Saturday December 18, 2010 Day 18 Finished Stadium of Light

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  1. Welbeck fires Sunderland sixth

    Welbeck fires Sunderland sixth

    Sunderland moved up to sixth in the Premier League table after beating Bolton Wanderers 1-0 at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game played this weekend, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' The whistle goes, and Sunderland move into the top six! The Black Cats and Manchester United remain the only two sides yet to lose at home in the Premier League this season.
    • 90+4' Klasnic misses from six yards. Bolton get their cross in and the Croatian mistimes his shot and sends it wide of the target! That was THE chance for Bolton!
    • 90+3' Moreno's cross is blocked and Al-Muhamadi goes off on another run down the wing. he strays just out of play, and Bolton will have one more chance at snatching a point.
    • 90+2' Elmander gets past zemden and heads down the right, but cattermole gets his foot in and concedes a throw.
    • 90+1' Four minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 90' Klasnic has a wild swing inside the area but gets his effort all wrong and swipes at thin air!
    • 89' Another good move forward from Sunderland. Bent feeds Henderson out wide, and the cross is perfect for Zenden to head... wide of the far post! That could have been curtains for Bolton!
    • 88' Bolton have scored in or after the 88th minute in three of their last four Premier League matches.
    • 87' Ferdinand gets barged over by Davies in mid-air. Sunderland are closing in on victory here.
    • 86' Bolton see a corner cleared but they retain the ball. Klasnic can fire on the turn this time but his strike has the sting taken out of it by a deflection and it trickles to Gordon.
    • 84' Bolton substitutions: Tamir Cohen and Rodrigo Moreno replace Muamba and Taylor.
    • 83' Klasnic brings down a long throw inside the box with his back to goal, but Cattermole hacks the ball away before the Croatian can turn and shoot.
    • 82' Zenden has a pop from distance but it's an easy save for Jaaskelainen.
    • 81' Al-Muhamadi charges down the right wing and gets his cross in. It misses Welbeck and Holden forces Bent out wide. The Stadium of Light want a second, and they might just get one soon.
    • 80' Elmander keeps a Bolton move going with a classy backheel, but Klasnic's poor pass lets the side down.
    • 78' We haven't had a Kevin Davies foul for an unnervingly long time. Ah, wait, he's just backed into Anton Ferdinand, and the whistle blows. All is right with the world again.
    • 77' Welbeck should be fit to return to the match once hes led off the field. in the meantime, Sunderland are temporarily down to 10 men.
    • 76' Welbeck is down in pain on the floor again. He's been in the wars this afternoon.
    • 75' Davies shows good strength to hold off Al-Muhamadi, but he misses his header from a cross.
    • 74' Sunderland substitution: Boudewijn Zenden replaces Gyan.
    • 72' Welbeck is perhaps unfortunate not to get a free-kick after stumbling on the edge of the box. He evades Holden's challenge and plays a one-two with Bent, but can't stay on his feet.
    • 70' So nearly two for Sunderland! Bent miscontrols insid ethe area but the ball runs for Gyan. The striker pulls the ball back for Welbeck who sidefoots an effort off the outside of the far post!
    • 69' Klasnic has looked good since coming on. He's playing behind Elmander and Davies, linking up the play between midfield and the front two, and Sunderland are struggling to pick him up.
    • 68' Bolton fail to clear a routine cross and it falls at the feet of Gyan on the edge of hte box, but the bounce is awkward and the Ghanaian miscues his half-volleyed strike.
    • 67' Taylor crosses in and Davies seems to have an age to control with his chest and strike a volley, which is blocked. That should not have been so easy for the Bolton target man.
    • 65' Holden tries to feed Elmander with a diagonal ball, but it is underhit and Sunderland can come forward.
    • 64' Late, desperate tackle from Muamba on Gyan, and the Bolton midfielder goes into Chris Foy's book.
    • 63' Bolton substitution: Ivan Klasnic replaces Petrov.
    • 62' Holden does well to track back and break up a Sunderland attack, but the home side are looking in the ascendant just now.
    • 61' Bolton have scored in seven of their previous eight league away matches this season – the only time they failed to score came in a 1-0 defeat at Manchester City on December 4. (Infostrada)
    • 59' Richardson is teed up for the strike... into the crowd.
    • 58' Sunderland have plenty streaming forward on the counter-attack. Cattermole hesitates when Welbeck was in acres of space on the left, but the midfielder is then brought down by Robinson.
    • 57' This has been a bright start to the half from Sunderland, but now here come Bolton. Petrov tees himself up for the strike from distance, but he lashes it high and wide, much to the joy of the home fans!
    • 56' Bolton have scored 22 second half goals in the division this season – more than any other Premier League club. (Infostrada)
    • 55' The delivery is a tricky one. It's headed down into the path of Welbeck, but the goalscorer just can't steer it past Jaaskelainen.
    • 54' Sunderland again try to take the free-kick quickly, but this time the referee insists they wait for the whistle...
    • 53' Holden fouls in midfield. Sunderlans take the free-kick quickly and Holden brings down Welbeck out wide. The American picks up a booking for the second foul.
    • 52' Davies plays Elmander in on the edge of the Sunderland box, and the Swede's shot on the turn is decent, but a regulation stop for Gordon.
    • 52' The ball is lifted over the Bolton defnece for Gyan to chase, but Jaaskelainen is alert to the danger.
    • 51' Cattrermole has already seen red twice this season. He's on the road to making it three times at this rate.
    • 50' Elmander limps off for treatment. Owen Coyule is furious on the Bolton bench.
    • 49' Cattermole lets the ball run too far ahead of him and trips Elmander as he stretches to win it back! the Sunderland terrier is lucky to escape without a second yellow card there!
    • 47' Blackpool v Spurs is OFF! Sunday's clash at Bloomfield Road has, unsurprisingly, succumbed to the weather.
    • 46' Sunderland kick off and the second half is underway!
    • 45+3' The whistle blows for half-time. Welbeck put Sunderland in front, but Gordon has kept them ahead with a corker of a save.
    • 45+1' Bolton can't make anything from their two subsequent corners. Three minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 45' What a save by Gordon! The corner is headed back across goal and Zat Knight prods it towards goal and the Scottish keeper claws it away and over the bar from almost point blank range! Stunning stop from the Sunderland keeper!
    • 45' Petrov whips in a dangerous cross that Bardsley has to head behind for a corner before Davies can get on the end of it.
    • 44' Welbeck goes down and stays down after a clash with Sam Ricketts by the touchline. The on-loan forward is just a little winded, and will continue.
    • 42' Elmander bundles his way into the Sunderland area but is a tad unfortunate to trip Al-Muhamadi as he fights to regain the ball.
    • 41' Welbeck's lay off for Bent runs behind the striker and all the way to Cattermole... struck way over the bar from range.
    • 40' Bolton send a few too many forward and Sunderland can break. Bolton then launch a counter and Holden fights his way through two men before one of them - Cattermole - brings the American down cynically and gets booked.
    • 39' Elmander hounds Onuoha and forces the defender to concede a throw. Henderson pitches in to help defend as Bolton commit several players forward.
    • 38' Cattermole is on hand to tidy up as things get a bit scrappy in the middle of the park.
    • 37' Sunderland's first real spell of pressure led to their goal. Can Bolton respond before half-time?
    • 35' The free-kick is sent forward but Gyan is penalised for climbing on his marker.
    • 34' Cahill gets the day's first booking for a late tackle from behind on Bent on the halfway line.
    • 33' Danny Welbeck's fifth goal of the season has given the Black Cats the lead.
    • 32' GOAL!! Henderson's floated ball to the far post is brought down well by Bent. The striker's shot on the turn is parried by Jasskelainen but it bounces in front of Welbeck who heads home from close range!
    • 31' Lovely from Gyan! He flicks a header on for himself to latch on to and drills a low shot that Jussi Jaaskelainen fumbles to block! first test for the Bolton keeper.
    • 30' Davies swings in a cross to the far post, but again it is headed clear. If only he could be in there to meet his own crosses.
    • 29' Paul Robinson comes across block Jordan Henderson's progress down the left. sunderland seeing more of it in the Bolton half now.
    • 28' Elmander wins Bolton a corner, although Sunderland wanted a foul on Onuoha. In any event, Gordon catches the set piece. Al-Muhamadi has dropped in as a makeshift left-back, with Onuoha moving into the middle.
    • 27' Bent is played into acres of space, and no wonder, he was offside. Mind you, the first replay seems to suggest he was level with the last man.
    • 26' Another one bites the dust! Tomorrow's big clash between Chelsea and Manchester United has now also been postponed. Can Tottenham's trip to Blackpool be far behind?
    • 25' Davies digs out an early cross from deep that Elmander glances over the bar with a header at the near post.
    • 24' Stuart Holden and Taylor graft their way down the left, but the eventual cross is dealt with. Bolton look the more threatening midway through the first half.
    • 22' Sunderland substitution: Ahmed Al-Muhamadi replaces Mensah. Interesting. Perhaps Richardson will drop to left-back
    • 21' Mensah is still limping around following another challenge, and it looks like that's his lot for today.
    • 20' Taylor curls in a cross towards the far post, but Gordon is off his line to pluck it from the air.
    • 19' Nice hold-up play from Davies as Bolton build another attack. Possession is exchanged in midfield several times.
    • 18' The frenetic pace of the opening quarter-hour has subsided a little, but both sides are still pushing for the opener.
    • 16' Mensah is up on his feet and will continue to play.
    • 15' Mensah is still receiving treatment. Steve Bruce has Paulo da Silva and Marcos Angeleri on the bench as defensive cover.
    • 14' Davies slides in from the side on John Mensah. He won the ball, but the Sunderland defender has been left in a heap.
    • 13' Bolton clear the corner but Cattermole sends in the second ball. Nedum Onuoha holds it up and it comes for Darren Bent... fired over the bar from 12 yards!
    • 12' Fantastic play by Sunderland through the middle as Richardson surges forward. He pullsd the ball back for Welbeck... great last-ditch challenge from Gary Cahill! Corner to the home side...
    • 11' Well, this match is hotting up nicely. Both sides have been rewarded for their ambition by their high placings in the table, and they are not about to abandon those principals today!
    • 10' Lee Cattermole feeds Gyan as Sunderland bomb forward now... the strike is wide of the far post, but the flag was up for offside against the Ghanaian.
    • 9' It's Asamoah Gyan who will strike... a poor low drive that hits the wall. Bolton break and Taylor is at the byline. He pulls the ball back for Kevin Davies whose shot is blocked and the rebound is hacked clear!
    • 8' Sunderland come forward and Fabrice Muamba fells Danny Welbeck. Richardson might fancy a shot from here...
    • 7' Matt Taylor pings the ball across the final third and Petrov strikes from distance... the low shot is an easy save for Criag Gordon.
    • 6' Plenty of head tennis in the Sunderland area before the Black Cats clear.
    • 5' Phil Bardsley roams infield and is dogged all the way by Petrov, but the Sunderland full-back keeps the ball before finding a team-mate.
    • 4' Sunderland have their first sustained bout of possession, which ends with Kieran Richardson blazing a strike over from way out.
    • 3' Johan Elmander twists and turns on the edge of the box before squaring a ball across the area which is easily intercepted.
    • 2' Nice work from Martin Petrov as he skips inside from the right, but he can't play in a team-mate.
    • 1' Bolton kick off and we're underway!
    • 12:40 The players are coming out on to the pitch now. We'll be underway soon...
    • 12:30 Only two Premier League games have survived. There is this one and Blackburn against West Ham United so enjoy your little taste of Premier League action. Unlike the snow, there is not a lot of it going around this afternoon. Hopefully, these two sides can keep us warm. A win for the visiting side would see them close to within five points of leaders Manchester United.
    • 12:25 The referee is Chris Foy of Merseyside.
    • 12:20 Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Taylor, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Cohen, Lee.
    • 12:15 Teams are coming in on this snowy day...Sunderland: Gordon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Mensah, Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan, Bent. Subs: Mignolet, Angeleri, Malbranque, Zenden, Elmohamady, Da Silva, Riveros.
    • 12:10 FACTS: It is 15 games since Bolton last kept a Premier League clean sheet away from home
    • 12.05 FACTS: Sunderland have drawn 49 matches on home soil in the Premier League era.
    • 12:00 FACTS: Darren Bent scored four goals in the two games against Bolton last season and has nine in 10 Premier League games against the Trotters overall; Sunderland have lost just one of the last 18 matches at the Stadium of Light.
    • 11:55 FACTS: Bolton have failed to score in their last three Premier League games against Sunderland and have only won one of their last seven Premier League away games.
    • 11:50 Amazingly, both these sides can go fifth with a win here. That goes to show how far they have come, and how congested the Premier League is outside the top four.
    • 11:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE text commentary and scoring of Sunderland's Premier League clash with Bolton at the Stadium of Light, a 12.45pm kick-off that goes ahead despite the thick carpet of snow caking the UK today.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Klasnic misses from six yards. Bolton get their cross in and the Croatian mistimes his shot and sends it wide of the target! That was THE chance for Bolton!
    • 89' Another good move forward from Sunderland. Bent feeds Henderson out wide, and the cross is perfect for Zenden to head... wide of the far post! That could have been curtains for Bolton!
    • 70' So nearly two for Sunderland! Bent miscontrols insid ethe area but the ball runs for Gyan. The striker pulls the ball back for Welbeck who sidefoots an effort off the outside of the far post!
    • 45' What a save by Gordon! The corner is headed back across goal and Zat Knight prods it towards goal and the Scottish keeper claws it away and over the bar from almost point blank range! Stunning stop from the Sunderland keeper!
    • 32' GOAL!! Henderson's floated ball to the far post is brought down well by Bent. The striker's shot on the turn is parried by Jasskelainen but it bounces in front of Welbeck who heads home from close range!
    • 31' Lovely from Gyan! He flicks a header on for himself to latch on to and drills a low shot that Jussi Jaaskelainen fumbles to block! first test for the Bolton keeper.
    • 13' Bolton clear the corner but Cattermole sends in the second ball. Nedum Onuoha holds it up and it comes for Darren Bent... fired over the bar from 12 yards!
    • 12' Fantastic play by Sunderland through the middle as Richardson surges forward. He pullsd the ball back for Welbeck... great last-ditch challenge from Gary Cahill! Corner to the home side...
    • 9' It's Asamoah Gyan who will strike... a poor low drive that hits the wall. Bolton break and Taylor is at the byline. He pulls the ball back for Kevin Davies whose shot is blocked and the rebound is hacked clear!
    • 12:20 Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Ricketts, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Taylor, Holden, Muamba, Petrov, Elmander, Kevin Davies. Subs: Bogdan, Steinsson, Klasnic, Moreno, Blake, Cohen, Lee.
    • 12:15 Teams are coming in on this snowy day...Sunderland: Gordon, Onuoha, Ferdinand, Mensah, Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Richardson, Welbeck, Gyan, Bent. Subs: Mignolet, Angeleri, Malbranque, Zenden, Elmohamady, Da Silva, Riveros.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • C. Gordon
      • N. Onuoha
      • A. Ferdinand
      • J. Mensah Substitution Out (22′)
      • P. Bardsley
      • L. Cattermole Yellow Card
      • K. Richardson
      • J. Henderson
      • D. Welbeck Goal
      • A. Gyan Substitution Out (74′)
      • D. Bent

      Subs

      • S. Malbranque
      • M. Angeleri
      • C. Riveros
      • P. da Silva
      • S. Mignolet
      • B. Zenden Substitution In74′
      • A. Al-Muhamadi Substitution In22′
    • Starting line-up

      • J. Jääskeläinen
      • S. Ricketts
      • G. Cahill Yellow Card
      • Z. Knight
      • P. Robinson
      • F. Muamba Yellow Card Substitution Out (83′)
      • S. Holden Yellow Card
      • M. Taylor Substitution Out (83′)
      • M. Petrov Substitution Out (63′)
      • K. Davies
      • J. Elmander

      Subs

      • I. Klasnic Substitution In63′
      • R. Blake
      • T. Cohen Substitution In83′
      • G. Steinsson
      • &. Bogdán
      • C. Lee
      • Rodri Substitution In83′
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