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Sunderland

Onlooker: Lee Cattermole watches as Scott Sinclair converts the penalty he conceded

Cattermole backed by Sunderland boss after penalty error

Scorer: Dutchman Jeremain Lens scored Sunderland's second

Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2

Back in side: Younes Kaboul

Team news: Aston Villa v Sunderland

LIVE: Aston Villa v Sunderland

LIVE: Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2

IN FORM: Jermain Defoe has scored five goals in four games this season

Defoe delighted to have his sharpness back

HAT-TRICK HERO: Jermain Defoe

Saturday Spotlight: Defoe hits back at PA critics - but do we place unrealistic expectations on our footballing stars?

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INJURED: Adam Matthews

Sunderland defender ruled out for six weeks

DONE DEAL: Ola Toivonen has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan from Rennes (Picture: Sunderland FC)

Sunderland confirm Toivonen signing

Aston Villa vs Sunderland (Saturday, 3pm)

Bootroom Banter: Aston Villa vs Sunderland

TRANSFER TARGET: Former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is set to leave Napoli this summer

Sunderland hoping for double overseas transfer breakthrough

IN DEMAND: Jonathan de Guzman, pictured while playing for Swansea City

De Guzman's agent provides transfer update - with possible move to Sunderland still on

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SHAKY DEFENDING: Sunderland conceded three goals to Exeter City as they made the Capital One Cup third round

Advocaat bemoans defensive flaws as Sunderland set up Man City date

YOUNG GUN: Duncan Watmore celebrates with Jack Rodwell during Sunderland's League Cup win over Exeter

Guest Blog: What state are Sunderland in after their opening four games?

John O'Shea congratulates Jack Rodwell

Crazy game sees Sunderland come out on top in nine-goal thriller

BACK IN THE SIDE: Seb Larsson

Team News: Advocaat keeps his changes to a minimum for League Cup tie

FIRST CALL UP: Duncan Watmore has been named in the England Under-21 squad

Sunderland duo named in England Under-21 squad

Barclays Premier league match: Sunderland v Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat prior to kick off. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (35257693)

Advocaat frustrated by lack of movement in transfer market

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat will not field much-changed team against Exeter City

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat will not field much-changed team against Exeter City

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat during the Barclays Premier League match at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wir

Dick Advocaat gives criticism of chairman Short shrift

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Swansea City's Andre Ayew (left) and Sunderlands Jermaine Lens battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Sunderlan

No regrets for Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens

Former Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet knows how Dick Advocaat is feeling

Former Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet knows how Dick Advocaat is feeling

Comment: Reasons to be cheerful for Sunderland, but there is a long way to go yet

Comment: Reasons to be cheerful for Sunderland, but there is a long way to go yet

Match Ratings: Sunderland 1 Swansea City 1

Match Ratings: Sunderland 1 Swansea City 1

Dick Advocaat praises his side's spirit - but calls for reinforcements

Dick Advocaat praises his side's spirit - but calls for reinforcements

Sunderland 1 Swansea City 1

Sunderland 1 Swansea City 1

North-East Football Live - Saturday, August 22, 2015

North-East Football Live - Saturday, August 22, 2015

Short: 'No one who knows me or knows anything about me would say that I have no ambition for the club'

Short: 'No one who knows me or knows anything about me would say that I have no ambition for the club'

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Dick Advocaat has refused to rule out leaving his position as Sunderland head coach at the end of the month

Advocaat refuses to give guarantees over future and predicts dire consequences unless major signings arrive

Barclays Premier league match: Sunderland v Norwich City at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.  Sunderland players after Norwich's first goal scored by Russell Martin. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (35257740)

Father-like Sunderland boss doing his best to turn things around

BACK IN THE SIDE: John O'Shea

Kaboul out and O'Shea in for Sunderland

Wanted: Former Swansea City man Jonathan de Guzman is interesting Sunderland

Sunderland look to Italy for double transfer deal

Sunderland vs Swansea City (Saturday, 3pm)

Bootroom Banter: Sunderland vs Swansea City

Awful start: Sunderland's Younes Kaboul is trying to turn things around after a horror show at Leicester and then against Norwich

'We know - now it's time to put things right' says under-fire Sunderland new-boy Kaboul

NEW DEAL: Marcos Alonso is set to sign a contract extension with Fiorentina

Alonso to remain with Fiorentina as Sunderland ponder move for Eridivisie attacker

Team News: Gibson returns to Middlesbrough starting line-up at Derby

Live updates: Derby County v Middlesbrough

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

What is going wrong at Sunderland? The fan's view

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Has been? Sunderland's Jermain Defoe is one of the players who has been criticised by the club's former defender Michael Gray

Sunderland to suffer further frustration as ex-player blasts the club

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CRITICISM: Sunderland supporters chanted 'Are you watching Ellis Short?' during their side's 3-1 defeat to Norwich City

Advocaat: 'Don't blame Ellis Short for this mess'

CRITICAL: Paolo Di Canio felt major changes were required while he was Sunderland boss

Comment: Di Canio's reign was a disaster, but did he get one thing right?

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GRIM AFTERNOON: Danny Graham and Steven Fletcher prepare to kick-off after Sunderland's 3-1 defeat to Norwich City at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland are already in crisis after their ineptitude plumbs new depths

WORRIED: Dick Advocaat watched his Sunderland side suffer a 3-1 home defeat to Norwich City yesterday afternoon

Sunderland boss holds crisis meeting as he admits he does not have 'a team'

CANARIES ON SONG: Alex Tettey and Bradley Johnson celebrate Norwich's 3-1 win over Sunderland

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1 Norwich City 3

Dick Advocaat's side now sit bottom of the Premier League

Sunderland 1 Norwich City 3

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North-East Football Live

North-East Football Live - Saturday, August 15, 2015

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SHOCKED: Dick Advocaat admits he was surprised by how poorly Sunderland performed last weekend - but is confident of a positive reaction this afternoon

'Shocked' Sunderland boss says it is much too early to be pressing the panic button

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YOUNG GUN: Norwich City boss Alex Neil

Friends reunited as Fletcher prepares to face Neil

GOALSCORING START: Steven Fletcher returns to the centre-circle after scoring Sunderland's second goal in last weekend's 4-2 defeat at Leicester City

Saturday Spotlight: Fit-again Fletcher determined to put his frustrations behind him

BETTER NEWS: Adam Johnson faces six weeks on the sidelines instead of the 12-week absence that was initially feared

Sunderland winger's injury not as bad as first feared

POSSIBLE RETURN: Sunderland are hoping to re-sign Fabio Borini from Liverpool on a season-long loan

Sunderland turn to Liverpool striker Borini - but suffer Januzaj blow

ANOTHER BAD DAY: Seb Larsson admits defeats like last weekend's at Leicester have become an all-too-familiar occurrence during his time at Sunderland

The Big Interview: Why a familiar feeling of despair drives Larsson to demand improvement

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