Last Updated: 18/01/14 2:44pm
Mixed emotions for Sunderland boss Gus Poyet who will have been delighted to see his side battle back from two goals down, but he will also have been dismayed at the way they were completely outplayed for most of the first half. Southampton could well have been out of sight in the opening half hour but in the end were perhaps fortunate to take a point as the home side finished strongly.
Johnson's kick is half cleared but falls to Ki on the edge of the box and he works a shooting opportunity but it is blocked. Sunderland win it back and Colback's cross picks out Alonso who gets above Chambers but Boruc saves.
Mannone has to dash off his line to save at the feet of Rodriguez as he tried to get on the end of a clever through ball from Davis.
We will have a minimum of seven minutes added time as Lambert meets a Ward-Prowse free-kick but it's an easy save for Mannone.
Ramirez makes a powerful run to the edge of the Sunderland box and looks to have been brought down but play is waved on.
Are we going to get a winner? Can Sunderland snatch the most unlikely of three points after being outplayed in the first half and trailing 2-0?
Boruc has to race off his line to deal with a hopeful punt forward by Bardsley and the keeper looks to be moving OK again.
Boruc looks to have an injury and may have to come off - by the way, replays show that Johnson's shot, albeit well struck, went through the keeper's hands.
The momentum is now firmly with Sunderland for the first time in the game and they now look the most likely winners.
Saints half clear the resulting corner to the edge of the box and it is played back in and Boruc has to block Fletcher's shot from close range.
Sunderland play in Johnson down the right and he has time to pick his spot - rifling home a thunderbolt shot from just inside the box.
Southampton have played with such a high tempo you wonder how tired they will be in the closing stages.
I'm fairly certain there will be more goals in the game so hopefully we will be in for an exciting finish.
The home crowd have been lifted and that is important if they are going to get something from the game.
Johnson plays the ball over the top and Borini runs through and slots it home but the flag is up for offside. Correct decision!
The change was greeted with huge cheers from the Sunderland and instantly Colback wins a crunching tackle.
Swift counter by Saints with Lambert putting in a low cross for Rodriguez whose effort goes just wide as Bardsley slid in with him.
Shaw gets free down the left and his low shot is touched away for a corner by Mannone with the resulting corner cleared.
Saints have a free kick after Lallana is chopped down by Alonso. Davis takes it and it is met by Fonte but again Mannone makes the save right on his line.
Brown gives the ball away to Rodriguez who plays a one-two with Lallana before his low shot is saved at the second attempt by Mannone.
Good build-up play by Saints ends up with a shooting chance for Chambers but Mannone makes a confident, low save.
Sunderland have a free-kick that Larsson takes quickly and he finds bardsley in the box. His shot is narrowly wide but referee Foy wants it taken again.
A powerful run by Shaw sees him ghost past two home players but his shot from 25 yards is staright at Mannone who saves.
Larsson is fouled and the hosts have a free kick close to the corner flag but Labert flicks away Johnson's delivery.
Sunderland look to respond but Larsson's cross is way too deep and goes out for a goalkick despite his forlorn claims for a corner.
William Maher says: 'Terrible first half by the home team and at the moment they can say goodbye to the Premier League! That display is mid-table championship standards - hard to believe there is so little fight and grit from the Sunderland players. Gus Poyet will be pulling his hair out in the dressing room right now!'
Referee Chris Foy brings an entertaining half to an end and shall we say there was a mixed reaction from the Sunderland supporters.
Lambert bends it round the wall but Mannone dives full length to his left to push it away, two handed, for a corner.
Cattermole and Larsson combine to bring down Davis 35 yards from the Sunderland goal and this is danger for the home side.
Saints are forcing Sunderland to chase the ball but they are now being more successful at pressing higher up the field.
Johnson plays a hopeful cross into the Southampton box but Borus makes a simple catch under no pressure.
It will be interesting to see the reaction of the home fans when the half-time whistle blows as, in fairness, they have been very much second best in this contest but at 2-1 are still well in it.
Saints again fizz the ball about until Lallana's shot is blocked and it falls to Rodriguez who fires wide.
Davis finds Lambert in space down the right and his dangerous cross to the near post looks like heading to Lallana but Cattermole makes a great block.
Sunderland clear the resulting corner much to the relief of their fans who now feel a comeback may be on the cards.
Saints are again looking to keep,possession as they look to calm the game down again after having been so much in charge.
That was Sunderland's first meaningful attack and, to be honest, a goal they scarcely deserved after having made such a woeful start.
Borini is given space in the box to turn from Johnson's cross and although keeper Boruc gets fingertips to it the ball has enough power to creep into the far corner.
Lovren meets the corner on the volley and hooks the ball into the bottom corner with Brown unable to close him down.
Chambers again bombs down the right for Saints and wins a corner off Alonso who has had a torrid time so far.
Brown turns into trouble and Lambert takes trhe ball off him before slipping it to Rodriguez 14 yards out, but he tries to place the ball into the bottom corner and allows Mannone to make the save.
The tempo of the game has dropped slightly in the last couple of minutes and that is good news for the hosts who have been under the cosh.
Lambert is caught offside and the free kick will give Sunderland a chance to clear their lines and perhaps have a breather.
Mannone has to race off his line to prevent a corner after a marauding run down the right by Chambers.
Sunderland have a free-kick midway inside the Saints half, but again they give it away cheaply which adds to the growing tension inside the stadium.
Sunderland's substitutes are warming up and you would not be surprised to see at least one change, even at this early stage.
Great play between Lambert and Schneiderlin creates a shooting chance for the former and his low shot is just inches wide of the far post - another left-off for the hosts.
Schneiderlin heads the ball down for Lambert who then trues to find Rodriguiez in the box, but once more Brown steps in to clear the danger.
It's all hands to the pump for Sunderland at this stage and you would think Southampton were the home side, so impressive has their start been.
Shaw bursts clear down the left and his low cross deflects off Johnson and hits the foot of the post, before Sunderland clear the resulting corner.
Saints corner and Jose Fonte goes down after a challenge with O'Shea but penalty appeals are waved away.
Lallana gets free down the right from Lambert's pass and his first-time cross is met by Rodriguez but Brown gets in another block to his goalbound shot.
Rodriguez leads a swift counter-attack and cuts inside on the edge of the box but Wes Brown gets in a vital block.
Mannone makes some amends by gathering the ball ahead of Rodriguez from Luke Shaw's dangerous cross.
More howls of derision as Vito Mannone's poor kick lands at the feet of Jack Cork who goes for an audacious lob from fully 50 yards and it is only just over.
The visitors are currently first to every ball and Sunderland are not helping themselves by giving the ball away.
Alonso is forced top charge down a cross from Calum Chambers as the Saints continue to press forward.
Cattermole gives the ball away in the centre circle and there is an angry from some of the home fans ... you can feel the anxiety around the ground already - apart from the jubilant Southampton section.
Well did say the Saints had started in confident fashion and this fine opening goal is a perfect reward for that.
Ki Sung-Yueng's poor clearance is headed down by Morgan Schneiderlin and drops to Rodriguez on the edge of the box. He controls the ball on his chest and then foot before firing low into the bottom corner.
Lallana tries to pick out the run of Steven Davis into the Sunderland box but John O'Shea spots the danger and clears.
Seb Larsson's through ball is intended for Borini but it's too strong and Saints keeper Artur Boruc comes off his line to collect.
'Sunderland to improve their fine form with a 3-0 victory. Goals from Borini, O'Shea and Fletcher. The behind-the-scenes turmoil at Southampton has come at the right time for Sunderland. Haway the lads!' says Tom in Oxford.
Josh David says: 'Should be a good game at the Stadium of Light today but I'm going for a 2-1 away win with Borini putting the home team in-front, and with Lallana and Rickie Lambert finishing it off for Southampton.'
Fancy a flutter? Southampton are the bookmakers' favourites (13/8) but a draw looks the best value at 11/5 in the result market as the hosts have lost only one of their last six league games, while under 2.5 goals is widely expected to come in (8/11). Indeed, three of the last five league meetings between the sides have ended up 1-1, which is 5/1 in Sky Bet's correct score odds, while a triple chance on 1-1, 2-2 or 3-3 pays out 7/2 in the correct score group betting market.
Jozy Altidore is recalled to the Sunderland starting line-up as manager Gus Poyet looks to record back-to-back Barclays Premier League wins for the first time this season. The United States striker replaces Steven Fletcher in one of two changes to the side which won 4-1 at Fulham last weekend, with Sebastian Larsson also coming in for Jack Colback. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino makes just one change to the team which beat West Brom as full-back Calum Chambers returns after illness in place of Nathaniel Clyne.
The teams are in and they are as follows - Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso, Larsson, Cattermole, Ki, Johnson, Altidore, Borini. Subs: Gardner, Fletcher, Celustka, Pickford, Colback, Giaccherini, Roberge. Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, Rodriguez, Steven Davis, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Hooiveld. Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)
Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of today's Premier League clash between Sunderland and Southampton at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has warned his players to expect a backlash as Southampton attempt to put a chaotic week behind them. The Saints still have the repercussions of executive chairman Nicola Cortese's resignation reverberating on the South Coast. Manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose future had appeared to be thrown into doubt by the departure of his close ally, confirmed he would be staying on Thursday afternoon but the last few days have served as a far from ideal preparation. However, Saints currently sit in ninth place in the table, 13 points better off than their weekend opponents who start the game second from bottom. However, the Black Cats pulled off a tremendous 4-1 win at Fulham a week ago and will be looking for a fourth successive win in all competitions. As always, we welcome your views so send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll publish the best ones.