Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United
Substitute Fabio Borini equalised for Sunderland right at the death to earn them a vital point against West Ham United.
Andre Ayew opened the scoring for the Hammers after he stabbed home past Jordan Pickford following Andy Carroll’s scuffed volley back across goal.
Sunderland who had gone over eleven-and-a-half hours without scoring got back on level terms when a corner from Wahbi Khazri flew straight into the net but two minutes after the restart James Collins put West Ham United back into the lead as he met Robert Snodgrass’ corner.
It was a frenetic start which saw Khazri go past two players before being fouled while at the other end Lee Cattermole was booked for a foul on Ayew and Pickford made a superb save from Manuel Lanzini’s free-kick. However, only two minutes later, the Hammers had opened the scoring when Carroll’s scuffed volley back across goal from Sam Byram’s deep cross who found Ayew and he beat England Under-21 international Pickford with a low finish.
Three minutes later Sunderland had a great chance to level the scores when Didier Ndong almost got on the end of Jermain Defoe’s cut back but for some great defending by Manuel Lanzini.
Before Hammers keeper Darren Randolph pulled off a super save to keep out John O’Shea’s goal-bound header, moments later, winger Robert Snodgrass almost doubled the visitors’ advantage with a curling effort which went wide from just outside the area
Moments later appeals for a Sunderland penalty were waved away as Byram appeared to have brought down Defoe but the referee Andre Marriner said no penalty, shortly after the 20-minute mark, Sunderland did level in a bizarre situation.
A corner from Khazri was assisted by the wind as it eluded everyone including Hammers keeper Randolph and it sailed all the way into the net.
Sunderland seemed to have their tails up now following the goal and Billy Jones was only a whisker away from putting Sunderland into the lead as his effort just went wide of the post.
Five minutes before half time when the hosts got a corner cries of “shoot” were aimed towards Khazri but this time he didn’t opt to shoot.
Just before the break West Ham had a chance of their own when Ayew should have scored following great play between Carroll and Snodgrass but the striker fired over from close range. Victor Anichebe also had a chance fro the hosts but his effort was deflected behind meanwhile, Khazri tested Randolph with a low effort.
After the restart West Ham took just two minutes to retake the lead following a corner from Snodgrass and Collins headed home past the helpless Pickford.
Sunderland tried to respond again straight after conceding following successive corners of which Jose Fonte and Collins headed clear respectively, moments later some tenacious play from Defoe in the area ended with no avail as Collins thwarted the striker.
With 20 minutes to go Byram was booked for a foul on Anichebe and the free-kick by Khazri curled onto the roof of the net, before, Khazri teed up Ndong who was completely unmarked and he fired over the bar, which was a great chance to score.
A long ball from Javier Manquillo found Defoe in the area as Collins missed his header but Fonte made a vital block for a corner which was cleared.
With 8 minutes to go Arthur Masuaku and Jones collided with the Sunderland player coming off the worse after he landed awkwardly and after a five minute stoppage he was replaced by Borini.
Just minutes after he came on Borini levelled the scores as a Randolph failed to gather a high ball into the box and the striker slammed the ball home low into the net to set up a nervy last 10 minutes.
In stoppage time Byram saw red after he received a second yellow card for a silly challenge on Adnan Januzaj, before Anichebe had a chance to win it but his effort went just wide of the upright.
However, there were no further goals to add to the scoreline and the points were shared between the Black Cats and Hammers.
Next Up for the Black Cats is the Tees-Wear derby against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday 26thApril whilst for the Hammers they welcome Everton to the London Stadium on Saturday 22nd April.
Sunderland: Jordan Pickford, Billy Jones (Fabio Borini 88’), Jason Denayer, Lee Cattermole (Adnan Januzaj 76’), Wahbi Khazri, John O’Shea (Capt), Didier Ndong, Jermain Defoe, Javier Manquillo (Lamine Kone 89’), Darron Gibson, Victor Anichebe. Subs: Vito Mannone (GK), Jack Rodwell, Steven Pienaar, Lamine Kone, Papy Djilobodji
Booked: Lee Cattermole (Foul)
West Ham United: Darren Randolph, Cheikhou Kouyate, Andy Carroll (Capt), Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass (Havard Nordtveit 81’) , James Collins, Andre Ayew (Jonathan Calleri 90+10), Sam Byram, Jose Fonte, Arthur Masuaku, Edimilson Fernandes. Subs: Adrian (GK), Aaron Cresswell, Sofiane Feghouli, Ashley Fletcher, Declan Rice
Booked: Sam Byram (Foul)
Sent-off: Sam Byram (Foul – Second booking)
Referee: Andre Marriner
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