FT: Sunderland 1 Everton 0

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Johnson keeps the ball in the corner as Sunderland near victory

Sunderland defending deep, but clear the ball. N'Diaye does brilliantly to hold on to the ball

Mangane on for Sunderland to try and shore things up, replacing Sessegnon. We will have three added minutes

Another cross for Everton drifts wide, and that has been so frustrating for David Moyes today

Jelavic goes over in the box, but is told to get up by referee, Sunderland players and crowd

Vaughan on for Sunderland, replacing Larsson

Baines to strike the ball, but the wall on the line stays strong, and the crowd cheer.

Strange one this. A backpass to Mignolet looks to be sailing in, and he catches the ball, booked for his troubles.

Naismith and Barkley on for Everton

Coleman booked for Everton

Looking rather comfortable for Sunderland as we approach the last 15 minutes. Are they set for their first home win against Everton since 2001?

Everton have now won close to ten corners, but are yet to test Mignolet from any of them. Poor for a side with Distin, Anichebe and Fellaini.

Everton not learning their lessons in terms of giving away free kicks on the edge

Fine tackle from Danny Rose to stop Anichebe. Best player of the match so far, for me.

Now Anichebe shoots, but it's comfortably over. Jelavic's introduction is beginning to have an effect

Replays show Jelavic was offside, but it wouldn't have been given

Chance for Everton, and now Mignolet has made a save. Fellaini strikes the ball which hits Jelavic and flies straight at the goalkeeper

Cross from Baines and Jelavic heads wide. Believe that Mignolet is still to make a save

Sudnerland pushing for a second here, winning another corner following fine work from Johnson

Everton really haven't got going enough today, and their initial threat at the start of the half has now subdued

Sunderland looking a touch longer this half, but they must be careful not to defend too deep, something they have been guilty of this season at times

Danny Rose drives at the defence again, winning a crunching tackle before firing a shot just wide. Fabulous desire from Rose

Excellent pressure from Sunderland all over the pitch to force Everton into mistakes. That is exactly what Di Canio wants them to work on

Everton still pressing, aiming to imprint themselves on the game with two up front now

Everton have started the second half brighter, but a wayward Mirallas pass slows down the impetus

back underway here, Gibson off for Jelavic as avid Moyes looks for an equaliser

And that's half-time, join me for more in 15 minutes.

Huge goal and a wonderful time to score, but that was so poor from Baines at the back

1-0 Sunderland. Sessegnon toe pokes it home from the outside the area after Baines gave the ball away in defence

Wonderful effort from Larsson, who forces Howard into a clawing save from the free kick

Heitinga blocks off Sessegnon and is booked for his troubles. Pretty unnecessary

The game ebbing towards the break, still just that Danny Graham chance as the one shot on target of the half

Larsson fires the free kick just wide of the far post. Howard possibly beaten, but that's still just one goal for the season.

Sunderland win a free kick on the edge of the box for handball. Larsson again?

Rose is back on his feet and with us...

Rose goes down injured on the far touchline, looks like it may be the ankle or shin

Again the final ball lets Sunderland down, and this time Larsson that is the guilty party, over-hitting his pass

Mirallas has Everton's first real chance, picking it up and ignoring Coleman out wide. His shot deflects behind

Rose breaks forward with pace and inventiveness, but his through ball is just too strong for Graham

Claims for a penalty on Graham from the corner, but nothing doing. Sunderland players are adamant, but replays look to agree with Phil Dowd

Sunderland finally break forward and Graham does well to force a corner from Distin

Everton very much taking the opportunity to control the game now. They have the possession and are quieting down the home fans significantly.

After Fellaini fouls Sessegnon, Phil Dowd makes it clear his next one will be a booking

James McClean and Mirallas in a tangle, and it appears that McClean kicks out at the Everton player. He could easily be sent off for that if spotted by the referee.

The game has become a touch scrappy, both sides being quite loose with the ball near the touchlines to give away throw ins

Easily cleared, but Sunderland must be wary of giving away so many set pieces with Fellaini et al on show

And another...

Larsson loses the ball in midfield and it ends with a Mirallas shot deflecting behind for a corner

Still very even here, although Sunderland have perhaps had the better of the half chances on offer. The game is at least reasonably open

N'Diaye shoots from out side, but it drifts harmlessly wide. Di Canio applauds the effort

Larsson fires at goal, and the ball clips the top of the crossbar and over

Foul by Fellaini on Rose, 25 yards out

And Sessegnon then wins the first corner for the home side

Sudnerland enjoying a better spell, with Distin forced to clear with Graham bearing down

Everton win two more set pieces, four in the opening 8 minutes

Second corner for Everton, Rose clearing behind from Baines cross

It's actually a very good early save from the Everton goalkeeper

Sunderland almost take the lead. Weak from Heitinga but Graham strikes it straight at Howard.

Mignolet takes too long with the ball and clears it straight against Osman. Sunderland lucky to get away with it.

Mignolet claims the ball well from the corner

Coleman wins the first corner of the game for Everton

Sunderland immediately on the attack, but Danny Graham just caught offside

We are underway...

Our referee today is Phil Dowd

As we wait for the teams to come out, worth noting that it's almost a short sleeves day in Sunderland, words that seemed months away not too long ago.

Fifteen minutes until kick off, remember to get in touch via @danielstorey85 with your pre-match thoughts and predictions

Before we get underway, worth going over Paulo Di Canio's programme notes: "I live near the sea, and the sea looks nervous. Something big is building here." All very standard stuff, I'm sure you will agree.

Sunderland's record Premier League defeat came against Everton, back in November 2007 (1-7) at Goodison Park.

Everton are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games.

Sunderland have not won a home game since January.

Everton have won the last three meetings between these two sides by an average of 8-1. In total, Sunderland have not beaten Everton in 16 attempts since David Moyes took over the club.

With five games remaining Everton have 56 points, nine more than they had at this stage last season.

Some statistics for you...

Heitinga also comes in for Jagielka, who misses out completely. Barkley is on the bench

Ross barkley drops out for Everton, replaced by fit again Leon Osman

So just one change for Sunderland, Jack Colback in at right back after Phil Bardsley was injured in the derby last week.

Jamie Cogle gets in touch to say this: "First home game for the mighty di canio! Well excited, hopefully we can beat our bogey team! VIVA DI CANIO!"

Subs: Mucha, Oviedo, Naismith, Duffy, Neville, Jelavic, Barkley

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Distin, Heitinga, Gibson, Osman, Fellaini, Pienaar, Anichebe, Mirallas.

Subs: Westwood, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Mangane, Mandron, Marrs, Laidler

Sunderland: Mignolet, Rose, N'Diaye, Larsson, Graham, Colback, O'Shea, Johnson, McCLean, Cuellar, Sessegnon

The team news is here...

Before we get the team news, let me make a small plea. Do get in touch via Twitter (@danielstorey85), and give me a follow if these ramblings are insufficient to sate you. Your best (and probably kindest) thoughts will be showcased in the run in to kick off.

A physical midweek draw against Arsenal lengthened Everton's odds of that top four place, but it does seem remarkable that victory today would take Everton to within five points of Chelsea. Given the difference in budget, David Moyes can only be roundly applauded.

It will be no walk in the (Roker) park, however, as Di Canio et al welcome an Everton side still harbouring hopes of a top four finish and Champions League football.

Sunderland are by no means safe, but a victory today would put them as high as 13th in the table and above last weekend's defeated rivals Newcastle.

And then Paulo di Canio grass-stained himself all over the Tyne-Wear derby and suddenly where there was dismay and disappointment, optimism began to flourish.

What a difference a week makes. This time last weekend, Sunderland were out of the relegation zone on just goal difference, ahead of a Wigan side that still had a game in hand on the Black Cats.

A good afternoon to you. I'm Daniel Storey, or @danielstorey85 if you prefer.

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