Stoke charge forward on the counter, Adam is put through on goal by Whelan. He shoots from 20 yards out but fires over the bar.
Adam Johnson with the shot, blocked by the wall
O'Shea comes forward, Pieters goes in for a 50/50, is ran into by O'Shea but the referee awards the visitors a free kick! Never right
Pieters crosses from the other side but Mannone leaps and claims as Crouch can only watch
Cameron with another cross that Sunderland have to clear away from the waiting attackers
60 minutes gone, Stoke searching for a second. Playing well
It runs free for Walters collect. He could have tried his luck there but opts to cross and Sunderland can clear
Whelan then finds Arnautovic. He plays a one-two with Crouch but then sees his shot blocked
Walters and Huth both close down a Sunderland attacker, no chance of him getting through there!
Crouch with a shot, blocked and cleared
They clear but it seems as if they're hanging on a little. Come on Stoke, get a second
Walters goes for the diving header but O'Shea is there and Sunderland conceded a corner
Adam with a great curling ball after good play down the left with Arnautovic, Nzonzi and Crouch
Another cross from Cameron, Crouch appeals that he's being pulled back but nothing is given
Bardsley cuts in shoots at the other end, from long range, Begovic gets down to save comfortably
Whelan spreads the play out wide to Cameron. He does a couple of step overs and delivers a superb searching ball. Walters just misses it then it drops beyond Crouch at the back post. Unlucky there
Begovic attempts to keep a deflected Sunderland in cross play but can't and it's a corner. Stoke deal with it well though
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Both teams back out now and Sunderland will restart things here. No changes at the break.
I have never understood why the Rugby team there are called Hull FC though. At least it's their nickname
Stoke Potters, how American would that sound?!
There's the whistle, Stoke 1 Sunderland 0
Sunderland corner here now just before the break. In it comes, a big scramble but Stoke forces them back to their keeper
Two-minutes added time here
Adam Johnson fires into Row Z from 25 yards as we approach the half-time whistle
Mannone almost spills the ball in the six yard box as another cross is put into the danger zone. Celustka is there to ensure he can gather it up
We're having a debate about that here now Michael. Sunderland will be fuming, as he made no contact with Charlie Adam and touched the ball. But if both feet are off the ground and he lunges, is that being reckless?
Giaccherini off for Roberge meanwhile as Poyet looks to address his defence. He steps in at centre half alongside O'Shea
Pieters blocks and its a corner. Stoke clear
Sunderland attack on the break, Huth backs off a little to allow Pieters to regain his position. Once he does, he closes Larsson and forces the midfielder to pass.
Referee Kevin Friend thinks that there was intent there though, and gives him his marching orders
Brown went into a challenge on Adam with both feet off the ground, but made no contact with the midfielder, who evaded it well
Sunderland are furious, in particular Gus Poyet on the touchline!