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FT: It's all over at the Stadium of Light and Hull are 2-0 winners against 10-man Sunderland thanks to goals from Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic either side of the break after Wes Brown's early dismissal. 0-2.
Huddlestone's free-kick is straight at Mannone and the Sunderland goalkeeper collects it before Aluko is penalised for a strong challenge on Colback.
We're into the first of three minutes of stoppage time now with Hull camped inside the Sunderland half. Meyler wins a free-kick by the corner flag from Colback. That pretty much sums things up for the hosts. Frustrating afternoon.
O'Shea clears Huddlestone's initial free-kick before Mannone collects the loose ball from underneath the feet of McShane.
The home fans are starting to filter out of the Stadium of Light as Hull are awarded a free-kick in a crossing position which Meyler and Huddlestone stand over on the right. They're in no rush.
Gardner does go for goal but Aluko blocks, seemingly with his face. The ball is returned towards the danger zone and Harper commands his area well to punch away.
At one end, Mannone is forced off his line to smother the ball with Livermore charging in on goal, but Sunderland now have a free-kick in a shooting position which Gardner stands over.
Sunderland are applying a bit of pressure and Johnson's deflected cross falls to Gardner who is bundled over just inside the area. The referee waves play on and Hull can break.
Aluko is involved again, this time firing well over the bar from distance. He looks very eager to make an impression. Roy Hodgson has left the Stadium of Light by the way and the travelling fans continue chants of 'Davies for England'.
Aluko has looked lively since his arrival and he forces Mannone into a smart save to keep out his strike from the edge of the area. Corner to Hull.
Long blazes over from an acute angle after some smart play from Aluko who fed the striker with a perfectly-weighted through ball.
Elmohamady nods it back to Harper after a long ball over the top. Hull appear to be cruising to three points.
Sunderland make an attack-minded change as Liam Bridcutt is replaced by Connor Wickham who will partner Altidore up front.
Jelavic is inches away from bagging his second of the afternoon. Long feeds Elmohamady down the right and his grass-cutting cross invites Jelavic. The striker attacks it at the near-post but his flick can only find the side-netting.
It's all a bit stop-start now and Long is flagged for offside. You'd imagine that if there is any way back into this for Sunderland, they're going to need something very shortly. They're yet to have any real sight on goal this half.
Colback is shoved off the ball by Meyler and Sunderland win a free-kick right in the middle of the centre circle before Jelavic then wins one off Bridcutt.
Jelavic can't quite get his shot away on the turn before Figueroa fires straight at Mannone from some distance. He's fancied a few of those this afternoon.
Huddlestone plays it short to Koren and exchanges passes before his return ball into the box is cleared.
Bruce is encouraging his men to continue going forward as Elmohamady sees his cross blocked. The travelling fans are in good voice now.
McShane is there to shore things up for Hull and Johnson looked to feed Altidore with a cross-field ball that would have put the American striker in on goal.
Elmohamady blocks off Johnson just inside the Hull half and Sunderland have a free-kick which Ki will take short. It's hard to see any way back into this for the hosts.
Long has chased everything this afternoon but this time it's too far for him and he is unable to prevent it from going behind for a goalkick.
Jelavic will be delighted to open his Hull City account with that header. There was a slight hint of fortune in the way the ball bounced up, but take nothing away from him, he reacted as any top striker would and finished with aplomb.
GOAL! Hull City double their lead through Nikica Jelavic! Figueroa saw his strike deflected up into the air by Vergini and Jelavic rose superbly to power a header past Mannone and into the top corner with his first Hull goal. 0-2.
The one-man advantage is giving Hull plenty of space on the counter attack but Jelavic gives it away before conceding a free-kick for a late challenge on Alonso.
Mannone rushes off his line to find touch after a hopeful ball over the top looked for the run of Jelavic.
The hosts have adopted a much more positive approach this second-half and they are looking to get Altidore involved as much as possible. Hull still look a threat though.
Big chance for Hull! Meyler's through ball cuts open the Sunderland defence and Jelavic is racing through on goal, only to scuff his left-footed effort wide with Mannone rushing off his line. He never looked confident in truth.
Ki forces Harper into an excellent save as his strike from distance is deflected towards goal by McShane. The Hull keeper does well to adjust himself and scramble across goal to push it behind.
Sunderland look to have grown in confidence after the break and they look to press with Bardsley down the right.
A Hull corner falls for Koren outside of the area, only for his long-range effort to fly well over the bar when holding onto it would have perhaps been a better idea.
At the other end, Meyler is striding into the box as he looks to latch onto Long's cross. He's caught in two minds whether to go for goal or tee up Jelavic and eventually, his touch is heavy and Mannone collects.
Sunderland do break and Altidore's presence is clearly a threat. The ball eventually finds its way to Bardsley out wide on the right but he gets his cross all wrong and it goes high and wide.
Long holds the ball up and lays off Elmohamady on the right. His cross is deep and Jelavic is waiting with intent but Mannone comes off his line to collect and tries to kick-start a quick break.
The corner comes to nothing and Hull end up conceding a free-kick as Livermore bundles over Ki just outside of the area.
Jelavic's ball is slightly over-hit for Livermore but the midfielder gets hold of it inside the area and draws a corner off the Sunderland defender.
There's a half-time change for Hull as Robert Koren replaces Liam Rosenior in what looks to be an attack-minded substitution.
HT: The referee signals for half-time and boos ring around the Stadium of Light with Sunderland a goal down and reduced to 10-men. Wes Brown was dismissed on three minutes for the hosts but it is Shane Long's header which separates the two sides. 0-1.
Liam Bridcutt is then late on Livermore who was striding forward on the counter attack and he is the latest player to go into the book.
There has been a few suspect challenges out there this afternoon and Bardsley is the latest to be on the receiving end of one as Figueroa clatters him. Free-kick to Sunderland inside their own half.
Chance for Sunderland as Adam Johnson forces Steve Harper into action! Vergini's long ball forward was headed away by Figueroa and it fell kindly for Johnson who lashes it back towards goal with a first-time volley. Thankfully for the Hull keeper, it was straight down his throat and he was able to hold it.
It's starting to get quite heated and Livermore gives away another free-kick inside the Sunderland half.
Elmohamady's cross is steered away by Vergini with a strong header before Livermore goes down under a challenge from Johnson. The winger looked to have accidentally clipped him in the face with his arm but nothing is given.
Meyler gets away with a booking after clattering into Colback. Another free-kick to Sunderland and this one is just inside their own half.
Jake Livermore gets his name taken by the referee as he is cautioned for clipping the legs of Jack Colback. Free-kick to Sunderland deep inside their own half.
Alonso is having a torrid time dealing with Rosenior and Elmohamady so far this afternoon. Once again, Hull found joy down the right wing.
Hull are inches away from doubling their lead as Rosenior wriggles free before playing an inviting cross into the area with Jelavic waiting. The Hull striker throws himself at it but Bardsley is slightly ahead of him and he pulls off a superb block to clear.
Hull have regained possession are now looking to peg Sunderland back once again as they patiently build an attack.
McShane is forced to clear things up after the loose ball almost plays Johnson into a dangerous position. Much more positive last couple of minutes for the hosts.
Sunderland mount a brief attack but it comes to nothing as Alonso mis-times his attempted volley on the edge of the box before Hull clear their lines.
That was the first time this afternoon that we've seen Johnson doing what he does best and running at defenders. He needs to see more of the ball.
Jelavic's shot on the turn is held by Mannone before Johnson has an effort cleared at the other end.
Long rattles the post for Hull! He cuts inside from the edge of the area, working himself into space before his rasping left-footed strike pings back off the woodwork with Mannone rooted to the spot. Great effort.
Hull look to be firmly in control of this. They've got Sunderland pegged back in their own half and continue to look dangerous in attack.
Long can't quite connect with Elmohamady's cross and his stooping header rolls into the hands of Mannone.
Elmohamady is also a threat down Hull's right. He gets away from Alonso with a couple of step-overs before the Sunderland full-back bundles him over. Nothing given despite the Hull protestations.
Rosenior has caused problems down the right so far for Hull and again, he gets a cross away but Long can only head it over the bar from a tight angle.
Jelavic sees his bullet header rebound back off the woodwork following Rosenior's cross. As the ball drops, the linesman raises his flag and it comes to nothing. Good chance for Hull to make it two.
Rosenior does well to hold off Alonso as he bursts into the Sunderland area looking to cross but he kind quite find anyone waiting in the area to apply the finish.
Sunderland continue to move forward and Alonso cuts inside before seeing his low effort easily held by a grateful Harper in goal for Hull.
That was a good spell for Hull as the looked to double their lead. It's now Sunderland's turn to enjoy possession as they knock it about the defence before trying to mount an attack.
Meyler sees his effort blocked before Jelavic can't quite get on the end of Long's flick-on. The early signs of an understanding between the two strikers is evident.
The clearance finds its way to Figueroa who fancies his luck from some way out but his low strike is easy for Mannone to gather.
Huddlestone delivers a corner towards the near post, looking for the head of Elmohamady, only for Johnson to hoof clear.
This game couldn't have started any better for Steve Bruce and his side. Long gets his second goal in two games with a real poacher's finish.
GOAL! Hull City take the lead through Shane Long! The corner was headed away from Mannone by Altidore but Elmohamady guided it back into the danger zone and Long was lurking to head home from close-range. 0-1.
Chance for Hull! Jelavic couldn't quite get hold of the ball inside the area but it rolled kindly towards Livermore on the edge of the box. He side-footed it towards goal but Mannone was equal to it, palming it over the bar with a strong save. Corner to Hull.
Johnson whips the free-kick towards Alonso at the back-post. With an acrobatic effort, he attempts to get a ball back across goal where Vergini diverts it just wide with his first touch.
Liam Rosenior goes into the book after catching Borini from behind. Free-kick to Sunderland in a crossing position. Ki and Johnson stand over it.
Chances have been few-and-far between in these early stages but there's been plenty to talk about. Vergini is still waiting to come on for Sunderland.
Ki finds Borini out wide as he looks to work his way into a dangerous position, only for Davies and then Elmohamady to out-muscle the Liverpool loanee and come away with the ball.
Jelavic tries to create an opening on the edge of the area, it comes to nothing and Sunderland break. Altidore picks it up but Rosenior nicks in to clear the danger.
What a frantic start to this game, there was no doubting the sending-off of Brown but Sunderland really are up against it now. It looks as though Poyet will make a change with Vergini warming up.
Huddlestone takes the resulting free-kick right on the edge of the box. He beats the wall but Mannone clutches it to his chest and Sunderland are let off the hook.
RED CARD! Wes Brown is shown a straight red card for Sunderland after hacking down Shane Long when the striker was through on goal, it was just outside the area so Hull have a free-kick.
Hull try to mount an early attack through Elmohamady who shrugs off Alonso down the right. The ball finds its way to Long but his cross looking for Meyler is cut out.
Roy Hodgson is in attendance today, perhaps keeping an eye on Premier League Player of the Month Adam Johnson.
The teams are out of the tunnel are currently going through the usual pre-match pleasantries. Sunderland will play in their traditional red and white stripes with black shorts, while Hull line-up in their blue away strip with red socks.
We're just a few minutes away from kick-off at the Stadium of Light but there's still plenty of time to have a flutter on the game if you're that way inclined. Our friends over at Sky Bet have a Sunderland win at 13/10, the draw is 9/4 and a Hull win is 21/10.
Hull started the season relatively brightly but have tapered off in recent weeks, winning just one of their last 11 Premier League fixtures. The Tigers were 1-0 winners in this fixture at the KC Stadium back in November and Steve Bruce will be hoping to get one over his former employers once again, although Sunderland have won six of their last seven meetings against Hull.
Gus Poyet's arrival on Wearside appears to have revitalised Sunderland who spent the early stages of the season entrenched in the bottom three, desperate for any signs of hope. The Blacks have lost just once in their last nine Premier League outings and have reached the Capital One Cup final during that run. Last weekend's 3-0 derby defeat of Newcastle United increased their hopes of survival and they will be looking to build on that today.
Thanks to Gordon Henshaw in Manila who has emailed in and he's full of confidence for a home win. He says: '3-0 Sunderland, easy game for us today 1-0 half time then we will take them to the cleaners! Johnson, Borini and a well overdue goal from Altidore!'
So there are the teams and as expected, Gus Poyet keeps the same 11 that strolled to a 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby win over Newcastle last weekend with Borini and Altidore continuing in attack. As for the visitors, Steve Bruce has made just one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Spurs as Jake Livermore returns to the side for Robbie Brady.
As always, you can get in touch before, during and after the game with your thoughts and score predictions. Feel free to Tweet me: @ryanparrish1919 or drop a line via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and a selection of the best will be published.
Hull City XI v Sunderland: Harper, Rosenior, Figueroa, Davies, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, McShane, Jelavic, Long, Elmohamady.
Sunderland XI v Hull City: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, O'Shea (C), Brown, Bridcutt, Ki, Colback, Johnson, Borini, Altidore.
Hello and welcome to the live & interactive commentary of this afternoon's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Hull City at the Stadium of Light. While it would be slightly hasty to label this one as a six-pointer just yet, it's fair to say that survival is the priority for both sides and a win today for either would go some way to easing any fears of relegation. It certainly promises to be entertaining. Team news will be here shortly...