And that's it! Sunderland win 1-0 thanks to Adam Johnson's first-half strike. Gus Poyet's side climb out of the relegation zone.
Colback claims a free-kick deep inside his own half.
Poyet going mad in the technical area. Not long for his side to hang on now.
We will have four minutes of time added on at the end of the game.
Guidetti on Odemwingie off.
Stoke look long but Pieters couldn't get beyond John O'Shea.
Johnson off Gardner on.
CHANCE! What a delivery from the right and Brown's header narrowly avoids the far post.
CHANCE! Borini has a go inside the area after a good ball from Ki. COrner.
Alonso with a great header away and the ball falls nicely for Colback. Sunderland must keep hold of the ball.
CHANCE! Panic stations at the back for Sunderland. Shawcross with a great header and it loops up and onto the crossbar. Unlucky!
Johnson down the right almost at walking pace. Pieters wins a free-kick though. Stoke have another chance to attack. Time running out.
Ki guilty of a sloppy pass this time. Home side really making it difficult for themselves
Fletcher gives the ball away and Sunderland fans show their disappointment this time. Nervous times.
Whelan drives forward for Stoke. A bit of momentum building now.
Borini receives a yellow for clipping Cameron's heels.
Adam stands over the free-kick but it's into the wall and then his follow-up shot is straight at Mannone.
Free-kick to Stoke City right on the edge of the box.
Colback with a ball over the top to Fletcher but Cameron is there to sweep up.
Shawcross is down. That will be a concern for Mark Hughes. He looks okay though.
CHANCE! Really clever play from Odemwingie who carved out the chance magnificently but his shot was weak and straight at Mannone.
Ball given away cheaply by Stoke and Sunderland build again through Brown and then Colback. A game of defence versus attack at the moment.
Arnautovic on Assaidi off for Stoke.
CHANCE! Larsson with a good strike from distance but Mannone saves.
Surprisingly sloppy from Ki on the edge of the area this time but Alonso is on hand to help out and Sunderland keep hold of the ball.
All Sunderland now. Stoke hanging in there and must believe that if they get another chance one of their players will take it. Brown heads away Cameron's latest cross.
Colback wide to Celustka but it goes out for a goal kick.
Altidore off Fletcher on.
Borini evades a few challenges down the left but then Sunderland give the ball away. Groans from the home support.
Crouch off Walters on for Stoke City.
Unlucky. Good move by Sunderland who are trying to stretch the play with the extra man. Colback's ball to Alonso is a little long this time.
Whelan in strongly on Ki but the ball keeps coming back at Stoke.
Alonso with loads of time inside the Stoke area but he has too much time if anything and wastes the ball.
Wave after wave of attacks now from the home side. The crowd will feel a lot more comfortable if they can grab a second though.
CHANCE! Johnson down the right tries to bend one in the bottom corner with his left foot but it's inches wide.
Mark Hughes barking instructions to his side from the technical area. How things have turned. Stoke looked like they may find a way back into the game ten minutes ago.
Borini has a go but Shawcross blocks. Stoke under severe pressure now.
CHANCE! Altidore with a golden opportunity but Begovic is quickly off his line.
Larsson's strike hits the wall.
Sunderland have a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the box.
N'Zonzi fouls Altidore who was approaching the area. Second yellow.
Assaidi back to Adam and Mannone claims.
Wilson gets a yellow card for a foul on Altidore.
CHANCE! Pieters' shot is blocked by Ki.
Sunderland with a real opportunity on the edge of the box but Johnson's effort is a weak one. Easy for Stoke.
Johnson switching the play from right to left and Borini wins a free-kick. Decent play.
Mannone is all over the place and Sunderland concede a corner. Bright start from Stoke.
Odemwingie puts pressure on Brown and Stoke win the ball back.
Stoke claim an early free-kick. Shawcross with plenty of time outside his own area.
Sunderland start the second half.
Bardsley off Celustka on.
The whistle goes for the break. Johnson with the goal for Sunderland but Stoke have responded really well. 1-0 Sunderland at the break.
We will have one minute of time added on at the end of the half.
Bardsley goes into the book.
Assaidi looking threatening down the left again but Bardsley guides the ball out of play.
Adam is the fouled on halfway. Assaidi crosses but Mannone claims.
Whelan with a dangerous delivery but O'Shea is there. Adam is then shown a yellow card for a dive.
CHANCE! And what a chance it was. Adam's cross lands at the head of Shawcross and Mannone makes a superb save.
Altidore with a late challenge on Odemwingie. Free-kick.
CHANCE! Cameron with a header after Adam's corner falls to him at the back post. Wide.
Crouch has a half-chance after Cameron's cross falls to him. Sunderland clear nervously.
Johnson's free-kicks haven't been as good as he might like. Crouch clears easily.
N'Zonzi receives a yellow card for a late challenge on Altidore.
Assaidi has space after Adam does well to release him but his delivery is very wasteful. Shame.
Mannone can't claim what appeared to be a simple cross but is alert to keep Crouch out. It looked like Mannone clashed with O'Shea as he came to collect it.
Crouch flicks on this time but Stoke can't keep hold of the ball. Altidore having a real tussle with Shawcross at the other end.
Colback and Adam clash in the centre of the field but the referee waves play-on.
Sunderland have been good in possession and have got forward and supported very well.
Crouch and Odemwingie have hardly had a touch. Stoke really struggling to get them involved in the game. Alonso, at the other end, hits his cross into the crowd.
Altidore receives applause from the crowd as he drops deep to claim a free-kick for his side.
Stoke certainly improving and they'll need too quite frankly.
Pieters starting to get forward down the left more. He gives away a free-kick this time however.
Adam has a go from distance but it's wide of Mannone's goal.
N'Zonzi and Whelan combining well in midfield. Adam looking to create something as well. Sunderland with a disciplined defensive line though.
N'Zonzi crowded out in midfield. Sunderland showing real hunger.
Sunderland well on top and looking like they could double their advantage.
No more than Sunderland deserve. Stoke just haven't got going.
GOAL! Johnson finishes well from close range after Begovic fails to hold Borini's strike.
Assaidi breaks towards the Sunderland penalty area but his shot is wayward.
CHANCE! Alonso with a great ball from the left and Bardsley's volley goes narrowly wide.
Excellent approach play from Johnson but his cut back is hammered over by Larsson.
Bardsley attempts the acrobatic shot from the edge of the box but it's high and wide.
Late challenge from Adam but no yellow card. Sunderland free-kick.
All the pay coming through Ki at the moment.
Assaidi looking like Stoke's most lively player early on. Sunderland win it back though.
Johnson with the direct approach but he runs out of pitch in the end.
Stoke enjoying a decent spell of possession, Assaidi dropping deep down the left to claim possession. His cross is deflected towards the 'keeper off Ki.
Sunderland still with the ball. Alonso delivered from the left but Altidore was behind play.
CHANCE! Larsson with a strike from outside the area but Begovic is equal to it.
Stoke struggling to get out of their own half at the moment. Altidore making his presence felt.
Superb start from the home side. Can they make their pressure count?
Shawcross gets the better of Borini in the air. Johnson then delivers from the right and Stoke clear.
Cameron concedes a throw and Sunderland attack again.
Ki always available for a pass. Stoke will have to get closer to him.
Alonso seeing a lot of it down the left but the ball eventually goes out of play after a poor touch from Bardsley.
Johnson looks for Alonso but the ball drifts out of play. Throw for Stoke.
Crouch with a couple of early touches but Sunderland break through O'Shea.
Stoke get us started and away we go...
The players are in the tunnel and are ready to make their way out onto the pitch...
Atmosphere building at the Stadium of Light the fans are really up for this one!
Eimantas Juke has been in touch via Twitter: 'I don't think Sunderland will win but I will go for a 1-1 draw. Sunderland are just poor in league. Johnson & Guidetti to score.'
The Potters head into the clash on a poor run of form having lost four of their last five league games and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea at the weekend. Mark Hughes' side are just four points above the relegation zone and, with just five goals scored in the last four Premier League games between the sides, this could well be a tight affair.
Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland take on Stoke City hoping to collect maximum points which could drag them out of the Premier League bottom three. Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has been buoyed by his side's excellent run in the cup competitions which has rejuvenated their league form in recent weeks, although they have not been out of the drop zone since the second game of August.Victory at Manchester United on penalties last week sent them to Wembley for the first time in 22 years and set up a League Cup date with free-scoring Manchester City on Sunday 2nd March. They followed up that victory with a 1-0 FA Cup fourth-round success over non-league Kidderminster on Saturday as the Uruguayan made 10 changes to his side. The Wearsiders are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches against Stoke.
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