Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 2: Borini bags late leveller to ruin Wickham’s dream return

Wickham has a habit of bursting into life at this stage of the season. Having scored twice at West Brom on Saturday, he notched up his fourth goal for Palace, controlling Yannick Bolasie’s pass before lashing a right-foot shot into the net via the far post.

It was a hammer blow for Sam Allardyce’s side, who were in control after Dame N’Doye had put them ahead.

Worse was to come when Mile Jedinak flicked on Jordon Mutch’s corner and Wickham volleyed home from close range.

But Borini, a late substitute, lashed home in the 90th minute and lifted Sunderland out of the bottom three.

Favourite N’Doye’s goals could not save Hull from the drop two years ago and he is facing a similar fate at his new club.

He had opened his Black Cats account following his loan move from Trabzonspor against his favourite opponents.

Two of N’Doye’s five goals for the Tigers were against Palace and they brought out the best in him again last night.

His 36th-minute effort, however, carried a huge slice of luck, taking a wicked deflection of Scott Dann after Jermain Defoe had set him up 25 yards out.

But Big Sam was not bothered about such trivialities. He had seen his side play well at West Ham on Saturday only to lose so last night was all about the result.

It was the same for Palace, who had taken just three points from the last 10 games, so it was little wonder attack was the watchword from the outset.

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