Sunderland 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

1 Oct

Sunderland moved off the foot of the Premier League table after grabbing a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw at home to West Brom.

Match Reports: Sunderland 1-1 West Bromwich AlbionMatch Reports: Sunderland 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Home boss David Moyes made five changes to the side beaten 3-2 at home by Crystal Palace last time out, while the visitors named the same XI who started the 1-1 draw at Stoke City last weekend.

The hosts should have been ahead early on as Duncan Watmore played Jermain Defoe clean through, but he dragged his shot wide of target when he should have done better.

Albion responded with home keeper Jordan Pickford forced to make a good save to deny Nacer Chadli, following good work by Matt Phillips.

Just past the midway point of the first half Ben Foster had to be alert when Craig Dawson deflected a Wahbi Khazri corner towards his own goal.

The visitors eventually broke the deadlock ten minutes before the interval, as Phillips fed Chadli and he held off the challenge of Lamine Kone before beating Pickford with an accurate low finish.

Early in the second period Defoe was denied a spot-kick after taking a tumble in the Baggies area, before Jan Kirchhoff was forced off due to a hamstring injury.

Darren Fletcher then tested Pickford with a dipping volley as the visitors went looking for a second goal.

The hosts huffed and puffed as they tried to find a way back into the game, with Defoe going close again when Jonny Evans produced a crucial interception to keep his side ahead.

And their efforts paid off seven minutes from time as Watmore delivered a superb ball into the area and the arriving Patrick van Aanholt made no mistake in bouncing his shot past Foster in the Albion goal.


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