10-man Sunderland hold on for a draw at the MKM Stadium after Ross Stewart’s return to the side saw him score just 14 minutes after coming on.
Sunderland remain in 12th, just 3 points off the play-off places thanks to a hard fought 1-1 with Hull City.
The first half seems very few chances for both teams, with the main chance coming for Ellis Simms, who’s shot flew miles high and wide.
The first 45 was overshadowed by some comedic refereeing, after the referee failed to agree with his linesman on multiple occasions.
The first 15 minutes of the second half was a nightmare for the Black Cats.
Just 3 minutes into the second half, the Tigers were awarded a penalty after Dan Ballard brought don’t Regan Slater inside the area.
Oscar Estupiñán stepped up to take the penalty and dragged his shot wide of the lost, it was a let off for Sunderland.
But, just 5 minutes later, Elliot Embleton was sent off after colliding with a Hull player in a 50/50, a questionable decision as, to many, it looked like a yellow card at the most!
Ross Stewart opened the scoring on his return after catching Hull on the break.
Patrick Roberts sent over a delightful ball and Ross Stewart was one on one with the ‘keeper, Ingram, and finished smartly.
The Black Cats just couldn’t hold on and 8 minutes later, Ozan Tufan equalised after getting on the end of a cross towards the back post.
Anthony Patterson – 6
Not much he could do for the goal, made some decent saves.
Lynden Gooch – 5
Really struggled against Ryan Longman all game, he also gave the ball away far too much.
Luke O’Nien – 7
Battled well throughout and he was really important in defense when making sure we didn’t concede a later winner.
Danny Batth – N/A
Had to leave action early on due to injury.
Aji Alese – 6
He did OK defensively, helped out going forward when he had the chance.
Corry Evans – 6
Tidy display from the captain, didn’t do much wrong but didn’t do much spectacular either.
Dan Neil – 6
Battled well when we went down to 10 men but struggled to get involved in the first half.
Elliot Embleton – 4
Although his sending off was questionable, he wasn’t having a great game at all, gave the ball away whenever he was involved, which wasn’t very often.
Jack Clarke – 6
helped out defensively when we went down to 10 men, but he was quiet going forward.
Amad Diallo – 6
Not his best game, worked very hard but nothing would fall for him.
Ellis Simms – 6
Held the ball up well at times but looked very isolated for large parts of the game.
Dan Ballard – 5
Did OK when he came on in the first half, a lazy challenge to give the penalty away and started to fatigue as the game went on, due to him returning early from his injury.
Dennis Cirkin – 6
Did his job when he came on, didn’t do much wrong.
Ross Stewart – 7
Came on and offered an outlet going forward, linked up play well and glt his first goal just 15 minutes into his return.
Patrick Roberts – 6
Brilliant assist for Stewart’s goal, very quiet otherwise.
Abdoullah Ba – 6
Came on with a few minutes to go and did his job helping Cirkin out on the left.