Sunderland suffer late blow as draw to Norwich dents survival hopes
Written by Spark on 11th April 2018
Sunderland’s bid to avoid relegation from the Championship was dealt a blow last night as Norwich secured a point with an 89th minute equaliser at the Stadium of Light.
George Honeyman had given the Black Cats a valuable lead mid way through the second half but Sunderland couldn’t add to their advantage and were punished with one minute of normal time remaining when Ivo Pinto slotted home after the hosts had failed to deal with a set piece.
Sunderland should’ve gone ahead in the first half when they were awarded a penalty after Ashley Fletcher was hauled down while through on goal. Aiden McGeady stepped up and fired his spot kick against the post and Norwich were reprieved.
The Wearsiders had further chances to take the lead before the break, with Ovie Ejaria missing the best chance having been put through by the impressive Lynden Gooch.
Second half substitute Bryan Oviedo made an instant impact combining well with McGeady on the left flank. It was McGeady who provided the impetus as Sunderland finally found a breakthrough.
The Republic of Ireland international unleashed a powerful shot on goal but the ball cannoned off the post and into the path of Honeyman who made no mistake with a coolly placed finish.
Norwich responded by creating chances of their own with Donald Love and Lamine Kone putting their bodies on the line time and time again with some impressive defending.
With a vital three points just minutes away Sunderland conceded and blew the chance to close the gap on their relegation rivals as Pinto equalised to condemn the Black Cats to a second successive draw from a winning position.
The result leaves Chris Coleman’s side six points behind 21st place Bolton with four games remaining and their fate remains firmly outside their control.