Jan 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
StokeStoke City
Johnson (18')
Bardsley (45'), Borini (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)

N'Zonzi (34'), Adam (41'), Wilson (51')
N'Zonzi (54')

Half-Time Report: Adam Johnson fires Sunderland ahead of Stoke City

Adam Johnson puts Sunderland 1-0 up over Stoke City at half time of the Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light.

Adam Johnson has continued his impressive form by handing Sunderland a 1-0 lead over Stoke City at half time.

Sunderland took firm control of the game from the first whistle and were rewarded for their dominant start when they opened the scoring in the 18th minute.

Sunderland's Adam Johnson celebrates with teammate Fabio Borini after scoring the opening goal against Stoke during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014© AFP

Fabio Borini, after being gifted too much space by the Stoke defence, saw a low shot fumbled by Asmir Begovic and Johnson quickly reacted to slot home.

Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson and Stoke's Charlie Adam in action during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014© Getty Images

Stoke responded well to falling behind but struggled to create many clear opportunities at the Stadium of Light.

The Potters could have been level before the break but Vito Mannone reacted impressively to keep out a Ryan Shawcross header at the back post.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet in the dugout during the match against Chelsea on December 4, 2013
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