Apr 7, 2013 at 3pm UK at ​Stamford Bridge
Chelsea
2-1
Sunderland
Ivanovic (55'), Kilgallon (47' og.)
FT(HT: 0-1)
Azpilicueta (45' og.)
Gardner (25'), Rose (62')

Sunderland's Craig Gardner accuses Chelsea's Demba Ba of play-acting

Gardner accuses Ba of play-acting
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Craig Gardner accuses Chelsea striker Demba Ba of play-acting following a challenge from the Sunderland midfielder.

Sunderland midfielder Craig Gardner has hit out at Chelsea striker Demba Ba for exaggerating after a challenge during last Sunday's clash.

The 26-year-old will miss this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby after receiving his 10th booking of the season for a tackle on Ba during the Black Cats' 2-1 defeat to the Blues.

"It's not the start that I wanted, but it's not a yellow card," Gardner told The Journal. "It was a fair tackle. He's just rolled around and forced the booking.

"I'll be involved on the training pitch, I'll be in the tunnel before the game, geeing every one of our lads up. I can assure the fans I'll get the team up for it, I'll be right behind every player on Sunday."

Gardner is suspended for two matches.

Sunderland's Craig Gardener celebrates his penalty equaliser against Wigan on January 19, 2013
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