A late striker from Patrick van Aanholt was enough for Sunderland to secure a point against West Bromwich Albion at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
- Sunderland 1 West Brom 1
- Defoe misses early chance
- Chadli opens the scoring
- Van Aanholt finds the equaliser
A goal from second-half substitute Patrick van Aanholt secured Sunderland a point as David Moyes continues to look for his first win at the club.
Jermain Defoe's early miss proved costly when Nacer Chadli opened the scoring for West Brom 10 minutes before the end of the first half with a powerful strike.
Despite the Black Cats enjoying the most of the ball they failed to create enough goal scoring chances as the both sides settled for a draw.
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) October 1, 2016
It seemed as if it would be a day to forget for Sunderland when Jermain Defoe failed to find the back of the net from 12 yards from goal – free from any defender.
After beating the offside trap, the veteran striker swept his shot wide, though the positive start seemed to lift the Stadium of Light.
Nevertheless, the miss from the England international was soon punished as Nacer Chadli found the opener totally against the run of play.
West Brom hit the hosts with a rare attack 10 minutes before the break when Matt Phillips released the Belgian forward, who beat Jordan Pickford with a low strike inside the far post.
In the second half the Black Cats came out with even more purpose as David Moyes rallied his troops during the break, though they were destabilised by the injury of Jan Kirchhoff in midfield.
The injury to the big German turned to be a blessing in disguise as his replacement Van Aanholt eventually found the equaliser seven minutes from time.
It was a rather clumsy strike, but the Dutchman saw his effort loop off the turf and into goal after a fine driving run from Duncan Watmore.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) October 1, 2016