts after a difficult week.
The fall-out from last Sunday's derby drubbing at Newcastle has been uncomfortable and intense despite heartfelt apologies from Steve Bruce, chairman Niall Quinn and leading scorer Darren Bent, and the Black Cats ran out knowing the repair job had to start in earnest this afternoon.
Having kept his big-money summer signing in reserve for much of the time since his arrival, Bruce had revealed in advance that Gyan would start, although his hopes of playing him alongside Bent were dashed by the England international's unavailability.
However, it took the Ghanaian just nine minutes to make his mark when he was presented with a tap-in after keeper Asmir Begovic had parried Nedum Onuoha's initial effort.
The horror of their black day on Tyneside seemed to have been exorcised as Sunderland set about the task of rediscovering the form which had seen them put together a seven-game unbeaten league run before the debacle at St James' Park.
But where Newcastle had been clinical six days ago when presented with the chances which enabled them to establish a 3-0 half-time lead, the Black Cats were guilty of squandering a glorious opportunity to put themselves firmly in the driving seat.
Malbranque's intelligent pass put Gyan in on goal 17 minutes before the break and, in his attempts to get goal-side of the striker, Jon Walters hauled him to the ground.
Referee Martin Atkinson had little hesitation in pointing to the spot and with Bent absent, Malbranque stepped up to take the penalty.
He side-footed his shot low to Begovic's left, but the keeper guessed correctly and pulled off a vital save to keep the visitors in the game.
Shawcross made a good block to deny Malbranque with four minutes of the half remaining, and Bruce's men headed for the dressing room hoping Malbranque's miss did not come back to haunt them.
For their part, Stoke offered little as an attacking force with Sunderland old boy Jones seeing too little of the ball to do any damage, although keeper Simon Mignolet managed to block the Trinidad and Tobago international's 12th-minute toe-poke with his foot.
The visitors had made little use of their prowess from set-plays, but almost did so to good effect within three minutes of the restart.
Robert Huth's long throw was headed on by Walters at the near post and Matthew Etherington arrived on cue to smash a left-foot shot towards goal, were it was blocked bravely by Michael Turner.
Potters boss Tony Pulis made his move with 57 minutes gone when he withdrew Walters and replaced him with Ricardo Fuller, who joined Jones in attack and Tuncay Sanli slipped in behind them.
They went close with 61 minutes gone when keeper Mignolet failed to collect Etherington's left-wing corner and first Huth and then Tuncay attempted to pounce on the loose ball, only for Phil Bardsley to get there first.
Sunderland defender John Mensah, who had earlier twice gone down in apparent agony clutching his shoulder, was replaced by Anton Ferdinand with 23 minutes remaining as Bruce attempted to strengthen his rearguard for weathering an expected late onslaught.
But his side enjoyed a major escape with 19 minutes remaining when Jones' header from an Etherington corner looked to be creeping inside the far post until Cattermole bundled it away with more than a hint of handball.
The Black Cats skipper hacked another Jones header off the line from the resulting corner to deepen Stoke's woes with the pressure mounting.
Shawcross, who had earlier been booked for a dreadful challenge on Danny Welbeck, was cautioned again, perhaps harshly, for a trip on Gyan and was sent off eight minutes from time.
And the points were safe when Gyan fired handsomely into the bottom corner from substitute Kieran Richardson's left-wing cross.
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