Last Updated: 02/12/12 5:52pm
A Gardner free-kick is handled superbly by Bunn, preventing the ball from spilling out into a crowd of players and that should be game over.
Bardsley launches the ball up towards Wickham, with Tettey on hand to clear as Sunderland stage a late charge on the Norwich goal.
Incredibly unlucky for Sessegnon as the forward reaches Bardsley's pass before driving the ball across goal, which clips Bennett and then deflects back off the Sunderland forward, the result a Norwich goal kick.
Sessegnon plays in Rose and as the left-back goes down on the edge of the area under Whittaker neither a foul or a free-kick for simulation is given.
Hoolahan heads off to a warm ovation as Howson comes on to add to the former Leeds contingent on the pitch.
Hoolahan continues to battle to work an opening for Norwich, winning back possession off Gardner before a poor ball from Tettey derails the attack, until Rose concedes a free-kick on E Bennett.
Good work from Wickham, skipping past Bennett before forcing Bassong into a timely clearance. It's still with Sunderland though, as Rose lets fly with a venomous effort that travels narrowly wide.
Pilkington stays onside from Gardner's ball, but he is marshalled extremely well by Cuellar who steals the ball for himself and plays clear.
E Bennett ventures down the right, whipping a good ball across the penalty box that sees Holt hurl himself into the ball, firing a speculative half-volley over the bar.
Norwich should get a third. Hoolahan feeds in Holt but his second touch allows Mignolet in to smother the ball when the goal was at the striker's mercy.
Wickham plants himself into Bassong and the defender goes flying. The medics are on to treat him as play grinds to a halt.
The corner falls to Rose, whose drilled shot back in lands in the path of Wickham who is caught offside poking home from close range.
Norwich clear their lines, and Sessegnon shows good strengh to power away from Whittaker. His ball into Johnson cannons off Bennett and it's another Sunderland corner now.
Bassong travels up for a Norwich free-kick, and he gets the flick on before Larsson sorts his feet out and clears behind for a corner.
McClean fails to line up himself to shoot from a Larsson corner and Bassong steps in as the Black Cats really start to apply themselves in the final third.
Gardner's ball into Sessegnon sees the forward go for goal rather than return the pass. It's a poor effort and his team-mate isn't happy as he expected a return pass.
Sunderland struggle to formulate an attack, and Johnson has the ball plucked from him by Tettey before he tracks back and fouls the Norwich midfielder.
Rose's straight ball carries far too much pace for any of his team-mates to reach as Sunderland end up gifting possession back to Norwich.
McClean holds off Pilkington, but Hoolahan offers support as Sunderland keep their shape, forcing Pilkington to run the ball out of play in the end.
Lovely work from Snodgrass as Norwich enjoy a good spell of possession without breaking too far into Sunderland's half.
Bassong gets his head to a free-kick from Johnson but he is caught offside and his header was wide anyway. It's turning into a terrific game at Carrow Road now with both teams looking capable of scoring from every attack.
Tettey carelessly passes into Rose, who feeds in Sessegnon with the forward adjusting his feet before shooting which results in a much too simple save in the end for Bunn.
Bunn does enough to poke the corner away, but as Norwich look to break, play is pulled back as Snodgrass is tugged back by Larsson.
Bardsley's delivery clips the heels of Garrido and nearly acts as a superb pass to Wickham before Bassong clears for a corner.
Mignolet is nowhere near the free-kick but somehow Sunderland scramble the ball away, with Rose unable to find Wickham with his clearance.
An incredible free-kick from Gardner flies through the wall and on to the post with Kilgallon inexplicably firing over from the rebound at close range. Great chance for Sunderland.
Mignolet makes a terrific save to deny a simply stunning shot from Pilkington curling into the far corner, the keeper does even better to parry it wide for a throw-in.
Hoolahan is nudged over by Larsson on the counter attack and play is brought back for a free-kick which Whittaker will take.
Another challenge from Holt on Cuellar leaves the defender shaken, with this physical encounter surely taking its toll on the Spaniard at this rate.
Larsson's ball in is delayed due to the position of the ball, but when it comes in it takes a last-ditch tackle from Bassong to prevent Cuellar's shot finding the net.
McClean helps out as Sunderland prevent Pilkington from letting rip, and the visitors break with intent as McClean earns them a corner.
Bardsley's speculative effort ends up becoming a pass back to Bunn as a Sunderland attack breaks down. Good start to the half from both teams though.
Pilkington and Hoolahan aim to create an opening but Sunderland stay organised, forcing the Canaries back before Holt is penalised for a foul on Kilgallon.
Good chance for Sunderland. Gardner feeds in Sessegnon, and his ball across the face of goal is inches away from finding Wickham until Bennett nips in to stab away.
Cuellar hobbles to the touchline but he looks fine to continue, and as Holt chuckles with the referee, you get the feeling it can't be too severe an injury.
McClean tries to do too much after turning past Hoolahan, and eventually Bennett steps in. Moments later Cuellar goes down in a clash with Holt.
Sunderland have been cut to 16/1 for a comeback victory after Gardner reduced the deficit. Our half-time price boosts offer 20/1 for Fletcher to net next in a 3-2 win for the Black Cats.
Sunderland have been on the receiving end for much of the game, but a cracking goal from Gardner reduces the deficit and gives them a lifeline after a wonderful first half from Norwich. Send your second half predictions to firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @JWoodfield365
Johnson has come alive during the last ten minutes, tracking back to tackle Whittaker in a threatening position to help out his defenders.
It's come from nowhere but after smart work from Johnson down the left, a marvellous, powerful drive from Gardner creeps past Bunn and the Black Cats have one back. Game on again!
Johnson aims a hopeful ball in at the far post, with Bunn reacting quickly to smother ahead of the lurking Fletcher.
Gardner sprays a really poor ball out wide and that sums Sunderland up the moment. Martin O'Neill is surely planning for a half time berating of his team at this rate.
Sunderland are now 50/1 to win and 12/1 to salvage a draw, with Steven Fletcher considered their best hope of reducing the deficit at 8/1 to score next.
Gardner illegally cuts into Johnson, and as Norwich continue to impress, Pilikington lauches the ball into the box from the free-kick with Cuellar heading away.
Mignolet makes a meal of claiming Snodgrass' ball from the right but he eventually gains his bearings and gathers.
Johnson's wonderful ball finds Pilkington onside and the winger does beautifully to charge forward, cut inside Cuellar and fire past Mignolet to give the Canaries a commanding lead.
Whittaker keeps his eyes on Johnson's sprayed ball across the park and heads away, with Sunderland starting to look more threatening now after a rather impotent 25 minutes.
This is better from Sunderland, as Bardsley battles his way towards keeping Tettey at bay, but as Fletcher is played in, he concedes a free-kick by backing into Bassong.
Neat hold-up play from Johnson in the corner ends prematurely with a dreadful pass straight to Johnson, but as Norwich look to break, Bardsley beats Garrido for pace and clears to safety.
Snodgrass sells Whittaker short, and Rose steps in to regain possession. He finds Fletcher down the line, and Bassong comes across to clear for a throw-in.
Johnson is penalised for a trip on Johnson and Sunderland get a free-kick. Johnson's delivery is top drawer, catching the head of Kilgallon, with a touch from Holt taking the ball over. No corner is awarded though.
A well worked corner from the Black Cats sees Rose head forward unmarked and picked out by Larsson, who fires a solid effort straight at Bunn.
Johnson slips the ball through to Sessegnon but Garrido's excellent sliding challenge prevents him from turning. Moments later, Rose does well to win his side a corner.
Sunderland really look devoid of any ideas going forward, as Bennett powers a header away once more from the path of Fletcher.
Kilgallon concedes a throw-in deep in Sunderland's half, before Cuellar defends well against Johnson, earning a free-kick against the midfielder and ending the danger.
Terrific battling from Hoolahan against Bardsley and Kilgallon. The midfielder loses out but he did brilliantly to nearly force a corner from a tight position.
Gardner searches for Fletcher's run, but the ball is over his head as the service into the Black Cats striker continues to be poor early on.
Holt acts as a valuable outlet on the right, linking up with Snodgrass and Tettey before the latter's bullet drive clattes off Cuellar's head and Sunderland clear their lines.
Holt forces Mignolet into a poor clearance which lands at the feet of Snodgrass. The Scot charges forward but eventually Rose tracks back to block his run.
Rose pounces first from Johnson's knock down, but a ball from Gardner up to Fletcher sees the striker well marked and Bennett calmly knocks the ball back to Bunn.
Kilgallon gets his foot to Garrido's delivery, with Sunderland looking quite stretched at the back as Norwich continue to probe until Cuellar makes a timely tackle on Snodgrass.
Hoolahan's through ball is cut out by Gardner but Sunderland fail to break effectively and Norwich win the ball back again as Pilkington earns a throw-in deep in the visitors' half.
McClean is caught offside as Fletcher looks to play him in down the left, with the hosts doing well restricting space for Sunderland to play into.
Johnson tackles Sessegnon, winning the ball but taking the Sunderland man down in the process, and the referee awards a free-kick.
Corner to Norwich after Pilkington's delivery is deflected behind by Bardsley. Bassong is in the mix again, but his header from Snodgrass' ball lands wide.
Sessegnon leads the counter attack for Sunderland but Johnson has the ball stolen from him by Garrido and the hosts resume possession.
Hoolahan hussles Kilgallon, forcing the defender into a nervy clearance, with Norwich starting the game very impressively.
There's appeals for handball in the melee but a deflection takes the ball into Bassong's path, who bundles the ball into the net to give the Canaries the lead.
A lovely one-two between Whittaker and Hoolahan sees the former floored by Rose and Norwich have a free-kick 30 yards out.
Bassong plays safe and clears for a throw-in, but the ball finds Johnson as a result, the winger blasting a powerful effort at goal that doesn't trouble Bunn.
Holt is again tugged back by Kilgallon but this time the referee doesn't see it during a Norwich set piece and the defender, already booked, gets away with what looked a clear penalty.
Cuellar heads the free-kick away, and Rose ends up taking a tumble under Snodgrass as the visitors get a free-kick themselves.
A very early booking for Kilgallon who gets too tight on Holt and tugs him down as the striker loomed on goal.
Norwich keep possession well, with Sunderland yet to get a sniff as Hoolahan looks for Pilkington and Bardsley comes across to cover.
The players go through their pre-match handshake and we're minutes away from kick-off at Carrow Road.
Norwich are favourites to continue their superb recent home form that has seen victories over Manchester United, Stoke and Arsenal. They are 1/1 with Sky Bet, while Sunderland can be backed at 3/1 with the draw at 23/10.
Emma Fenwick writes: 'I think sunderland will win today. We've had a pretty bad run recently but I think we'll win 3-0. Goals from Sess, Fletcher and Johnson.'
Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, McFadden, Colback, Vaughan, Bramble.
Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett.
Some early team news for you. Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill hands winger James McClean his first start in four games as he replaces injured skipper Lee Cattermole. Cattermole suffered a knee injury during the early stages of the 0-0 midweek draw with QPR and could be missing for two months. Norwich boss Chris Hughton keeps faith in the team who drew 1-1 at Southampton on Wednesday night with Mark Bunn continuing in goal in the absence of the injured John Ruddy.
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