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Half-Time Report: Sunderland holding Everton at the break

Rock-bottom Sunderland play out a goalless first half with Champions League-chasing Everton.

Rock-bottom Sunderland are holding Everton to a goalless draw at half time at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League.

The Blues spurned a couple of good openings inside the first 15 minutes when Steven Naismith hit a shot high and wide in a good position, after Gerard Deulofeu's effort was saved after a strong run took him inside the Sunderland area.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland and Sylvain Distin of Everton compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014© Getty Images

Everton had John Stones to thank for a last-ditch clearance on 33 minutes when Fabio Borini escaped two challenges before rounding goalkeeper Tim Howard.

Adam Johnson had a great chance for the Black Cats towards the end of the first half, but James McCarthy thwarted the winger with a superb challenge.

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Adam Johnson of Sunderland scores a goal to bring his team back into contention at 2-1 during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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