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Sunderland   0 - 0   Stoke

Pranav Soneji

Matthew Kilgallon holds off the challenge of Ryan Shawcross
Matthew Kilgallon (left) made his home debut for Sunderland

Stoke City stretched their unbeaten run to five matches following a tedious draw against Sunderland.

Dean Whitehead missed a glorious chance to put the visitors in front in the third minute after Tuncay's flick, but his shot was saved by Craig Gordon.

Early in the second half saw Kenwyne Jones clear a goalmouth scramble with Mamady Sibide poised to pounce.

Fraizer Campbell missed the hosts' best chance when he missed Boudewijn Zenden's cross in the 77th minute.

Although the draw ended Sunderland's three-match losing run, manager Steve Bruce will be less than impressed by the lack of invention and creation from his players on home soil.

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Strikers Darren Bent and Jones were given little service from a midfield outwitted by yet another stubborn performance from a well-drilled Stoke side who were boosted by the return of defender Abdoulaye Faye and midfielder Salif Diao.

And it was the visitors who missed the best opportunity of the match within three minutes of kick-off, courtesy of a moment of genius from Turkey international Tuncay.

The striker's subtle back-heel flick cleared the way for Whitehead to charge into the box unmarked.

But the former Black Cat opted for placement rather than power, allowing goalkeeper Gordon to parry his right-footed shot to safety, much to the midfielder's disbelief.

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A feisty first half ensued as both team create openings, but nothing more to trouble either goalkeeper.

Midfielder Steed Malbranque eventually forced Thomas Sorensen into a good low save when, following a Andy Reid cross, Bent's neat dummy allowed the Frenchman to shoot from 16 yards.

The palpable tension spilled over in the 38th minute when Whitehead directed a cynical kick to the back of Lee Cattermole's legs following a crunching - but fair - challenge.

After a stern lecture from referee Howard Webb, Whitehead was eventually shown a yellow card, much to the chagrin of the home supporters.

Cattermole earned himself a yellow card and a frank exchange of pleasantries soon after, with an ill-timed tackle on Whitehead on the cusp of half-time.

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The stagnant crowd burst into life when a desperate goalmouth scramble from Glenn Whelan's free-kick saw Jones clear Danny Higginbotham's cutback with Sidibe and Diao set to pounce in the 48th minute.

Things livened up once more when Stoke defender Robert Huth appeared to handle the ball as Bent looked to accelerate into the box, but referee Webb waved play to continue despite the protest of Sunderland players.

With his goal-scoring options rapidly diminishing, Bruce introduced Campbell and Zenden to reignite Sunderland's hopes of victory.

And the pair almost combined 13 minutes from time, but Campbell completely miscued Zenden's excellent right-wing cross, allowing Stoke's defenders to clear to safety.


Sunderland boss Steve Bruce on Robert Huth's second-half "handball":
"It looked like a blatant handball to me.

"We had a player sent off for a genuine challenge last month - I don't want anyone sent off but it looked like a kick from Dean Whitehead.

"There was a resilience about us. It was never a classic, in fact it was a horror story, but it was a point on the board and a little springboard that we need."

Stoke manager Tony Pulis:


"We are pleased. That (team) is as good as Steve has had for a long time.

"Our defenders defended very well.

"We knew it was going to be difficult tonight, we've got great respect for everybody in this league."

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Monday, 1 February 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 0-0 Stoke FT
(HT 0-0)

      Sunderland

      Substitutes

      Stoke

      Substitutes

      Ref: H WebbAtt: 35,078
      SUNDERLAND
      STOKE

      Possession

      • Sunderland 51%
      • Stoke 49%

      Attempts on target

      • Sunderland 5
      • Stoke 3

      Attempts off target

      • Sunderland 1
      • Stoke 1

      Corners

      • Sunderland 7
      • Stoke 3

      Fouls

      • Sunderland 7
      • Stoke 16
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:34 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • 90:00+3:23 The ball is sent over by Fraizer Campbell, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 90:00+1:20 Rory Delap produces a cross.
      • Correction - 90:00+0:55 Shot from 25 yards from Boudewijn Zenden. Robert Huth gets a block in.
      • 90:00+0:55 Boudewijn Zenden has a drilled shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 89:25 Inswinging corner taken by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, Headed effort on goal by Robert Huth from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
      • 88:02 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Jordan Henderson coming on for Lee Cattermole.
      • 86:00 Unfair challenge on Michael Turner by Ricardo Fuller results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
      • 84:27 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Glenn Whelan from the left by-line, John Mensah manages to make a clearance.
      • 83:33 Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
      • 83:33 Booking Booking for Andy Wilkinson for unsporting behaviour.
      • 83:27 George McCartney fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick.
      • 82:08 The ball is delivered by Matthew Kilgallon, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
      • 81:16 Ricardo Fuller has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Craig Gordon makes a save.
      • 78:24 The ball is swung over by Boudewijn Zenden.
      • 77:51 Danny Higginbotham gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fraizer Campbell. Lorik Cana takes the direct free kick.
      • 76:08 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Boudewijn Zenden, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 75:59 The ball is swung over by Boudewijn Zenden.
      • 75:09 Centre by Matthew Etherington.
      • 73:55 Substitution Salif Diao goes off and Rory Delap comes on.
      • 73:19 Booking John Mensah receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
      • 73:18 Booking Ricardo Fuller receives a yellow card.
      • 72:16 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Boudewijn Zenden played to the near post, clearance made by Mamady Sidibe.
      • 72:03 The ball is crossed by Boudewijn Zenden, clearance by Danny Higginbotham.
      • 68:13 Substitution Fraizer Campbell is brought on as a substitute for Steed Malbranque.
      • 68:13 Substitution Andy Reid leaves the field to be replaced by Boudewijn Zenden.
      • 67:54 Glenn Whelan crosses the ball.
      • 64:50 George McCartney crosses the ball, Robert Huth makes a clearance.
      • 64:32 Shot by Kenwyne Jones from 20 yards. Blocked by Robert Huth.
      • 63:09 The referee blows for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
      • 62:43 Andy Reid sends in a cross, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 61:49 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Ricardo Fuller coming on for Tuncay Sanli.
      • 61:04 The ball is sent over by Steed Malbranque, clearance made by Robert Huth.
      • 60:55 A cross is delivered by George McCartney, Danny Higginbotham makes a clearance.
      • 59:32 Steed Malbranque is adjudged to have handled the ball. Glenn Whelan delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance made by Michael Turner.
      • 56:26 The ball is crossed by Andy Reid, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
      • 56:03 Danny Higginbotham crosses the ball, Craig Gordon makes a save.
      • 55:57 George McCartney crosses the ball, clearance by Andy Wilkinson.
      • 55:40 Short corner worked by Andy Reid.
      • 55:19 Darren Bent delivers the ball, Danny Higginbotham manages to make a clearance.
      • 51:12 A cross is delivered by Andy Reid, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.
      • 50:09 The ball is swung over by Matthew Etherington.
      • 49:26 Andy Reid delivers the ball, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 48:12 Steed Malbranque gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham. Danny Higginbotham restarts play with the free kick.
      • 47:37 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Danny Higginbotham concedes a free kick for a foul on John Mensah. Lorik Cana restarts play with the free kick.
      • 47:13 Dean Whitehead takes a shot. John Mensah gets a block in.
      • 46:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Kilgallon on Mamady Sidibe. Glenn Whelan crosses the ball in from the free kick.
      • 45:54 George McCartney sends in a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 45:29 Foul by Andy Wilkinson on Darren Bent, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
      • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+2:43 The first half comes to an end.
      • 45:00+2:08 Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington, clearance by Lee Cattermole.
      • 45:00+2:08 Booking The referee books Lee Cattermole for unsporting behaviour.
      • 45:00+2:01 Lee Cattermole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead.
      • 44:29 A cross is delivered by George McCartney, Matthew Etherington makes a clearance.
      • 43:21 Tuncay Sanli is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
      • 41:47 Ryan Shawcross gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Andy Reid produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 39:01 Unfair challenge on Darren Bent by Robert Huth results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lorik Cana.
      • 37:49 Direct free kick taken by George McCartney.
      • 37:49 Booking Booking for Dean Whitehead.
      • 37:41 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Cattermole by Dean Whitehead.
      • 36:17 Lorik Cana sends in a cross, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 35:22 Matthew Kilgallon fouled by Tuncay Sanli, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Gordon takes the direct free kick.
      • 33:25 Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Etherington.
      • 32:48 Foul by Robert Huth on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Andy Reid crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Mamady Sidibe.
      • 30:44 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Reid. Andy Reid crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Ryan Shawcross.
      • Correction - 30:08 Centre by Andy Reid, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 30:08 The ball is swung over by Andy Reid, Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 28:42 Foul by Dean Whitehead on George McCartney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Craig Gordon.
      • 28:34 Dean Whitehead delivers the ball, John Mensah makes a clearance.
      • 26:47 Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, clearance made by George McCartney.
      • 21:57 Foul by Andy Reid on Dean Whitehead, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
      • 21:38 Mamady Sidibe concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Cattermole. Andy Reid takes the free kick.
      • 21:12 Lorik Cana fouled by Salif Diao, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lorik Cana.
      • 18:44 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glenn Whelan by Lee Cattermole. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
      • 16:36 Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid from the left by-line, clearance by Salif Diao.
      • 16:36 Substitution Abdoulaye Faye leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Wilkinson.
      • 13:41 Tuncay Sanli fouled by Steed Malbranque, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan, Craig Gordon makes a save.
      • 12:04 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andy Reid, Mamady Sidibe makes a clearance.
      • 11:57 The ball is crossed by George McCartney, Ryan Shawcross gets a block in.
      • 10:31 Steed Malbranque produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 9:26 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andy Reid, Kenwyne Jones takes a shot from 12 yards. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 8:11 The ball is sent over by Lorik Cana.
      • 5:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Darren Bent. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 2:44 Unfair challenge on Lorik Cana by Salif Diao results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Andy Reid from left wing, clearance by Abdoulaye Faye.
      • 2:22 Dean Whitehead takes a shot. Craig Gordon makes a save.
      • 1:46 George McCartney produces a cross, save by Thomas Sorensen.
      • 0:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Kilgallon.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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      1 Feb 2010 23:59 UK


      Premier League table snapshot

      As it stood on 1 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

      Position Team P GD PTS
      1 Chelsea 23 38 54
      2 Man Utd 24 36 53
      3 Arsenal 24 32 49
      4 Tottenham 24 20 42
      5 Liverpool 24 16 41
      6 Man City 22 14 41
      7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
      8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
      9 Everton 23 -1 32
      10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
      11 Fulham 23 -2 27
      12 Stoke 22 -7 26
      13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
      14 Wigan 22 -23 22
      15 West Ham 23 -9 21
      16 Bolton 22 -15 21
      17 Wolves 23 -21 21
      18 Burnley 23 -23 20
      19 Hull 23 -26 20
      20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

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      02 Feb 10 |  Sunderland



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