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Note: not all contributions can be used, and messages will be charged at your standard operator rate. Those recent accusations really rankle. Big Sam is launching an impassioned defence his Blackburn Rovers team. To paraphrase - we are not dirty, we can play good football, I'm paid to win football matches and not just entertain neutrals. Fair points.
Justin Powermonger, from Belfast, texts on "That game was wetter than Carlos Tevez's wet-look hairdo. We can't criticise the referee for the sending off. The reorganisation at half-time worked exceptionally well. It's a great point in the end. It was a frustrating night. We are young and naive at times, but we have the makings of a very good young team. Great credit to the boys. It's a good point for us". Liverpool away then Chelsea at home the next two games for Rovers I think not.
But Sam Allardyce will be happy to get a point after Blackburn played with 10 men for 45 minutes. Guessing Steve Bruce will towel off and forget about it. Bereft of real creativity, it wasn't memorable. Phil Bardsley eyes a late winner, but the Sunderland full-back can only drag the ball embarrassingly wide. Poor that.
Not long now. Sponsors have awarded Paul Robinson with man of the match award. Bad slip at a corner for Blackburn, that's a waste. Banged his head nastily as he fell when challenging for a ball. Will keep you posted. He's with medical staff. Zenden has just flashed a wild effort over the bar.
Bent plants a tame header into Robinson's hands. Do Sunderland need reminding they could go seventh if they take the three points? Ball skidding off soaked surface Blackburn's Benjani, who hasn't been on for long, goes off injured. Mame Biram Diouf on-loan from Manchester United replaces him. Boudewijn Zenden, who came on for Steed Malbranque, nearly he Sunderland into the lead but cannot generate the pace needed. Gyan then forces Robinson to tip round his post acrobatically - one for the cameras? Game on with about five minutes left. Maybe someone suggested swapping Rooney for Diouf. Just looked like a clearance from the muscle-bound centre-back.
Another sneaky opportunity for Benjani. But he cannot connect with his head.
Who can blame them. This is where you need some real craft. Can Sunderland rise to the challenge? Benjani wriggles free and lashes a powerful shot That should warm a pair of hands at least. Rain teeming down. Noise building though. That's bold.
David Dunn and Benjani on for Blackburn. Malbranque drifts a long-range chip just over with Paul Robinson on holiday from his goalmouth. Something's brewing. Cat-calls ring out around the stadium. Red and white stripes boss possession. These Monday night matches have a unique 'atmosphere'. Are you a fan of them? Head like a 50p coin. That's Darren Bent, on this particular occasion, as he woefully misdirects a decent Elmohamady cross away from goal. Decent chance that. Goalmouth scramble at the other end comes, ultimately, to nothing.
Not surprising. What a coup that would have been. That trio down the local wine lodge! Beyond comprehension? Darren Bent smashes an early free-kick into the mid-riff of Blackburn's wall. C'mon now goals They don't like Mondays.
Yes, our good friends at Infostrada Sports tell me that the Black Cats have not won any of their last 11 Premier League matches on a Monday evening - and that there's only one longer winless streak on Mondays [that of Coventry City]. Michael S in Lancashire texts on "Jobsworth award to Lee Probert - I can't believe he just made Pederson walk off the pitch, held up play while he trudged off, then blew the whistle for half time as soon as Robinson took the goal kick. Mike Dean et all - take note. Referee 'didn't have a choice' is an early general analysis of that incident.
But it will be scrutinised some more. I'd say it was touch-and-go. Samba is just such a big bloke, and he was last man and all over the back of battling Welbeck as he bore down on goal. All eyes on the referee as Danny Welbeck tangles with the giant Blackburn centre-half on the edge of the box before going down right on the edge. Lee Probert consults his linesman and raises a red card to the sky.
Bit controversial. Dangerous free-kick this, though And the Manchester United boss doesn't look like he has a care in the world, despite all the talk that Wayne Rooney may want to leave Old Trafford. On the pitch, Blackburn's Pederson is putting some decent deliveries across with his left foot from the right wing - what a trend that is now right across world football. But Sunderland, who look more composed, are coping. Elmohamady is booked for a clear foul.
Al, 'a Blackburn fan in London', texts: "It's been a very eventful season. But lose tonight and next weekend is a relegation six pointer against Liverpool - and who would have thought that?
Bit more promising. Why is Diouf controversial? Well, aside from millions of incidents inside football grounds - and he's just needlessly shoved Phil Bardsley in the face - quickly check this out Perhaps Bent is rusty. Don't forget, he wasn't fit enough for England's draw with Montenegro and hasn't trained fully in the last week.
Good save from Robinson. Super alert. Sorry Sam. But I'm seeing a fair few long and high balls from the hosts Gael Givet slips on the sodden turf and canny Bent keeps his balance. Just Paul Robinson to beat - but he crashes the ball into the sprawling Blackburn keeper's body and the ball squirms to safety.
The hosts over-commit and speedy Jordan Henderson, in acres of space, feeds Ahmed Elmohamady early - perhaps too early - though the Egyptian international winger cannot find Darren Bent with two bites of the cherry. Hang on, Bent is wriggled free now and is one-on-one Christopher from Holland texts: "Great to see Sunderland play with 8 Englishmen! Bardsley's still English to me Surely Pederson is going to cross this free-kick. No, he's not. With a posse of giant players lurking around the six-yard box, he whips a dangerous free-kick towards goal which Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet has to desperately punch behind for a corner.
Only spiced up by the on-rushing Sunderland minder Lee Cattermole throwing his hands up in the air and falling to the floor in the penalty area with a dive Tom Daley would be proud of. Admirably, referee Lee Probert completely blanks him.
The visitors have settled though TheSportsDirector on "I can see this being a game full of tackles - but also being open and expansive. I'm putting my money on a Sunderland victory. But the Wearsiders break with youngster Jordan Henderson, tipped for England by some, showing a confident touch. The droplets of water smashing down into the lush Lancashire turf are huge The teams stream out of the tunnel at Ewood Park where, quelle supriseit's been absolutely sheeting down. Sunderland sit 15th in the table, Blackburn just below them [yep, 16th]. A win for either would take them up to seventh in the table: that's a huge incentive to go for the win, surely?
Danny Welbeck - who had been ineligible to play against his parent club Manchester United in their last game - has been recalled in place of Boudewijn Zenden, with Simon Mignolet still preferred in goal to fit-again Scotland stopper Craig Gordon. Referee: Lee Probert Wiltshire Love to know your thoughts on all that - and the proceedings taking place in 20 minutes: Sunderland's visit to Blackburn! What awaits us. Drab draw or greedy goal-fest? Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez lifting a trophy together wearing sky blue. Andy Carroll finally moving into a granny flat at the end of Kevin Nolan's garden.
All a bit crazy, I agree. But the frenzied newspapers will speculate. And we're still not quite done. Much more on Sunderland's visit to Blackburn shortly. But, we're not even a quarter into this Premier League campaign, and I've already got a disorientating vision of what next season might hold Sport Home. Live Videprinter. Premier League. League One. League Two. Non League.Grannies on chat Sunderland
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