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Summary

  1. Sunderland v West Ham United - BBC Radio London commentary
  2. Sunderland have gone seven matches without scoring
  3. Black Cats not won since 4 February
  4. West Ham looking for back-to-back victories

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By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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'A draw is the right result'

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder at Stadium of Light for 5 live Sport

A point is not what either team wanted. Both teams played for the win this afternoon because both teams needed the win. 

To be honest, neither team did enough for the three points and Sunderland, in particular, will be frustrated at having squandered some chances. A draw is the right result.

FULL-TIME

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

That's it. 

What an effort from Sunderland, but it's not quite enough for the three points.

'Fabio Borini was there!'

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder at Stadium of Light for 5 live Sport

The was a pretty aimless ball forward from Darren Gibson, who pumped it right up and into the West Ham penalty area. The keeper came and spilled it, Jermain Defoe caught the loose ball and Fabio Borini was there to slot it home!

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

You can't fault Sunderland's effort.

They're throwing everything at this. But it looks to be too little, too late.

RED CARD

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Crazy stuff. Ten minutes added time and Sam Byram has just been sent off!

He got a silly booking earlier, and now brings down Adnan Januzaj for a second.

Game on.

GOAL - Borini levels for Sunderland

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Well, Fabio Borini has levelled for the hosts!

What a substitution that proves to be. It falls to the forward on the edge of the box and he rifles in past Darren Randolph.

Fabio Borini
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GOAL - Sunderland 2-2 West Ham

Fabio Borini (90 mins)

Fabio Borini
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SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Another change for the hosts.

Javier Manquillo makes way, Lamine Kone replaces him.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

The medical staff are taking their time with Billy Jones.

He leaves the field on a stretcher, with a standing ovation from the Sunderland fans.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Billy Jones is down.

He was running with the ball, went down under pressure and appeared to bang his head.

The medical staff are on and the defender is helped on to a stretcher.

Jones is going to be replaced by Fabio Borini, it appears.

Billy Jones
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As it stands

Crystal Palace are the biggest winners in the survival race as it stands. The three most important words in football.

The Eagles are the only side in the bottom seven earning a point. And they want more against Leicester...

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'There's not a lot the boss can do'

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham United

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder at Stadium of Light for 5 live Sport

David Moyes
Reuters

Think about David Moyes here. There are a lot of things a manager can be blamed for, but when your players on the pitch show commitment and it's just their quality that lets you down, well there's not a lot the boss can do about that.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Cheikhou Kouyate has gone down. It looked like a late tackle from Javier Manquillo, but no free-kick

Meanwhile, David Moyes is replacing Lee Cattermole with Adnan Januzaj.

The Black Cats are going to throwing everything at this one.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Deary me.

Wahbi Khazri latches on to a Jermain Defoe pass and cuts inside James Collins beautifully before teeing up Didier Ndong.

The midfielder runs onto it at speed and has time and space in the box, but he smashes well over the crossbar.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Well.

Sam Byram grabs a handful of Victor Anichebe's shirt and yanks the forward to the ground.

Needless. And it gives the hosts a free-kick in a dangerous area.

Wahbi Khazri goes for goal himself, but it drifts over and onto the top of the net.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

That's unlucky from Billy Jones.

He dispossesses Arthur Masuaku and Sunderland look to have men over on the break, but the defender can't quite keep it in play. 

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Wahbi Khazri has had a good game for Sunderland today, but he nips away at the legs of Arthur Masuaku and gives away a free-kick in the West Ham half.

If Sunderland are going to miraculously avoid the drop, the winger could be key.

This is the first time he's started for the Black Cats since October.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Sunderland started this one with ferocious intent and managed to keep that up until the Hammers' second goal went in, but they're beginning to look a little leggy.

David Moyes need something from his side, a injection of energy, perhaps?

They have Adnan Januzjaj and Fabio Borini on the bench...

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Slaven Bilic is down on the touchline bellowing to his players, arms flailing everywhere.

You wouldn't think the Hammers had the lead.

Cheikhou Kouyate is then brought down by Lee Cattermole, who's already been booked, but no card this time for the Sunderland man.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

West Ham attack. Sunderland attack.

Both sides are piling forward when they get the chance, but there's little productivity once they get there.

There's certainly a nervousness about Sunderland's football, but West Ham are looking a little anxious in possession, too.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Victor Anichebe is a handful up front for the Black Cats.

He wins a flick from a long ball forward and it finds the feet of Jermain Defoe. The England international considers shooting himself, but instead tries to lay it back to his strike partner.

That's too strong, and West Ham mop up the loose ball.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

The Stadium of Light has fallen pretty quiet. It was bouncing after the first half.

It's understandable, just as they think their team is turning a corner they're on the back foot again.

Sunderland need to pull something out of the bag here, and quickly.

'Unbelievably poor defending'

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham United

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

The sun is obviously in a lot of players' eyes, but clearly not James Collins'. It's a crowded six yard box and the keeper cannot come and claim it. 

But I ask this question again - why is no-one on the far post? It's unbelievably poor defending.

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

David Moyes must be fuming.

His side were looking strong in the first half before going behind, but responded well and perhaps should have gone in ahead at the break.

Less than two minutes into the second half, they fail to defend a corner and they're behind again.

Who'd be a manager...

GOAL - Collins puts Hammers in front

Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

Well, that didn't take long...

Robert Snodgrass is renowned for his dangerous deliveries from set-pieces and he whips in a corner that's tricky for Sunderland to deal with.

It's headed away for a corner, giving Snodgrass another chance and this time James Collins rises highest in the Sunderland box to glance a header past Jordan Pickford.

Great run by the defender to get across his marker, but poor defending you'd have to say.

James Collins
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GOAL - Sunderland 1-2 West Ham

James Collins (46 mins)

James Collins
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KICK-OFF

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Here we go for the second half.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

The teams are back out, with both Jordan Pickford and Andre Ayew returning after the pair were hobbling slightly towards the end of the first half.

How it stands

So how do these half-time scores affect the relegation battle? Not a great deal to be honest.

Sunderland are the only side in the bottom six on course to pick up a point, with Palace, Hull and Swansea all losing. Middlesbrough are not in action today, remember.

But one suspects the Black Cats, who are still nine points adrift of Hull, will need more than a draw.

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'Sunderland look the more likely to score'

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder at Stadium of Light for 5 live Sport

The West Ham goal really took the sting out of the Sunderland crowd, but that little bit of luck saw the Black Cats score straight from a corner.

Since that moment, Sunderland have been right back in the game and if anything look the more likely to score.

HALF-TIME

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Cracking first 45 minutes of football, but that's the half-time whistle.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Wahbi Khazri is creating all sorts of problems for West Ham.

This time the winger combines well with Jermain Defoe to work a shooting opportunity at the edge of the box, but his side-footed shot is easily saved by Darren Randolph.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Sunderland think they should have a penalty...

But it's inch-perfect from Robert Snodgrass as he chases Lee Cattermole back into the penalty area and toe-pokes the ball away from the Sunderland midfielder.

Another corner whipped in by Wahbi Khazri, this time it's headed away by Andy Carroll.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Well, Javier Manquillo just got the ball on the half-way line, turned back towards his own goal and was greeted with jeers from the Stadium of Light fans.

They're urging Sunderland to go for another before the break.

And why not, the Black Cats have probably just about had the better of this one.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Nice stuff from Sunderland and Billy Jones wins a corner off Arthur Masuaku.

We know what happened last time the hosts got a corner...

This one is curling away from goal though, and it ends up back at Jordan Pickford's feet via Lee Cattermole.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

Jordan Pickford looks to be in trouble for Sunderland, he's limping slightly.

That's bad news for the Black Cats. Their young goalkeeper has been fantastic this season.

It looks like he turned his ankle when hitting a long ball forward.

CLOSE!

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

As soon as Sunderland slack off, West Ham look to hit them on the break.

Robert Snodgrass scuttles forward and slips it to Sam Byram, who lofts a cross to the back post.

Andy Carroll swings his giant left leg at it and volleys back across goal to Andre Ayew, who scoops over from close range.

Direct from a corner

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham United

Wahbi Khazri equalises for SAFC direct from a corner - I once asked him, "Do you always shoot from corners?". He does.

Sunderland 1-1 West Ham

There's a fair bit of wind at the Stadium of Light.

Every time the balls gets lofted into the air it's swaying about and making life difficult for defenders and goalkeepers.

I reckon that might've had a say in the goal, too.