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Stadium of Light (ATT 38,625) 17th March 2013 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: C Foy

S'land Sunderland vs Norwich City Norwich

S'land 1

C Gardner (pen 40)


Norwich 1

W Hoolahan (26)
M Bunn (S/O 30)

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  1. FT: Sunderland 1 Norwich 1.

  2. 90+4

    Larsson's free-kick hits the wall, and ends up bobbling behind goal and that should be it now.

  3. 90+4

    A needless lunge from Turner on Wickham sees Sunderland win a free-kick in a brilliant position 25 yards from goal. Can Larsson win it for the Black Cats?

  4. 90+3

    Whittaker does excellently to pickpocket Gardner, but Holt fails to run in to the back post and Bramble ends up calmly clearing away. That was a brilliant chance for Norwich.

  5. 90+2

    Yellow card for Camp as he looked to hold up play by delaying his goal-kick.

  6. 90+1

    As Rose sees the ball leave his shoe before rolling out of play, four minutes of injury time are added on.

  7. 90

    Holt gets his head on the free-kick, but Norwich's lack of numbers that travelled forward see the ball harmlessly bounce behind for a goal-kick.

  8. 89

    Larsson concedes a foul on Howson, and that earns the midfielder a yellow card.

  9. 88

    Another Canaries change now, as Snodgrass heads off in place of Whittaker.

  10. 87

    A terrific chance falls to Sessegnon, with Gardner's ball in finding the forward in space, who drags his volley wide from a glorious position.

  11. 86

    Larsson is left frustrated after conceding a foul on Johnson, with the ball launched forward, as Snodgrass' flick is collected by Mignolet.

  12. 85

    Sessegnon does supremely to get a cross in from the right, but Turner and Bassong block off Fletcher, who just cannot seem to get in the game.

  13. 84

    Wickham takes to the field for the hosts, with Johnson making way.

  14. 82

    The boos are ringing around the Stadium of Light as Gardner carelessly lifts the ball out of play in an attempted ball to Sessegnon. Should be a nervy ten minutes both sets of fans.

  15. 81

    Johnson is caught offside from Larsson's sprayed ball forwards, but despite their numbers advantage, the Canaries look just as likely to score as the opponents with just less than 10 minutes normal time to play.

  16. 79

    McClean delivers after a short corner, with Johnson's powerful half-volley taking a touch which results in another home corner.

  17. 78

    Bennett's effort is completely terrible, landing with the fans in the upper tier of the fans behind goal, with the midfielder's appalled reaction certainly fitting.

  18. 77

    Vaughan lunges in on Snodgrass, who cleverly anticipates the tackle and wins his side a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

  19. 76

    The referee sees an infringement from a Norwich free-kick, and it appears to be Turner penalised for muscling in on Bramble.

  20. 75

    Graham makes way and on comes McClean for Sunderland.

  21. 74

    Johnson again crosses from the wing, and while his ball is better this time, neither Fletcher or Graham run into the back post and it ends up as a Norwich goal-kick.

  22. 73

    Rose's threatening ball in is expertly cleared by Turner, who continues to impress as Norwich remain vigilent whenever the hosts attack.

  23. 72

    A massive chance for Norwich, as Holt is played clean through by Snodgrass, before a poor touch allows Mignolet in to claim, with Holt's tackle on the keeper earning him a yellow card.

  24. 71

    The free-kick ends up falling to Howson, whose speculatively low drive from range ends up harmlessly flying wide of goal, with Norwich players clearly still aggrieved as they communicate with Foy.

  25. 70

    Bramble enters the fray for Sunderland, with Cuellar succumbing to that injury.

  26. 69

    Free-kick to Norwich, as Rose handles Martin's delivery apparently on the edge of the box, with Norwich players fuming as they believed it occurred inside the area.

  27. 68

    Cuellar is in some disstress after making up ground to stop Bennett's delivery coming in, with the defender carrying a hobble after getting back to his feet.

  28. 67

    Another woeful ball from Johnson, who teases his way into a good position down the right before drifting the ball behind the goal-line.

  29. 66

    Rose looks to thread in Fletcher in behind the Norwich centre-backs, but Camp anticipates the move well and rushes out to claim the ball.

  30. 65

    A slightly odd call from Hughton, who takes off the lively Kamara and introduces Holt into the game.

  31. 64

    Kamara makes a clever run in behind Vaughan, but upon being played in, he looks for Snodgrass whose touch lets him down as Cuellar intercepts.

  32. 62

    Garrido takes the ball forward, only to be pushed back by Gardner as the Canaries enjoy a nice spell of possession in midfield.

  33. 61

    Johnson takes aim again, but this time with a much improved effort that bounces towards the far post and sees Camp make another steady save.

  34. 60

    Sunderland work the ball around Norwich's penalty area, but as Johnson collects it, he unleashes a hybrid of a powerful cross and poorly directed shot which ends up travelling out of play.

  35. 59

    Rose evades three challenges on a run forward, finding Gardner, whose vicious effort towards the near post is tipped over crucially by Camp.

  36. 58

    A sterling run from Martin sees Rose beaten far too easily, before the right-back wins his side a corner off Cuellar.

  37. 57

    Kamara looks to head the ball back across goal, but O'Shea directs the ball out of harm's way before the visitors win a free-kick in their own half.

  38. 56

    Kamara tumbles under a collision with Larsson, which seemed more of a stumble than a foul, but Norwich have a free-kick 25 yards out regardless.

  39. 55

    Bennett takes over possession from Howson, unleashing a solid shot from range but it ends up being dragged wide. It appears quick, counter attacks are the main way Norwich can trouble Sunderland now.

  40. 54

    Gardner twice lets rip on the edge of the area, with his second finding its way through the Canaries defence as Camp makes a smart save.

  41. 53

    Great hussling from Sessegnon sees Gardner played in, with Bassong making a timely interception at the near post to prevent Graham pouncing.

  42. 51

    There are optimistic claims for a second penalty as Fletcher takes a tumble under Turner, but this time, the referee waves play on.

  43. 50

    Larsson spreads play for Sessegnon, who drifts into the penalty box before Turner leaps ahead of Graham to head the ball away.

  44. 49

    Patient pressing from Sunderland sees them advance through Rose, but after shaking off Bennett, the midfielder goes down awkwardly and play is halted.

  45. 48

    Kamara's lovely flick-on narrowly avoids finding the run of Snodgrass, with Mignolet riskily claiming the ball right on the edge of the penalty area.

  46. 47

    Two Gardner delivers are hounded down by Norwich players, as the Black Cats begin where they ended the first half - firmly on the front foot.

  47. 46

    Norwich get play restarted.

  48. A drama-packed half ends level, but Norwich face a tricky task with 10 men in the second half, as Sunderland appeared to be firmly in the ascendancy in those final few minutes. What are your second half thoughts? Send them to or tweet @JWoodfield365.

  49. HT: Sunderland 1 Norwich 1.

  50. 45+3

    Rose ghosts past Bennett, with combined help from Turner seeing the ball out of play as Sunderland use their numbers advantage to resume their build-up in midfield.

  51. 45+1

    Three minutes of injury time to be played.

  52. 45

    Snodgrass drifts in at the far post, and as he looks to reach Bennett's delivery, terrific covering from O'Shea steers the ball to safety.

  53. 44

    Norwich have barely gotten out of their half in the last ten minuites, and as the hosts continue to edge forward, they could very well end up taking the lead before the break.

  54. 42

    Great chance for 2-1 to Sunderland, as Larsson's thunderous effort draws a wonderful near post save from Camp, keeping his side in the game with minutes to go of the first half.

  55. 41

    For his protestations during the penalty award, Snodgrass picked up a booking.

  56. 40

    GOAL! Gardner steps up and finds the top left corner with a superb penalty that draws the Black Cats level!

  57. 38

    Further incredible scenes as the ball strikes Bassong in the box, who immediately looked to stall, and the linesman awards a penalty for the hosts.

  58. 38

    Penalty to Sunderland!

  59. 37

    Gardner's left-footed delivery is easy for Bassong to clear, but the Black Cats retain their urgency, with Rose crossing in before Turner is on hand to boot the ball away.

  60. 36

    A Snodgras corner is parried well enough by Mignolet, but it falls to Bennett who skies his sliced half-volley high and wide.

  61. 34

    Graham can't latch on to O'Shea's long ball forward, and as Camp takes his time with the goal-kick, he draws the ire of the Sunderland fans.

  62. 32

    A terrific effort from Gardner gave the impression from some angles that it had found the net, but it fizzes wide as Camp was left helpless.

  63. 31

    Camp takes his place in the Norwich goal, with Hoolahan the man sacrificed.

  64. 30

    Huge drama at the Stadium of Light, as Bunn charges out of his goal to clear the bouncing ball, but it comes off his elbow and Chris Foy gives the keeper his marching orders.

  65. 30

    Bunn is sent off!

  66. 29

    A neat attack from Sunderland sees Sessegnon heavily involved, as he manouevers his way into a shooting position before laying off Rose, who rifles the ball over the bar.

  67. 28

    Hoolahan keeps moving, picking out Snodgrass with a lovely ball, before a woeful shot from the winger nearly ends up back with the man who played him in.

  68. 26

    A well worked corner from Norwich sees Kamara unmarked, firing the ball towards goal where Hoolahan pokes it in from close range to give Norwich the lead. A great period of pressure from the Canaries and they have a goal to show for it.

  69. 26


  70. 24

    Bennett lifts a fine ball into the six-yard box, which looked to have eluded Cuellar before the defender recovers and hacks away once more.

  71. 24

    Martin ends up getting a teasing ball into the near post, with Cuellar covering to prevent the ball reaching Kamara.

  72. 23

    Howson spreads play for Norwich, who look to carve a way into Sunderland's penalty box, but the hosts restrict space and the Canaries are forced to keep possession for the time being.

  73. 22

    Graham collects the ball from a failed Norwich attack, but upon finding Sessegnon, he slices his shot from a Turner rebound which ends up flying skyward.

  74. 20

    Rose and Kamara collide after the former's ball was tracked down, but as they tussle for possession, a free-kick is given away by the Norwich forward.

  75. 19

    Kamara and Martin link up, with the former earning a corner for Norwich. The ball comes in, but O'Shea powerfully heads away the danger.

  76. 17

    A long ball up the field from Bunn sees Rose defend well under Hoolahan's threat, with both teams looking very evenly matched in these early stages.

  77. 15

    From that proceeding delivery, O'Shea muscles his way into the six-yard box, but he is heavily marshalled and can only direct his header over the bar.

  78. 15

    Sunderland win a free-kick on the right side, and Johnson's excellent delivery is met by the head of Bassong who is forced to concede a corner.

  79. 14

    A careless pass from Vaughan allows Snodgrass in to intercept, but Larsson's persistence in retrieving the ball back from Johnson results in a Sunderland throw-in.

  80. 12

    The offside flag catches Graham off guard, with Sessegnon's ball into the striker finding him a yard behind Turner. Sunderland look to have found their feet in the last few minutes though.

  81. 10

    Larsson's efforts strikes a head in the wall, with Johnson the man taking a clattering as the ball collided square on with his face.

  82. 9

    Free-kick to Sunderland in a dangerous position as Turner lunges in on Sessegon roughly 25 yards out from goal.

  83. 8

    Johnson slips in nicely in front of Sessegnon, but he gets caught in two minds playing in his final ball, which sees Turner come across to clear.

  84. 7

    Graham is back to his feet, and as he hobbles to the sidelines he appears fine to continue.

  85. 6

    Bunn is called into action, and he reacts superbly, denying Graham from close range which sees the striker fall awkwardly in the process.

  86. 5

    Sessegnon is brushed aside by Johnson in a bid to advance down the right, with a free-kick conceded by the Norwich man.

  87. 4

    A prolonged period of pressure from the Canaries sees a nervy Sunderland bumble the ball away, before another corner is conceded, with Sessegnon briefly taking the ball away from danger.

  88. 3

    A loose ball from Rose across the park goes out for a throw-in, with Snodgrass collecting as the Norwich winger earns his side a corner.

  89. 2

    Gardner's testing ball in results in a corner, which Johnson delivers, before Bunn bundles away at the far post in the first attack of the game.

  90. 1

    Sunderland get the action underway.

  91. The players are out on the pitch and we're minutes away from kick-off now at the Stadium of Light.

  92. Some betting news from our Sky Bet colleagues now. The Canaries have racked up just 27 goals home and away, only 11 of which have been scored away from of Carrow Road, with under 2.5 goals 8/11 on at Sky Bet. Norwich have also drawn six games 0-0 this season, which is a tempting 9/1 shot, while they've failed to score in six of their last eight Premier League games. Steven Fletcher has opened the scoring on seven occasions this term, which is more than any other player, making him the 4/1 favourite to do so once more.

  93. Norwich: Bunn, R.Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, E.Bennett, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Kamara. Subs: Whittaker, Holt, Jackson, Fox, Becchio, R Bennett, Camp.

  94. Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, OShea, Cuellar, Vaughan, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Graham. Subs: Bardsley, N'Diaye, Wickham, Colback, Bramble, McClean, Westwood.

  95. Here are the teams...

  96. Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Sunderland v Norwich in the Barclays Premier League. With big wins for Aston Villa and Southampton yesterday, victory will be imperative for both teams today as they look to push further away from the relegation zone. You can send me your thoughts today at or @JWoodfield365 and I'll publish the best messages.

  97. Kick-off is at 1330 GMT.



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