It has been a decent game of football thus far, Sunderland have sneaked ahead but I hope we can show some character and turn things around in the second half. Very hard luck for Francis Coquelin to pick up another hamstring injury. I just had to comment on Howard Webb's generally low quality refereeing.
He failed to punish several poor Sunderland fouls in the first half hour, Gardner crunched Ramsey's ankle with his studs, no yellow, Cattermole nailed Song late well after ball had gone, no foul even given, Gardner then nailed Vermaelen late with no intention but to intimidate, add Turner's late cynical foul to this little collection.
Webb basically gave Sunderland a license to continue this tactic of deliberate intimidating fouls, shocking referee from an official I have never rated. It is these kinds of decisions that can turn games, they give a team an unfair edge which allows them to bully the opposition. Poor poor officiating.