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Jack Colback fouled by George Elokobi, the ref awards a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Jody Craddock concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct free kick taken by Stephane Sessegnon.
Craig Lynch takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie O'Hara.
Kevin Doyle produces a volleyed left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Louis Laing is brought on as a substitute for John Mensah.
Shot by Ryan Noble. Blocked by Jody Craddock. Short corner taken by Boudewijn Zenden. Boudewijn Zenden takes a shot. Save made by Wayne Hennessey.
Nedum Onuoha fouled by Matthew Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Phillip Bardsley on Matthew Jarvis. Free kick taken by Kevin Foley.
Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, Jamie O'Hara makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Mensah by Kevin Doyle. John Mensah takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Boudewijn Zenden.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Stephen Ward, free kick awarded. Centre by Jamie O'Hara, George Elokobi finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Sunderland 1-3 Wolverhampton.Jamie O'Hara provided the assist for the goal.
Craig Lynch replaces Jordan Henderson.
Kevin Doyle challenges John Mensah unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Stephen Hunt, Header from deep inside the penalty area by George Elokobi goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by Kevin Doyle, clearance by John Mensah.
John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Kevin Doyle joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Fletcher. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Ryan Noble is brought on as a substitute for Steed Malbranque.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Karl Henry on Nedum Onuoha. Free kick taken by Jack Colback.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, save made by Simon Mignolet.
Stephen Ward concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Colback. Boudewijn Zenden restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Jody Craddock manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Henderson on Stephen Hunt. George Elokobi takes the free kick.
Cristian Riveros fouled by Matthew Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Steven Fletcher.
The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Stephen Hunt produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Effort on goal by Jamie O'Hara from 20 yards. Phillip Bardsley gets a block in.
Steven Fletcher finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Sunderland 1-2 Wolverhampton.Matthew Jarvis provided the assist for the goal.
The official flags Ahmed Elmohamady offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
Effort from 20 yards by Steed Malbranque. Save by Wayne Hennessey. Boudewijn Zenden takes the inswinging corner, George Elokobi makes a clearance.
Matthew Jarvis produces a cross, save made by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is sent over by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance made by Kevin Foley.
Steven Fletcher gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Fletcher takes a shot. Save made by Simon Mignolet.
Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
Karl Henry delivers the ball, clearance by John Mensah.
Jack Colback delivers the ball, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
Ahmed Elmohamady delivers the ball, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Ahmed Elmohamady, clearance by Karl Henry.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, clearance made by Kevin Foley.
Michael Mancienne concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Direct free kick taken by Boudewijn Zenden.
The ball is swung over by George Elokobi, clearance made by John Mensah.
(Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Matthew Jarvis coming on for Adlene Guedioura.
Jack Colback has a drilled shot. Jamie O'Hara gets a block in.
Cristian Riveros fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jordan Henderson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adlene Guedioura on Boudewijn Zenden. Free kick taken by Phillip Bardsley.
The referee blows for offside against Stephen Hunt. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Stephen Ward, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance.
Short corner taken by Jordan Henderson. Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
Shot from 18 yards by Cristian Riveros. Blocked by Michael Mancienne.
Unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Stephen Hunt results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
Adlene Guedioura gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Boudewijn Zenden, Stephane Sessegnon scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 1-1 Wolverhampton.The assist for the goal came from Boudewijn Zenden.
Inswinging corner taken by Jordan Henderson from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Adlene Guedioura.
Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Fletcher. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
Jamie O'Hara has a drilled shot.
Boudewijn Zenden concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
Effort on goal by Cristian Riveros from 18 yards. Blocked by Michael Mancienne. Shot from just outside the area by Jordan Henderson goes over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley.
A cross is delivered by Jordan Henderson, Jody Craddock makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Boudewijn Zenden by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden takes the free kick.
Jody Craddock scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Wolverhampton.Assist by Stephen Hunt.
Effort from 20 yards by Jamie O'Hara. Blocked by Nedum Onuoha.
Outswinging corner taken by Stephen Hunt, Nedum Onuoha manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Foley delivers the ball, clearance made by Nedum Onuoha.
Jordan Henderson crosses the ball, Karl Henry manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Jamie O'Hara. Steven Fletcher is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Phillip Bardsley produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Stephane Sessegnon. Save by Wayne Hennessey.
Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara to the near post, save by Simon Mignolet.
The ball is sent over by Adlene Guedioura, clearance by Phillip Bardsley.
John Mensah concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Jamie O'Hara, clearance by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Karl Henry results in a free kick. Boudewijn Zenden crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, clearance made by Karl Henry.
Jordan Henderson produces a cross, clearance made by Michael Mancienne.
Jody Craddock concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephane Sessegnon. Boudewijn Zenden restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the area by Jack Colback goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Centre by Ahmed Elmohamady.
Steed Malbranque gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
Shot from outside the box by Boudewijn Zenden hits the post.
Steven Fletcher fouled by John Mensah, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from right channel, save made by Simon Mignolet.
The offside flag is raised against Stephen Ward. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
Unfair challenge on Ahmed Elmohamady by Michael Mancienne results in a free kick. Ahmed Elmohamady takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Hunt on Jordan Henderson. Free kick taken by John Mensah.
Injury woes plague Black Cats
Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be without an entire starting XI for the Barclays Premier League clash with Wolves.
With loan signing Sulley Muntari having returned to parent club Inter Milan and Anton Ferdinand joining the casualty list with a hamstring problem, Bruce will struggle to fill the substitutes' bench even if he uses all his youngsters.
Craig Gordon, Titus Bramble, Michael Turner, David Meyler, Fraizer Campbell are all out with knee injuries, while Kieran Richardson (fractured fibula), Lee Cattermole (back), Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck (both hamstring) remain on the sidelines.
Marcos Angeleri is consulting a specialist in Argentina over his knee problem.
Mick McCarthy expects Wolves' battle for Barclays Premier League survival to continue to the final game of the season.
Wolves could make themselves safe this weekend if they win at McCarthy's former club and other results involving Wigan, West Ham and Blackpool go in their favour.
But McCarthy believes that is an unlikely scenario and is gearing up for a last-day showdown against fellow strugglers Blackburn at Molineux on May 22.
McCarthy said: "Wouldn't it be great and it would be utopia if all the results go our way and we are safe after the weekend games. It would be wonderful but I don't believe in those fairy stories all the time that people tell me.
"Everyone has done their maths and worked out what it will take to make us safe. Someone said to me 'three away results, you at Sunderland, Bolton at Blackpool and West Ham at Wigan' and you are safe.
"I said 'is that all, three away wins for three of the bottom four teams, that is always likely to happen on a weekend!' But I thought all along it would go to the last game and I'm planning that it will go to the last game."
Kevin Doyle will return to the Wolves squad.
The Republic of Ireland striker has been sidelined for nearly two months with knee ligament damage suffered on international duty.
However, the form of Steven Fletcher and Stephen Ward means Doyle is likely to be on the substitutes' bench for McCarthy, who has no fresh injury concerns.
McCarthy ends drought as Wolves win
Mick McCarthy's wait for a Barclays Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light arrived just when he needed it most as Wolves banked three precious points at Sunderland.
The Irishman's 19 top-flight home games during his spell in charge on Wearside failed to yield a single win as his shoestring budget proved woefully inadequate.
However, his current employers took a huge stride towards booking their place in next season's Premier League with a 3-1 victory on top of their derby success against West Brom last weekend.
Second-half goals from Steven Fletcher - his sixth in eight games - and George Elokobi eased the visitors over the line after Stephane Sessegnon had cancelled out Black Cats old boy Jody Craddock's 23rd-minute opener.
The defeat was injury-plagued Sunderland's seventh of the season in the league on their own park in front of a largely disappointed crowd of 41,273.
Steve Bruce's men, who secured their own status with victory at Bolton last Saturday, were furious not to be awarded a 62nd-minute penalty for Stephen Hunt's challenge on Sessegnon with the score at 2-1, but they defended so poorly that even that might not have brought any reward.
McCarthy returned to Wearside knowing three points to go with the ones they collected last weekend would go a long way towards guaranteeing their top-flight status.
But it was another ex-Black Cat who made the breakthrough when Craddock, who scored just twice in 171 appearances for the Wearsiders, thumped home a 23rd-minute volley from Hunt's cross to give the visitors a dream start.
The goal came distinctly against the run of play with Bolo Zenden having earlier rattled the angle of bar and post with a powerfully-struck left-foot effort which left keeper Wayne Hennessey rooted to the spot.
Hennessey, however, was far more pro-active with 18 minutes gone when he dived to his right to palm away Sessegnon's drive.
The woodwork came to Sunderland's rescue 14 minutes later when Jamie O'Hara's dipping shot eluded keeper Simon Mignolet but not the crossbar, and Wolves' despair was to increase within two minutes.
Zenden's right-wing corner was allowed to bounce inside the six-yard box and the unmarked Sessegnon acrobatically volleyed home from five yards to level.
The half ended with Sunderland firmly in the ascendancy despite the selection problems which had robbed Bruce of an entire starting XI, but with the visitors still firmly in the hunt and believing they might have had a penalty for handball against John Mensah as he blocked Stephen Ward's cross.
McCarthy made a change at the break when he replaced midfielder Adlene Guedioura with Matt Jarvis, and the England international won an early corner which the home defence dealt with less than convincingly.
Fletcher passed up a glorious 49th-minute opportunity to restore his side's lead when he beat the offside trap to home in on Mignolet, but full-back Ahmed Elmohamady covered across well as he and Mignolet squeezed him out.
Hennessey had to be at his best to tip Steed Malbranque's deflected shot over the bar two minutes later, but the momentum was shifting and it did so dramatically with 54 minutes gone.
Jarvis skipped past full-back Bardsley on the right and dinked the ball to the far post, were Fletcher climbed high above Mensah to head home with Mignolet having horribly misjudged the flight.
The home side survived a dreadful misunderstanding between Mignolet and Mensah five minutes later, but they were convinced they should have been awarded a 62nd-minute penalty for Hunt's challenge on Sessegnon, although replays suggested referee Mike Jones had made the right decision.
Bruce introduced Ryan Noble in place of Malbranque with 20 minutes remaining, and he was soon followed by Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle, who replaced Fletcher on his return from a lay-off of almost two months with knee ligament damage.
The striker won a corner within two minutes of his arrival from which Elokobi headed just over with the home side once again less than effective in defence.
But the defender was more accurate 12 minutes from time when he met O'Hara's free-kick with a diving header to seal the win.
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