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Unfair challenge on Zavon Hines by Steed Malbranque results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Julien Faubert, save by Craig Gordon.
Shot from just outside the area by Ahmed Elmohamady misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Victor Obinna.
(Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Boudewijn Zenden coming on for Asamoah Gyan.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Booking for Scott Parker. Scott Parker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Asamoah Gyan. Free kick taken by Steed Malbranque.
Ahmed Elmohamady decides to take a short corner.
Steed Malbranque decides to take the corner short.
Julien Faubert delivers the ball, clearance by Nedum Onuoha.
Carlton Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Anton Ferdinand. Craig Gordon restarts play with the free kick.
Ahmed Elmohamady is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Henderson.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line, Nedum Onuoha has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
Julien Faubert joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tal Ben-Haim.
The ball is swung over by Victor Obinna, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Scott Parker goes wide right of the goal.
Jordan Henderson takes the outswinging corner, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line, Robert Green makes a save.
Steed Malbranque produces a cross, James Tomkins manages to make a clearance.
Victor Obinna has an effort at goal from just inside the penalty box that bounces off the post.
Victor Obinna concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Welbeck. Jordan Henderson takes the direct free kick.
Victor Obinna takes the inswinging corner, Asamoah Gyan manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Scott Parker, clearance by Nedum Onuoha.
Steed Malbranque on for Darren Bent. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Foul by Matthew Upson on Asamoah Gyan, free kick awarded. Kieran Richardson crosses the ball in from the free kick, save made by Robert Green.
Centre by Victor Obinna, save made by Craig Gordon.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Mensah by Carlton Cole. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Kieran Richardson is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Robert Green.
Zavon Hines comes on in place of Luis Boa Morte. Frederic Piquionne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kieron Dyer. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieron Dyer by Anton Ferdinand. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Victor Obinna from right channel, clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
Asamoah Gyan sends in a cross.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Save made by Robert Green.
Foul by Kieran Richardson on Jonathan Spector, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by James Tomkins.
Nedum Onuoha sends in a cross, James Tomkins makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Kieran Richardson from 20 yards. Save made by Robert Green.
Effort on goal by Danny Welbeck from 18 yards. James Tomkins gets a block in.
A cross is delivered by Tal Ben-Haim, Anton Ferdinand makes a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Luis Boa Morte, clearance made by Anton Ferdinand.
Centre by Victor Obinna, save by Craig Gordon.
Carlton Cole produces a cross, Luis Boa Morte takes a shot. Blocked by John Mensah.
The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Asamoah Gyan goes over the bar.
Carlton Cole is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Nedum Onuoha sends in a cross, Matthew Upson manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Carlton Cole from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
Daniel Gabbidon delivers the ball, Craig Gordon makes a save.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Scott Parker goes wide left of the goal.
Corner taken by Victor Obinna from the right by-line to the near post, Darren Bent makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by Kieron Dyer from the right by-line.
Luis Boa Morte produces a cross, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Luis Boa Morte, clearance by Anton Ferdinand.
Jonathan Spector produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Nedum Onuoha concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlton Cole. Daniel Gabbidon takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson played to the near post.
Lee Cattermole has a drilled shot. Blocked by James Tomkins.
Danny Welbeck is caught offside. Robert Green takes the free kick.
Shot from 25 yards from Kieran Richardson. Danny Welbeck gets a block in.
Carlton Cole goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlton Cole on John Mensah. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Nedum Onuoha produces a cross, save made by Robert Green.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot.
Jordan Henderson gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 West Ham.Assist on the goal came from Asamoah Gyan.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Robert Green makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Kieran Richardson.
Carlton Cole is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
Victor Obinna has a shot and missed to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Jordan Henderson, save by Robert Green.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
John Mensah fouled by Carlton Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, Luis Boa Morte manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
Nedum Onuoha concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Shot on goal comes in from Victor Obinna from the free kick, save by Craig Gordon.
Kieran Richardson produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Drilled left-footed shot by Asamoah Gyan. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
Effort from 30 yards by Lee Cattermole. Robert Green makes a save.
Centre by Nedum Onuoha, Matthew Upson makes a clearance.
Booking for Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour. Luis Boa Morte fouled by Lee Cattermole, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Victor Obinna, Lee Cattermole makes a clearance.
Luis Boa Morte goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Luis Boa Morte concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole. Phillip Bardsley takes the direct free kick.
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Carlton Cole manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Robert Green makes a save.
The official flags Kieron Dyer offside. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by Matthew Upson.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
The referee calls an end to the first half.
The second half kicks off.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Bruce urges Ferdinand to prove his worth
Steve Bruce has urged Anton Ferdinand to follow the example of Danny Welbeck and seize his chance in a Sunderland shirt when the Black Cats host his former club West Ham on Sunday.
Welbeck is currently keeping record signing Asamoah Gyan out of the team after scoring four goals in his last three games, but it is defence that is giving the Sunderland boss a real headache.
First-choice centre-back pair Michael Turner and Titus Bramble suffered serious injuries within days of each other last month, and Bruce was angry at his side's defending as they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at struggling Wolves last weekend.
Nedum Onuoha and Paulo Da Silva are both options in central defence but it is Ferdinand and Ghanaian John Mensah who are in pole position.
Ferdinand cost #8million when he joined the Black Cats from West Ham in the summer of 2008 but he has figured only sporadically this season, and Bruce has challenged the 25-year-old to make the most of his opportunity.
"Here's his chance," said the Sunderland boss. "He's been here a couple of years and it's about time he grabbed it. That's the challenge to him.
"It's a bit like Danny Welbeck's done, coming into the team and giving me a huge, huge problem. I hope Anton can do that, too.
"John Mensah needs a run of games as well. We all know what a talented player he is but we need them to step up to the plate.
"I've still got Da Silva and the option of Onuoha, too. But they're the immediate ones, the challenge is there for Mensah and Ferdinand.
"We were disappointed last week because defensively we were all over the place and gave away bad goals, which hasn't been us. That was us last year.
"There's only Chelsea and Manchester United have kept more clean sheets and that was the reason for our success, we didn't give much away, we were hard to beat. It's cruel we've lost the two of them, I just hope we can overcome that."
Bruce will be able to call upon Mensah against the Hammers despite the defender being forced off eight minutes from time at Wolves last week after receiving a blow to his shoulder, having returned from a dislocation of the joint ahead of schedule at Molineux.
Fraizer Campbell remains on the sidelines but midfielder David Meyler is in contention for the first time this season after recovering from a serious knee injury.
Sunderland will be hoping to get back to winning ways at the Stadium of Light against the Premier League's bottom side, but the Black Cats will certainly not be taking the Hammers lightly after their 4-0 win over Manchester United in the Carling Cup this week.
Bruce said: "You look at West Ham's squad, they've got an England goalkeeper, an England centre-back, an England midfielder, an England centre-forward, so they've got good players.
"We can't think we'll just show up and get the three points. They've had a great week and that will have helped them enormously.
"We've only lost three games in 18 months at the Stadium of Light so I hope that continues."
West Ham captain Scott Parker will return for the encounter having been struggling with a chest infection which forced him to watch the Carling Cup triumph over United in midweek from the bench.
Avram Grant must decide whether to retain Parker's goalscoring replacement against United, Jonathan Spector, while cup-tied defender Lars Jacobsen returns.
And Grant has urged his side to build on their recent mini-revival when they travel to the north-east.
Cup victory aside, the Hammers won for just the second time in the Barclays Premier League this season when they beat relegation rivals Wigan 3-1 last weekend.
Grant believes those wins have given the players a more positive outlook, even if they still prop up the table.
But the former Chelsea boss does not want the momentum gained over the past week to be lost on Wearside.
"I think it's about time that we won games," Grant said on the Hammers' official website.
"We have always been on the edge of drawing or winning most of our games. In most of our games we were the better team, but you cannot take any points from being the better team, only if you score more goals."
He added: "The key world in sport is 'next' so the next game is the most important. We have a very tough game in Sunderland and we want to take a good result there.
"This is one of the most difficult games for every team to go to Sunderland. They are very good, especially at home, and have performed well."
Jordan slams Hammers to the bottom
Jordan Henderson's first goal of the season sent West Ham back to the foot of the Barclays Premier League table as Sunderland ended their recent revival.
The 20-year-old England international struck 11 minutes before the break to give his side an advantage they refused to surrender despite second half pressure from the visitors.
Victor Obinna came closest to snatching a point with a 79th-minute effort which hit the outside of the post, but the Black Cats were good value for a victory which left them in seventh place.
Manager Steve Bruce has spent much of the season to date pleading with his midfielders to help out strikers Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan on the goals front, and Henderson's contribution will have been as welcome to him as it was to the bulk of a crowd of 36,940 on a bitterly cold Wearside afternoon.
The Hammers arrived on Wearside still basking in the glory of their midweek Carling Cup demolition of Manchester United, but knowing the revival they launched in the league with last weekend's 3-1 win over Wigan was the overwhelming priority.
Avram Grant's men had climbed from the foot of the table without kicking a ball as a result of Wolves' defeat at Blackburn 24 hours earlier, and as the only side to have won at the Stadium of Light this season - a 2-1 Carling Cup success in September - they had high hopes of extending a run of six games which had brought just one defeat.
However, that home record has been jealously guarded by Bruce's men and, having lost just their third league game of the campaign at Wolves last Saturday, they were determined to improve it further.
The hosts started the game far brighter fashion, and their cause might have been helped had referee Martin Atkinson ruled that Luis Boa Morte's two-footed seventh-minute challenge on Kieran Richardson was worthy of a red rather than a yellow card.
Skipper Lee Cattermole forced the first save of the game from Robert Green with a long-range 15th-minute effort which skidded trickily off the turf in front of the keeper, although opposite number Craig Gordon had to get his positioning right to claim Obinna's free-kick seven minutes later.
But as the first half wore on, Sunderland started to threaten on a more regular basis and, after Darren Bent had warmed Green's hands with a dipping long-range shot, they forced their way ahead 11 minutes before the break.
Record signing Asamoah Gyan, back in the starting line-up in place of Bolo Zenden, found space down the right before squaring for Henderson to guide the ball deftly past Green.
Danny Welbeck clipped the bar with a curling shot two minutes later, but the Hammers might have got themselves back on to level terms with 44 minutes gone.
Midfielder Jonathan Spector, who scored twice against United, embarked upon a surging run which took him deep into the Sunderland penalty area, but he lost his balance as he shot under pressure from Anton Ferdinand and stabbed his effort just wide.
The Hammers returned in determined mood and might have wiped out Sunderland's lead within four minutes.
John Mensah slipped as Carlton Cole turned on Obinna's pass and drilled a left-foot shot across Gordon, but unfortunately for him, just wide of the far post.
The visitors were enjoying their most dominant period of the game, but despite Sunderland's carelessness in possession, were finding clear-cut chances at a premium.
Gyan spooned a 57th-minute effort high over the crossbar as he failed to make the most of Richardson's lay-off, but as Kieron Dyer started to make his presence felt, the impetus was very much with the Londoners.
Richardson forced a 64th-minute save from Green, who had to be at his best to turn away Gyan's stinging drive two minutes later, but the Hammers might have snatched a point with 11 minutes remaining.
Obinna picked up possession inside the box and blasted towards Gordon's bottom right-hand corner, only to see the ball clip the outside of the post and drop to safety.
However, Sunderland should have killed off the Hammers once and for all with five minutes remaining.
Substitute Steed Malbranque went into a 50-50 with Green and saw the ball come back off the keeper and fall to Welbeck, only for James Tomkins to get in a vital block as the fans behind the goal waited for the net to bulge.
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