ALL OVER: Brave effort from nine-men Sunderland but Hull City run out winners. The Tigers huffed and puffed against the visitors and struggled to break them down - but they'll gladly accept the points. Report and reaction to follow shortly...
Fans start to head for the exit. This has hardly been great fayre from the home side - but Steve Bruce will gladly take the points over the performance.
Larsson's free-kick is flicked behind by O'Shea. Harper will take all the time in the world.
Lunge by Figueroa on Colback is punished by another yellow card. Mannone comes up for the free-kick.
Bardsley has a speculative effort which goes wide. Surely the last chance for the nine men.
Brady brings down Johnson - and Poyet comes flying out of his technical area to remonstrate with the referee. Johnson certainly looked to make the most of the challenge.
Proschwitz's strike is deflected behind for a Tigers corner.
Good try from Huddlestone but Mannone acrobatically denies the former Spurs midfielder.
POST: At the other end, Livermore rifles in a long-range effort which beats Mannone's dive but ricochets back off the upright. That would have put the points to bed.
Great chance for Johnson to level it but Harper stays big to deny the Sunderland man. Awful defending from the home side and it took the former Newcastle keeper to rescue them.
Another hopeful ball looped in by Elmohamady but it drifts out and beyond the far post.
McShane gets a header in but Proschwitz fouls Mannone as the ball loops into the air.
Another rare chance for Sunderland but Larsson can't get his 20-yard shot on target. The visitors have battled on bravely after the folly of their teammates in the first period.
Last change for Hull as Boyd goes off to be replaced by top scorer Brady.
Koren lines a shot up but the visitors remain solid and block his effort.
Huddlestone looks to volley in from 18 yards out but he slices his effort wide. The Tigers toiling to put this game to bed.
Livermore lines up a shot but he's robbed by Larsson.
Change for City and Rosenior goes off to be replaced by the more attack-minded Proschwitz.
Figueroa with a snapshot which goes wide of the post.
Larsson takes the free-kick but his effort is tame. That could be the Black Cats' last hope.
Bardsley charges forward and draws Boyd into a foul. The Sunderland fans are in good voice now as they see a chance of getting back into it/
Boyd tries to turn Rosenior's cross goalward but can't find the target.
Rare foray forward by Sunderland and Johnson has an effort which dips over the bar.
Poor strike from Figueroa who finds row Z.
Almohamady swings a centre in which is nodded away by Cuellar. Tigers starting to find some space now.
Good strike from Livermore which takes a deflection off O'Shea but Mannone is equal to it.
No one within 20 yards of Fletcher - in a striped shirt anyway - as he receives a long punt upfield. It's very much attack against defence here.
Meyler has been struggling since that awful tackle by Dossena and he makes way to be replaced by Koren.
Good deep cross from Figueroa which finds the head of Elmohamady but he can't keep his effort under the bar.
More worry for Poyet as Fletcher goes down holding his back. Sunderland have made all their substitutions so he'll have little option but to soldier on.
Boyd runs at Cuallar and fires in a shot which is just beyond the left hand post.
City trying to spread the play and move the nine men around. Figueroa looks to bend a cross in but it's straight into the arms of Mannone.
Huddlestone finds Sagbo but he leans back and fires well over the bar.
Huddlestone picks up a cut back from Figueroa but he drags his shot wide of Mannone's right-hand post.
Livermore chops down Larsson. The Tigers will need to show some patience here and move the visitors around the field.
We're back in action now. Fletcher now Sunderland's lone front man. Can the nine-men keep City at bay?
Changes to the Sunderland team as Adam Johnson and West Brown come on for Borini and Altidore who were both anonymous ni that first period.
No surprise to hear that Sunderland are now rank outsiders to come away from the KC Stadium with anything. They are priced at 40-1 to beat the Tigers and even 12-1 to earn a draw.
As I sip a well-earned half-time cuppa, here's a decent stat from those nice people at Opta. Only three players (Patrick Vieira, Richard Dunne, Duncan Ferguson) have seen red more often than Lee Cattermole.
That's the half-time break, Hull City deservedly ahead but all the talk will be about those two red cards for the visitors. Poyet facing an impossible job to get his side back into this surely with Sunderland down to nine men.
DOSSENA OFF: A second red card for the Black Cats and another shocking challenge. The Sunderland full-back goes over the ball and stamps on David Meyler's shin. The official had no choice there but to dismiss the visiting player.
Poyet getting a lecture from referee Andre Mariner who gave him the 'next time' warning.
Poyet is remonstrating with the fourth official about the red card but it looks a tough one to argue against. The challenge was high and dangerous.
CATTERMOLE OFF: Awful tackle by the Sunderland midfielder on his former teammate Elmohamady. He gave the referee little choice there. That's the seventh sending off of his career - and a tough task for the Black Cats just got a whole lot harder.
Expecting a lengthy period of stoppage time here following the injury to Westwood. For Sunderland the break can't come soon enough - they have barely registered as an attacking force.
Deflected effort from Sagbo after good build-up play by Livermore and Boyd but the ball slides just wide of Mannone's left-hand post.
First job Mannone has is to face up to Huddlestone's free-kick but it is fired straight into the defensive wall.
Westwood looks very shaky as he heads off the pitch to be replaced by Mannone. Not a change Poyet would have wanted to make by any means.
Huddlestone unhappy with a foot-up challenge from Cattermole - then City win a free-kick 25 yards out after a clumsy tackle by Larsson. As we await the free-kick, Westwood beckons for more treatment.
Westwood back on his feet and gets play going again with a free-kick following the challenge by McShane. He still looks somewhat shaken.
Crunching clash between Westwood and McShane as they challenge for a loose ball. The Sunderland keeper appears to be struggling here and is flat out on his back receiving lengthy treatment. Mannone warms up just in case he's required.
Good spell of keep-ball by the Hull midfield as Livermore and Huddlestone start to enjoy some decent possession. The oles are echoing around the KC Stadium.
Golden chance for the Tigers but Sagbo fails to gamble on getting no the end of Figueroa's cross and the ball flashes across the area and out for a throw in.
Another corner to the visitors as Dossena torments the Tigers' defence. Larsson takes it short to Colback who lifts it high into the area but the ball eventually runs through to Harper who gathers.
Sunderland look to hit back immediately but Larsson's corner is headed powerfully clear by Davies.
GOAL TIGERS. Rosenior gets his cross in. Cuellar and Sagbo go for the ball at the near post but the ball comes off the Sunderland defender's head and beyond Westwood.
Fletcher returns to the fray after a spot of treatment - but that shoulder must be a concern for Black Cats fans.
A worry for Sunderland as Fletcher is down after the ball struck him on the shoulder. He goes off for treatment.
Altidore dawdles and is easily robbed by Rosenior. Still no pattern to this game with neither side able to put any kind of possession football together.
Fletcher plays for and wins a free-kick down by the City corner flag. Larsson sends in a teasing cross but Davies does well to head away.
Bardsley penalised for a high foot on Figueroa. Huddlestone's free kick is well flighted but it evades Davies and Livermore and drifts beyond the far post
Great ball in from the right by Elmohamady but it is just beyond the despairing dive of Sagbo as he looks to turn the ball past Westwood.
O'Shea clatters into Sagbo as the crowd get to their feet to remonstrate. Figueroa fires the ball into the box but Sunderland stay firm to clear.
Larsson bundled over by Huddlestone. The free-kick is played short but comes to nothing and Meyler half clears his lines.
All very bitty so far with neither side finding the quality to open up the respective defences.
Boyd looks to find a way down the Sunderland right but Bardsley slides in to deny him space.
Cattermole snapping at the heels of Huddlestone who earns a free-kick which he pumps forward towards Elmohamady but the visitors' defence stands firm.
Larsson misplaces a pass which sees the Tigers back on the attack but Figueroa fails to find a way beyond Bardsley.
Figueroa has the first attempt on goal - but he drags his effort horribly wide.
Former Newcastle keeper Steve Harper is getting the bird from the visitors' fans. Am sure he's heard it all before.
It's the home side who get us under way as the ball finds its way through Westwood in the visitors' goal.
The two managers shake hands ahead of kick off. Wonder who will be smiling at the final whistle.
The teams are on their way out. We're moments away from kick-off here.
Rain is sweeping across East Yorkshire at the moment as we await the teams. Although early in the campaign, this result could have huge implications come the end of the season. Sunderland will definitely believe they have to win today to start clawing the Tigers back towards them while a win for the home side could well see them six points above the drop zone.
Just 15 minutes until kick off and the KC Stadium is starting to fill up. Still time to get those pre-match predictions in.
Chance for Fabio Borini to make a name for himself as he gets a start for Sunderland and you can be sure Jozy Altidore will have a point to prove against his former club. Mind you, am sure Steve Bruce will be desperate to put one over on his ex-employers.
Here are the visitors' substitutes this afternoon: Mannone, Brown, Gardner, Johnson, Celustka, Giaccherini, Sung-Yueng.
So what do you think to those line-ups - and do you have a pre-match prediction. You can get in touch with me via Twitter - @skysportswebed - or via email - email@example.com. Looking forward to hearing your views.
Here is the Sunderland line-up with Jozy Altidore starting against his former club: Westwood, Bardsley, Dossena, O'Shea (c), Cuellar, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Borini, Fletcher, Altidore. Looks like an attacking selection from Gus Poyet.
On the bench for the Tigers: Jakupovic, Meyler, Koren, Brady, Proschwitz, Faye, Quinn
Here's the Hull City starting line-up for today's encounter: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, McShane, Huddlestone, Livermore, Elmohamady, Boyd, Aluko, Sagbo.
We could well be in for goals this afternoon - but maybe not long-range screamers. The Tigers have yet to score from outside the box this season while Sunderland have gone 13 games without a Premier League clean sheet.
Building up to kick off at the KC. Before the team news drops in, here are a couple of facts and stats. Sunderland have won each of their last six league encounters with the Tigers while Jozy Altidore, now a Sunderland player, was sent off playing for Hull the last time this fixture was played in April 2010.
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