Sunderland lunchtime update: Kone interest revived, Allardyce, Swansea and the need to score first!

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It’s match day for the Black Cats with the crunch clash at Swansea.

Big Sam is urging his players to make themselves - and the fans - proud by following up the win against Aston Villa with another victory. Read about it here.

The Cats boss knows that scoring the first goal is so vital in any game, and particularly tonight. Read his thoughts here.

Allardyce has also praised Swansea boss Alan Curtis for steadying the ship after Garry Monk’s departure. Click here for the story.

On the transfer front, there is a real chance that Sunderland could revive interest in Lamine Kone, despite what seems to be a bitter end to the chase last week. Read the latest here.

To end on a lighter note, have a go at our quiz and see how many of these players, who have played for both Sunderland and Swansea, you can name. The quiz is here.