Stoke 0 - 0 SunderlandKO: Sat Oct 27 15:00:00 BST 2012 Ground: Britannia Stadium
Referee: M Halsey
Preview: Stoke City v Sunderland - The Views Of Martin O'Neill, Tony Pulis And Martyn McFadden
Sunderland seek their first away win of the season on Saturday when they face Stoke at the Britannia stadium.
Martin O’Neill’s men were the last side to take 3 points from the Potters on their home turf, before they began a 10-match unbeaten run.
Sunderland won by a single goal back in February and Martin O’Neill expects a tough task against Stoke once again.
O’Neill said, “You know when you go to stoke you’re going to be in for a battle from start to finish.”
Lee Cattermole returns to the fold for Sunderland after serving the last of his three match suspension during lastweekend’s derby draw.
Phil Bardsley was an unused substitute against Newcastle, and is once again in contention.
Titus Bramble will miss out due to a hip problem, while Wes Brown is also ruled out.
Meanwhile Tony Pulis welcomes back Glen Whelan for Stoke after recovering from a hamstring injury suffered against Liverpool.
Stoke City 0 - 0 Sunderland: Sunderland Still Searching For First Away Win In Premier League
Sunderland are still searching for their first Premier League away win after they were held to a hard-fought 0-0 draw by Stoke.
Martin O'Neill's men twice appealed for a penalty in the second-half, but Stoke could have snatched it in the dying stages as Peter Crouch was denied by Mignolet.
Both sides struggled to settle at a blustery Britannia and Michael Kightly spurned an early opening for Stoke with a mishit cross, while Sunderland's Craig Gardner could not pick out Jack Colback with a low centre.
The Potters' prowess from set-pieces is no secret and Mignolet was forced to punch away Charlie Adam's curling free-kick before he got down well to save Ryan Shawcross' follow up effort.
Kightly tried to add spark to Stoke with a run and shot that was headed behind by Carlos Cuellar and the Sunderland defender was soon in action at the other end, nodding wide from Sebastian Larsson's free-kick.
The Black Cats were coping well with the hosts' aerial threat and Mignolet again elected to punch clear when Adam's cross took a wicked deflection.
Stoke soon suffered a setback in the second-half as Marc Wilson was stretchered off with a nasty looking injury and their reshuffled defence was almost breached when Adam Johnson fired narrowly over from long-range.
Sunderland were playing with more attacking purpose and they appealed in vain for a penalty when Colback crashed into Shawcross in the box.
But the Black Cats were given brief cause for concern when Geoff Cameron broke into the box and picked out Adam, who failed to trouble Mignolet with a chipped effort.
A scrappy contest finally came to life in the closing stages and Sunderland's shouts for a spot-kick were again shunned by referee Mark Halsey after Stephen Fletcher's drive hit Huth's outstretched arm.
It was then Stoke's turn to push for a breakthough as Peter Crouch close-range header drew a reaction save from Mignolet.
And the Potters nearly pinched it in stoppage-time when Mignolet rushed out to claw the ball away from Crouch before Andy Wilkinson scuffed wide.
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