Monday December 26, 2011 Day 18 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 1 - 1 Everton

  • Colback 26’
  • Baines 51’ (pen.)

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  1. Sunderland held by Everton

    Sunderland held by Everton

    Sunderland and Everton shared the spoils after drawing 1-1 in a turgid Premier League affair at the Stadium of Light. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Everton
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    • 90+3 Everton with a really late chance, the low cross comes in from Gueye and Osman charges into the area, but his shot is blocked out for a corner. From the corner Distin has a chance at the back post, but he blasts his effort well over the bar from six yards! But it's full time and the points are shared.
    • 90+2' Howard's really taking his time with this goal kick. Everton are happy with the point then.
    • 90' Sessegnon drills a low ball into the six yard box. Distin doesn't know what's behind him and has to clear, narrowly avoiding his own net!
    • 89' Bendtner almost keeps the ball in as he chases it down, but the linesman correctly flags for a goalkick. What is he complaining about?
    • 88' Brown pumps the freekick forward and Bendtner is eased out of the way as he tires to head across goal.
    • 87' Everton substitution: Tim Cahill is replaced by James McFadden.
    • 86' Lovely turn from Bendtner and he lays off for Cattermole who shoots first time, but it's blocked outside the area.
    • 85' Larsson with another whipped free kick into the area and it's headed away by Hibbert. Larsson gets another g, this time on his left and Bendtner almost nicks it off Jagielka who got to it first.
    • 84' Everton substitution: Saha comes off for Apostolos Vellios.
    • 83' Howard clubs the ball and it goes straight through to Westwood. A bit of subtlety boys...
    • 82' McClean beats a couple of men as he comes infield, but he snatches at the shot and it's skewed well wide.
    • 81' Sunderland substitution: Vaughan is replaced by James McClean.
    • 80' Not such great control this time from Sessegnon as he tries to pluck a ball out of the air with his instep, it going out for a throw.
    • 79' Distin looks nervy as he's hunted down by Sessegnon. He plays back to Howard and the Sunderland fans applaud the Beninian's effort.
    • 78' Sessegnon with a wonderful piece of control in the area, but his shot is blocked and it's out for a corner.
    • 76' Hibbert loops in a high cross to the back post and Osman can't stretch enough, the ball going out for a goal kick.
    • 75' Everton substitution: Drenthe is replaced by Magaye Gueye.
    • 74' Richardson feeds it in early towards the head of Bendtner, but he gets only the slightest touch on it and Larsson behind him can't reach it.
    • 73' You can see that Sunderland have already taken on some classic O'Neill traits, namely chucking the ball into the box at any opportunity.
    • 72' Larsson wins the ball and Sunderland break forward. A through ball almost makes its way to Bendtner, but there's not enough on it and it's just behind him.
    • 70' Yet another freekick for Larsson to pump in. He does so and it's cleared to Colback, who whips one in to the near post. Howard fumbles the ball and for a second it looks like it might cross the line! But it was ok, just the other side of the post anyway.
    • 69' Jagielka misjudges a header, but Sunderland just aren't sharp enough to put the Everton defence under pressure.
    • 68' Hibbert trips Colback and Larsson coems trotting across...it's drifted in this time, getting caught in the wind and Howard holds under no pressure.
    • 67' Jagielka's clearance is really poor and Larsson can run onto it. He threatens to bear down on goal, but a combination of Hibbert and Heitinga just about get to it as they both desperately dive in.
    • 66' Osman receives the ball into feet in the area, but he hasn't got the room to turn and it's cleared for a throw.
    • 65' Sunderland can't breach Everton's massed defence and the Blues can break out on the counter...
    • 64' O'Shea hits a hopeful ball over the defence for Bendtner to run onto, but the Dane is offiside.
    • 63' Drenthe and Baines play keep ball between the two of them. The Dutchman whips the ball in and Osman from quite a way out tries to glance the header towards goal, but it goes well wide.
    • 62' Sessegnon losses the ball, but then wins it back. Richardson sweeps the ball out to Bendtner, but a long leg can't stretch far enough to bring it down.
    • 61' Bendtner is useless on the wing. Why is he always out there? He's six foot four - get in the box son.
    • 60' Bendtner out on the right plays back to Vaughan who cuts infield and his deflected shot dribbles through to Howard.
    • 58' Heitinga knocks the ball out to Drenthe, who tries to run around the outside of Gardner. It looks for all the world like the Dutchman is fouled, but Webb points the other way! Guess that evens it up.
    • 57' A really dangerous cross from Larsson; any touch and it would be in, but Sessegnon can't quite reach it and it falls into Howard's arms.
    • 56' Almost an own goal from Saha! He gets the wrong side of the ball and heads it just over his own bar.
    • 55' Richarson's corner is deep and it's sneaking in at the back post so Howard has to tipit away for another...
    • 54' Gardner puts the ball in to the near post and it's cleared for a corner...
    • 52' That was not a penalty by the way. Osman kicks the ground as he goes to shoot. If there was any contact at all it was so slight, but it looked like there was none at all.
    • 51' Goal! Sunderland 1-1 Everton - Baines puts the penalty into the top right hand corner, leaving Westwood with no chance.
    • 50' Osman goes on a jinking run into the area and incredibly no Sunderland player attempts to put in a challenge. He goes to shoot and goes to ground and Webb points to the spot...
    • 49' Neville's penalised for a fould on Bendtner, though he's unlucky that was given. They really will chuck it in from anywhere and they do so here with the foul near the halfway line.
    • 48' Saha wins the header against Brown, but he's too isolated and Westwood receives the ball. Bendtner plays Sessegnon through, but Howard gets there just as Sessegnon does and he gets a good hand to the ball.
    • 47' Apparently Bardsley has a thigh strain. It means O'Neill only has one substitution left to make now.
    • 46' Sunderland substitution at half time: Craig Gardner has come on for Bardsley and will replace him at right back.
    • 45+1' The referee blows half time and the teams are separated by Jack Colback's first ever senior goal.
    • 45' Richardson strikes it and it comes back off the wall. Sessegnon's trick goes wrong and Everton can break out.
    • 44' Jagielka concedes the foul on Bendter. Pretty needless that and another chance from the set piece...
    • 43' Drenthe overruns the ball and Vaughan nicks it. Bendtner recieves it down the right and he hooks in a cross that's cleared away on the edge of the six yard box.
    • 42' Richardson loses the ball, though the pass from Sessegnon wasn't great. Cahill then beats Cattermole to the ball, but it's all being fought in midfield at the moment.
    • 41' Neville prepares for the long throw, but then plays it short to Osman, whose return is woeful and straight out of play.
    • 40' Bendter's nudged off the ball by Distin, but the ref thinks it's ok. Baines plays down the line for Saha to chase, but there's too much on it.
    • 39' Distin clears under pressure from Sessegnon, who has been by far the best player on the pitch so far.
    • 37' Larsson this time does have a chance from a freekick. It's 25 yards out...but his shot hits right into the face of Heitinga who goes down hurt and the ball is kicked out of play.
    • 36' Bendter is put on the ball after again brilliant play from Sessegnon. Once again a shooting opportunity, but he takes way too long over it and has to play across to Cattermole and his shot is blocked.
    • 35' Osman and Baines swap places as the midfielder crosses towards the leftback who is in the area. It's a corner, but Sunderland break...
    • 34' A couple of crosses are chucked in and Westwood holds the second and boots downfield.
    • 33' Drenthe swivels past Richardson and unleashes a low shot from distance that whilstles past the near post! Got a slight deflection and it's a corner...
    • 32' Cahill sprints in front of O'Shea to get to the ball first, but his touch knocks it out for a Sunderland throw.
    • 31' Bardsley does well to hit the ball off Osman for a goalkick under pressure. The game's in a bit of a lull at the moment.
    • 30' It sort of works. The ball takes a couple of deflections and falls to Osman, but his left footed volley is tough and he hits it over the bar, though Westwood looked worried enough.
    • 29' Cahill's fouled on the halfway line by Vaghan and Baines will pump this one in...
    • 28' Sessegnon is some player. Two moments of magic from him have set team mates in on goal already today.
    • 26' Goal! Sunderland 1-0 Everton - Really well crafted goal: Bendtner with a nice turn infield plays on to Sessegnon, who feints to shoot and cuts inside the defender. He lays off for Colback who hits a first time shot that deflects off Jagielka and into the roof of the net.
    • 25' Cahill heads the ball on to Bendtner's head and it's out for a goal kick. News on the grapevine is that Bramble has picked up an achilles problem.
    • 24' Neville fouls Larsson, but once again it's some distance from the Everton penalty area...
    • 23' Saha's flagged for offside, but it's a poor decision as the Frenchman looked to get in on goal.
    • 22' Baines with a vicious cross into the six yard box. It's begging to be put away, but there's no blue shirt in the vicinity.
    • 21' Sunderland substitution: Bramble comes off injured for Jack Colback.
    • 20' Sessegnon is caught offside and there's going to be an enforced change for Sunderland here...
    • 19' Lovely pass from Sessegnon on the volley to Bendtner, who has Hibbert isolated. Hibbert does well, but in all honestly Bendtner is way too ponderous in trying to get the shot off and it's blocked.
    • 18' It's swung in towards Brown, but well cleared at the back post. It comes back in, but Distin does well to shephard it to Howard under pressure.
    • 17' Cattermole slightly fortuitously wins the freekick as he loses the ball. Larsson of course is straight over it, though it's just too far out to shoot...
    • 16' Instant control from Cahill as he brings down a Howard punt. Everton win the corner again and it will be Drenthe to swing it in...Saha at the backpost is completely free, but he makes terrible contact with the ball and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 15' Baines whips in a dangerous ball across the 6 yard box and Bramble slides in well to clear it for a corner.
    • 14' Larsson swings in a freekick from deep and Bramble gets onto the end of it. It's a tame header, but it bounces awkwardly towards the top corner and Howard does well to hold.
    • 13' Vaughan gets the ball back off Larsson, but he shins it rather than controls it and it's too far ahead of him as he loses the ball.
    • 12' Saha cuts in from the right and lays the ball of for Heitinga to have a dig from 25 yards. It's firm and true, but it's also blocked.
    • 11' Osman's pass towards Saha goes straight out of play for a Sunderland throw. Neither team has really settled yet.
    • 10' A cross is whipped in to the near post and Richardson meets it though his back is to goal and can only head it into the air.
    • 9' O'Shea plays a terrible first time pass forwards and gifts the ball to Everton. Cattermole comes in with one of his trademark close to the knuckle challenges, but wins this one.
    • 8' Everton try to play their way up the pitch with one-touch passing, but it breaks down on the half way line.
    • 6' Baines almost gets in a tangle with Sessegnon, but he coems out with the ball. Poor defending from Brown; he doesn't know Cahill's behind him as the ball comes over the top. It's a narrow angle for the Aussie, but he has no other options and it's easily saved.
    • 5' The long throw comes in from Neville. It bounces almost over Westwood in goal without getting any sort of touch. He's worried, and just about gets hold of it, though of course it wouldn't have counted if it had gone straight in.
    • 4' Vaughan with a lovely through ball towards Sessegnon, but it has slightly too much on it and Howard rushes out to claim.
    • 3' Osman and Cahill exchange passes and play through to Drenthe. The ball gets caught under his feet slightly and Sunderland clear.
    • 2' Drenthe loses out to Cattermole, but Bendtner can't make anything of it and it travels through to Howard.
    • 1' Sunderland get the game underway and they are shooting from left to right. They push forward immediately, but it's cleared by Jagielka.
    • 14:55 The players are in the tunnel and it looks like a pretty full Stadium of Light this afternoon. Surely part of the Martin O'Neill effect (and also that it's a bank holiday and unseasonably warm). But mostly the O'Neill effect...
    • 14:50 Victory would see Everton becoming the seventh club to reach 1,000 Premier League points. They are on 998 at present. Another little landmark: Wes Brown is set to make his 250th career league appearance.
    • 14:45 All six of Everton's wins this season have come against sides in the bottom half of the table and only Swansea and Wigan have scored fewer league goals than Everton's 17 this season.
    • 14:40 It's a pretty solid looking first 11 that Sundeland have really. They certainly shouldn't be down in the position they are in. They have six players in that starting line-up who played for either Arsenal or Manchester United at one time!
    • 14:35 The teams are in - Sunderland: Westwood, O'Shea, Bramble, Brown, Bardsley, Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Richardson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, Ji, McClean, Elmohamady///Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Drenthe, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.
    • 14:30 Everton have hit a patch of much-needed form over the last week. They should have beaten Norwich, having easily enough opportunities and then got the better of Swansea (who had eight clean sheets in 16 games) in a tight match. Leon Osman popped up with important goals on both occasions to underline his terrific value to the side that can go unnoticed.
    • 14:25 Everton tend to do very well against Sunderland. They're unbeaten in their last 13 meetings, winning 10 of those games.
    • 14:20 Both victories were earned with late, late goals. If they hadn't gone in Sunderland would now be in the bottom three with 13 points, but they sit in 15th with 17. Everton are only four points above them and a win for the Mackems today woukl put them above the Blues.
    • 14:15 Two wins from three games has lifted Sunderland upwards since the unveiling of Martin O'Neill as manager. Instead of relegation looming large, it's the top half of the table that's in their sights.
    • 14:10 Hello and welcome to Eurosport UK's live minute-by-minute coverage of Sunderland vs Everton from the Stadium of Light.
  • Summary

    • 90' Sessegnon drills a low ball into the six yard box. Distin doesn't know what's behind him and has to clear, narrowly avoiding his own net!
    • 70' Yet another freekick for Larsson to pump in. He does so and it's cleared to Colback, who whips one in to the near post. Howard fumbles the ball and for a second it looks like it might cross the line! But it was ok, just the other side of the post anyway.
    • 58' Heitinga knocks the ball out to Drenthe, who tries to run around the outside of Gardner. It looks for all the world like the Dutchman is fouled, but Webb points the other way! Guess that evens it up.
    • 56' Almost an own goal from Saha! He gets the wrong side of the ball and heads it just over his own bar.
    • 51' Goal! Sunderland 1-1 Everton - Baines puts the penalty into the top right hand corner, leaving Westwood with no chance.
    • 50' Osman goes on a jinking run into the area and incredibly no Sunderland player attempts to put in a challenge. He goes to shoot and goes to ground and Webb points to the spot...
    • 33' Drenthe swivels past Richardson and unleashes a low shot from distance that whilstles past the near post! Got a slight deflection and it's a corner...
    • 26' Goal! Sunderland 1-0 Everton - Really well crafted goal: Bendtner with a nice turn infield plays on to Sessegnon, who feints to shoot and cuts inside the defender. He lays off for Colback who hits a first time shot that deflects off Jagielka and into the roof of the net.
    • 16' Instant control from Cahill as he brings down a Howard punt. Everton win the corner again and it will be Drenthe to swing it in...Saha at the backpost is completely free, but he makes terrible contact with the ball and it's out for a goal kick.
    • 14:35 The teams are in - Sunderland: Westwood, O'Shea, Bramble, Brown, Bardsley, Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Richardson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, Ji, McClean, Elmohamady///Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Drenthe, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.4 6
      Defenders
      6 7
      Substitution Out21′ 5.2 6
      8.2 6
      Substitution Out45′ 6.8 6
      Midfielders
      6.3 6
      Substitution Out81′ 5.5 6
      7.3 7
      7.3 7
      Strikers
      7.8 8
      5.8 6
      Subs
      Substitution In45′ 5.9 6
      Substitution In21′ Goal 7.8 7
      Substitution In81′ 3.8 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      7.1 6
      Defenders
      6.5 6
      7.1 7
      7.4 7
      Goal 7.3 7
      Midfielders
      6.4 6
      Yellow Card 6.8 6
      6.7 7
      Substitution Out76′ 7.1 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out87′ 7.1 6
      Substitution Out84′ 7.1 7
      Subs
      Substitution In87′ 7.2 6
      Substitution In76′ 7.6 7
      Substitution In84′ 7.7 6

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