Blackpool v Sunderland

Last updated : 21 January 2011 By BBC Sport

In contrast, Sunderland manager Steve Bruce, who has had an offer for Stoke's Ricardo Fuller accepted, has something of a crisis up front.

That is because Darren Bent left in midweek and Danny Welbeck faces two months out with a torn cartilage.


Doubtful: Harewood (hamstring)

Injured/unavailable: Basham (leg), Carney (international duty), Clarke, Gilks & Martin (all knee)


Injured: Campbell, Meyler & Turner (all knee), Carson (shoulder), Cattermole (back), Mensah (ankle), Welbeck (knee)


Sunderland stunned Newcastle with a last-gasp strike in Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby but have since been left bent double themselves after their top scorer abruptly departed and another leading striker was ruled out for a couple of months with injury.

I have to tell all the Sunderland fans if they think I am going to go out for a marquee signing and spend £20 million, it's not going to happen

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce

Darren Bent's shock move from sixth-placed Sunderland to relegation strugglers Aston Villa has left Wearside reeling and the club "massively let down", according to manager Steve Bruce although the potential £24m transfer fee must have softened the blow. Bruce will need to spend some of that cash pretty quickly, especially as Danny Welbeck is likely to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

The proceeds from the Bent sale is approximately five times the cost of the entire Blackpool squad, who have been punching above their weight in this season's Premier League but have lost four of their last five matches in all competitions.

Ian Holloway's side are seemingly secure in 10th place but stand just eight points above bottom-of-the-table West Ham and failure to stem the defeats could see them staggering towards the relegation ropes.

But the Seasiders will take hope from winning at the Stadium of Light in December - something the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all failed to achieve this season.



• Blackpool beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in December in the clubs' first top-flight meeting for 43 years.

• DJ Campbell scored both goals in that 2-0 victory, which remains Sunderland's only home defeat in this season's Premier League.

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• Blackpool have lost three of their last four league games - and four of the last five in all competitions.

• The Seasiders have scored and conceded in all of their home matches this season.

• DJ Campbell has scored five goals in Blackpool's last six league games.


• Only the top four clubs have conceded fewer league goals this season than Sunderland, who have kept 11 clean sheets in their 23 matches.

• Seven of Sunderland's 26 league goals this season have come in the 86th minute or later.

• The Black Cats have had just six different goal-scorers in this season's Premier League, fewer than any other top-flight club.



Campbell: 8 goals (8 league); Harewood & Varney: 5 goals (5 league)


Gyan: 8 goals (7 league); Welbeck: 6 goals (6 league)

NB Bent scored 11 goals (8 league) for Sunderland before moving to Aston Villa.


Referee: Lee Mason

Assistant referees: Andy Halliday & Patrick Keane

Fourth official: Chris Foy


Blackpool (L2-3 v West Brom, a): Kingson, Eardley (Ormerod 67), Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Vaughan, Adam, Grandin (Phillips 54), Taylor-Fletcher, Campbell, Varney (Baptiste 77). Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Southern, Euell, Sylvestre.

Sunderland (D1-1 v Newcastle, h): Gordon, Onuoha (Zenden 75), Bramble, Ferdinand, Bardsley, Elmohamady (Colback 88), Henderson, Richardson, Malbranque, Gyan, Bent. Subs Not Used: Mignolet, Angeleri, Da Silva, Riveros, Reid.

Source: BBC Sport

Source: BBC Sport