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Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Jermain Defoe and Claudio Yacob
Sunderland have won just one Premier League game at home since 4 October
  • Sunderland record 13th PL draw of season
  • Poyet's side had lost previous two games
  • West Brom unbeaten in four matches
  • Lescott escapes with early booking

Sunderland remain in Premier League relegation trouble following boss Gus Poyet's unity call as fellow strugglers West Brom held them to a dire draw.

Albion defender Joleon Lescott escaped with a booking after appearing to commit a professional foul on striker Danny Graham in the fifth minute.

Sunderland winger Adam Johnson had a goal ruled out for offside, and Seb Larsson was denied by Ben Foster.

The West Brom keeper made a second-half save from Connor Wickham's header.

The stalemate leaves the Black Cats 16th, three points above the relegation zone, while West Brom are five points off the bottom three.

Poyet wrote an open letter to his club's fans during the week appealing for them to "stay positive" in the face of a poor run that had brought just one league win since Christmas.

His side at least showed more spirit than they did in losing their last Premier League game at home to relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers and in going out of the FA Cup at League One side Bradford City.

But their build-up play was often too slow against a Baggies side who seemed content to eke out a point.

Hard times at the Stadium of Light
Sunderland have managed just three home wins in all competitions this season - Premier League victories over Stoke (4 October) and Burnley (31 January), plus an FA Cup third-round victory over Championship side Leeds on 4 January.

Tony Pulis has suffered just one defeat in the 10 matches since he was appointed Albion boss on 1 January, and his men absorbed the home side's pressure without too much difficulty.

West Brom did get a couple of lucky breaks in the first half, however, with Lescott only cautioned by referee Mike Jones after dragging down Graham, who was racing clear on to Lee Cattermole's pass.

Johnson then had a goal ruled out for offside by assistant referee Constantine Hatzidakis just before half-time, when television replays suggested the Sunderland winger was level as he collected Ricky Alvarez's diagonal right-wing cross.

Jermain Defoe whizzed a shot across goal and Foster made a flying save from Larsson in a first half more notable for its physical confrontations - with Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob lucky to escape punishment for shoving Defoe to the ground as they waited for a Johnson corner.

The second half was hardly any better, with Sunderland's best chances coming from corners. Santiago Vergini headed wide a Larsson delivery amid more pushing and shoving in the penalty area, while substitute Connor Wickham turned Johnson's ball straight at Foster.

Albion's keeper was not troubled after that, and Poyet's side were unable to fashion just a third home league win of the season.

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet wrote an open letter to fans appealing for unity before the game
Seb Larsson
Seb Larsson was unable to add to the three goals he has scored for Sunderland this season
Jermain Defoe and Claudio Yacob
Jermain Defoe had a couple of first-half tangles with West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob at set-pieces
John O'Shea and Brown Ideye
West Brom striker Brown Ideye - with four goals in his previous three matches - was largely kept quiet

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 27VerginiSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 88'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 15Réveillere
  • 20ÁlvarezBooked at 11minsSubstituted forFletcherat 68'minutes
  • 6Cattermole
  • 7Larsson
  • 11Johnson
  • 19GrahamSubstituted forWickhamat 68'minutes
  • 28Defoe

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 9Fletcher
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 22Coates
  • 25Mannone

West Brom

  • 1Foster
  • 25DawsonBooked at 29mins
  • 23McAuley
  • 6LescottBooked at 5mins
  • 11Brunt
  • 7MorrisonSubstituted forBairdat 73'minutes
  • 24Fletcher
  • 5Yacob
  • 8GardnerSubstituted forMcManamanat 88'minutes
  • 18Berahino
  • 9Ideye

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 3Olsson
  • 4Baird
  • 13Myhill
  • 19McManaman
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 29Sessegnon
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
40,943

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

Attempt blocked. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is too high.

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland).

Joleon Lescott (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Patrick van Aanholt replaces Santiago Vergini.

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Callum McManaman replaces Craig Gardner.

Offside, Sunderland. Anthony Réveillere tries a through ball, but Jermain Defoe is caught offside.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Joleon Lescott.

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Wes Brown.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Chris Brunt.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a cross.

Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Baird replaces James Morrison.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion).

Wes Brown (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Ricardo Álvarez.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Danny Graham.

Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Craig Dawson tries a through ball, but Brown Ideye is caught offside.

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Craig Dawson.

Attempt blocked. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricardo Álvarez.

goal

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