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- Saints knocked out of the FA Cup at fifth round stage
- Craig Gardner's second-half stunner separated the side
- Mauricio Pochettino made six changes from the side that defeated Hull
Saints are knocked out of the FA Cup at the fifth round stage, with Sunderland progressing to the quarter-finals. A disappointing result and display from Mauricio Pochettino's side today. Thanks for joining us. We will have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly.
SUNDERLAND 1 SAINTS 0
Sebastian Larsson booked for a tug on Luke Shaw's shirt (90 mins).
Jay Rodriguez cautioned for a late tackle on Lee Cattermole (90 mins).
CHANCE (89 mins): Sunderland work the ball into Fabio Borini, who is in space inside the area. He drills a shot towards the far corner, but Kelvin Davis makes a brilliant one-handed diving stop to keep out the effort.
CHANCE (86 mins): Sunderland break away and have a three-on-one against Saints. Connor Wickham has the ball, but refuses to pass, before running wide and dragging his shot past the far post.
Saints: Adam Lallana off, Sam McQueen on for his debut (83 mins).
Sunderland: Craig Gardner off, Jack Colback on (83 mins).
CHANCE (82 mins): A terrible miss from Rickie Lambert. Steven Davis again slips a ball into the overlapping Nathaniel Clyne. He drives a ball across the face of goal, which picks out Lambert three yards out, but he somehow scoops the ball over the crossbar.
Nathaniel Clyne has created almost every Saints chance today...
CHANCE (80 mins): A rare opportunity for Saints, and it was a good one. Steven Davis slides a little pass through for the overlapping Nathaniel Clyne. His low ball to the near post is met a few yards out by Adam Lallana, but he stabs his shot into the ground and wide.
Sunderland: Andrea Dossena off, Marcos Alonso on (78 mins).
CHANCE (74 mins): A huge let-off for Saints. Sebastian Larsson sends in a pretty routine angled cross from the right. The visitors' defence totally switches off to it, with Connor Wickham sneaking in to meet it just outside the six-yard area. It looks a simple task for the substitute to divert the ball past Kelvin Davis, but he gets barely any contact on it, and the Saints keeper gathers comfortably.
Sunderland: Ignacio Scocco off, Connor Wickham on (68 mins).
And celebrates his strike...
This was the moment that currently divides the sides as Craig Gardner hits the only goal of the game so far...
Saints: Guly do Prado and James Ward-Prowse off, Jay Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin on (62 mins).
CHANCE (58 mins): Steven Davis hits a slicing shot from just outside the box that flies wide of the near post.
SUNDERLAND 1 SAINTS 0 (Craig Gardner 49)
This has been a dreadful game, but finally a moment of real quality has arrived. Unfortunately for Saints, it has been produced by Sunderland. Gardner rifles in a shot from just outside the area that flies across Kelvin Davis, hits the underside of the bar and goes in.
CHANCE (48 mins): Adam Lallana tries his luck from 25 yards, but the ball went well over the bar.
The second half is underway.
SUNDERLAND 0 SAINTS 0
Steven Davis booked for a tackle from behind on Fabio Borini (42 mins).
CHANCE (38 mins): Nathaniel Clyne storms away down the right and slides in a low ball across the face of goal. It eludes Adam Lallana, but then heads towards Rickie Lambert at the back post. However, a superb sliding clearance from Santiago Vergini saves a goal.
Sunderland keeper Oscar Ustari beats Jos Hooiveld to the ball...
Maya Yoshida booked for a trip on Fabio Borini (25 mins).
Fabio Borini battles Luke Shaw for an aerial ball...
PENALTY APPEAL (13 mins): Fabio Borini goes to ground under a challenge from Luke Shaw. The Sunderland forward, as well as his manager, think it is a clear penalty, but Mike Dean awards nothing.
CHANCE (11 mins): A big chance goes begging for Saints. Adam Lallana drifts in a cross towards the far post. Rickie Lambert pulls away from his marker and nods the ball down into the path of an unmarked James Ward-Prowse. The midfielder had made an excellent run to latch onto it just inside the area, but his first-time side-footed shot doesn't have enough power on it to beat the diving Oscar Ustari.
Mike Dean gets the match underway.
The teams are out here at the Stadium of Light. Kick-off now just a few moments away. Stay with us for updates from throughout the game.
Saints haven't beaten Sunderland in any of the clubs' last seven meetings. Their most recent victory came in January 2003, when James Beattie scored in a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light.
A draw here today and we will be heading back to St Mary's for a replay. That, however, is the last thing that Sunderland boss Gus Poyet wants. Speaking honestly, Poyet revealed that he would prefer to lose this afternoon's match than draw it.
Is it worse than losing? Yes. I don’t know if it makes sense, but yes. You tell me when we would play and then I’ll tell you why it’s worse.Gus Poyet
Steven Davis starts for Saints today. The midfielder has enjoyed plenty of cup success, but all of that has come in Scotland. In England, he has never advanced past this stage of the FA Cup. Davis, however, is dreaming of "something special" in this year's competition.
Here is what Sunderland manager Gus Poyet had to say about today's match, writing in his programme notes...
I am sure (Southampton) will also see today's match as a very big one. Southampton are in a strong position in the Premier League and they will see this competition as one they can win, so I am expecting to face a very strong side. They are playing with confidence, so we will have to be at our best to get the better of them.Gus Poyet
For Saints there are starts for Kelvin Davis, Nathaniel Clyne, Jos Hooiveld, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse and Guly do Prado.
They replace Artur Boruc, Calum Chambers, Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez.
There is a first place on the bench for 19-year-old Sam McQueen.
Both teams have made a raft of changes, perhaps indicating their attitude towards the FA Cup v Premier League at the moment.
It's six changes for Saints but nine for Sunderland.
SAINTS: K Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Wanyama, S Davis, W-Prowse, Lallana, Do Prado, Lambert.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Fonte, Chambers, Schneiderlin, Cork, McQueen, Rodriguez.
SUNDERLAND: Ustari, Celustka, Dossena, O'Shea, Vergini, Cattermole, Larsson, Giaccherini, Gardner, Scocco, Borini
Subs: Mannone, Ki, Wickham, Colback, Alonso, Roberge, Mavrias.
Ref: Mike Dean
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog, covering the FA Cup fifth round tie between Sunderland and Saints, at the Stadium of Light. Both clubs are hoping to earn a place in the quarter-finals of the competition. The team sheets promise to be intriguing this afternoon, as people look to see how seriously each manager is taking the cup. We will have the line-ups for you shortly, as well as further build-up, and match updates.