Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth (23.01.2016) Live Commentary

We have seen a few chances and nice movements, but the overall impression of the game is uninspired and not hugely entertaining. You have to say that the visitors have been the better side. The home team’s main priority was a flawless defence. The away side gave the opposition a hard time by approaching them quickly and aggressively.
There will be no more action in this match because the referee has signalled that it has finished.
Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) attempts to find one of his teammates inside the box with a chip pass, but one of the defending players reacts superbly and intercepts the ball.
The resulting set piece from Bournemouth is comfortably intercepted by one of the defending players.
The ball is passed from one Bournemouth player to another, and the game isn’t very exciting. Nothing lasts forever, though. They make a mistake, and possession is taken by the opponent. Bournemouth have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
Eddie Howe is forced to make a change. Junior Stanislas is not able to carry on due to injury. He is replaced by Glenn Murray (Bournemouth).
Looks like Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Fourth official shows 3 min. of added time.
Yellow card. Billy Jones (Sunderland) goes into the referee’s book after a bad challenge.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) and Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) matched up again to find some space for an unmarked teammate.
Substitution has been made. Jeremain Lens is replaced by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
Some great controlled play and passing from Bournemouth. They are increasing the possession of the ball and waiting to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
Good movement by Yann M’Vila (Sunderland), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
What a huge chance for Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth). He collects a precise pass inside the box and slices a shot that goes by a whisker of the left post.
Long pass, produced by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth), missed precision to reach his teammates. The main referee and his assistant both signal a throw-in for Sunderland.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) got the ball on the edge of the box and produced a strong shot, but one of his teammates was standing in the wrong place and blocked the effort.
Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) is able to continue to play.
Looks like Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) is struggling after picking up a knock. We will see if he can run that off.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) sends a chip pass into the box, but Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) is quickest to intercept the ball.
Simon Francis (Bournemouth) commits a sliding tackle while hitting his opponent’s legs. The referee blows his whistle for infringement.
Adam Smith (Bournemouth) attempts to scoop the ball into the box through the defence, but one of the defending players produces a timely intervention. It’s a throw-in for Bournemouth.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) and Adam Johnson (Sunderland) are exchanging a few passes as if none of them want to be the one to start with a new attack.
The free kick is delivered by Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) but it is not one of his best and easily cleared.
Adam Smith (Bournemouth) does well to dispossess the attacking effort with a slide tackle, but the referee blows his whistle for a foul. Sunderland are given a free kick. Will they create a chance from this?
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) fails to pick a body out in the box with a over-hit chip pass.
Shots on target โ€“ 5:5.
Bournemouth’s players are exchanging short passes from one to another, waiting for the right moment to beat the opposition’s defence.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) makes a driving run into the box but he cannot work any space for a shot.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) sends a chip pass into the box, but Artur Boruc (Bournemouth) is quickest to intercept the ball.
Samuel Allardyce has decided to make a change. Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) replaces Fabio Borini.
The substitution has been made. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) has replaced Benik Afobe.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) with the corner, but it is intercepted by the defender.
Bournemouth are on the ball. They increase their possession, but one of the opposition players stopped their effort. Corner kick. Bournemouth will have an opportunity.
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) hasn’t suffered any serious injury which wouldn’t allow him to stay on the pitch. He’s back in the game now.
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) is having a really harsh time now. We are about to find out how serious his injury is.
Good defending. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) tries to find Benik Afobe inside the box, but the pass is cut out. The ball is behind the sideline and Sunderland will take a throw-in.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The assistant referee signals a throw-in for Bournemouth.
Sunderland has a chance to score from a corner kick, but it’s averted by a defender, who manages to clear the ball away.
The Sunderland players are in a nice combination. They show their ability to keep the ball possession, sending it precisely from one to another, but now the final pass is intercepted. Sunderland earn a corner.
Substitution. Marc Pugh walks off the pitch and Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) comes on as a substitute.
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by John O’Shea (Sunderland), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches wide of the right post.
The ratio of the ball possession is 42:58.
Billy Jones (Sunderland) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) and Patrick van Aanholt show their brilliant ability to combine well with one another and the two of them are proving to be a constant threat to their opponent.
Simon Francis (Bournemouth) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland will take a throw-in.
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) and Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) are exchanging a few passes as if none of them want to be the one to start with a new attack.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) steps up to take the corner, but the ball sails only among the defenders.
Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. Bournemouth forced their opponent to concede a corner.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) sends a killer pass through the opponent’s defence in an effort to find a space for Charlie Daniels, who is waiting on the offside border.
Neat passing move from Bournemouth in order to create new attacking opportunities.
The players are back out on the pitch following the half-time break and the second half is about to start.
Not a lot happening in the first half, it hasn’t been the best game so far in terms of quality. The visiting team dominated the first half in most aspects of the game, but the hosts will surely attempt to turn the situation in their favour. The home players present themselves with a defensive style of play and the away players try to win the ball back as quickly as possible every time they lose possession.
The end of the first half.
Goal! Fabio Borini displays great vision and sends a pass to Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland), who shows brilliant composure inside the box to bury the ball into the back of the net. The score is 1:1.
Great touch by Fabio Borini (Sunderland) as he received a precise pass deep inside the box, and he rips a shot goalwards, but the keeper pulls off an amazing save!
1 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
This should have been a goal! Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) sends a killer pass into the box, but Dan Gosling can’t trick the opposition’s defence and loses possession.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) latched on to an accurate pass deep into the box and attempted to kick the ball past the keeper. What a miskick! The shot flies out of the target.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) with a through ball which couldn’t reach Billy Jones (Sunderland) as one of the defending players reacts brilliantly to intercept the effort. If the pass had been produced a little bit earlier, Billy Jones (Sunderland) could have got into a promising position.
Marc Pugh received a sweet pass from Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), but the advance is stopped. The ball is out-of-play. Sunderland will have a throw-in.
The Sunderland players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) finds himself beyond the last defender, but the game is stopped by the referee after the linesman signals for offside.
Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) delivers a fine ball into the box from a free kick. However, the opposition’s defence didn’t let any of his teammates to challenge the goalkeeper.
Sunderland will take a free kick.
Sunderland display good ball movement. They are waiting for some opportunity to get in a chance, but now the attack is averted.
The resulting corner from Adam Johnson (Sunderland) is unsuccessful.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) sprays a pass out to Jermain Defoe, but he can’t beat his man inside the box. The referee points to the corner flag. Sunderland are given a corner.
Adam Smith (Bournemouth) swings a cross into the box, but is far too close to Vito Mannone (Sunderland), who smothers the ball.
Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is unable to feed an accurate cross into the box.
The ball possession is 39:61.
Roger East blows the whistle. Jeremain Lens (Sunderland) committed a foul when he hit the opponent’s legs instead of the ball.
Great touch by Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) as he received a precise pass deep inside the box, and he rips a shot goalwards, but the keeper pulls off an amazing save!
Sunderland now with a spell of possession, but here comes a mistake and the movement is intercepted.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) sent a pass onto Marc Pugh (Bournemouth), who didn’t get a chance to finish.
The Bournemouth players are exchanging short passes in an attempt to create a shooting opportunity.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Vito Mannone.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) has now solved the difficult situation with a good pass and comfortably gets rid of the pressing opponent.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) puts a dangerous cross into the box, but the corner is cleared by the first man.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) goes on a weaving run through the defence and gets within shooting range but his effort is blocked. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Bournemouth.
Today’s referee Roger East rightly decides to book Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) for his harsh tackle.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
The ball is cleared after Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) finds himself in a promising position after receiving a precise pass. He pulls the trigger but hits only one of the opponents who got in the trajectory of his effort.
Junior Stanislas displays his great technique and produces a beautiful lofted cross deep into the box, where Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) manages to convert it into a superb goal. He heads it into the roof and gets on the scoresheet โ€“ 0:1.
Simon Francis (Bournemouth) tries to find Benik Afobe, but he put too much power on that pass.
Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears.
Bournemouth are showing great team-chemistry. They are passing the ball around seamlessly but finally one of the defending players makes an intereception.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) and Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) combine well with some one-touch passing and gradually earning greater possession for an attack.
A neat pass is well received by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth), who is lurking on the edge of the box and strikes the ball on goal. The goalkeeper makes a decent save to block his shot.
Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) sends an accurate short pass. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) controls the ball with a fine first touch and is able to come up with a new attacking effort.
Adam Johnson (Sunderland) takes the corner but only sends it into the huddle of the defenders as one of them makes a good clearance.
The Sunderland players find open spaces, and they are able to move the ball from one to another. But now comes an error, and they involuntarily pass the ball to their opponent. The referee signals for a corner kick, Sunderland are awarded.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball has crossed the sideline. Sunderland are taking a throw-in.
Bournemouth hold the ball and display nice passing from player to player.
The match has just begun.
Sunderland will kick the game off.
Let us introduce today’s referee to you, and it is Roger East.
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