Saturday 16 December 2017

Last-minute Dindane effort foils nine-man Sunderland

Aruna Dindane snatched a last-gasp equaliser for Portsmouth as nine-man Sunderland's winless streak in the Premier League was extended to 12 games.

Pompey are still six points from safety at the foot of the table, but Dindane's late equaliser completed a promising day for the cash-strapped club. Earlier, the club's lawyers emerged from talks with Britain's Revenue & Customs confident of escaping a wind-up order in the High Court today.

The hosts, however, were on the rack when they were reduced to 10 men and went a goal down in the 12th minute.

However, Sunderland's Lee Cattermole was dismissed for a second yellow card early in the second half and after David Meyler was red-carded three minutes from time, Portsmouth really piled on the pressure.

They were rewarded in the fifth minute of stoppage time when Jamie O'Hara swung in a cross and Dindane stole in to head home.

Earlier, Sunderland went ahead in bizarre circumstances. There was little argument from Portsmouth over the decision to award a penalty when last defender Ricardo Rocha brought Darren Bent down as he raced through on goal in the 12th minute, but referee Kevin Friend mistakenly sent off Hassan Yebda.

Yebda refused to leave the field, and eventually Friend saw sense and dismissed the real culprit.

Bent was unperturbed by the furore and slotted the spot-kick into the bottom corner for his 16th goal of the season.

The hosts responded well to the double setback. Dindane was left with just Craig Gordon to beat after wriggling past Michael Turner, but the striker was denied by the goalkeeper's feet.

Pompey then had three strong claims for a penalty either side of the interval.

They had the better of the second half and deserved their point, although Matthew Kilgallon might have made it 2-0 when he cracked a volley against the bar.

Irish Independent

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