Hammers battle back to earn draw

West Ham United battled back from two-goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

  • Sunderland 2 West Ham 2
  • Fletcher and Lens have Black Cats ahead
  • Jenkinson pulls one goal back
  • Lens sent off for second yellow
  • Payet nets leveller

Match Summary

West Ham remain unbeaten away from home this season, but were on the back foot early on when Steven Fletcher opened the scoring after ten minutes.

Jermaine Lens then doubled the advantage with a wonderful chipped effort, before Carl Jenkinson pulled one back on the cusp of half-time.

Lens, though, received his marching orders for a second bookable offence and the sending off changed the complexion of the game, with West Ham equalising just moments later.

Full Report

Sunderland could not have hoped for a better start after their struggles this season, finding the opener after just 10 minutes when Fletcher fired home after being picked out by Yann M'Vila.

Fabio Borini nearly doubled the lead just moments later, but could only find the side netting with his stinging shot from a tight angle.

And Lens did make it 2-0 on 22 minutes with an absolutely delightful chip over Adrian from the edge of the box on the counter.

West Ham, though, gave themselves a glimmer of hope in added time at the end of the first half, Carl Jenkinson sliding the ball into the back of the net after Victor Moses' ball somehow found its way across the box.

Having scored a great goal early on, Lens was sent for an early shower after picking up a second yellow for a late foul on Winston Reid in the 58th minute.

Payet levelled matters just two minutes later, slotting home the rebound after Costel Pantillimon had spilled Manuel Lanzini's initial shot.

West Ham were pushing hard for the potential winner and came close to sealing the three points on 79 minutes, only for Aaron Cresswell to be denied by a wonderful Pantillimon save.

Despite their dominance late on, West Ham could not find a way past a rattled Sunderland and were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.

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