• English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 42,190
SunderlandSunderlandvMan CityMan City
  • Adam Johnson, 53

live commentary

90 mins:Final change for City as Garcia makes way for Joleon Lescott, there will be four added minutes.

90 mins:Full time; Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City.

89 mins:Sunderland make a change as Rose comes off for Phil Bardsley.

86 mins:City make a change as Gareth Barry comes on for Kolo Toure.

85 mins:Silva picks out Aguero but his headed effort is stopped comfortably by Mignolet.

84 mins:Campbell fires straight at Hart after great work from Sessegnon.

80 mins:Sunderland nearly go two up but Hart does well to come off his line and deny Sessegnon.

79 mins:Sunderland make a change as Sebastian Larsson makes way for Fraizer Campbell.

77 mins:Now Dzeko tries his luck for City but Mignolet makes a comfortable save.

75 mins:Milner fires a free kick wide of the target for City.

72 mins:City make the first change as Carlos Tevez makes way for Edin Dzeko.

70 mins:Mignolet does well to deny Aguero.

67 mins:Aguero then Milner see efforts blocked for City.

65 mins:It is all City, but they can't break Sunderland down.

64 mins:City's Kompany is lucky to avoid a second yellow card after clashing with McClean.

62 mins:City have had a lot of the play but they're struggling to break Sunderland down.

59 mins:Nastasic picks up a yellow card for a foul on Fletcher.

57 mins:Sessegnon does well to get into the box but his effort is just wide, City then get forward but Cuellar stops Yaya Toure in his tracks.

53 mins:Sunderland 1-0 Manchester City. Adam Johnson fires the hosts ahead against his former side, Joe Hart should have done better.

48 mins:Sunderland win two quick corners, but the referee Kevin Friend spots a foul and City have a free kick.

46 mins:City get the second half underway in Sunderland.

45 mins:Half time; Sunderland 0-0 Manchester City. Join me shortly for the second half.

44 mins:Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany have been booked for City.

41 mins:Sessegnon heads over for the hosts.

40 mins:Jack Colback booked for a foul on Aguero.

38 mins:McClean does well to take the ball off the feet of Tevez just as the striker was about to fire a shot towards goal.

34 mins:City win a free kick but Silva's cross is poor and doesn't beat the first man.

32 mins:City attack but Rose does well to cut out Kolo Toure's cross.

30 mins:Zabaleta has taken a knock after clashing with Fletcher, but he's able to continue.

27 mins:End to end at the Stadium of Light as Aguero finds Silva, but Mignolet saves the Spaniard's shot with his legs. Sunderland then get forward and Fletcher produces a good save from Hart, but the resulting Sunderland corner is headed clear.

25 mins:After a slow start Sunderland are starting to get into the game.

20 mins:Sunderland have a free kick and Gardner takes it, his effort is poor and doesn't trouble Hart in the City goal.

19 mins:Sunderland get forward through Johnson but Gardner's shot is blocked.

16 mins:Aguero wins a corner for City, but it comes to nothing.

14 mins:City are dominating, Silva is the key player for the champions at the moment.

10 mins:City win a free kick in a dangerous position through Milner. Silva takes but his effort is poor and doesn't trouble Mignolet.

8 mins:Kompany heads over from a Silva corner.

5 mins:Johnson's free kick is cleared by Nastasic.

2 mins:A bright start for both teams, Sunderland get forward but Zabaleta cuts out Sessegnon's ball that was destined for Fletcher, then Milner sends in a dangerous cross but Kilgallon manages to put Aguero off.

1 mins:The hosts get the game underway at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Larsson, Colback, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Vaughan, Bramble, Westwood.

Manchester City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Y Toure, Garcia, Silva, Milner, Aguero, Tevez. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Rekik, Barry, Razak, Sinclair, Dzeko.

Today's referee is Kevin Friend, Vincent Kompany and James Milner come in for City at the expense of Gareth Barry and Karim Rekik. Sunderland are without John O'Shea so Matt Kilgallon starts and Adam Johnson is involved despite doubts due to a minor knock prior to the match. Join me at 3pm for live text commentary.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 26 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Stadium of Light
  • Attendance: 42,190
SunderlandSunderlandvMan CityMan City
  • Adam Johnson, 53

match report

Sunderland beat champions Manchester City 1-0 at the Stadium of Light with Adam Johnson scoring against his former club.

The winner came just eight minutes into the second half when Johnson cut inside from the right past David Silva and unleashed a left-footed shot which squirmed under Joe Hart and into the bottom corner.

However, the winner was not without controversy with the visitors adamant they should have been awarded a free-kick for a foul on Pablo Zabaleta by Craig Gardner during the build-up.

Sunderland turned in one of their best displays of the season on a day when City played only in patches, and Hart had to turn away Steven Fletcher's skidding effort and keep out Stephane Sessegnon 10 minutes from time.

However, if Johnson was the hero in front of a delighted Boxing Day crowd of 42,190, keeper Simon Mignolet deserved equal praise.

The Belgian denied Yaya Toure and Silva before the break and Sergio Aguero after it to claim a precious clean sheet and make a huge contribution towards the win.

City arrived determined not to complete an unwanted hat-trick of 1-0 league defeats on Wearside but they could not as they slipped seven points adrift of league leaders Manchester United.

They might have been ahead with just eight minutes gone, but Vincent Kompany's header came back off the crossbar and Yaya Toure's goalbound follow-up was hacked away by Mignolet.

City boss Roberto Mancini and Zabaleta were then left appealing in vain for a free-kick for Gardner's challenge on the full-back, as Johnson picked up possession and cut inside before firing home.

Sessegnon might have doubled his side's advantage within two minutes, but pulled his effort across the face of goal with City in disarray.

The visitors were almost breached once again on the hour when James McClean picked out Sessegnon in front of goal, but the Benin international could not take the ball in his stride.

Kompany, who had already been booked, was fortunate to escape a second yellow card for a block on McClean as City struggled to contain a Black Cats side growing in confidence by the minute.

Belgium international Mignolet excelled himself once again two minutes later to deny Aguero one on one, but it was Hart in the firing line with 10 minutes remaining when Sessegnon was played in by substitute Fraizer Campbell with the keeper coming out on top.

City battered away at their hosts as time ran down, but with Sunderland defending deep and with tenacity, they simply could not find a way through and McClean almost served up the perfect finish with an 88th-minute shot which flew just wide.

team line-up

22Simon Mignolet
24Carlos Cuéllar
3Danny Rose89
8Craig Gardner
12Matthew Kilgallon
7Sebastian Larsson79
14Jack Colback
23James McClean
21Adam Johnson
28Stéphane Sessegnon
26Steven Fletcher


10Connor Wickham
2Phillip Bardsley89
15David Vaughan
19Titus Bramble
9Fraizer Campbell79
11James McFadden
20Keiren Westwood


Kevin Friend

team line-up

1Joe Hart
4Vincent Kompany
5Pablo Zabaleta
33Matija Nastasic
28Kolo Touré87
21David Silva
42Yaya Touré
7James Milner
14Javi García89
16Sergio Agüero
32Carlos Tévez73


6Joleon Lescott89
30Costel Pantilimon
18Gareth Barry87
10Edin Dzeko73
11Scott Sinclair
44Karim Rekik
62Abdul Razak


Kevin Friend

match stats

possession %3367
shots on target47
shots off target58
tackles won1212