Grea block by Erik Pieters as Khazri cuts infield on the right flank to fire a shot at goal. Sunderland regained possession at the halfway line there when it looked like John O'Shea went straight through the back of Wilfried Bony to win the ball.
Superb sliding block by Shawcross in the area to deny Defoe! Sunderland found space behind Pieters there and Khazri found the striker the box. It did look like an equaliser was coming there. Will that defending impress England's Sammy Lee in the stand I wonder?
Shaqiri gets the ball nicked off him at the halfway line by Khazi and the Sunderland midfielder races forward. He releases Defoe who manages to keep away from Shawcross and Martins Indi for a moment. Thankfully he can only blaze over the crossbar.
Yes we're getting a hold of the ball a lot more now and it's Sunderland looking to break on the counter instead. A second goal would really help whilst we are on top.
Almost! Quick passing culminates in a low pass into the feet of Djilobodji. He turns him and shoots narrowly wide of the post.
Great play on the break by Stoke after a quiet spell of play. Arnautovic plays the ball into the feet of Bony but continues his run. Bony looks to complete a one-two with a teasing ball into the area
Arnautovic stretches looking to side the ball past the keeper but cannot get enough contact on it. Unlucky there!
A fourth Sunderland corner now. Nothing from the tfirst three. This one is swung in deep for N'Dong to volley at goal. Headed clear by Bony
Stoke charge forward on the counter and Allen tries to feed the ball back to Arnautovic having picked it up from him but that one's too deep in the end.
A break in play now as vaa Aanholt gets treatment. Stoke in control really but need a second goal as we know only too well.
Van Aanholt is hobbling off here - yet another injury for David Moyes he's having a nightmare with them. On comes Billy Jones at right back, with Manquillo switching to the left side.
Five minutes plus stoppages until half-time.
A first Stoke corner of the afternoon after work by Shaqiri on the right. He then swings it into the back post area for Shawcross but he's penalised for grappling as his header loops onto the top of the net.
Ohh Stoke so close to a second! A big period of pressure there with Shaqiri and Bony both heavily involved. Cameron works his way into the box but has two efforts saved by Pickford!!!
But there is the second - guess who - it's Joe Allen again!! Wow!
Shaqiri's inswinging corner is headed back across goal by Shawcross. O'Shea clears but straight to Allen who smashes a volley beyond the keeper!
Stoke hunting in packs on the edge of the area to thwart Watmore. They then steam forward looking for a third with Shaqiri and Arnautovic but the former cannot get his cross to the latter in the box. A third then would have been brilliant!
There's the half-time whistle. Boos ringing out of the away end as Sunderland fans are furious with their team and manager by the looks of things. A lot better situation for the Potters, who go in two-up thanks to the man of the moment, Joe Allen.