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Booking for Gabriel Tamas for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley by Gabriel Tamas results in a free kick. Phillip Bardsley takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Danny Welbeck from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Gabriel Tamas coming on for Peter Odemwingie.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Asamoah Gyan fouled by Abdoulaye Meite, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is crossed by Steed Malbranque, Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Peter Odemwingie gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Steed Malbranque from the left by-line, Abdoulaye Meite manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Steed Malbranque from the left by-line, save by Scott Carson.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Marc-Antoine Fortune coming on for Simon Cox.
The ball is swung over by Steed Malbranque, Headed effort from inside the area by Asamoah Gyan misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Youssouf Mulumbu. Boudewijn Zenden restarts play with the free kick.
Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Phillip Bardsley. Boudewijn Zenden takes the direct free kick.
James Morrison comes on in place of Chris Brunt. Anton Ferdinand leaves the field to be replaced by Stephane Sessegnon. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Steven Reid. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden, Simon Cox manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Steed Malbranque, Abdoulaye Meite makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty area and misses left.
Simon Cox takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Jerome Thomas challenges Nedum Onuoha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nedum Onuoha takes the direct free kick.
Paul Scharner gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-3 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Peter Odemwingie.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Anton Ferdinand is shown a yellow card. Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Anton Ferdinand results in a free kick. A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save. Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line to the near post, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Steed Malbranque.
Foul by Nedum Onuoha on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt. Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Effort from just outside the area by Chris Brunt goes over the bar.
Nedum Onuoha takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Youssouf Mulumbu scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-2 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Peter Odemwingie.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Steven Reid. Phillip Bardsley crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Steed Malbranque gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.
Lee Cattermole goes into the book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid by Lee Cattermole. Abdoulaye Meite restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Welbeck concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdoulaye Meite. Chris Brunt crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Nedum Onuoha results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
Corner taken right-footed by Steed Malbranque from the left by-line, Effort on goal by Lee Cattermole from 25 yards. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
Lee Cattermole concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Kieran Richardson leaves the field to be replaced by Boudewijn Zenden.
Paul Scharner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole. Michael Turner takes the free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady fouled by Nicky Shorey, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nedum Onuoha.
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner.
Phillip Bardsley fires in a goal from a long way out to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-1 West Brom.Abdoulaye Meite concedes a free kick for a foul on Asamoah Gyan. Kieran Richardson provided the assist for the goal.
Peter Odemwingie fires in a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Jonas Olsson.
Foul by Asamoah Gyan on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson by Simon Cox. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steed Malbranque.
The referee shows Kieran Richardson a yellow card. The referee gives a free kick against Nicky Shorey for handball. Free kick taken by Kieran Richardson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Cox by Kieran Richardson. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey.
Ahmed Elmohamady gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, Effort on goal by Asamoah Gyan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Asamoah Gyan. Headed own goal by Nicky Shorey. Sunderland 1-0 West Brom.Asamoah Gyan provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is swung over by Phillip Bardsley.
Effort on goal by Simon Cox from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Effort from outside the box by Paul Scharner goes wide right of the target.
Bruce warns Sunderland about drop threat
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has warned his players they are firmly engaged in a battle for Barclays Premier League survival as they enter the final seven games of the season.
However, he remains confident that they can still achieve their aim of securing a first top-10 finish since the Peter Reid era.
The Black Cats head into Saturday's clash with West Brom scarcely able to believe they have slipped to the fringes of the relegation battle after amassing 37 points from their first 24 league fixtures.
However, a run of six defeats in their last seven games and a return of a solitary point has left them in 12th place and just six points clear of the drop zone.
Asked if he considers the club to be in a relegation fight, Bruce said: "Yes. We would be naive if we didn't think we are not in there now.
"But I don't want to talk about it, I would rather think if we win on Saturday, we could go seventh.
"That's how crazy it is, it's an unbelievable season in respect of that.
"We have not talked about it at all. It's the first time in seven months we have been outside the top 10, and we have had a particularly difficult run.
"We have now got seven games left and all to play for, and the run of games we have got, hopefully we are capable of winning two or three of those.
"If we win two or three of those, then we are still on course for what we are trying to achieve."
For so much of the campaign, Sunderland were considered genuine contenders for European qualification, something they have never before achieved via the league.
A more circumspect Bruce has only ever talked about ending the campaign in the top half of the table, although having just missed out on that in his first season at the helm, he insists the club's recent history means not reaching that target would not necessarily represent failure.
He said: "I wouldn't say failure. If you look, we have only been in the top 10 twice in 50 years, so I don't know if it would be a failure, but it has been the aim.
"That has been my job, to try to get us into the top 10. That has been my remit and we are still on course at the minute.
"But we are finding it very, very tough."
The Black Cats have found life particularly difficult in recent weeks as the fixture list pitched them into battle with the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City with injuries once again depriving the manager of key players.
Bruce lost two more bodies - striker Fraizer Campbell and defender Titus Bramble - on the eve of last weekend's 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City, and while the forward was hoping to be given the all-clear to resume training by his specialist this afternoon, the defender seems certain to be sidelined for several weeks.
Sunderland will, however, have skipper Lee Cattermole, defender Michael Turner and striker Danny Welbeck available for a run-in during which they will face five of the eight sides currently below them.
Welbeck is likely to start alongside Asamoah Gyan on Saturday as Bruce abandons the 4-5-1 system he has had little choice but to employ since the striker damaged a knee a week or so after Darren Bent's departure for Aston Villa.
West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson has admitted he may have to fight to hold on to star striker Peter Odemwingie during the summer.
The Nigerian forward has scored 10 goals so far this season, the second most of any player in a bottom-half Premier League team.
His performance during Albion's 2-1 win over Liverpool was particularly eye-catching, as although he failed to score, his pace and skill led him to be brought down for both penalties.
Hodgson paid tribute to Odemwingie, and was asked if he would have to brace himself for offers for the 29-year-old later in the year.
"Perhaps, but I'll worry about that when the time comes," he said.
"Whatever happens after the season finishes I'll concern myself with at that time.
"Peter's been an excellent signing for the club.
"I knew of him at Fulham, when I was working there he was on our scouting radar.
"We were interested in him, but didn't need a centre forward at the time."
Hodgson believes that no matter how many goals Odemwingie scores this season, he will be judged by how the team performs as a whole.
The manager continued: "He'll be pleased with his season so far, but I hope he's going to agree with me that the only way he can really be satisfied is if he does well for his club and his club stays in the league."
Scharner earns big win for Baggies
Paul Scharner dumped Sunderland deep into relegation trouble as West Brom gave their own Barclays Premier League survival hopes a massive boost with a 3-2 win.
The Austria international fired home a 72nd-minute winner at the Stadium of Light to leave his former boss at Wigan, Steve Bruce, in the thick of the fight against the drop.
Victory extended the Baggies' unbeaten run to seven games, six of them under new manager Roy Hodgson, and left Sunderland with just a single point from the past 24 they have contested in a disastrous run.
The home side took a 10th-minute lead through Nicky Shorey's own goal - their first strike in seven and a half hours of football - but the impressive Peter Odemwingie, who scored the only goal in the reverse fixture in August, levelled within 19 minutes.
Phil Bardsley's 31st-minute piledriver restored the Black Cats' advantage, but Youssouf Mulumbu finished off a fine 54th-minute move to set the stage for Scharner to snatch victory and a first league double over their hosts in 42 years.
The midfielder's strike sparked mass celebrations among the travelling fans, who had arrived in a fleet of 40 free coaches, but left the remainder of a crowd of 41,586 in a rebellious mood.
Both sides went into the game sitting precariously above the thick of the relegation zone and knowing a win would significantly ease their fears of being dragged into the mire.
But they did so in very different runs of form with Sunderland having taken just a single point from the previous 21, while the Baggies had managed a creditable 10 from 18.
In addition, the Black Cats had not scored in 440 minutes of football, and Bruce's response was to leave out England midfielder Jordan Henderson, Anton Ferdinand, Sulley Muntari and Stephane Sessegnon and restore Nedum Onuoha, Ahmed Elmohamady, Steed Malbranque and Kieran Richardson to the starting line-up.
That allowed him to push Danny Welbeck up front alongside Asamoah Gyan and abandon the 4-5-1 formation which had paid few dividends in the wake of Darren Bent's departure for Aston Villa.
It took Sunderland just 10 minutes to make their mark, although they did so with a helping hand from Shorey.
In his desperation to prevent Elmohamady from reaching Gyan's deflected cross, the full-back only succeeded in heading past goalkeeper Scott Carson off the underside of the crossbar to end the Wearsiders' goal-drought after seven and a half hours.
Bruce's men visibly grew in confidence as they shook off the trauma of last weekend's 5-0 drubbing at Manchester City, although their resurgence was dented within 19 minutes.
Defender Jonas Olsson did well to help on a ball into the box, and it fell perfectly for Odemwingie to fire past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, his second goal against the Black Cats this season.
However, where the reverse might have prompted a capitulation in recent weeks, it simply served to rejuvenate the home side, and they regained their lead within two minutes.
Richardson tapped a free-kick sideways to Bardsley, who smashed a rising 25-yard drive into the top corner with the help of a deflection off the defensive wall.
Presented with the task of having to work their way back into the game for a second time, the Baggies steeled themselves and went close on the stroke of half-time when Mignolet had to get down well to claim skipper Chris Brunt's curling free-kick.
Bruce, who had had to replace John Mensah with Ferdinand after just 12 minutes, sent on Bolo Zenden for Richardson at the break, and saw skipper Lee Cattermole's goal-bound half-volley blocked as it sped through a crowded penalty area two minutes after the restart.
Good work by Odemwingie allowed Brunt to shoot with 51 minutes gone, but a deflection made Mignolet's job easy.
However, the Belgian was not so fortunate three minutes later when, after Mulumbu had exchanged passes with Odemwingie, his shot clipped Michael Turner and crept inside the far post to make it 2-2.
By now, it was the visitors who were looking the more confident as they dominated possession to leave the home contingent among the crowd with an uneasy feeling.
That sense of unease would have increased markedly had Mignolet not pulled off a fine 69th-minute to keep out Olsson's powerful header after the defender met Brunt's inviting free-kick at point-blank range.
But the Black Cats' afternoon took a further turn for the worse 18 minutes from time when Odemwingie once again created space for himself before crossing for Scharner to blast into the bottom corner.
Sunderland launched a desperate onslaught as time ran down, but Welbeck's injury-time miss, which flew high over the bar, was as close as they came to snatching a precious point.
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