West Brom v Sunderland - Live!

25 April 2009 02:35
90+3 The referee blows the final whistle. Comfortable win for the home side which gives them slight hope of a great escape. Sunderland on the otherhand, will see this as a missed opportunity to secure their safety and they now have a serious battle on their hands to remain in the top flight. Great performance from West Brom sends the home fans home with renewed optimism.

90+2 Fortune shields the ball in the corner before cutting inside and unleashing a vicious shot on goal out of nowhere, Davenport got the block in however

90+1 Koren does well to force a corner as the Baggies go in search of a fourth

90 Three minutes more for Sunderland to endure as the referee's asisstant signals added time

88 GOAL MENSEQUEZ! Great goal, a moment of quality as the little Argentinian on loan from San Lorenzo finds the bottom corner from 10 yards to further punish a sloppy second half display from Sunderland

87 Bardsley becomes the first player to get booked late in the day as his clumbsy tackle sums up Sunderland's day

86 Healy finally comes on to replace Tainio, too little too late perhaps

86 Fortune cuts in from the left flank and tries to beat Fulop at the near post when he had options in the centre, he hits the side netting

85 Carson races off his line to beat Richardson to the ball and win the ball back for his team, solid afternoon the keeper has had

84 The break comes to nothing and Sunderland have posession again. West Brom still looking comfortable though

83 Richardson's volleyed cross is cleared by Robinson and the homeside look to hit on the break

82 David Healy is warming up on the sidelines for Sunderland

81 Cisse is flagged offside as the Frenchman's performance continues to frustrate him

80 Richardson runs into traffic as he tries a solo run, West Brom have posession back with the throw-in

79 Cisse is letting his frustrations show with some suspect body language. Not much has gone right for him today

78 Mulumbu tries to release Fortune but Ferdinand recovers well to clear the danger

76 Mensequez's cross is well claimed by Fulop

75 15 minutes to go, Sunderland have one sub left to use to try and make a go of this

74 Mensequez drills a shot towards goal which is blocked and Brunt lets another one fly from the rebound but he doesn't get hold of it well. Goalkick to Sunderland

73 Cisse squares up to Olsson as tempers threaten to boil over at the Hawthorns, still no bookings as of yet though

72 Collins brings down Fortune out wide on the right but the quick freekick is wasted and Sunderland have posession back

71 Richardson, under no pressure, blazes a cross from one side of the pitch to the other, bringing a sarcastic roar from the Baggies fans

70 Bardsley's freekick is hooked away by Greening. West Brom seem to have a new found confidence and are playing attractive football

69 The home crowd are now cheering every completed pass as West Brom begin to dominate the game, Sunderland need to find their feet soon if they're to get back into this

68 Koren is penalised for pushing Bardsley over as he looked to be in on goal, seem a little harsh but Sunderland escape further punishment

67 Play has resumed and Ferdinand is back on his feet

65 Ferdinand is down receiving treatment after an aerial challenge and the home fans are in full voice at the Hawthorns

64 Cisse misses a golden opportunity as he fails to deflect Tainio's effort on goal towards the target, instead he turns it over the crossbar

63 Dorrans makes way for Mensequez. Thats Baggies last sub of the game as earlier Meite made way for Martis and Simpson made way for Mulumbu

62 Lack of communication between Cisse and Jones breaks down as Cisse's flick on is collected easily by Carson

61 That was Brunt's 9th of the season, if the Baggies don't avoid the drop, they might find it difficult to hang onto him

58 GOAL BRUNT! Mulumbu slides the ball across the face of the goal and Brunt gets his toe on the end of it to steer the ball home, 2-0 to the home side

57 Cisse is bundled over and the away side have a good opportunity with the freekick

56 Fulop sprints off his line to beat Brunt to the ball as Dorrans through ball almost put him in on goal, good alertness from the Sunderland keeper

55 Richardson chases a seemingly lost cause and does really well to keep the ball in and even win a throw in for his side, great determination from the winger

54 Another Sunderland sub as Malbranque replaces Edwards

54 Dorrans puts in a good cross but theres no Baggies striker there to attack it

53 Whitehead comes on to replace Reid

52 Brunt's cross is too long and the ball rolls out for a Sunderland throw

50 Richardson is flagged offside

Blackcats fan Chris Kirtley thinks his beloved Sunderland can overturn the deficit to claim a 2-1 win with the deadly duo of Cisse and Jones getting the goals

49 Jones is brought down by Dorrans just inside the Baggies half

48 Cisse tries to find Jones with a through ball but Jones is penalised for a push on Robinson

47 Carson wins a race against Cisse and puts the ball into touch

46 The second half is under way at the Hawthorns

Meanwhile fellow Baggie Jordan Casey also says a win for the home side with a 2-1 scoreline his prediction

Baggies fan Chris Penn in the Republic of Ireland thinks his side can go on to win 3-1.

45+2 There is the half-time whistle and it's the home side who go in with the lead at the break. Swedish defender Olsson got the goal after slack Sunderland marking from Greening's corner. The Blackcats will need to get something out of this game if they're to avoid being sucked deeper into relegation trouble, while a win might just give Baggie's fans renewed hope of staying up. Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing jamie.casey@bskyb.com

45+2 Ferdinand launches a freekick into the opposition's penalty box but Olsson is fouled and West Brom will look to see out the half with a lead.

45 Greening disappoints the home side as his shocking delivery is an absolute waste, evading everyone for a goal kick. All West Brom as the half nears an end

44 Greening's delivery is cleared but the resulting open play comes to a freekick to the home side just wide of the penalty area, more danger for Sunderland

43 Fortune almost finds himself with a chance in the box but before he can pull the trigger he's out crowded by the Sunderland defence, he has won a corner though

41 Sunderland come back strongly from the off and Richardson tries another long range effort but this time his effort is right down Carson's throat

40 GOAL OLSSON! The big Swede finds himself free to stab home a Greening corner, lurking around unmarked as the ball broke with time to find the bottom corner from 8 yards

39 Edwards finds himself by the corner flag but slips in his effort to get a cross in, gifting the Baggies posession

37 Brunt has his third effort on goal as he again cuts inside onto his left foot, he creates room well but his effort is way off target this time

"Sunderland to nick it 1-0" - thats from Jim, a Sunderland fan on an oil rig in India

35 Great effort. Great Save. Richardson lets one fly from 30 yards, it swerves away from the keeper but Carson gets his hand to it somehow and tips it wide for a corner

33 Over half an hour gone now at the Hawthorns, still a difficult one to call but Sunderland probably just shade it on posession so far

32 Tainio sees a thumping volley blocked on its way to goal, important challenge from Zuiverloon as that looked to be hitting the target

31 West Brom win a freekick in the center of the pitch

30 Brunt shows the disadvantages of playing a left footer on the right wing as he finds room for a cross on his right but slices the effort into the stands

29 Edwards goes close at the far post as Carson tips away Reid's cross but the angle is against him and it's a goal kick to the Baggies

28 Reid's freekick is met by Davenport but the ball finds its way safely through to Carson

26 Brunt again shows that he is the dangerman for the home side as he is given the room to turn and shoot again, he misses the target this time but the warning signs are there for Sunderland

25 Brunt cuts inside onto his left foot and finds room for the shot but a deflection takes the sting out of it and Fulop gets down quick to make the save

24 Edwards delivers a long throw into the area but Carson reacts well and punches clear

22 Reid whips in another inviting cross but Cisse doesn't attack and Robinson is able to chest the ball into the arms of Carson

21 Neither keeper has been troubled after the first 20 minutes at the Hawthorns, not a bad game so far but quality is lacking in the final third from both sides so far

20 Cisse is flagged offside from Jones' flick on, good link up play but the flag was up good and early

"3-0 Sunderland!!!" says Blackcats fan Dave Armstrong, who thinks Richardson can get on the scoresheet today

18 Zuiverloon tries a 30 yard effort but his ambitious shot doesn't trouble Fulop

17 Robinson's cross to too strong and sails wide for a goalkick to the away team

16 Dorrans does superbly to keep in a cross from Zuiverloon but Davenport reacted to the danger and clears for Sunderland

14 Reid's lofted through ball is well read by Carson who comes quickly off his line to collect the bouncing ball

Baggies fan Saul Sanders says "West Brom to win 3-1 Simpson Koren and Brunt to score and Cisse for them" - What says you Blackcats fans?

12 Koren finds room for a shot just inside the area but his effort is blocked amongst a crowd of Sunderland defenders

11 Brunt finds some space on the wing for a cross but his delivery evades everyone, goalkick to Sunderland

10 Greening wastes an opportunity at the opposite end as his corner is easily cleared again by Collins

9 Reid shows off his skills with nice control and a sharp volley, unfortunately for the Irishman his effort is straight at Carson who saves with ease

8 Davenport attempts a flick on from a Reid freekick but his tame effort bobbles wide

7 Reid delivers a great cross which troubles Olsson but Cisse fails to take a gamble and an opportunity goes begging. Good lively start to the game here.

6 Simpson wins a corner for the home side which Greening whips in but Collins rises highest to clear the danger for Sunderland

5 Taino attempts a through ball but Cisse misreads the pass and Carson collects with ease, Cisse applauds the Finn's effort

4 Cisse wins a freekick just inside the West Brom half after being brought down by Robinson

3 Edwards tries his luck for Sunderland at the other end this time but his wayward effort sails high and wide, West Brom failed to close him down though

2 Simpson signals the Baggies' intentions with an early effort on goal but his curled effort just misses at the far post

1 We're under way at the Hawthorns as both clubs look for the points to help keep them in the Premier League

The teams are out on the field as we near kick off. You can let me know your views on the game and your team's chances by e-mailing me to jamie.casey@bskyb.com

The team news is in and is as follows:

West Brom: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite, Olsson, Robinson, Koren, Dorrans, Greening, Brunt, Simpson, Fortune. Subs: Kiely, Filipe Teixeira, Menseguez, Martis, Borja Valero, Mulumbu, Wood.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Davenport, Ferdinand, Collins, Edwards, Tainio, Reid, Richardson, Cisse, Jones. Subs: Colgan, Whitehead, Malbranque, Murphy, Leadbitter, Healy, McShane.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

Live updates will appear here from 1500 BST.

Source: SKY_Sports