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Stadium of Light (ATT 37,578) 12th December 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Bennett

S'land Sunderland vs Portsmouth Portsmth

S'land 1

D Bent (23)


Portsmth 1

Y Kaboul (S/O 90+4, 90+3)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 5:07 pm, December 12th 2009

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  2. 90

    Full time here and the boos ring out as Portsmouth claim the most unlikeliest of points.

  3. 90

    Kaboul is sent off for his second yellow card after he took his shirt off to celebrate.

  4. 90

    GOAL - Younes Kaboul - The goal is scrambled home as Sunderland fail to clear a corner and the ball is poked over the line by the big French defender after Piquionne's shot was parried by Fulop.

  5. 90

    Four minutes of added time and Portsmouth win another corner, but it is scrambled away. The ball comes back and Kaboul is there but he fires over via Turner's leg.

  6. 90

    Bent is replaced by Steed Malbranque.

  7. 90

    Sunderland fans have their hearts in their mouths as Kaboul unleashes an effort at goal, but fortunately for the home side it is straight at Fulop.

  8. 88

    Portsmouth win a corner as they look for an unlikely equaliser, but Sunderland clear - although they appear happy to sit back and take the 1-0 now.

  9. 85

    Sunderland's first change sees Daryl Murphy replace Jones.

  10. 83

    Diop is into the action quickly and looks to win free-kick on the edge of the box and he goes down, but Mr Bennett is not amused and waves play on.

  11. 82

    Brown is replaced Papa Bouba Diop.

  12. 80

    Reid takes the resulting free-kick and clips the top of the bar, so unlucky from the Irishman.

  13. 78

    Kaboul is next to go into the book after he brought down Bent. Ben Haim and Bent also in book after clashing in the aftermath.

  14. 77

    Danny Webber replaces Yebda.

  15. 76

    Good work from O'Hara as he works his way into the box and wins a corner, it is taken short and the Spurs loanee whips in the cross but Fulop takes it.

  16. 73

    The home crowd are getting a bit frustrated with their side here as they want this game putting to bed and Steve Bruce on the sidelines looks less than happy.

  17. 70

    Another great block from Wilson for Portsmouth as he stops Bent from getting his shot away as he was ready to pull the trigger. The corner comes in and Cana gets the header away but James claims it.

  18. 68

    Henderson is booked for coming in hard on O'Hara.

  19. 67

    Kaboul is struggling after his slip and needs to go off for some treatment, but he has hobbled back on.

  20. 65

    Kaboul slips and Wilson is needed to get back and help the ball back to James with Bent looking to intercept, but Pompey clear their lines.

  21. 62

    First change of the game sees Kanu replaced by Frederic Piquionne.

  22. 60

    Jones fires just wide as Kaboul mis-judges a cross and allows the T&T striker to take the ball down, but James see the shot wide.

  23. 59

    Sunderland are back on the attack and Campbell wins the corner off Hreidarsson. Henderson will take but it is cleared. Nosworthy collects and he goes on a great run into the box, but his shot is well over.

  24. 57

    A counter-attack from Portsmouth sees the ball come for Kanu and he tries one from the edge of the box but he fails to test Fulop.

  25. 53

    Another Pompey free-kick as Ben Haim is brought down by Da Silva. This is much more dangerous just 25-yards out and O'Hara looks as if he will go for goal. He does but it is easy for Fulop.

  26. 52

    Pompey free-kick 35-yards out as Henderson fouls Brown. O'Hara takes and McCartney is forced to head behind. The corner comes in and Jones heads out for another, but this time Sunderland manage to clear their lines.

  27. 49

    Portsmouth's first attack of the second-half sees them win a corner but O'Hara's kick is easily taken by Fulop.

  28. 48

    Sunderland force successive corners here, the ball eventually comes for Campbell but he fires wide.

  29. 47

    Another chance for Bent. More great work from Nosworthy down the right, he pulls it back for Bent but Wilson dives in to make a great block.

  30. Sunderland get the second-half underway. Neither side has made any changes.

  31. Before the second-half has even kicked off Hreidarsson is booked by Mr Bennett - seemingly for being late.

  32. The whistle goes for half-time and Sunderland deservedly lead.

  33. 45

    Two minutes of added time here as Portsmouth launch a free-kick into the box from O'Hara, but the excellent Turner heads clear. Reid then breaks down the field and finds Bent, but his shot is blocked.

  34. 43

    Portsmouth counter through Kanu, he finds Dindane on the edge of the box but the attack is halted courtesy of a tremendous tackle from Michael Turner.

  35. 42

    Appeals for a penalty for Sunderland are waves away, the ball then comes for Bent out wide and he curls an excellent ball into the box but Wilson rises to head clear.

  36. 41

    A bit of a clash between Reid and Ben Haim, but Mr Bennett has a quiet word with each of them with producing a card.

  37. 38

    Lovely play from Sunderland as they play the ball across their back-line before Nosworthy attacks down the right, he finds Henderson - he plays it into for Jones and the chance then comes for Bent, but his shot is just wide and he really should have played in Henderson who made a lovely run into the box.

  38. 36

    A wild effort from Brown as his shot ends nearer the corner flag after some nice work from Kanu.

  39. 34

    McCartney is the second Sunderland player to go into the book as he brings down Dindane.

  40. 33

    Reid almost sends Jones clear with a clever header, but Kaboul is again on hand to sweep up and clear.

  41. 30

    George McCartney's determination wins a corner for the home side. Reid takes, it is cleared but only as far as Henderson - who fires high and wide.

  42. 28

    So close for Henderson. Great play from Nosworthy down the right as exchanges passes with Bent before finding Henderson, but his shot floats just wide of the right-hand post as he looked for the top-corner.

  43. 27

    Nice play from Pompey as Aruna Dindane finds Michael Brown, he squares the ball to Hughes, but his shot is well wide.

  44. 24

    Cana goes into the book as he brings down Hassan Yebda.

  45. 23

    GOAL - Darren Bent - Great play from Jordan Henderson down the right as he skipped past WIlson with some lovely skill, he dinked a ball to the back post for Reid and he squared it for Bent to fire home from just eight yards.

  46. 22

    Pompey look to break and O'Hara tries to find Hermann Hreidarsson down the left but the pass is poor.

  47. 18

    A great stop from James, a long ball is flicked on by Jones, it comes for Bent and he feeds his strike-partner on the edge of the box and he gets a good shot away but the England shot-stopper is equal to it and collects it at the second attempt.

  48. 17

    Pretty poor fare at the moment, the home side although dominating are not creating a great deal.

  49. 14

    A very rare foray into the Sunderland half by Pompey, but the attack is soon snubbed out by the Black Cats defence.

  50. 12

    Excellent challenge from Marc Wilson as he wins the ball off Jones, and he looks to have hurt his shoulder or elbow - but he looks okay.

  51. 11

    Great chance for Bent as Reid whips a ball into the far post and the England man can only head wide from six-yards out.

  52. 10

    Good interception in the box from Younes Kaboul as he clears ahead of Cana as Darren Bent drills the ball into the six-yard box.

  53. 8

    Lorik Cana receives a talking too as he goes in a bit too hard on Richard Hughes. No booking this time from Steve Bennett.

  54. 7

    Portsmouth's first chance arrives as Kanu lays the ball off for Jamie O'Hara but his effort from 30-yards is comfortable for Marten Fulop.

  55. 5

    Free-kick in a dangerous position on Sunderland's left as Tal Ben Haim blocks off Reid. Jordan Henderson whips it into the box but David James comes and claims it.

  56. 3

    First sight of goal comes for Frazier Campbell as Kenwyne Jones lays the ball back to home and his shot is deflected just wide. Andy Reid's corner is easily deflected wide.

  57. 2

    Sunderland enjoying the early possession here and win a free-kick about 40-yards out after Nyron Nosworthy is fouled.

  58. 1

    Portsmouth gets us underway here kicking right to left.

  59. For Portsmouth they are boosted by the return of England international David James in goal, with Younes Kaboul also restored to the defence with Steve Finnan dropping to the bench. Kanu and Richard Hughes are also brought back into the starting line-up.

  60. Team news is in now. For Sunderland, George McCartney comes in along with Paolo Da Silva in defence. Steed Malbranque drops down to the bench with Frazier Campbell coming in. Highly-rated youngster Ryan Noble is also named amongst the subs.

  61. Whilst we wait for the team news to come in why don't you pay a visit to our friends at SkyBet for a flutter on today's game - Sunderland are favourites at 5/6, whilst Portsmouth are 7/2 and if you fancy a draw that is 12/5.

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