The £10million England midfielder’s sixth goal in as many games secured the win – the Black Cats’ first in the league in six attempts at the Stadium of Light – and in the process eased them out of the relegation zone for the first time since August. Johnson struck from close range with 17 minutes gone after Potters keeper Asmir Begovic had spilled Fabio Borini’s effort, to the delight of the bulk of a crowd of 34,745. Stoke, who handed a debut to new signing Peter Odemwingie, were simply not in the game during the opening stages and found themselves defending for dear life. However, they gradually eased their way into it and would have gone in at half-time level had Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone not pulled off a stunning 39th-minute save to keep out Ryan Shawcross’ point-blank header. But their hopes of mounting a fightback were dealt a fatal blow within eight minutes of the restart when midfielder Steven Nzonzi was sent off for a second bookable offence, although Shawcross looped a header against the bar with six minutes remaining. Stoke manager Mark Hughes, who saw Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson dismissed in a 5-1 drubbing at Newcastle on Boxing Day, was less than impressed by referee Robert Madley’s decision, but his protests counted for nothing. Gus Poyet’s men have now lost just two of their last 13 games, and will head into Saturday’s derby trip to Newcastle brimming with confidence. By contrast, Stoke have now gone six league games without a win and have been dragged firmly into the fight for survival. Lee Cattermole’s absence from the 18 caused raised eyebrows on Wearside after days of speculation that he is a transfer target for Stoke, although injury was later cited as the cause. Only he and Steven Fletcher of the men who had started the Capital One Cup semi-final at Old Trafford a week earlier were missing as the Black Cats went in search of a first league victory at the Stadium of Light since November 10. Poyet had demanded a much better start that the one he saw in their last outing, when his side trailed 2-0 to Southampton within 31 minutes, and he got it as his players took the game to the Potters from the off. Less than seven minutes had elapsed when midfield Sebastian Larsson warmed Begovic’s hands from distance after Jozy Altidore and Borini had linked well. Mannone had to pluck Oussama Assaidi’s deflected cross from under his crossbar three minutes later, but it was the home side who dominated the opening stages with full-back Phil Bardsley sending a looping shot tamely over the bar and then blasting a 15th-minute volley just wide of the far post. They got their reward two minutes later when Begovic failed to hold Borini’s well-struck shot and Johnson pounced on the rebound before rounding him and sliding the ball home from an acute angle. With Altidore far more effective in holding the ball up than in recent weeks, the Black Cats pinned Stoke back, and it was not until Odemwingie was shifted from the right side of midfield into closer contact with lone striker Peter Crouch that the visitors found their feet. Charlie Adam almost caught Mannone out with a rasping strike which flew just wide of the far post, and the Italian very nearly handed Crouch an open goal when he spilled defender Geoff Cameron’s cross as he collided with team-mate John O’Shea, but recovered in time to make a vital block. Cameron headed wastefully over after Adam’s 37th-minute corner had been helped on to him beyond the far post, and the Scotland international was the provider once again six minutes before the break. He picked out Shawcross unmarked outside the six-yard box with a driven cross, but Mannone somehow kept out the central defender’s bullet header with Sunderland in disarray. However, Stoke were dealt a major blow eight minutes into the second half when Nzonzi was adjudged to have felled Altidore and having been booked before the break for a foul on the same man, he was dismissed. The United States international could have effectively finished the game as a contest when he ran through unopposed, but was denied by Begovic’s legs three minutes later. Johnson fizzed a shot across the face of goal and Larsson tested the keeper from distance once again as the Black Cats tried to kill the game off. But Odemwingie had a glorious opportunity to level 16 minutes from time when he slipped the ball between Wes Brown’s legs, but then shot straight at Mannone, and Shawcross was denied by the woodwork amid a late desperate flurry. Adam Johnson continued his mission to single-handedly fire Sunderland to Barclays Premier League safety as his goal secured a 1-0 victory over 10-man Stoke. Press Association
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“The question they’ve got to ask themselves is, are you more interested in a political spectacle than getting the truth?” Snow said of the overture Tuesday that was relayed to Capitol Hill by White House counsel Fred Fielding. “There must be accountability,” countered subcommittee Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif. The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a vote Thursday on its own set of subpoenas, with Democrats complaining that the threat of force is the only way to get a straight answer from the White House. “The White House is in a bunker mentality – won’t listen, won’t change,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “I believe there is even more to come out, and I think it’s our duty to bring it out.” WASHINGTON – A House panel approved today subpoenas for President Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top White House aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors. By voice vote, the House Judiciary subcommittee on commercial and administrative law decided to compel the president’s top aides to testify publicly and under oath about their roles in the firings. The White House has refused to budge in the controversy, standing by embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and insisting that the firings were appropriate. White House spokesman Tony Snow said that in offering aides to talk to the committees privately, Bush had sought to avoid the “media spectacle” that would result from public hearings with Rove and others at the witness table. The House subcommittee Wednesday approved, but has not issued, subpoenas for Rove, former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, their deputies and Kyle Sampson, Gonzales’ chief of staff, who resigned over the uproar last week. The panel also voted to compel the production of documents related to the firings from those officials and Gonzales, Fielding and White House chief of staff Joshua Bolton. Fielding a day earlier refused to provide Congress internal White House communications on the subject. The full Judiciary Committee would authorize the subpoenas if Chairman John Conyers of Michigan chose to do so. Authorizing the subpoenas “does provide this body the leverage needed to negotiate from a position of strength,” said Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass. Republicans called the authorization premature, though some GOP members said they would consider voting to approve the subpoenas if Conyers promises to issue them only if he has evidence of wrongdoing. Conyers agreed. “This (authority) will not be used in a way that will make you regret your vote.” Several Republicans said, “No” during the voice vote, but no roll call was taken. For his part, Bush remained resolute. Would he fight Democrats in court to protect his aides against congressional subpoenas? “Absolutely,” Bush declared. Bush said Tuesday he worried that allowing testimony under oath would set a precedent on the separation of powers that would harm the presidency as an institution. If neither side blinks, the dispute could end up in court – ultimately the Supreme Court – in a politically messy development that would prolong what Bush called the “public spectacle” of the Justice Department’s firings, and public trashings, of the eight U.S. attorneys. Bush defended Gonzales against demands from congressional Democrats and a handful of Republicans that Gonzales resign. “He’s got support with me,” Bush said. “I support the attorney general.” Democrats say the prosecutors’ dismissals were politically motivated. Gonzales initially had asserted the firings were performance-related, not based on political considerations. But e-mails released earlier this month between the Justice Department and the White House contradicted that assertion and led to a public apology from Gonzales over the handling of the matter. The e-mails showed that Rove, as early as Jan. 6, 2005, questioned whether the U.S. attorneys should all be replaced at the start of Bush’s second term, and to some degree worked with Miers and Sampson to get some prosecutors dismissed.