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  • Date:26 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Stadium of Light
  • Attendance:37,883
  • Larsson (7)
  • Gomez - pen (43)
    Di Santo (90)

Live Commentary

93:41 +3.41

Shot on goal by Dong-Won Ji from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

92:04 +2.04

Franco Di Santo finds the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-2 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from James McArthur.

91:04 +1.04

Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Mohamed Diame results in a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.


David Vaughan concedes a free kick for a foul on Franco Di Santo. Steve Gohouri restarts play with the free kick.


Maynor Figueroa concedes a free kick for a foul on David Vaughan. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.


The referee blows for offside. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.


Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamed Diame on Sebastian Larsson. Mohamed Diame shown a yellow card. Franco Di Santo joins the action as a substitute, replacing Conor Sammon. Dong-Won Ji is brought on as a substitute for John O'Shea. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.


Foul by Victor Moses on John O'Shea, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John O'Shea.


Close range headed effort by Kieran Richardson misses to the right of the target.


Victor Moses gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sebastian Larsson. John O'Shea takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ronnie Stam by Jack Colback. Jack Colback is booked. (Wigan) makes a substitution, with James McArthur coming on for Ronnie Stam. Jordi Gomez crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Effort from the edge of the box by Kieran Richardson goes wide of the right-hand upright.


Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Michael Turner results in a free kick. The referee cautions Michael Turner for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Mohamed Diame from the free kick.


Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by David Jones.


Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Gary Caldwell.


The official flags Conor Sammon offside. Phillip Bardsley leaves the field to be replaced by David Vaughan. Craig Gardner on for Lee Cattermole. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Sebastian Larsson. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick.


Short corner taken by David Jones from the right by-line, Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses by John O'Shea. The referee books John O'Shea for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by David Jones.


Nicklas Bendtner challenges Maynor Figueroa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.


Ronnie Stam has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.


Nicklas Bendtner has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.


Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Keiren Westwood makes a save.


Jack Colback takes a shot. Ronnie Stam gets a block in.


The ball is sent over by Ali Al Habsi.


Nicklas Bendtner has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.


Stephane Sessegnon challenges James McCarthy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.


Sebastian Larsson gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Victor Moses. Placed penalty scored by Jordi Gomez. Sunderland 1-1 Wigan.The assist for the goal came from Victor Moses.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Kieran Richardson. Free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.


Shot on goal by Phillip Bardsley from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.


Jordi Gomez fouled by Stephane Sessegnon, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ronnie Stam.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line to the near post.


Stephane Sessegnon fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball, John O'Shea takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.


Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Gary Caldwell gets a block in.


Unfair challenge on Maynor Figueroa by Jack Colback results in a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.


Ronnie Stam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Sebastian Larsson, save made by Ali Al Habsi.


Shot by David Jones from outside the box goes high over the target.


Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Wes Brown takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Jack Colback fouled by Mohamed Diame, the ref awards a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.


Jack Colback fouled by James McCarthy, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jack Colback.


Victor Moses challenges John O'Shea unfairly and gives away a free kick. John O'Shea restarts play with the free kick.


Sebastian Larsson scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Sunderland 1-0 Wigan.Assist on the goal came from Kieran Richardson.


Kieran Richardson takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.


Stephane Sessegnon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordi Gomez. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.


Jordi Gomez takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordi Gomez on Phillip Bardsley. Direct free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.


Corner taken left-footed by David Jones, save made by Keiren Westwood.


Victor Moses takes a shot. Clearance made by Wes Brown.


Foul by Lee Cattermole on Jordi Gomez, free kick awarded. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Bruce wants Bendtner to be more selfish Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has ordered striker Nicklas Bendtner to develop a selfish streak to fire the club out of relegation trouble, starting with Saturday's visit of rock-bottom Wigan. The 23-year-old Denmark international has enjoyed an impressive opening to his season-long loan spell at the Stadium of Light from Arsenal, but has managed just two goals in eight starts to date. Bendtner this week refused to rule out a permanent move to Wearside, but Bruce, while delighted with his contribution so far, is keen to see the striker start thinking more about himself than the team. He said: "He's such a good footballer. His link-up play is excellent and he drifts into wide areas terrifically well. He is very comfortable. "But he needs to be a bit more selfish and go and play for himself. "Goalscorers are usually selfish. They are not bothered, they just want to score a goal and that's all they are interested in. "Strikers are judged by goals. You can be a good player, a very good player, but you are judged by goals, so we have got to try to change Nick's mentality slightly to get him into that and score more goals. "Nick has got to try to get that mentality if he can. "He is very, very capable - he has got five in five for his country - so we need him to go and score a few for us if he can." Bruce's desperation is understandable with the Black Cats having scored just 14 Barclays Premier League goals to date this season, a return which has helped leave them in 15th place ahead of the clash against the Latics. They sit just two points clear of the drop zone and alarmingly, have won only two of their last 14 league games on Wearside with the Latics one of their victims in April. However, Bruce laughed off suggestions that the meeting with his former club could represent a pivotal point in his reign. He said: "Listen, it's a big game, it's a big game, but I have played in big games, I have managed big games. "If we win it, we go into the top 10, probably, and what's all the fuss about? If we lose it - I don't contemplate that. I know we are capable of winning it, but it won't be easy. "We must have a bit of patience, a bit of bottle and a bit of guile and win the match. It's as simple as that. "I am not even going to contemplate that we are relegation contenders. In my opinion, we have never been close to it for the past two years. "We finished 13th in our first year and 10th last year. I am always looking up." Midfielder Sebastian Larsson returns to the squad following a suspension. Defender Titus Bramble continues to work on his fitness after shaking off a knee problem following his return from a club ban and striker Fraizer Campbell (knee ligaments) is on course to play a game of some form within the next fortnight. Connor Wickham (also knee ligaments) could start running next week but keepers Simon Mignolet (fractured nose and eye socket) and Craig Gordon (knee) remain on the sidelines. Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is happy for chairman Dave Whelan to pass control of the club on to his grandson if the 75-year-old feels it is the right thing to do. Whelan, who bought the Latics in 1995, said earlier this week he was considering letting his 21-year-old grandson David take over the reins at the DW Stadium. Martinez is confident any decision Whelan makes will be in Wigan's best interests. Martinez said: "What I can guarantee you is that Wigan Athletic is in his heart and whatever he will decide or do, it will be for the good of the football club. "I've got no doubts or any worries that we can rely on our chairman. Whatever he decides will be the best for our future." Midfielder James McCarthy has suffered a groin problem and will be assessed ahead of the match, along with striker Franco Di Santo, who missed the 3-3 draw with Blackburn last weekend after suffering a minor tear in his quad. Fellow frontman Hugo Rodallega only featured as a substitute against Rovers having had a virus and could return to the starting line-up, while defender Antolin Alcaraz is unavailable again as he will be serving the second game of his three-match ban for spitting at Wolves' Richard Stearman during the defeat at Molineux on November 6.

Formation:442Manager: Steve Bruce


Formation: 442Manager: Roberto Martinez


  • Keiren Westwood
  • John O'Shea
  • Phillip Bardsley
  • Michael Turner
  • Wes Brown
  • Lee Cattermole
  • Sebastian Larsson
  • Jack Colback
  • Stephane Sessegnon
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Nicklas Bendtner
  • SUBS
  • Trevor Carson
  • Craig Gardner
  • David Vaughan
  • Dong-Won Ji
  • David Meyler
  • James McClean
  • Ahmed Elmohamady



Match Report

Latics pile pressure on Bruce Substitute Franco di Santo piled the pressure on embattled Sunderland boss Steve Bruce as bottom-of-the-table Wigan snatched a precious 2-1 victory at the Stadium of Light. The striker claimed the points in the third minute of injury time after James McArthur had caught Wes Brown in possession to complete a miserable afternoon for the Black Cats. Sebastian Larsson had put the home side ahead with just eight minutes gone, and Bruce's men would have been out of sight had it not been for Latics keeper Ali Al-Habsi. However, Jordi Gomez's 44th-minute penalty gave Wigan hope, and a much-improved second-half display saw them clinch the win in a dramatic conclusion. Sunderland have now won just two of the 15 league games they have played on Wearside since New Year's Day, and Bruce was left in little doubt as to the feelings of the supporters both before and after the final whistle. Bruce had targeted a return of seven points from a run of four games which started with last week's home clash with Fulham and will continue with a trip to Wolves and Blackburn's visit to the north-east. A single point from the first six on offer represents significantly less that he was expecting, and that is simply not acceptable for those fans who believe the manager is living on borrowed time. For Wigan, a priceless victory to go with last week's draw with Blackburn after a run of eight defeats provided a welcome boost. Former Latics boss Bruce went into the game with club chairman Ellis Short having delivered an endorsement of sorts by insisting in his programme notes that there was no need for panic. For 43 minutes, the home supporters among a crowd of 37,883 must have been reassured that the Texan businessman's confidence was well-founded. The Black Cats were utterly dominant as Wigan showed exactly why they are languishing at the foot of the table, creating nothing of note going forward and struggling to stem the tide at the back. Had it not been for keeper Al-Habsi, they might have gone in at the break already beaten as Sunderland created chances at will. Yet it was the Oman international's error which handed the home side an eighth-minute lead. Nicklas Bendtner had been ordered by Bruce to be more selfish in front of goal, and his swerving right-foot shot proved too hot for Al-Habsi to handle. The keeper spilled the ball and although he managed to block Kieran Richardson's follow-up, the ball ran to Larsson and he thumped it home left-footed to get the Black Cats off to the perfect start. Thereafter, Wigan were indebted to their goalkeeper as Bruce's side threatened to kill the game off in double-quick time. He produced a fine save low to his left to keep out Richardson's near-post drive and then blocked Brown's header on the line from the resulting corner. Al-Habsi distinguished himself once again with 23 minutes gone to palm away Larsson's free-kick and then recover to claim Phil Bardsley's follow-up. He then rescued his defence 12 minutes before the break when John O'Shea was allowed to get his head to another Larsson free-kick. Wigan belatedly worked their way into the game, although Conor Sammon and Ronnie Stam were unable to take advantage of half-chances. However, they were back on level terms by the time the whistle sound, although the equaliser arrived in controversial circumstances. Not for the first time, Victor Moses forced his way into the penalty area from the left-hand side and went down under Larsson's challenge. The Swede protested his innocence, but to little effect as referee Kevin Friend pointed to the spot with television replays proving inconclusive. Gomez, however, took full advantage, sending Keiren Westwood the wrong way to hand his side a share of the spoils they scarcely deserved. Stephane Sessegnon returned in determined mood and carved his way through the Wigan defence within seconds, although he could not pick out any of the three team-mates who had kept pace with him. Bendtner screwed a 48th-minute shot wide in a lively start to the half which kept Mr Friend fully occupied. He turned down penalty appeals from both sides in quick succession as first Jack Colback blasted a shot into James McCarthy's arm from point-blank range and Sammon went to ground after going shoulder-to-shoulder with Brown. Gary Caldwell headed a 68th-minute Larsson free-kick just over his own crossbar, but the visitors were more than making a game of it as time ran down. But the winner eventually arrived at the other end when, after McArthur had embarrassed Brown, he squared for Di Santo to apply the decisive touch.

Form Guide

  • Sunderland
  • VS
  • Wigan

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 4 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 23/04/2011
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 11/09/2010
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 1
  • Wigan
  • 06/02/2010
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 28/11/2009
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 2
  • Wigan
  • 14/03/2009
  • Wigan
  • 1 - 1
  • Sunderland
  • 13/09/2008

Top Scorers


  • S Larsson 3
  • S Sessegnon 2
  • N Bendtner 2
  • T Bramble 1
  • K Richardson 1
  • C Gardner 1
  • C Wickham 1
  • A Elmohamady 1
  • D Ji 1


  • F Di Santo 3
  • M Diame 2
  • G Caldwell 1
  • AD Crusat 1
  • B Watson 1
  • J Gomez 1



    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 14
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 23
    • Goals per game 10
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins