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Nine-man Sunderland suffer Hull City defeat
Hull City 1 Sunderland 0
SUNDERLAND went down 1-0 at Hull City as their ex-manager Steve Bruce masterminded a vengeful victory in calamitous fashion.
Carlos Cuellar's 25th minute own goal was the eventual difference for the hosts, with the visitors going down to nine men and losing their goalkeeper before half-time.
Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena both saw red for challenges on former Sunderland duo Ahmed Elmohamady and David Meyler respectively, while Keiren Westwood was replaced by Vito Mannone after former Cats defender Paul McShane collided with his Irish compatriot.
Against the considerable odds, Sunderland, fielding a 3-4-1 formation in the second 45 minutes, held their own and could even have left Humberside with a point after Steve Harper blocked Adam Johnson's 78th minute shot.
However, the talking points long after the full-time whistle revolved around the dismissals, with Black Cats manager Gus Poyet unhappy with Andre Marriner's decision to send off Cattermole in particular.
HULL CITY (4-5-1): Harper; Rosenior (Proschwitz 70), McShane, Davies, Figueroa; Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler (Koren 57), Boyd (Brady 76); Sagbo. Subs: Jakupovic, Gedo, Faye, Quinn.
SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Westwood (Mannone 43); Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Dossena; Larsson, Colback, Cattermole, Borini (Brown 46); Altidore (Johnson 46), Fletcher. Subs: Ki, Gardner, Celutska, Giaccherini.
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