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Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque. Sulley Muntari restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Gary Caldwell on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded. Sulley Muntari takes the direct free kick.
Victor Moses is adjudged to have handled the ball. Sulley Muntari takes the direct free kick.
Franco Di Santo grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 4-2 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Victor Moses.
Franco Di Santo fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Franco Di Santo restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from just outside the area by Tom Cleverley goes over the target.
Unfair challenge on Steve Gohouri by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Lee Cattermole shown a yellow card. Shot comes in from Ben Watson from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
Franco Di Santo has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Franco Di Santo comes on in place of Charles N'Zogbia.
Effort from inside the area by Sulley Muntari misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Cattermole.
Unfair challenge on Ben Watson by Jordan Henderson results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Watson from left wing, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Victor Moses sends in a cross.
Jordan Henderson finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 4-1 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Stephane Sessegnon.
The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, Nedum Onuoha makes a clearance.
Emmerson Boyce goes off and Ronnie Stam comes on.
Tom Cleverley produces a cross, Hugo Rodallega produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ahmed Elmohamady on Charles N'Zogbia. Ben Watson restarts play with the free kick.
Antolin Alcaraz concedes a Penalty for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Antolin Alcaraz is given a yellow card. Penalty taken right-footed by Stephane Sessegnon and scored. Sunderland 3-1 Wigan.
The referee penalises Anton Ferdinand for handball. Strike on goal comes in from Charles N'Zogbia from the free kick, save by Simon Mignolet.
Victor Moses has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Victor Moses joins the action as a substitute, replacing James McCarthy.
A goal is scored by Jordan Henderson from inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 2-1 Wigan.Assist by Sulley Muntari.
Sulley Muntari on for Asamoah Gyan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Lee Cattermole. Ben Watson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Tom Cleverley by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
Steed Malbranque fouled by Charles N'Zogbia, the ref awards a free kick. Steed Malbranque takes the direct free kick.
Asamoah Gyan finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Sunderland 1-1 Wigan.Steed Malbranque provided the assist for the goal.
Asamoah Gyan fouled by Gary Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Jordan Henderson restarts play with the free kick.
Mohamed Diame fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
Anton Ferdinand fouled by Hugo Rodallega, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
Steed Malbranque produces a cross, Steve Gohouri manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Tom Cleverley. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jordan Henderson.
Anton Ferdinand produces a cross, Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
Corner from left by-line taken by Jordan Henderson.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson, Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
Asamoah Gyan takes a shot. Blocked by Antolin Alcaraz.
Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, save by Ali Al Habsi.
The ball is crossed by Jack Colback, save by Ali Al Habsi.
Lee Cattermole sends in a cross, Header by Asamoah Gyan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by James McCarthy results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Jordan Henderson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Ben Watson.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, clearance by Ben Watson.
Centre by Asamoah Gyan.
Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
The ball is crossed by Jordan Henderson, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Jordan Henderson takes the outswinging corner, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Steve Gohouri on Ahmed Elmohamady, free kick awarded. Michael Turner takes the direct free kick.
Ben Watson takes a short corner.
Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.
Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame. Ben Watson takes the free kick.
Steed Malbranque is brought on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck.
Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, Header from close range by Asamoah Gyan misses to the right of the goal.
Centre by Jack Colback, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Nedum Onuoha misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson to the near post, save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Ahmed Elmohamady crosses the ball, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Mohamed Diame by Ahmed Elmohamady results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mohamed Diame.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Mohamed Diame, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Centre by Mohamed Diame, Simon Mignolet makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the right by-line.
Anton Ferdinand is brought on as a substitute for Phillip Bardsley.
Hugo Rodallega fouled by Ahmed Elmohamady, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
Danny Welbeck takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
Colback ready for relegation scrap
Midfielder Jack Colback has told manager Steve Bruce to count him in for Sunderland's fight to stay in the Barclays Premier League.
The 21-year-old academy graduate was handed his first league start for the club at Birmingham last Saturday as injuries and a dismal run of results forced Bruce into yet another reshuffle.
Colback did not let his manager down with an assured display, although he could not prevent the Black Cats slipping to a 2-0 defeat, the club's eighth in nine games.
Bruce hopes to have senior men Kieran Richardson and Sulley Muntari back for the vital clash with Wigan, who gave their own hopes of avoiding the drop a significant boost with a 3-1 win at Blackpool last weekend.
However, whether they make it or not, Colback is ready to roll up his sleeves once again in the hunt for precious points.
Sunderland face the Latics and then Fulham at the Stadium of Light in their next two games, and while their own fans have grown increasingly restless in recent weeks, the midfielder knows that would change instantly with two positive results.
Colback, who was born and raised on Tyneside, but has spent his formative years in football on Wearside, said: "You feel the passion of the crowd every time you play, and it's great to be playing for your hometown club, so to speak.
"I have been here since I was 10, so it's as good as, so it's just great to play for them.
"It's just unfortunate the way it has been going at the minute.
"We need to try to turn it around, and with two home games coming up...
"The way the league has gone this year, it looks all doom and gloom now, but two wins and we could be back in the top 10 and everyone forgets about the past eight or nine games."
Bruce will make late checks on a trio of players.
Striker Danny Welbeck remains a doubt after picking up a hamstring strain at Birmingham last weekend, while Kieran Richardson and Sulley Muntari (both calf) are battling against the clock to be fit.
Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) is unlikely to make it with fellow defenders Titus Bramble (knee) and John Mensah (adductor tear) already ruled out.
Striker Fraizer Campbell and keeper Craig Gordon both underwent knee surgery earlier this week and will be missing until well into next season, and Trevor Carson has been recalled from his loan spell at Brentford to provide the back-up to Simon Mignolet, who will continue in goal despite a poor afternoon at St Andrews.
Meanwhile, Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes his side have hit form at the right time but is having to play down expectations this weekend.
Latics, widely written off as relegation certainties just a few weeks ago, have given themselves a great chance of avoiding the drop by collecting seven points from their last four games.
Last week's win at Blackpool lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time in three months and they now, unusually, find themselves as favourites for the trip to Sunderland.
The Black Cats were 15 points ahead of Wigan in January but that difference will be cut to just one if Martinez can engineer another win at the Stadium of Light.
The Spaniard said: "The return of points has been very pleasing and now we are just excited about the last five games.
"We are always confident in our own ability and I feel we are going to be confident in the next five games.
"But I don't think you can pick a right or wrong moment to play a side.
"We don't get carried away in terms of looking at form because we know on their day Sunderland can beat anyone.
"They haven't been getting a lot of good results but if you look at the squad they have got, it is a squad that showed in the first half of the season they could be fighting for Europe.
"The quality is there - you always get, for different reasons, into a bad moment of form but it is quite clear that on their day Sunderland are a very strong side.
"They have got huge experience and real talent, they have players who had a massive impact at the World Cup.
"That is the level they've got and we are going to have to be at our best at the Stadium of Light."
Defender Titus Bramble, who left the DW Stadium last summer, will not be featuring having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Wigan, aside from the suspended Maynor Figueroa, will be at full strength with no injuries to report.
Henderson fires Sunderland to win
Jordan Henderson answered his critics in spectacular style as he fired home a double in a 4-2 defeat of Wigan which eased Sunderland's relegation fears.
The 20-year-old England midfielder went into the game with a question mark hanging over him after a disappointing run of form.
However, he scored twice in the second half as the Black Cats came from behind to win for the first time in 10 Barclays Premier League games and plunge Wigan back into trouble.
Mohamed Diame had given the visitors hope of building upon last week's 3-1 win at Blackpool, which lifted them out of the relegation zone for the first time in three months, when he blasted them in front seven minutes after the break.
However, Asamoah Gyan levelled with a close-range header three minutes later and the Black Cats took complete control as they visibly grew in confidence despite losing Phil Bardsley, Danny Welbeck and, within nine minutes of his goal, Gyan through injury.
Henderson gave them a 66th-minute lead and after Stephane Sessegnon has scored his first goal for the club from the penalty spot seven minutes later, added a second to ease the home side home in front of a crowd of 39,650.
It was just what manager Steve Bruce, who claimed a first win over his former club, needed in the 500th league game of his managerial career, although it came at a cost with Welbeck and Gyan joining Fraizer Campbell on the injured list.
Bruce went into the game bemoaning the injury list he believes is the root cause of their recent slump.
By the time the 26th minute had elapsed, the casualty count had increased once again.
Full-back Bardsley was carried off the field on a stretcher having been given oxygen and taken straight to hospital after an early clash of heads with team-mate Nedum Onuoha.
Anton Ferdinand took his place as Bruce was forced to make an early substitution for the third successive home game.
But if there was no legislating for Bardsley's misfortune, Welbeck's departure was depressingly predictable with the striker having spent the last week battling a hamstring problem before being declared fit to start.
Welbeck has scuffed a second-minute shot straight at keeper Ali Al Habsi and Gyan headed wide from an Ahmed Elmohamady cross.
The best chance of the half went Wigan's way when, with 31 minutes gone, Ben Watson robbed Lee Cattermole deep inside the Sunderland half and the ball ran to striker Hugo Rodallega.
The Colombian thumped a rising shot towards goal, where keeper Simon Mignolet, who endured a difficult afternoon at Birmingham last weekend, made an important save.
Charles N'Zogbia, a long-time target for Bruce, saw a late drive blocked after he cut inside from the right.
Diame, who had scored in the corresponding fixture last season, put Wigan ahead.
The midfielder accepted N'Zogbia's pass and turned expertly past Michael Turner before smashing a 25-yard drive past Mignolet.
The lead last just three minutes as the Black Cats got themselves back into the game.
Henderson took a short free-kick but when the ball was eventually fed out to substitute Steed Malbranque on the right, he cut inside before crossing.
The Frenchman's ball was perfectly weighted for Gyan to rise and power home a close-range header.
But Gyan's joy was shortlived as he left the field on a stretcher within nine minutes having pulled up clutching his hamstring.
The resulting reshuffle saw Sessegnon pushed up front, but it was local boy Henderson who fired his side in front for the first time when he controlled substitute Sulley Muntari's cross on his chest before drilling a left-foot half-volley into the top corner.
Sessegnon got his big chance with 17 minutes remaining when he was barged to the ground by defender Antolin Alcaraz inside the penalty area and referee Lee Probert pointed to the spot.
The Benin international sent Al Habsi the wrong way to wrap up the win, although he was not finished for the afternoon.
Four minutes later, it was he who picked out Henderson in space inside the box and the youngster finished with aplomb once again.
Substitute Franco di Santo's last-minute strike provided little consolation.
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