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Stadium of Light (ATT 40,768) 28th April 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: L Probert

S'land Sunderland vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

S'land 2

N Bendtner (36)
J McClean (55)

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Bolton 2

K Davies (26, 70)

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Last Updated at 4:55 pm, April 28th 2012

  1. 90+5

    Full-time at the Stadium of Light.

  2. 90+5

    Bridge almost gifts Sunderland a winner after initially showing good skill, after trying to do too much, his back-pass sells Gordon short but Klasnic can't capitalise.

  3. 90+4

    Bolton win a late corner and Petrov delivers it, but O'Shea heads it clear.

  4. 90+3

    The ball finds its way through to Gordon and now it's Sunderland's turn to attack.

  5. 90+2

    Colback concedes a free-kick and Owen Coyle is ordering all his men forward.

  6. 90+1

    McClean and Bridge link up well before the former loses his footing, with Bolton picking up the loose ball.

  7. 90

    Indeed, there will be four added minutes, and Sunderland are currently on the ball.

  8. 89

    Looks as though we'll have four added minutes at the end of the 90.

  9. 88

    Bendtner loops a header over the bar when back-peddling.

  10. 87

    Klasnic finds the space to shoot on the turn inside the penalty area from K Davies' knock-down, but Gordon denies him with a crucial save with his legs.

  11. 86

    Klasnic almost nicks the ball from O'Shea, but the Irish defender recovers.

  12. 85

    Bolton have a chance to deliver a free-kick into the box from a deep position.

  13. 84

    Sessegnon tries his all to keep the ball in play but K Davies shields it well to earn a goal-kick for his side.

  14. 83

    Bridge's first contribution is to deliver a dangerous ball into the box but Bolton deal with the threat.

  15. 82

    Wayne Bridge comes on for Kilgallon for Sunderland. O'Shea will move to centre-half presumably, with Barsdley swapping flanks.

  16. 80

    Just over ten minutes plus stoppage time to go, it's been a great game at the Stadium of Light no matter what happens from here.

  17. 79

    Wheater puts the ball behind for a Sunderland corner, it's anyone's game this.

  18. 78

    Reo-Coker makes way for Vela in Bolton's final change.

  19. 77

    Klasnic concedes possession in a dangerous position and Cattermole feeds in Bendtner, who's first touch is poor and his shot lacks conviction.

  20. 76

    Turner heads clear two successive crosses from Petrov.

  21. 75

    Boyata shoes neat footwork and finds K Davies, who chips a through ball through for Miyaichi, who is dispossessed by Bardsley.

  22. 74

    Elmohamady is brought to the deck by Ricketts but McClean's delivery evades everyone and sails out of play.

  23. 73

    Ricketts is penalised for handball on the edge of Sunderland's penalty area.

  24. 72

    Elmohamady replaces a tired Campbell as Sunderland look for an immediate response.

  25. McClean's poor return pass to Bardsley hands Bolton possession and Ricketts pulls a fantastic cross out of the bag, with Kevin Davies nodding in with ease at the back post.

  26. 70

    GOAL KEVIN DAVIES!!

  27. 69

    It's just cramp for Campbell, who is sharply back to his feet after a quick discussion with the physio.

  28. 68

    Campbell is down injured and Bolton play on, drawing boos from the home crowd.

  29. 67

    Sunderland are starting to impose themselves even more now, but it's Bolton who need to up their game.

  30. 66

    McClean tees up Campbell, who controsl and shifts onto his right foot before bending a decent effort over the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.

  31. 65

    M Davies is late on Campbell, no complaints from the Bolton midfielder.

  32. 64

    Eagles is replaced by Miyaichi while Klasnic replaces Ngog in a double substitution for the visitors.

  33. 63

    O'Shea collects Bardsley's corner at the back post before shooting well wide.

  34. 62

    Petrov bends in a Bolton corner and Wheater rises highest but directs it well over the bar in a wasted opportunity for the Trotters.

  35. 61

    Gordon watches a high ball all the way and catches impressively, he'll have done his chances of a new contract no harm today.

  36. 60

    Bardsley and Eagles exchange words near the corner flag as this battle gets a little heated.

  37. 59

    Colback concedes a free-kick at the other end now, but Eagles drills it right into the wall.

  38. 58

    McClean is being scouted by the FAI on Giovanni Trapattoni's behalf today, by the way.

  39. 57

    Well, K Davies will be kicking himself for conceding that needless foul. Take nothing away from McClean, though, it's a great strike for his 6th league goal of the season.

  40. McClean punishes Bolton with a ferocious free-kick, which beats the wall and is too strong for Bogdan to keep out. The Bolton keeper gets a hand to it, but can only push it onto the inside of the bar and into the back of the net.

  41. 55

    GOAL MCCLEAN!!

  42. 54

    K Davies trips up Sessegnon, that's not his first foul of the day by any means, and the fact that he tries to pull out perhaps saves him from a yellow card.

  43. 53

    Bardsley is back on but a lapse in concentration gifts a corner to Bolton.

  44. 52

    Neither side has stamped their authority on the second half as yet.

  45. 50

    Eagles strikes at goal from a difficult angle and almost wrong-foots Gordon with the surprise element, but the Scot recovers to make the stop.

  46. 49

    Bardsley goes off for some quick treatment on the sideline but should be okay to continue.

  47. 48

    Bardsley has a problem here, that delivery caught him squire in the face it seems, with blood now streaming from his nose.

  48. 47

    Bardsley is penalised for a foul on Boyata but Sunderland deal with the delivery comfortably.

  49. 46

    Bolton get the game up and running once again.

  50. The sides are back out for the restart, stay tuned to see how this one pans out.

  51. 45+2

    Half-time at the Stadium of Light, where it's 1-1 at the break.

  52. 45+1

    The corner comes to little and that should be that for the half.

  53. 45

    Ngog hits the bar but without conviction as Petrov's cross to the back post is volleyed across the face of goal for the former Liverpool man, who scuff his effort into the ground before it's tipped onto the bar by Gordon.

  54. 44

    Gordon releases a quick throw and ignites a counter-attack, but it breaks down as McClean concedes possession.

  55. 43

    McClean earns a corner at Wheater's expense, with Sunderland finishing the half the stronger.

  56. 42

    Bardsley's free-kick delivery is headed clear by K Davies. Sunderland knock it back in but Bolton ultimately earn a goal-kick.

  57. 41

    Kilgallon is barged over by K Davies now as the game's discipline goes out the window.

  58. 40

    Cattermole is walking a tightrope, he needs to cool down if he's to remain on the pitch.

  59. 39

    Sunderland are piling on the pressure now, they've come to life as Bogdan denies O'Shea from close range.

  60. The hosts are level out of nothing, and it's all about the pass of Colback, who threads a delightful pass through to Bendtner, who duly tucks it past Bogdan.

  61. 37

    GOAL BENDTNER!!

  62. 37

    Cattermole hacks down M Davies and quite rightly goes into the book for a cynical foul.

  63. 36

    Ngog can't resists an effort from range, but he's way off the mark.

  64. 35

    Fantastic footwork from Campbell creates space for Sessegnon, whose touch lets him down and the chance goes begging.

  65. 34

    Petrov delivers another inviting cross but Gordon reads it well this time and collects unchallenged.

  66. 33

    Campbell gets his cross all wrong and Bolton have possession again from the goal-kick.

  67. 31

    Sunderland go close to an equaliser as a set-piece delivery from McClean is glanced narrowly wide by O'Shea.

  68. 30

    Sessegnon releases Bendtner but Ricketts recovers to beat him to the through ball, booting into touch.

  69. 29

    Bolton are not taking their foot off the gas, with Petrov growing in confidence.

  70. 28

    Sessegnon is hobbling after being caught by Ricketts. It was accidental, but that's no comfort to the Sunderland man.

  71. 27

    Eagles almost gifts the hosts an immediate equaliser but Bendtner is caught by surprise and Bogdan beats him to the loose ball.

  72. The visitors have the lead and it's Kevin Davies, who volleys in at the back post following a deep cross from Petrov, and they're worthy of their lead.

  73. 26

    GOAL KEVIN DAVIES!!

  74. 25

    Petrov whips in an inviting cross but Ngog can't rise high enough to get a good connection on the delivery.

  75. 23

    Bolton embark on a spell of keep-ball, but K Davies concedes possession in the final third.

  76. 22

    Ngog wants a free-kick for handball but is actually penalised for initially controlling with his hand in the first place.

  77. 21

    Sunderland are improving though as Bendtner drops deep to see more of the ball, and he's holding it up well.

  78. 20

    We're in the 20th minute, and Bolton have been the better side but have nothing to show for it.

  79. 19

    K Davies is penalised for a nudge on Turner, much to his frustration.

  80. 18

    K Davies and Ngog combine to clear the danger at the back for Bolton. Consequently, their counter breaks down with no options in the final third.

  81. 17

    Campbell nicks the ball off Ricketts and the Bolton full-back trips up the striker. Free-kick to Sunderland, and Rickets is fortunate not to be booked.

  82. 16

    The away support can clearly be heard chanting Fabrice Muamba's name, followed by a round of applause from the home support. Nice tough that.

  83. 15

    Further to that incident, it should be noted that most of Sunderland's defence had stopped due to the raised flag.

  84. 14

    Ngog has the ball in the net but the flag is incorrectly raised against M Davies, who pulled the ball back across the face of goal for the striker.

  85. 13

    K Davies takes the ball and the player, McClean crumples to the ground but no booking for the Bolton man.

  86. 12

    Bendtner shoots from range and tries to spare his blushes with a half-hearted claim for a corner. As it is, Bolton have a goal-kick.

  87. 11

    It's all Bolton - Petrov allows the ball to roll across his body before drilling at goal, but he give the Sunderland defenders enough time to close it down.

  88. 10

    M Davies collects in the centre and drives towards goal before firing a tame effort on target, which Gordon comfortably collects.

  89. 9

    Reo-Coker shrugs off Cattermole and unleashes a fierce drive at goal. Gordon was confident it's always sailing wide, though.

  90. 8

    Eagles is dispossessed in the centre and Sunderland retain possession.

  91. 7

    K Davies nods on for Ngog, who sees his half-volley blocked from point-blank range.

  92. 6

    Bendtner is flagged offside in Sunderland's first attack of the game.

  93. 5

    Sunderland earn a free-kick on the half-way line and are in no hurry to get on with it as they look to gain some composure.

  94. 4

    Eagles draws a foul just outside the penalty area and takes the free-kick himself, flashing a dangerous shot across the face of goal which Kilgallon does well to avoid. Goal-kick to the Black Cats.

  95. 3

    Gordon is next to put the ball into touch as Bolton's pressure continues, it's a bright start from the visitors.

  96. 2

    John O'Shea is forced to nod out of play from Reo-Coker's through ball as Bolton apply some pressure.

  97. 1

    We're underway at the Stadium of Light.

  98. Back to the betting, and Kevin Davies' involvement from the start is a welcome boost for Bolton. Martin O'Neill tried to sign the striker in January, according to Owen Coyle in today's papers, and the Northern Irishman will hope the one-time England international will not offer him a reminder why. He's 8/1 to open the scoring with Sky Bet.

  99. Why not take a glance at SkyBet's odds ahead of kick-off? James McClean is a tempting 9/1 to score first, but I've been impressed with David Ngog of late, and his odds of 8/1 for the same feat gets my vote.

  100. So, no Richardson or Larsson for the hosts, with both players ruled out for the remainder of the season, but the Black Cats will take comfort from the fact that they've won the last five meetings between these two sides.

  101. The referee for today's encounter is Mr Lee Probert of Wiltshire.

  102. Sunderland: Gordon, O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley, Campbell, Cattermole, Colback, McClean, Bendtner, Sessegnon. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Vaughan, Ji, Meyler, Kyrgiakos, Elmohamady.

  103. Bolton: Bogdan, Boyata, Ream, Wheater, Ricketts, Reo-Coker, Mark Davies, Petrov, Eagles, Ngog, Kevin Davies. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Alonso, Knight, Klasnic, Sordell, Miyaichi, Vela.

  104. Team news is in and will be with you in one moment.

  105. Kick-off is at 1500 BST.

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