LiveNorth-East Football Live - Saturday, December 28, 2013

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  • Cardiff City v Sunderland - 5.30pm kick-off - Richard Mason reports
  • Darlington v Salford City - 3pm kick-off - Craig Stoddart reports


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2

And the latest on Fabio Borini is positive. Seems he's had a case of exhaustion and is on a drip at hospital. Luckily it wasn't anything worse.

That's it from me here. Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool play tomorrow, so follow us on Twitter for match updates.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2

Here's your match report from Cardiff.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman came into the press room afterwards to brief journalists on the managerial situation, reminding pressmen to keep the post-match questions to David Kerslake football-related.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2

Stunning stuff here in Cardiff. Sunderland snatch a point from the jaws of defeat. The bench went mental, Sunderland's fans are celebrating here. 


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 2 (Colback 95)

Amazing turnaround. A ma zing.

Colback fires home via Caulker after Ki's cross was touched out to the midfielder by Roberge.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 1

Sunderland having a right old go here. Roberge has volleyed on target only to be denied by Marshall, we're three minutes into five added.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 1 (Fletcher 83)

A glimmer of hope for Sunderland as Steven Fletcher pokes past Marshall from Giaccherini's cross. First goal for the Scot since Newcastle in October.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 0

Craig Gardner and Jack Colback are on for Cattermole and Larsson respectively. Sunderland plugging away but to no avail. Game has been overshadowed by Borini news.


Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 0

News filtering to the press box that Fabio Borini has taken ill and is on his way to hospital. More on that when we get it.


Cardiff 2 (Campbell 58) Sunderland 0

Fraizer Campbell scores against his old club, converting Mutch's cross past Mannone. Dear, oh dear.


Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

A wee bit attritional here. Cardiff happy to sit on their lead while Sunderland can't make the breakthrough.


Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

Substitution here, Steven Fletcher is on for Fabio Borini.


Cardiff 1 Sunderland 0

Half time statistics.

Cardiff: Shots on 5 off 4, pass success 79% possession 52%

Sunderland: Shots on 3 off 1, pass success 79% possession 48%




Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

Disastrous start for Sunderland, but they did improve and didn't look too bad by the time Chris Foy blew the half-time whistle.


Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

That would have been a fine equalising goal from Borini, who half-volleyed Bardsley's cross, only for Marshall to push around the post.


Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

Sunderland have improved a bit here. Borini has had a shot on the half-turn saved by Marshall and they've been generally a bit brighter. But still look like they could let the Titanic pass through their defence without question.


Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

This feels like it is going to be a long night for Sunderland. They're repelling attack after attack here, and have just missed a sitter.

Ki's shot was deflected back to Jozy Altidore who has scuffed wide from two yards out.



Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0

Good tip by Mannone to deny Kim's fierce effort. Referee Chris Foy now presiding over a bit of antics at the resultant corner.



Cardiff City 1 Sunderland 0 (Mutch 6)

Jordan Mutch went into the referee's notebook after a minute for a dive, but there are no complaints about his goal, after bursting through the defence and firing a deflected effort off Modibo Diakite past Vito Mannone. 


Cardiff City 0 Sunderland 0


Cardiff City v Sunderland

Kick off approaching here in Welsh Wales, tell you what, it's chilly.


Cardiff City v Sunderland

Here's your team news, those three changes confirmed.

Cardiff City (4-5-1): Marshall; John, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Medel, Whittingham, Kim, Mutch, Noone; Campbell. Subs: Lewis, Hudson, Cornelius, Odemwingie, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard.

Sunderland (4-3-3): Mannone; Bardsley, Diakite, Roberge, Dossena; Cattermole, Larsson, Ki; Borini, Altidore, Giaccherini. Subs:  Cabral, Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Colback, Ba, Pickford.


Cardiff City v Sunderland

Three changes for Sunderland - Celustka, Colback and Fletcher out for Dossena, Giaccherini and Altidore.

Cardiff, meanwhile make three changes. More to follow





Cardiff City v Sunderland

Here nice and early at the Cardiff City Stadium, a ground - like Sunderland's - that kept companies who manufacture corrugated iron and breezeblocks in business.

We're in the press lounge, joined by former Sunderland chairman, manager, striker and ambassador Niall Quinn, who is on co-commentary duties for Sky Sports, who are covering the 5.30pm kick-off.

Vincent Tan has arrived at the stadium, where fans plan to protest his running of the club and the sacking of Malky Mackay.

Cardiff are very much in a state of flux at the moment and Sunderland need to take full advantage of this.



Welcome to a somewhat depleted live blog today from this afternoon's two games involving North-East clubs.

Sunderland visit Cardiff City in tonight's Sky Sports kick-off, while Darlington host Salford City.


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