MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 2 Sunderland 2
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All over - 2-2 and an excellent game. Replay it is!
No idea what just happened there but Chung-Yong has just hooked the ball off the line.
Attendance 12, 204
Eagles on and Ngog off.
Pratley booked for a foul on Wickham.
Eagles getting ready to come on.
Fine finish but get the feeling Wanderers will take a replay now.
Johnson swings a cross in - Pratley clears to the edge of the area where Gardner meets it with a sweet right-footed shot that flies past Lonergan.
Pinball in the Whites box again as Lonergan turns another shot away.
Fletcher heads Larsson's cross back across an unguarded net but there is no-one there to turn it in.
Ngog feeds Petrov on the right, he cuts in a curls a shot just outside the post. Would have been no less than the Bulgarian deserves today.
Havoc in the Wanderers box as Lonergan pushes away Gardner's shot, McLean's effort is blocked and then Johnson blasts over the top. Wanderers hanging on. Just.
Davies will be auxhilary centre half for now as Wanderers defend a free kick
Kevin Davies on for Marvin Sordell. He's had a decent game and took his goal really well.
Sordell had a chance there for 3-1. Looked offside as he raced in on goal from half way but Bardsley just got back to him to clear.
Knight made a great block but Wanderers couldn't clear their lines and it was Wickham who bundled it home.
Johnson's cross - header from Fletcher forces Lonergan into another worldie.
That means Sunderland are two up top now.
Connor Wickham coming on for Sunderland. Cuellar off.
Fletcher heads over the top again from Larsson's cross. Can't keep giving him those chances.
Shout for a pen by Sunderland as Fletcher wriggles between Pratley and Andrews. No go.
Sunderland nearly hit straight back – Johnson crosses for Fletcher, who thought his header had beaten Lonergan before he clawed the ball out off the line. Brilliant save.
Petrov's corner headed back into the danger area by Andrews, and then Marvin Sordell generated an impressive amount of power on his header to force the ball over the line.
Petrov's free kick nearly picks out Alonso - Bardsley's panicky clearance goes out for a corner.
We're off in the second half. More of the same please!
Half time soup = watercress, I think.
Half time and it's the travelling fans showing thier discontent. Wanderers will be delighted with their efforts, and thanks to Chung-Yong Lee's well taken fifth goal of the season, they lead at the interval.
Two mins added time.
You can't expect Sunderland to defend this shoddily in the second half. It's car crash stuff at times but Wanderers still search for that second goal.
Good break from Wanderers as Petrov searches out Alonso. He had room to shoot but dragged his effort well wide.
Larsson's corner headed over the top by Fletcher, who should have done better. Let off for Wanderers.
Five mins to go and it's the Sunderland fans who are booing. Wanderers have their tails up and are forcing mistakes.
Somebody better introduce Bramble and Mignolet - they don't seem to be talking.
Corner is cocked-up - and all of a sudden I'm hoping Wanderers can stay solid until the break.
Bramble and Mignolet get in a tangle. Corner needlessly given away. And as I say that, Riley limps off, replaced by Mears.
Mistake from Ngog - who hasn't been at the races so far - gifts possession back to Johnson. Thankfully, his cross is over-hit.
Sunderland have certainly come into it more in the last 15 minutes. Still no gilt-edged chances, though.
Johnson's free kick had Lonergan peddaling back to push the ball away.
Mix up there between Pratley and Lonergan, who had come to punch away Colback's corner. Thankfully, the danger has now been cleared.
Stinger from Vaughan, hitting a left footed shot from 20 yards that forces Lonergan to parry. Riley mopped up the rebound.
It's Colback on for Rose - a makeshift full-back for now.
Gardner has another effort at goal - forcing Lonergan into his first save low to his left.
Danny Rose limps off with what looks like a hamstring - goes straight down the tunnel. Meanwhile, Ricketts makes a good block on Gardner's effort.
The goal came out of the blue really - but Wanderers can be happy with the tempo they have set early on. The pressure put on Mignolet/Cuellar by Petrov forced the mistake.
An absolute howler from Carlos Cuellar. He committed the cardinal sin of playing a pass across his own penalty box after being put under pressure by his own keeper - and Chung-Yong Lee nipped in to sidefoot past Mignolet.
@MarcIles no desire to be there today after xmas shambles. Sunderland clearly want to win this-wish I didnt have #bwfc in my longlist— @Aidan_Ideas 05 January 2013
Great cross from Petrov. Pratley jumped well but missed connecting with his header by milimetres.
Martin Petrov has started out on the right wing.
Sunderland fans very noisy...
Players coming out on to the pitch now.
Would agree this is a big, big chance for him. Whether it is make or break, I'm not so sure. Might depend on whether the Cardiff rumour has legs!
@MarcIles Can't help but feel Sordell has to take his opportunity today for the sake of his bwfc future. Would you agree?— @njcoleman79 05 January 2013
But with so many away followers coming from Sunderland, I have a feeling this might sound a bit like an away game if we're not careful.
It is in keeping with previous seasons. Against York City in 2010 there was a shade over 13,000. It was just under 12,000 when we played Lincoln the season before...
Crowd not exactly swelling at the Reebok. Reckons we're in for low teens in total today.
@MarcIles In your opinion, what would be better win the FA cup or gain promotion?— @BeejMcGillashaw 05 January 2013
2:38pm Sat 5 Jan 13
This might be the defence that can actually keep a clean sheet....
Loads of Sunderland fans here today, and the word is they have sold out an allocation of just under 5,000.
Remember, if you've got a question before the game (or even during it), you can tweet me @MarcIles and I'll try to get it on our timeline.
Strongest available Sunderland side named by Martin O'Neill. He's really going for it - but from a Wanderers perspective, there are a few with a point to prove.
@MarcIles Do we know if olsson is starting today, Marc? #bwfc— @JElsden1 05 January 2013
Also great to see Salford lad Chris Lester on the bench.
So... that's a second start of the season for both Joe Riley and Andy Lonergan, who both featured against Crawley in the League Cup earlier this season.
And it's a return to the team for Marvin Sordell - linked with a move to Cardiff in one of the nationals this morning. Will be asking about that one later.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, Bramble, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher
Sunderland Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Colback
BWFC subs: Bogdan, Mears, Ream, K Davies, Eagles, Spearing, Lester
Today's team: Lonergan, Riley, Ricketts, Knight, Alonso, Andrews, Petrov, Chungy, Pratley, Sordell, Ngog.
@MarcIles any team news yet sir?— @NewnewsnewsBird 05 January 2013
Stephen Warnock is definitely not an option now, though, with Freedman admitting his wage demands are too high for the club right now.
I was expecting Craig Dawson in on loan from West Brom - but Freedman announced yesterday that he has three or four other options, including the England Under 21 man.
Then we have the centre-back situation, which is not a foregone conclusion either.
It seems striker Craig Davies is all done bar the shouting, while youngsters Jan Gregus and Jonatan Tollas are due in for talks this weekend, I understand.
But what about the transfer news? It is January after all.
Benik Afobe (hamstring), Keith Andrews (Achilles) and David Ngog (ankle) are all big, big doubts today...
So have you got cup fever? Dougie Freedman was talking today's game up yesterday but had hinted earlier in the week that he was ready to make changes. Teams should be interesting and are due out in about 15 mins.
I'm sure the thermometer in the car read 13degC... can't remember the last time that happened!
Good afternoon all - and what a nice day for it!
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