The final throe of the Premier League season is oft when heroes are forged and villains cast. Decisions made replay through a player's mind as the season is dissected meticulously and key moments come to the fore. In the 33rd minute it appeared that Craig Gardner had decided to take the latter role. A wild reckless lunge on Charlie Adam had seen his season ended and Sunderland's potential ascent to victory chronically steepen.
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