Saturday May 14, 2011 Day 37 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 1 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

  • Sessegnon 34’
  • Craddock 23’
  • Fletcher 54’
  • Elokobi 78’

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  1. Wolves claim crucial win

    Wolves claim crucial win

    Wolves claimed a crucial 3-1 victory over Sunderland as their fight for Premier League survival was given a boost at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Wolverhampton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The full-time whistle goes at the Stadium of Light, and Wolves have claimed a crucial 3-1 victory over Sunderland to give their hopes of Premier League survival a major boost! Thanks for joining us. Premier League table
    • 90+2' Colback wins a free kick at the expense of Elokobi, but that was never one.
    • 90+1' Craddock rises high to head clear from deep inside the Wolves half.
    • 90' Three minutes will be added at the end of this second half with Sunderland keeping the ball.
    • 89' Zenden powers a long range shot straight at Hennessey, and Wolves are comfortable.
    • 87' Doyle chases down a loose ball deep in the Sunderland half, and he is giving everything.
    • 86' Louis Laing comes on to replace John Mensah, and Bruce is taking the opportunity to give his kids a run out.
    • 85' Hennessey dives low to save as the shot comes in from Riveros.
    • 84' Sunderland stroke the ball around patiently in their half, and Wolves are happy to sit deep.
    • 83' Doyle again takes the ball towards the corner flag as Wolves desperately consolidate their lead.
    • 81' Doyle is proving a very fine sub from McCarthy as he runs his heart out to contain the Sunderland back four.
    • 79' Sunderland press forward once more, but Wolves are defending valiantly.
    • 78' GOAL!!!!! ELOKOBI GRABS WOLVES' THIRD! The cross comes over from O'Hara, and Elokobi dives forward to head powerfully beyond Mignolet - what a goal!
    • 77' Criag Lynch comes on to replace Jordan Henderson, and yet another young prospect comes on for Sunderland.
    • 75' The hosts are enjoying a good spell of possession, and Wolves are having to battle very hard.
    • 74' Sunderland press forward with almost incessant pressure, but Wolves are standing firm.
    • 73' Ward powers down the left for Wolves and wins his side a corner which could be very valuable.
    • 72' Kevin Doyle comes on to replace Fletcher, and McCarthy injects some fresh legs.
    • 71' Ryan Noble comes on to replace Malbranque, and Bruce gives one of his youngsters a run out.
    • 70' Wolves are keeping the ball with consummate ease, and this is superb from the visitors.
    • 69' Mignolet does superbly on this occasion to claim a high ball inside the Sunderland box, and he does so with ease.
    • 68' STAT: Sunderland have scored 42 goals – only four clubs have fewer goals in the division this season and they are all currently in the bottom five places in the table.
    • 67' Jarvis has been an inspired substitution from McCarthy, and he continues to cause havoc down the right.
    • 65' Colback battles furiously with Fletcher, and the Wolves fans are going berserk in the visitors' section.
    • 63' Penalty? No! Sessegnon is poised to pull the trigger inside the Wolves box, only for Hunt to bundle the forward over from behind in clumsy fashion - it was surely a penalty, but no!
    • 61' Henderson whips over a testing delivery from a free kick out on the right, but Wolves deal with it brilliantly through Craddock.
    • 59' Sunderland enjoy a fine spell of possession, but they do absolutely nothing with it.
    • 58' STAT: Sunderland have won 11, drawn 11 and lost 14 of their 36 PL matches – the exact same record they had at the same stage of last season. They have also conceded the same amount of goals (53) as at the same stage, and scored six fewer (41 compared to 47).
    • 57' McCarthy is very anxious indeed, and he patrols the touchline furiously as he watches his side scrap.
    • 55' Wolves press furiously in search of a third goal as Sunderland are forced onto the back foot.
    • 54' GOAL!!!!! FLETCHER RESTORES WOLVES' LEAD! Jarvis whips the ball over from the right, and his delivery is converted by Fletcher, who rises above Mensah to head into the net!
    • 53' What a save from Hennessey! Malbranque fires a crisp shot from the edge of the Wolves box which arrows towards the top corner, but the keeper tips it over the bar!
    • 51' Sunderland are dominating the possession, but doing very little with it.
    • 49' It's a golden chance! Fletcher is put clean through on goal as he latches on to an incisive delivery, but his finish is utterly devoid of conviction as he shoots tamely straight at Mignolet!
    • 47' It's a typically frenetic start to the second half, and Matt Jarvis has come on to replace Adlene Guedioura.
    • 46' The second half is underway at the Stadium of Light, and Wolves kick us off needing a second goal.
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the Stadium of Light, and Wolves are level at 1-1 with Sunderland after Sessegnon cancelled out Craddock's opener.
    • 45+1' Henderson bundles over Henry in midfield, and Wolves have a chance to ease the pressure.
    • 45' There will be two added minutes at the end of this first half.
    • 44' Fletcher has seen very little of the ball, but he scraps away furiously with Colback once more.
    • 43' HANDBALL! Mensah handles as a cross comes in from Hunt out on the left, and Wolves are furious as referee Mike Jones shakes his head.
    • 42' Wolves keep the ball at the back before launching an attack through Hunt, but the ball runs loose.
    • 41' Henderson apologises to his team-mates after blazing a wild shot over the crossbar.
    • 40' Bruce is absolutely furious as Hunt fouls Al-Muhammadi, and that was a poor challenge.
    • 39' Elokobi plants Malbranque on his backside with an uncompromising challenge down the left.
    • 38' FACT: Since leaving Sunderland, McCarthy has won two and lost one PL match against them. His only previous visit to The Stadium of Light was Wolves' 5-2 defeat in September 2009.
    • 37' Foley does well to dispossess Henderson with a sturdy challenge, and that was very fine defending.
    • 36' McCarthy's reaction to that goal was one of sheer exasperation as his side failed to clear the corner.
    • 35' It's the least that Sunderland deserve with 61 per cent of the possession and good use of the ball.
    • 34' GOAL!!!! SESSEGNON SCORES! Zenden whips over a deep corner which Wolves allow to bounce around in the box, and Sessegnon lashes the ball home in acrobatic fashion at the back post!
    • 33' Hennessey flies out to deal with a devilish corner but he gets nowhere near it and another is conceded.
    • 32' O'HARA HITS THE BAR! The midfielder surges forward before crashing a stunning strike from range which thunders against the crossbar!
    • 31' Henderson attempts an ambitious effort from range, with the ball whistling wide of the far post.
    • 30' STAT: Since leaving the club he has won two and lost one PL match against them. His only previous visit to The Stadium of Light was Wolves’ 5-2 defeat in September 2009.
    • 29' Riveros battles with O'Hara in midfield as the pair scrap it out in a bid to regain the ball.
    • 27' Fletcher goes down clutching his head after a clash with Mensah, and he receives treatment...
    • 26' Mick McCarthy is out on the touchline barking orders at his players, and it's very competitive in midfield.
    • 25' Fletcher is battling valiantly for the visitors in the final third of the field to occupy the back four.
    • 24' It's the first time Craddock has played against Sunderland since leaving the club.
    • 23' GOAL!!!!! WOLVES ARE IN FRONT! Hunt whips the ball over to Craddock at the back post, who volleys in brilliantly with his right foot beyond Mignolet into the far corner of the net!
    • 22' Hunt is playing superbly and he craftily forces his way down the left before crossing.
    • 21' STAT: Manager Steve Bruce has won one of his five previous PL matches against Wolves, losing the last two.
    • 20' Ward jinks his way down the left and shows real class in twisting and turning past Onuoha before crossing to no one.
    • 19' Fletcher is battling superbly for Wolves as the forward puts the Sunderland defence under real pressure.
    • 18' O'Hara delivers a cracking cross into the box which causes chaos, but eventually Sunderland clear.
    • 17' The loose ball drops to Stephen Hunt inside the Sunderland box, but the Irishman cannot gather it.
    • 16' Fletcher goes down clutching his head under a challenge from Mensah, and now Wolves will have a set piece.
    • 15' It's a very poor effort from Zenden as the ball flies out of play, and that was far too deep.
    • 13' Bardsley wins a free kick for Sunderland with a bright run down the left, and Zenden will whip this into the box.
    • 12' Henderson races down the right, and he is looking extremely bright this afternoon.
    • 11' Elokobi hurls the ball down the left powerfully but Sunderland are immediately back in possession.
    • 10' Al Muhammadi hurtles down the right and cuts the ball back from the byline to the onrushing Malbranque, who inexplicably misses the ball six yards out!
    • 9' ZENDEN HITS THE BAR! The Dutchman lets fly as two Wolves midfielders back off him, and the ball strikes the crossbar with Hennessey comprehensively beaten!
    • 7' O'Hara whips the ball over into the box, but it is cleared away by Colback.
    • 6' Mensah fouls Fletcher, and Wolves have a free kick out on the right which O'Hara will take...
    • 5' Sessegnon battles hard to harry the Wolves back four, and the visitors have not managed to settle.
    • 4' Henderson and Malbranque exchange passes in midfield to establish the hosts, and that is good play.
    • 3' Bruce is out on the touchline barking orders at his side already, and he looks less than happy.
    • 2' Mignolet slices a very poor clearance straight into the air, but Colback does superbly to head clear.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Stadium of Light, and Mancienne immediately scythes down Riveros.
    • 12:40 We're just five minutes from kick off now, and the tension is palpable among the Wolves camp as the players enjoy a round of high fives! Who's your money on, so to speak? Post your predictions below...
    • 12:35 Classic Cup-related trivia: Three of the Sunderland subs were not even alive when their club were last in the FA Cup final! Ryan Noble, Louis Laing, Billy Knott.
    • 12:30 Wolves lie perilously close to the relegation zone in 17th spot, just a point ahead of Blackpool. Who do you think will go down? Premier League table
    • 12:25 The teams are in at the Stadium of Light! Sessegnon leads the line for the depleted Black Cats, while Ward and Fletcher assume striking berths for Wolves. The referee is Mike Jones.
    • 12:20 Sunderland: Mignolet, Elmohamady, Mensah, Onuoha, Bardsley, Henderson, Riveros, Colback, Zenden, Malbranque, Sessegnon. Subs: Carson, Cook, Knott, Noble, Adams, Lynch, Laing
    • 12:15 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Guedioura, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Fletcher, Ward. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Jarvis, Milijas, Doyle
    • 12:10 Sunderland boss Steve Bruce will be without an entire starting XI. With loan signing Sulley Muntari having returned to parent club Inter Milan and Anton Ferdinand joining the casualty list with a hamstring problem, Bruce will struggle to fill the substitutes' bench even if he uses all his youngsters. Here's the list of Sunderland casualties
    • 12:05 Mick McCarthy expects Wolves' battle for Barclays Premier League survival to continue to the final game of the season. Wolves could make themselves safe this weekend if they win at McCarthy's former club Sunderland and other results involving Wigan, West Ham and Blackpool go in their favour. But McCarthy believes that is an unlikely scenario and is gearing up for a last-day showdown against fellow strugglers Blackburn at Molineux on May 22. Read more
    • 12:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers can take a huge step towards Premier League survival if they defeat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
  • Summary

    • 78' GOAL!!!!! ELOKOBI GRABS WOLVES' THIRD! The cross comes over from O'Hara, and Elokobi dives forward to head powerfully beyond Mignolet - what a goal!
    • 63' Penalty? No! Sessegnon is poised to pull the trigger inside the Wolves box, only for Hunt to bundle the forward over from behind in clumsy fashion - it was surely a penalty, but no!
    • 54' GOAL!!!!! FLETCHER RESTORES WOLVES' LEAD! Jarvis whips the ball over from the right, and his delivery is converted by Fletcher, who rises above Mensah to head into the net!
    • 53' What a save from Hennessey! Malbranque fires a crisp shot from the edge of the Wolves box which arrows towards the top corner, but the keeper tips it over the bar!
    • 49' It's a golden chance! Fletcher is put clean through on goal as he latches on to an incisive delivery, but his finish is utterly devoid of conviction as he shoots tamely straight at Mignolet!
    • 43' HANDBALL! Mensah handles as a cross comes in from Hunt out on the left, and Wolves are furious as referee Mike Jones shakes his head.
    • 34' GOAL!!!! SESSEGNON SCORES! Zenden whips over a deep corner which Wolves allow to bounce around in the box, and Sessegnon lashes the ball home in acrobatic fashion at the back post!
    • 32' O'HARA HITS THE BAR! The midfielder surges forward before crashing a stunning strike from range which thunders against the crossbar!
    • 23' GOAL!!!!! WOLVES ARE IN FRONT! Hunt whips the ball over to Craddock at the back post, who volleys in brilliantly with his right foot beyond Mignolet into the far corner of the net!
    • 10' Al Muhammadi hurtles down the right and cuts the ball back from the byline to the onrushing Malbranque, who inexplicably misses the ball six yards out!
    • 9' ZENDEN HITS THE BAR! The Dutchman lets fly as two Wolves midfielders back off him, and the ball strikes the crossbar with Hennessey comprehensively beaten!
    • 12:20 Sunderland: Mignolet, Elmohamady, Mensah, Onuoha, Bardsley, Henderson, Riveros, Colback, Zenden, Malbranque, Sessegnon. Subs: Carson, Cook, Knott, Noble, Adams, Lynch, Laing
    • 12:15 Wolverhampton: Hennessey, Foley, Craddock, Mancienne, Elokobi, Guedioura, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Fletcher, Ward. Subs: Hahnemann, Stearman, Ebanks-Blake, Berra, Jarvis, Milijas, Doyle

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Mignolet
      • A. Al-Muhamadi
      • J. Mensah Substitution Out (88′)
      • N. Onuoha
      • P. Bardsley
      • C. Riveros
      • J. Colback
      • J. Henderson Substitution Out (76′)
      • B. Zenden
      • S. Malbranque Substitution Out (70′)
      • S. Sessegnon Goal

      Subs

      • T. Carson
      • R. Noble Substitution In70′
      • B. Adams
      • J. Cook
      • B. Knott
      • C. Lynch Substitution In76′
      • L. Laing Substitution In88′
    • Starting line-up

      • W. Hennessey
      • K. Foley
      • J. Craddock Goal
      • M. Mancienne
      • G. Elokobi Goal
      • K. Henry
      • J. O'Hara
      • A. Guédioura Substitution Out (45′)
      • S. Hunt
      • S. Ward
      • S. Fletcher Goal Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • M. Hahnemann
      • C. Berra
      • S. Ebanks-Blake
      • R. Stearman
      • K. Doyle Substitution In72′
      • M. Jarvis Substitution In45′
      • N. Milijaš
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