Sunderland v Wolves Live!

27 September 2009 03:26
// A bit of a hack but it works// The article snippet is wrapped onto a second line, even when #article-sub is emptyif( $("div#article-sub").children().length == 0 ) {$("div#article-sub").remove();} 90 The final whistle sounds at the end of a topsy-turvy Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland claiming a dramatic 5-2 victory over Wolves to move up to eighth in the table. The scoreline is perhaps an unfair reflection on how well the visitors played and having battled back from 2-0 down early in the second half it looked as though they might even push on for the win themselves. But Steve Bruce's Black Cats responded resoundingly to that nightmare five-minute spell with further strikes from Jones and Turner putting them back in command before Mancienne's own goal finished it off.

90 The final few seconds are being played out now as Sunderland await the final whistle and another three points.

90 Bent's work for the afternoon is done and he's now replaced, to a standing ovation, by George McCartney.

90 OWN GOAL MANCIENNE - It's all over now as Bent rounds off a fine free-flowing move to score Sunderland's fifth goal of the match in stoppage time - although it goes down as an own goal though because his shot from inside the box deflected off Mancienne.

90 There will be a minimum of five minutes added time to play - is that enough for Wolves to score two?

89 This time Sunderland opt to keep the ball in the corner and run down the clock towards the 90 minutes.

88 Finally the cross is curled into the box and although Wolves initially clear, the Black Cats regain possession and end up winning another corner on the right.

87 Sunderland are in no hurry to take a corner and the game is further delayed when Jones and Elokobi exchange words. The referee needs to ensure it doesn't bubble over into something more serious.

86 Time is now fast running out on Wolves - they really need to repeat their exploits of earlier in the half when they scored two in five minutes.

85 The more Wolves come forward, the more opportunity Sunderland have on the counter attack. This time Malbranque charges into space only to play a bad pass, much to the dismay of the home fans.

84 Sunderland break down the right against the run of play and then the ball is cut back, Henderson's tame shot rolls into the hands of Hennessey.

83 Sunderland are defending as if they only have a one-goal lead, but that's credit to the way Wolves are pushing them hard right now.

82 Kightly drills a shot at goal from the right side of the area but Anton Ferdinand is there to make a crucial block.

81 Jarvis attacks down the left wing and his hanging cross is met by Ebanks-Blake but the striker's header is not powerful enough to trouble Gordon.

80 Wolves are throwing everyone forward right now and this time Edwards goes for goal from outside the area - but he too sees his shot go over.

79 Jarvis tries his luck from range but the ball sails over the bar, much to Sunderland's relief.

78 If you're a Wolves fan, don't give up. The visitors are coming forward in waves and they'll no doubt believe they can get two more goals.

77 Wolves make a double change - Doyle and Keogh coming off to be replaced by Stefan Maierhofer and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.

76 Jarvis delivers the ball into the box and Halford's firm header is cleared off the line by Richardson! What a game this is. Wolves just won't give up.

76 Doyle races forward into the box looking to pull one back but in the end his cross is put behind for a corner.

75 Paulo Da Silva leaves the field to a warm round of applause to be replaced by Anton Ferdinand.

74 Wolves must now climb another mountain! Have they got enough time to do it though?

73 GOAL TURNER - From Reid's resulting corner Turner rises the highest to plant a superb header into the net and restore Sunderland's two-goal lead.

72 The Black Cats come inches closer to another goal when Bent's shot deflects off Jones inside the area only for Hennessey to make a fine reflex save, pushing the ball behind for a corner.

71 You just can't predict anything in this game - now it's Sunderland on the rampage but you wouldn't bet against an equaliser from nowhere.

70 GOAL JONES - Sunderland are back in front as Jones dribbles forward before drilling a low shot from outside the area into the corner of the net.

68 Richardson has the ball in space just outside the area on the left wing. With plenty of bodies in the box he opts to smash a powerful shot across the face of goal but it's blocked and comes straight back to him. His second attempt is gentle but Hennessey then claims.

67 Doyle does brilliantly well to keep the ball in play down the left and scampers away before whipping in a cross which is headed away to safety.

66 Sunderland fans ironically cheer the referee for awarding them a free kick in midfield. Have they not forgotten he gave them two penalties?!

65 Jarvis' in-swinging delivery is a good one but Doyle can't connect with a header and Sunderland survive falling 3-2 behind.

64 Wolves still appear to be the most likely side to score the next goal and they now have another chance with a corner on the left.

63 The pace of the game has slowed down since that mad opening 10 minutes to the second half in which Wolves went 2-0 down before bringing it back to 2-2.

Michael Carter has emailed in and says: "I'm glued to my lap top in rainy Abuja (Nigeria). Sunderland fan forever. Really appreciate commentary. Was behind the goal at Wembley in '73."

62 Sunderland get forward and win a corner down the left but Hull repel the danger with Jarvis hacking the ball away.

61 Although there hasn't exactly been vintage football on show, it has been a thrilling match so far and you sense there is a winning goal still to come.

60 Wolves' fans are making all the noise now as they urge their side on for the victory. Doyle attacks down the right but his cross is claimed by Gordon.

59 Wolves are unable to make the most of this opportunity and Sunderland defend the threat well.

58 The ball is delivered into the box but Wolves manage to get it clear and moments later they win a free kick of their own down the left.

57 Halford is shown the yellow card after a foul on Reid down Sunderland's left wing and the hosts now have a promising free kick.

56 Well, we said they had a mountain to climb, but they've already done it! Now can they push on for the three points?

55 GOAL DOYLE - Eventually the free kick is taken and after the initial shot is blocked by the Sunderland wall, Doyle reacts quickest to thump the ball into the net.

54 There is plenty of delays before this free kick can be taken as the referee organises the wall right on the goal line. This is chaos.

53 Kieran Richardson coems close to scoring a crazy own goal but Gordon reacts well to palm the ball away. But as a result Wolves have a free kick six yards from goal.

51 Wolves have a new lease of life and look hungry to build on that lifeline. This time Doyle gets forward and sees a shot from the edge of the area blocked.

50 OWN GOAL MENSAH - All of a sudden it's game on again as John Mensah is unfortunate to put the ball in his own net after it rebounded off him at point blank range following Gordon's save from a Jarvis shot inside the box.

49 It's going to be such a long way back for Wolves now. Two penalties - one dubious, the other nailed on - means they have a mountain to climb to get even a point.

48 GOAL JONES - Bent allows his strike partner Jones to take this one and the Trinidad and Tobago star makes no mistake, calmly slotting the ball home down the centre.

47 It's another penalty for Sunderland after Berra brings down Bent, and there can be no controversy over this one. Referee Mason from Lancashire has got this one right.

46 Both sides made a change at the break. For Wolves, Michael Kightly has come on to replace Castillo while Jordan Henderson has switched with Cattermole for Sunderland.

46 Sunderland get the second half under way at the Stadium of Light and they'll certainly be hoping to make lighter work of Wolves than they did in the first.

Sunderland are now 1/6 with Sky Bet to win this game while Wolves are priced at 12/1 with the draw available at 9/2. Although the Black Cats lead just 1-0, it has been an open match so far and the second half could yield more goals. The 11/10 over 2.5 goals is probably a decent bet. Meanwhile Jones is 13/2 to score next and the threatening Doyle is 11/1.

45 The half-time whistle sounds and Sunderland have survived Wolves' late onslaught to preserve their 1-0 lead at the Stadium of Light.

45 Wolves have another free kick, this time out on the left. Jarvis swings it in and Doyle is so unlucky to see his backwards header fly agonisingly wide of the post.

45 The visitors are all over Sunderland right now. Elokobi blasts one from distance which is deflected into the path of Jarvis, but he too sees his effort blocked inside the box.

45 Wolves keep pressing and win a free kick in a dangerous position around 25 yards out. The ball comes into the box but Doyle's turn and shot is blocked.

45 Doyle shoots from the edge of the box but Sunderland's defenders as good as made a wall to block it from reaching Gordon.

44 Wolves arguably deserve to be on level terms and they will have four minutes of stoppage time to find an equaliser before the break.

43 Back to the action and Wolves are still contesting this clash hard and fast - dont' be surprised if the visitors sneak an equaliser before the break.

Jeff from Dudley has got in touch, saying: "I hope Wolves will get battered today. It will make me feel better after West Brom's woeful performance yesterday. I reckon 4-0 to the Black Cats!" Meanwhile Derek adds: "Christopher, enjoying your commentary in the Sahara Desert! Football headline tomorrow. Torres 3, Keane 4, Bent 5!" That really would take some doing!

41 Reid gets down the left but his attempted swirling cross into the box is woeful, drifting behind for a goal kick.

40 Henry could find himself in a spot of bother after leaving Cattermole grounded yet again. Unsurprisingly Mason brandishes a yellow card.

39 The ball actually rebounds to Bent but at a tight angle and the striker's only option is to play it back to the edge of the area by which time Wolves have men back to cut it out and clear.

38 Bent has a glorious opportunity to score his second of the game when clean through on goal but Hennessey rushes out well to narrow the angle and smothers the shot.

37 Doyle leaves the field of play after being dazed by a challenge from Turner but he should be OK to carry on shortly.

36 Malbranque's deep cross from the right wing is kept in play by Reid, who cuts the ball back for the in-coming Cattermole but the midfielder's shot from close range is blocked by Mancienne.

35 Jarvis swings the ball into the box but after a bit of chaos Sunderland are able to clear the lines.

34 Doyle wins a corner for Wolves when his cross is deflected behind by Malbranque.

33 Eventually play can resume and almost immediately Hennessey is called into action to deny Jones twice - the second of which a firm one handed save from a fierce shot.

31 Moments later Lee Cattermole goes down injured after an awkward collision with Henry.

30 Wolves have a big should for a penalty when Turner seemingly shoves Doyle to the ground when a floated pass is played into the box. But referee Mason says no.

29 Turner trickles a back pass to Gordon but it puts the Scotland international under pressure to reach the ball before Doyle. He just about manages it and books the ball out for a throw.

28 Wolves are sticking to their guns and looking to press forward at every opportunity but a deep diagonal pass into the area is just too hard for Edwards to reach at the back post.

27 Reid's cross is perfect for Turner, who finds himself unmarked, but he puts a weak free header well wide. He should have done so much better.

26 Sunderland have a corner after Mancienne slices a poor attempted clearance behind.

25 Matthew Jarvis chips a delicate cross into the box from the left side of the area, but Doyle steers a difficult looping header wide of the post.

24 Sunderland race forward down the left but Michael Mancienne gets back well to snuff out the threat.

Time for a couple of emails. Aileen Conlon from Hemel Hempstead says: "I think with Kenwyn Jones and Bent up front and the support of Reid, Cattermole and Malbranque, the Black Cats will have too much fire power for Wolves. 4-0 to Sunderland." And Derek jokingly adds: "Sunderland 2-1 with Bent getting the first with a penalty!"

22 Keogh is put clear down the right side of the area but the offside flag is raised. He still goes ahead with a shot but drags it well wide anyway.

21 When the resulting free kick finds its way to Jones on the edge of the box, the big striker looks to push forward but he's promptly pulled to ground by Doyle, who is then booked.

20 Turner chops down Doyle in midfield with a lunging tackle and quite rightly is shown the yellow card. There can be no complaints.

19 Wolves keep plugging away and manage to win a corner but it subsequently comes to nothing.

18 Andy Reid swings the free kick into the box but Wolves defender George Elokobi heads it away.

17 The Black Cats have a promising free kick on the right wing when Christophe Berra fouls Jones.

16 Sunderland, boosted by Bent's goal, are now finding their rhythm and beginning to crank up the pressure over their opponents.

15 This time the cross is much easier for Wolves to deal with and the ball is headed well clear to safety.

14 The corner is delivered into the box and a stretching Hennessey is forced to push it behind for another flag kick.

13 Kenwyne Jones flicks a lovely pass across to Steed Malbranque just inside the area but the Frenchman's shot is blocked and goes behind for a corner.

12 Wolves don't really deserve to be 1-0 down but their fans will be encouraged by the early desire to get forward and cause the Black Cats problems.

11 Greg Halford curles his shot at goal over the wall but Craig Gordon is able to make a comfortable save without the need to dive at his near post.

10 Wolves brush off the disappointment of falling behind by going down the other end and Andrew Keogh wins a free kick just outside the left corner of the box.

9 GOAL BENT - As cool as you like Bent runs up to the ball and firmly slots it into the bottom left corner of the net, out of Hennessey's reach.

8 Wolves players are fuming over the decision and replays suggest Castillo did get a foot on the ball before Bent went over.

7 Referee Lee Mason from Lancashire points to the spot when Bent is clumsily brought to the ground by Segundo Castillo.

6 The ball comes into the box but the Black Cats defence hold firm and clear the danger pretty comfortably.

5 This is good stuff from Wolves, who keep raiding forward down both flanks with real intent. David Edwards breaks down the right wing to win a corner.

4 So not exactly a composed start from either side but at least it looks as though they will be pushing for goals rather than sitting back.

3 A poor header from Wayne Hennessey just outside his own area falls for Darren Bent but his first time effort from 30 yards flies high over the bar.

2 Kevin Doyle breaks forward through midfield for Wolves and after a jinking run taking him to the edge of the box he fires a low shot wide of the post.

1 We're under way at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland look to build on their best ever start to a Premier League season against Wolves.

Another Wolves fan, Robert, has emailed in but he isn't very optimistic at all. He says: "I reckon Wolves are going to lose 3-1 because were missing a few players and Kightly will score our goal."

Jay from Sedgley has got in touch prior to the 1600 BST kick-off and says: "I strongly fancy a 1-1 draw here today, both teams are good going forward and I fancy Darren Bent to score first then a second half equaliser from super sub Sylvain Ebanks-Blake to rescue a point for our boys! Up the Wolves. Keep an eye over Mancienne at the back as I have backed him to make the World Cup Squad!" I also think Mancienne could sneak into Fabio Capello's squad although you have to wonder if the Italian would prefer to just pick players who do have a chance of making the team rather than just giving the opportunity of experience to youngsters. He's no Sven is he?

Let me know your thoughts on this one with an email to - when time allows I'll publish the best.

Our friends at Sky Bet make the Black Cats the 4/6 favourites with the draw 13/5 and a Wolves win 9/2. Hotshot Darren Bent is evens to score at anytime, 7/2 to score first.

So Sunderland boss Steve Bruce leaves Anton Ferdinand on the bench as John Mensah is handed a first Barclays Premier League start. The Ghana international retains his place after an impressive display in Tuesday night's 2-0 Carling Cup victory over Birmingham, as does Paraguay counterpart Paulo da Silva. But Jordan Henderson and Fraizer Campbell, the Black Cats' scorers in midweek, both make way as Lee Cattermole and Darren Bent return. Former Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy makes seven changes to his Wolves side with loan signing Michael Mancienne and Kevin Doyle among the men drafted in.

Our referee today is Lee Mason.

Wolves: Hennessey, Halford, Berra, Mancienne, Elokobi, Edwards, Henry, Castillo, Jarvis, Doyle, Keogh. Subs: Hahnemann, Craddock, Kightly, Ebanks-Blake, Milijas, Foley, Maierhofer.

The teams are in. Sunderland: Gordon, Da Silva, Turner, Mensah, Richardson, Malbranque, Cattermole, Cana, Reid, Jones, Bent. Subs: Fulop, Nosworthy, Ferdinand, McCartney, Henderson, Healy, Campbell.

Welcome to our coverage of today's sole Barclays Premier League game - it's Sunderland v Wolves at the Stadium of Light.

Source: SKY_Sports