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Full time and Everton hold on for the win. Rose was booked there for backchat. Everton stay in the top four.
Rose is adjudged to have fouled Coleman. Cheers from the home fans.
Booking for Vaughan, who trips Baines after the England left-back skinned him.
Sessegnon gives away a free-kick near halfway on the Everton left, which Baines takes short this time. Now Naismith finds Vellios, who slips it to Hitzlsperger but the German smacks a low drive well wide.
FIVE minutes added time!
Throw to Sunderland on the left, which Wickham will hurl in - his specialty - and Cuellar flicks it on but no-one moves for it and Howard claims.
Sunderland piling it on but a high cross in from Sessegnon is gathered by Howard under pressure.
Saha with a strong run down the right, he cuts it back but McClean can't get the shot away, it lands for Rose but Jagielka flies in to block! Throw.
SUNDERLAND SUB: Wickham replaces Colback.
O'Neill is frantically trying to change things around, looks like Wickham will come on...
Fellaini is now doing defensive work for Everton as they look to protect this lead.
EVERTON SUB: Hitzlsperger comes on for the home side as Jelavic makes way.
SUNDERLAND SUB: Vaughan comes on for the visitors, not 100% who they've taken off but I think it's Gardner... No, correction, it was Johnson.
Heavy touch from Howard but he just about clears as Saha runs in!
CUELLAR BLOCKED BY HIS OWN MAN! A Saha header pinged around the box, it dropped for Cuellar flying in with a volley but Gardner was in his way! That was going in!
Fellaini is a ringer, like a grown-up playing with kids. If he's still playing for Everton this time next year I will be very, very surprised.
GOAL EVERTON! Wonderful backheeled pass from Fellaini to release Jelavic, who clips a first-time left-foot finish past the flying Mignolet for 2-1. What an assist.
Naismith could be picked out by Coleman here but, as he races away down the right, Rose and Colback are on hand to defend.
Saha runs it out of play while racing in down the right.
GOAL EVERTON! Fellaini, obviously. He turns on the edge of the box and fires in a low right-foot shot that zips through a crowd of bodies, the keeper doesn't see it and it nestles inside the bottom right.
Now wide to Coleman, who spins in a fine cross that Pienaar rises to head on goal but Mignolet claims despite a Vellios push.
Baines on a mazy run but he fails to find Naismith with his through ball...
EVERTON SUB: Vellios comes on for Neville. All-out-attack for the Toffees now.
Jagielka getting forward now but his low ball is behind Osman and Sunderland hoof to touch. Backs against the walls now.
SUNDERLAND SUB: Saha has come on for Fletcher and is caught offside as he runs through.
Baines on the left swings over a cross and Jelavic shoves Rose off the ball, so Sunderland have a free-kick.
Everton piling it on. Meanwhile, fans of the underdog will weep as Arsenal level against Fulham. Sounds like an amusing game of two teams with problems defensively.
Another roar from the home fans a Gardner tackles Pienaar on the edge the box. Nothing given for that, but Gardner follows up with an actual foul on Baines, booking.
Hilariously Fulham have come from 2-0 down to lead Arsenal 3-2 at the Emirates. Wenger!
McClean is furious as he's called for a foul after racing clear past Coleman.
Fellaini loses possession on the edge of the Sunderland box and a quick break could see Fletcher in but for good covering.
Osman with a testing cross but cleared by Sunderland. Now Fellaini puts one in but Gardner clears behind for a corner.
Larsson with a fine last-ditch tackle on Jelavic. Both men are hurt but just a knock.
Ach Sessegnon could have sent Johnson one-on-one but he overhit the through ball out for a goal kick.
Pienaar drills a cross-shot towards goal that Mignolet elects to punch, with Jelavic and Fellaini lurking.
Larsson almost releases Johnson again but Heitinga holds him off and Howard claims the ball.
Rose lumps it clear after a cross from the left evaded Jelavic. Now Sunderland break as Sessegnon lofts it wide for Fletcher. Coleman gets back though and wins a throw off McLean.
Heitinga with a late challenge on Fletcher, no contact but it was a wild lunge and he is booked.
Fellaini on the run now but he completely mishits the pass and Sunderland clear.
Everton's fans are doing that thing of howling every time any sort of challenge is made, even basic duels for headers.
Everton are still bossing the ball but Sunderland are happy to sit back and show their defensive capabilities, which aren't too shabby!
Everton have a free-kick on the left wing which Baines swings in, Heitinga again flies in but he sends his free header wide! What a chance!
Looking at the replay and it was certainly an accident, Fletcher possibly more hurt by his heavy landing than any contact.
Fletcher is rolling around holding his leg after a very high foot from Heitinga, who was rising to win a header and made accidental contact to be fair. Fletcher stays down...
OFF THE LINE BY JOHNSON! Heitinga flew in with the header, Mignolet was fouled by Naismith but the ref missed it so a good thing Johnson was well-placed to hack the power-header off the line!
Sessegnon almost releases Fletcher but intercepted by Heitinga.
Taken short to Pienaar but his cross is headed clear by Cuellar. Now Naismith flicks it on nicely for HEITINGA but his shot is blocked by Cuellar, ricocheting off Gardner but into the arms of Mignolet.
Fellaini on the run now and his low cross is blocked by Gardner for another corner.
Everton go for Sunderland from the off but Fellaini clatters into Mignolet for a foul.
The second half is underway at Goodison.
Opta stat: 444 - Adam Johnson's goal was the first by a Sunderland player (excluding own goals) in 444 minutes of Premier League football. Relief.
That was the first time a Sunderland player hit the net since Fletcher gave them their last win, at home to Wigan on September 29. Yes, the drew 1-1 with Newcastle in the derby, but it was a Ba o.g.
That is the last kick of the half and Adam Johnson's first goal for Sunderland has put them ahead. Everton with more posession for sure but Sunderland have had their chances, good chances, and it's not undeserved!
GOAL SUNDERLAND! Well Jelavic's clearance only fell as far as Gardner, who lofted a high ball straight back in and with Everton failing to step up Johnson was onside to slide in the finish past Howard!!
One minute added time being played as Sunderland take a long time over this corner. Larsson's ball is easily cleared by Everton.
Sunderland now with what has become a rare spell of possession and Sessegnon and McClean combine for a corner.
It's hard to maintain that level of intensity for a full half and the legs heavy once more as both sides give the ball away.
NEVILLE! I never thought I'd type that name in block caps but a right-foot screamer bending in from 25 yards is batted away by a flying Mignolet!
Martin O'Neill is pacing about nervously as his side continue to be put under pressure.
Sunderland clear their lines from the corner. They've defended well under pressure so far.
Baines finds acres of space again on the left, whipping in a super low cross that Fellaini half-volleys with his left foot but an excellent block by Cuellar means it is a corner.
Poor finish from Colback after some lovely interplay between Fletcher and Johnson released the youngster into the right side of the area - weak and straight at Howard!!
A clipped ball from Johnson catches Everton out and it almost releases Fletcher but the bounce takes it to Howard. Everton counter but Cuellar and O'Shea snuff out the danger. O'Shea is limping a touch...
O'Shea is climbing all over Jelavic and Everton have a free-kick just inside the Sunderland half.
Great ball in from Baines and Jelavic flies in but his flick is blocked by Rose and it ricochets wide for a goal kick, one assumes off an Everton player.
Now it's Coleman's turn to go down for Everton and, while it was a foul, McClean tripped him on the edge of the box. Just.
Cool from O'Shea to dispossess Jelavic and play it clear. Everton come again though as Baines finds space on the left, now Osman with a fine pass to release Pienaar wide left, he leaves Larsson for dead and his cross-shot is parried by Mignolet for a corner.
Naismith immediately gets in on the action as he races into the box, but Rose gets goal-side before drawing the foul.
EVERTON SUB: Naismith comes on to replace the injured Mirallas.
Everton don't look a man light as they pass rings around Sunderland before Colback puts it out for a throw.
Mirallas's day appears to be over, he limps down the tunnel after picking up a strain of some sort.
Colback launches a high ball in for Johnson arriving on the left wing but it flies over his head and away. Everton counter and Pienaar is in down the right but his drive is parried by Mignolet!
Jelavic with a delightful flying backheel that drops just short of Mirallas. Would have been a super assist.
It's now a fairly incessant Everton assault as the hosts lay camp in the Sunderland half.
Jelavic is convinced that Craig Gardner handled his header and he probably did, although it was totally accidental.
Fellaini holds it up for Mirallas, who is tackled by Rose. Still with Everton though as they play keep-ball nicely.
McLean handles and the hosts have a free-kick.
Taken short to Mirallas, his cross is headed into the danger zone by Fellaini but Heitinga is fouling Mignolet.
Jelavic's shot is blocked over for a corner by an O'Shea lunge. Mirallas involved again. Corner Everton...
O'Shea appears to fly late into Osman but nothing given. Everton clear their lines but Colback shuts down Neville.
After that frantic quarter-of-an-hour we have the first real lull in proceedings today as both teams catch their breath.
Mirallas loves the one-two as he performs one with Baines on the left. Rose prevents a corner and brings the ball clear.
Fantastic defending from Rose to block Mirallas after Jelavic put him through with a fine one-two. After that initial spell from Sunderland it's all Everton again!
Super football from Osman and Mirallas on the edge of the box, lovely touches and feints from both men but a wall of Sunderland defenders prevents the shot.
Baines's turn to run at the Sunderland defence now, and he goes down but he just ran into a wall of red and white.
Mirallas is such a good dribbler and he shows great skill again to weave his way into the box but Larsson back covering hacks his cut-back to touch. Throw.
... As is Pienaar, but Baines curls it in with his left foot in the end, headed clear from Fellaini by Cuellar but Everton retain possession.
McClean takes out Coleman on the Everton right wing. Baines over this...
Mirallas on a mazy run, which is his trademark these days, and he drags in a shot that takes a wicked deflection of Cuellar but is easy for the keeper Mignolet.
... Sessegnon leading the charge as he gets past halfway, Fletcher makes a move but he's offside to Sessegnon delays the pass until he returns, good decision as he plays Fletcher through and the Scotland striker drags a low finish past the advancing Howard but inches wide of the far post!!
Everton with a decent spell of possession but Neville gives it away. Sunderland can break here...
The USA national team coach Juergen Klinsmann is watching on, no doubt looking at Howard.
Everton clear the corner at the second time of asking. Pretty frantic at Goodison and Sunderland are looking to rip up the form book!
GREAT SAVE HOWARD! Sessegnon was sent away by McClean, Coleman was caught napping there by the Beninois, and he just had Howard to beat but, from a tight angle, the American spread himself to block. Corner! Great start!
Jelavic is played through on the left, he gets past O'Shea then takes a tumble but no penalty! Mason waves him away!
Fellaini with a long ball aimed for Jelavic, flicked away by O'Shea but it only falls to PIENAAR who miskicks!
Johnson is clearly tripped by Baines but the referee waves play on. Odd, was right in front of him.
Free-kick to Everton on the left which Baines swings in, Jelavic connects but Sunderland clear.
The first half is underway. The odds keep lengthening on Sunderland - now at 10s in some quarters - so punt away!
Impeccable observation of the minute's silence by Goodison Park, and Everton will kick off.
The players are out on the pitch ahead of a pre-match minute's silence in remembrance of fallen soldiers throughout history.
William Hill's latest odds have Everton a 4/9, Sunderland at 7/1 and 16/5 for the draw. Seems fair enough, though I suppose the draw or a Sunderland win is a decent punt at that length.
Lee Mason of Lancashire is the ref today. He likes a card - in nine matches this season he has shown 40, although none have been red. In six Premier League games he has booked 19 people.
What are your predictions for this match? My money's on Everton 3-1. Let me know what you think on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.
Martin O'Neill (Sunderland): "They (Everton) are playing very well. They have been a really good side for quite a number of years. You talk about the great start that they have had but that doesn’t surprise me, they are very strong. You still have to do well, particularly in this modern game, but I think that sort of stability has obviously had a great effect there. Ten years at the club is a long time but it does stabilise things and I think it leads eventually for decent results.”
David Moyes (on Leon Osman's England call): "That news went down with the players and staff as good as anyone that has gone before. It was a pleasure to tell everyone that Ossie had been called up for England. His form this season has been such that he really deserves this. His consistency during my time here has been exceptional. He will take the ball and he will want to help England play. His football intelligence is as good as anyone I have ever worked with."
Sunderland make two changes, with McClean and Danny Rose in for Lee Cattermole and Phil Bardsley, while Craig Gardner looks set to revert to right-back in a reshuffle for the visitors.
Everton are currently sitting in fourth in the table with 17 points on the board from the first 10 games, while O'Neill's Sunderland are languishing down in 16th with just nine points to their name and only a solitary victory.
For Sunderland, Steven Fletcher is the lone striker with Sessegnon to play in support of the Scot. McClean and Johnson will play outwide once more for Martin O'Neill's side.
So David Moyes names an unchanged side from the one that drew 2-2 with Fulham last weekend, with Marouane Fellaini looking set to support striker Nikica Jelavic from just in behind the Croat.
THE TEAMS ARE IN! Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Mirallas, Pienaar, Osman, Neville, Fellaini, Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Distin, Hitzlsperger, Gueye, Vellios. /// Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble, McFadden, Saha, Westwood.
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