Saturday 1 October 2016

Black Cats adrift

Stoke 1 Sunderland 1

Phil Medlicott

Published 26/04/2015 | 02:30

Sunderland's Connor Wickham celebrates scoring the opening goal against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium yesterday
Sunderland's Connor Wickham celebrates scoring the opening goal against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium yesterday
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat looks on during his side's match against Stoke
Stoke's Charlie Adam celebrates scoring his side's equalising goal against Sunderland yesterday

A turbulent few days for Sunderland ended with them claiming a point towards their Premier League survival bid but also dropping into the relegation zone as they drew at the Britannia Stadium.

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The Black Cats were in front within the opening few seconds when Connor Wickham pounced on an error by Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

Stoke deservedly equalised in the 27th minute as Charlie Adam continued his recent goalscoring heroics by cracking home an unstoppable shot, moments after Jermain Defoe had spurned a fine chance for the visitors.

There were decent opportunities for either side to win the match after the break, but it finished with honours even, with Costel Pantilimon diving to keep out another Adam strike at the end.

While the result takes Sunderland to 30 points with five games remaining, they have fallen from 16th, a point clear of the drop zone, to 18th, a point adrift of safety, with both Hull and Leicester leapfrogging them after winning their fixtures on Saturday. Stoke, meanwhile, remain ninth.

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