May 6, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
1-1
StokeStoke City
O'Shea (63')
Jimenez Cuellar (32'), Larsson (35')
Gardner (34')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Walters (9')
Whitehead (12'), Nzonzi (44')

Half-Time Report: Stoke City lead 10-man Sunderland

Half-Time Report: Stoke lead 10-man Sunderland
© PA Photos
Stoke City take a 1-0 lead into half time against a Sunderland side who have had Craig Gardner sent off.

Stoke City have taken a 1-0 lead into half time of their Premier League clash with relegation-threatened Sunderland, who have been reduced to 10 men.

The visitors took the lead after just nine minutes when Charlie Adam's corner fell to Jonathan Walters. The Ireland international needed two attempts to squeeze it past Simon Mignolet after his initial header hit Danny Graham, but he eventually bundled the ball over the line.

Sunderland's chances of finding an equaliser took a big blow 10 minutes before the break when Craig Gardner was given his marching orders for a dangerous challenge on Adam, reducing the Black Cats to 10 men.

Play was disrupted briefly during the half as a fan came on to the pitch to remonstrate with the Sunderland players.

Stoke almost doubled their lead late in the half when Cameron Jerome pulled the ball back for Walters, but his shot was blocked.

Sunderland almost pulled level right on the stroke of half time when Adam Johnson fired a free kick goalwards, but it flew just past Asmir Begovic's post and the hosts were forced to go into the break behind.

Craig Gardner is shown a red card by referree Lee Mason during the first half against Stoke on May 6, 2013
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