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  • Date:01 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:34,815
  • Bendtner (23)
    Elmohamady (25)
  • Morrison (3) Morrison (3)
    Long (4)
Goal!

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91:31 +1.31

The ball is sent over by John O'Shea, clearance by Jonas Olsson.

90:14 +0.14

David Meyler comes on in place of Craig Gardner.

87:04

Nicklas Bendtner challenges Paul Scharner unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick. Jerome Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Dorrans.

86:12

Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Graham Dorrans crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Michael Turner.

85:32

Unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Nicklas Bendtner results in a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.

85:14

A cross is delivered by Steven Reid, save by Simon Mignolet.

84:54

The ball is crossed by Nicky Shorey, Kieran Richardson manages to make a clearance.

84:01

Nicky Shorey produces a cross, Michael Turner makes a clearance.

81:58

Simon Mignolet fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

81:16

Ahmed Elmohamady leaves the field to be replaced by Dong-Won Ji.

80:34

Steven Reid delivers the ball, clearance by Michael Turner.

79:01

Jonas Olsson delivers the ball.

78:27

Centre by Jack Colback, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.

77:50

Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.

76:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Gareth McAuley. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

75:49

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Michael Turner results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

75:39

Centre by Craig Gardner, clearance made by Steven Reid.

75:02

Unfair challenge on Wes Brown by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

73:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Graham Dorrans on Craig Gardner. Kieran Richardson takes the direct free kick.

73:11

(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Paul Scharner coming on for Youssouf Mulumbu.

71:40

Effort on goal by Ahmed Elmohamady from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

70:40

Sebastian Larsson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Foul by Nicklas Bendtner on Jonas Olsson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

69:28

Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright. Jack Colback replaces Lee Cattermole.

68:29

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post.

66:48

The referee blows for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.

64:31

Steven Reid fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

63:19

Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Nicky Shorey.

58:33

Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.

56:47

Craig Gardner produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.

56:06

Sebastian Larsson produces a cross.

53:49

Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Richardson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing.

52:28

The referee blows for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.

50:50

Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Jonas Olsson results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left channel.

47:02

Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, Wes Brown has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.

46:26 +1.26

A cross is delivered by Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

45:46

Ahmed Elmohamady concedes a free kick for a foul on Nicky Shorey. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

45:23 +0.23

Youssouf Mulumbu challenges Lee Cattermole unfairly and gives away a free kick. Craig Gardner takes the free kick.

45:08 +0.08

A cross is delivered by Shane Long, clearance made by John O'Shea.

44:25

Craig Gardner has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

42:49

A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Chris Brunt.

41:11

Chris Brunt sends in a cross, John O'Shea manages to make a clearance.

38:45

The ball is swung over by Steven Reid, Wes Brown makes a clearance.

38:20

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

37:31

Headed effort from close range by Gareth McAuley goes wide left of the target.

35:32

Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.

33:45

Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line. Foul by Lee Cattermole on Steven Reid, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt. The referee cautions Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.

33:15

Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Stephane Sessegnon restarts play with the free kick.

31:30

The ball is delivered by Steven Reid.

29:47

The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, save by Ben Foster.

27:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicklas Bendtner by Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Sebastian Larsson.

25:42

The ball is crossed by Nicklas Bendtner, Ahmed Elmohamady finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 2-2 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Nicklas Bendtner.

25:15

Gareth McAuley challenges Stephane Sessegnon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.

20:03

Goal scored by Nicklas Bendtner from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Sebastian Larsson.

19:00

Sebastian Larsson is shown a yellow card for dissent.

16:35

Foul by Jonas Olsson on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.

15:42

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Graham Dorrans.

15:28

Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:50

James Morrison takes a shot.

13:07

Stephane Sessegnon produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

10:38

Sebastian Larsson sends in a cross.

8:23

James Morrison takes a shot. Kieran Richardson gets a block in. Graham Dorrans takes the inswinging corner, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.

7:17

Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Centre by Sebastian Larsson, save by Ben Foster.

6:31

John O'Shea sends in a cross, Steven Reid makes a clearance.

4:42

Shane Long gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 West Brom.

3:08

Foul by Wes Brown on Shane Long, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt takes the free kick. James Morrison finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 0-1 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Chris Brunt.

1:20

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Youssouf Mulumbu makes a clearance.

Match Preview

Bramble out of Baggies clash Sunderland defender Titus Bramble will miss the Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom. The 30-year-old defender is currently on police bail after being questioned over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a Class A drug. His club have suspended him as they conduct their own investigation into the matter, but boss Steve Bruce has expressed his anger over the fact that Bramble was out on the town at all barely 24 hours after his team's 2-1 defeat at Norwich. He said: "There's a police investigation going on into Titus and obviously I'm restricted in what I can say, but for me, the big disappointment is he shouldn't have been there in the first place. "With the rewards footballers get, they have a responsibility, a moral responsibility, and I don't think footballers should be in nightclubs on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, especially after you have just been beaten - and how badly he had performed against Norwich as well. "If it was me, I would be locking myself away for 24, 48 hours and burying my head." Midfielder Sebastian Larsson has been playing after having pain-killing injections in a broken toe and his condition will be assessed, while striker Connor Wickham (groin) is a doubt and Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) continue to work their way back to fitness. Roy Hodgson admits West Brom are playing catch-up after their poor start to the season but believes his current squad have the talent and depth to survive. The Baggies remain in the bottom three despite picking up four points from the last three games but have struggled to regain last season's momentum of 20 points from the final 12 matches. Hodgson said: "The first three games are the real bugbear for us because we got no points. "We are going to be playing catch-up for a considerable period of time. "It will take a while to get back into a position in the table we would be more comfortable with." Central defender Gabriel Thomas is available after completing a three-game suspension. But he faces a battle to regain his place following an impressive performance by summer signing Gareth McAuley in last weekend's goalless home draw with Fulham. Defender Craig Dawson is expected to recover from the illness which meant he was unable to train on Thursday, but midfielder Zoltan Gera and striker Marc-Antoine Fortune are still sidelined through injury.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Bruce

Sunderland

Formation: 442Manager: Roy Hodgson

West Brom

  • Simon Mignolet
  • John O'Shea
  • Wes Brown
  • Michael Turner
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Ahmed Elmohamady
  • Craig Gardner
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Stephane Sessegnon
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • SUBS
  • Keiren Westwood
  • Jack Colback
  • Dong-Won Ji
  • David Meyler
  • James McClean
  • Jordan Cook
  • Louis Laing

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Match Report

Elmo boost for Black Cats Ahmed Elmohamady's first goal for Sunderland spared manager Steve Bruce a mauling as the Black Cats pulled off a timely rescue job to earn a 2-2 draw with West Brom at the end of a difficult week. The 50-year-old was firmly in the firing line after his side conceded twice within a catastrophic opening five minutes as James Morrison and then Shane Long got West Brom off to a dream start. But as a chorus of "Bruce out" rang around the Stadium of Light, his players responded to drag themselves back from the brink of disaster. Nicklas Bendtner gave them hope with a 24th-minute strike, his first for the club, and Elmohamady followed suit within two minutes in a chaotic first half. A rejuvenated Sunderland enjoyed the better of the game from that point on, but were unable to make the pressure tell and had to make do with a point on a day when three were perhaps what was required. Both sides have now won just one of their seven Barclays Premier League games to date this season, and while there was a certain degree of relief among the home sections of a crowd of 34,815, there was a realisation too that things must improve markedly if they are to achieve their ambitions. Bruce went into the game having endured the kind of week which is the stuff of nightmares for a football manager. A poor display at Norwich on Monday night ended in a 2-1 defeat which piled the pressure back on the former Manchester United defender, and the fall-out from defender Titus Bramble's arrest over allegations of sexual assault and possession of a class A drug barely 24 hours later did little to ease his pain. By 3.05pm, he could have been forgiven for started to contemplate the fate his most vociferous critics have been demanding for several weeks. A must-win game in the eyes of many could hardly have started in any more depressing fashion for Bruce when Morrison, one of the smallest men on the pitch, was allow to meet Chris Brunt's fourth-minute free-kick unchallenged to head home from close range. However, it was to get much, much worse for Sunderland within seconds. Craig Gardner's efforts to spark his side into life backfired spectacularly when he launched himself into a midfield challenge with Youssouf Mulumbu and saw the ball ricochet into the path of striker Long. The Republic of Ireland international took full advantage of a flat-footed home defence to slide the ball past Simon Mignolet to send a chorus of boos echoing around the Stadium of Light. But as the dark clouds gathered on Wearside, Bruce's players belatedly summoned up the will to fight their way out of the mire. As Gardner and skipper Lee Cattermole finally managed to make an impression in the middle of the field, the lively Stephane Sessegnon was able to make his presence felt and start to link with lone striker Bendtner. They grabbed themselves a lifeline with 24 minutes gone when Sebastian Larsson back-heeled Sessegnon's pass into Bendtner's path and the Dane fired past keeper Ben Foster with the help of a deflection off Gareth McAuley. The on-loan Arsenal striker turned provider two minutes later when he crossed for Elmohamady to head home an equaliser which blew the game wide-open once again. Having dragged themselves back into the contest, Sunderland had the impetus and went close to taking the lead in injury time when Foster had to beat away Gardner's shot on the turn. But they continued to look fragile at the back with Wes Brown and Michael Turner struggling to keep Long and Peter Odemwingie at bay, and with Morrison and Brunt probing from midfield, the danger was far from over. That said, the Black Cats should really have been in front within three minutes of the restart when Larsson floated a free-kick over Jonas Olsson's head to find Brown at the far post. The former Manchester United defender seemed surprised to see Larsson's cross reach him and having reacted late, headed it down into the turf and harmlessly over the bar. Elmohamady too might have done better with 59 minutes gone with Sessegnon once again the architect. The Benin international cut inside from the left and rolled the ball into the Egyptian's path into the box, but Foster's positioning was perfect to make a vital block. West Brom were retreating ever deeper into their own half as Sunderland assumed control with Sessegnon terrorising the visitors' back four, although at times over-elaborating. But with the home side running out of steam, it was the visitors who finished the stronger, although without ever really threatening to snatch victory.

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