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  1. Anichebe passes late fitness test and starts for Sunderland
  2. Deeney returns to the Watford starting XI

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Plenty of whistles from the home crowd urging ref Bobby Madley to blow for full-time. He eventually obliges to the relief of the Sunderland fans.

    That's it from here but you can follow reaction to this game and the rest of Saturday's action by going to the football page of the BBC Sport website.

    Jordan Pickford
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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Sunderland waste a bit more time as striker Fabio Borini slowly walks off as he is substituted for Wahbi Khazri.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Some fans appear to have left already but Watford still pressing for an equaliser.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    There will be a minimum of five minutes of added time.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Watford have a free-kick in a dangerous position outside the area and Jose Holebas steps up to take it. Sunderland nerves are fraying but he sends his effort over to cheers from the home crowd.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Isaac Success surges into the Sunderland area and sends in a low cross to the near post which the home defence clears for a corner. 

    Black Cats keeper Jordan Pickford punches out the corner but only to Daryl Janmaat whose shot is saved by the Sunderland stopper. Pickford then has to save an Odion Ighalo volley as Watford pile on the pressure.

    Jordan Pickford
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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Watford's Jose Holebas has a shot on goal and he catches it well but it's deflected wide.

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    Sunderland boss David Moyes is trying to shut up shop. He brings on defender John O'Shea for winger Adnan Januzaj.


    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Shortly after being shown the yellow card, Younes Kaboul is replaced by Daryl Janmaat.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Nordin Amrabat crosses for Troy Deeney and the unmarked striker has a sight of goal from 15 yards but sends a header wide. He still can't get off 99 goals for Watford.

    Troy Deeney
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    Watford are rocking and, rather than them getting an equaliser, Sunderland look more likely to get a second.

  12. CLOSE!

    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Jermain Defoe fails to control a cross from the right but Victor Anichebe runs on to the ball and strikes a piledriver of a shot which goes just wide.

    Jermain Defoe
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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford


    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Juan Zuniga is replaced by Isaac Success for Watford.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    The home side look to have gained confidence from that goal as Jermain Defoe and Victor Anichebe have shots from range but both are well off target.

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    Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Dion Dublin

    Former Leicester and Man Utd forward on Final Score

    Sunderland have defended resolutely and when they have broken, they have done so in numbers. 

    They deserve this lead.

    Van Aanholt
  17. GOAL - Sunderland 1-0 Watford

    Patrick van Aanholt

    Patrick van Aanholt

    How big could that goal be for Sunderland? Adnan Januzaj slides a lovely ball through to Jermain Defoe and he puts a low ball into the Sunderland area. Patrick van Aanholt gets on the end of it as he swivels and sends in a left-foot shot off the post.

    Patrick van Aanholt
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    Sunderland 0-0 Watford

    No changes to either team as the second half gets under way...

  19. As it stands table

    It's tighter than Santa's red suit...

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    Sunderland 0-0 Watford

    I have to agree with Sunderland's assessment of the first half...very forgettable.

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