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Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Adam Johnson equalises for Sunderland against Southampton

Adam Johnson's fourth goal in two games helped Sunderland come back from 2-0 down to draw against Southampton.

Jay Rodriguez arrowed in a low 22-yard strike to put the visitors ahead and a steered Dejan Lovren volley from a corner extended the lead.

Fabio Borini's shot on the turn then pulled one back for the Black Cats.

Southampton missed several chances and were punished when Johnson powered in a rising shot, with Steven Fletcher having a late Sunderland chance saved.

Southampton deserved win - Pochettino

A home corner fell to Fletcher four yards out but he was denied when Southampton keeper Artur Boruc blocked his effort at point-blank range during a frantic finish.

It is only the second point Sunderland have earned after being behind this season but was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three.

Southampton dominated large parts of the match and injuries to Lovren and substitute Gaston Ramirez - both of whom were carried off on stretchers in the closing stages - will add to the disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino on his first anniversary as manager.

The Argentine committed his immediate future to the club following the departure of Nicola Cortese as Saints chairman this week but had warned of the impact the off-field events could have on his players.

His concerns appeared unfounded early on as the visitors went ahead when Rodriguez chested the ball down and sent a 22-yard strike into the bottom corner.

A lacklustre home side allowed Southampton too much time and space to control the match, with a mistake from Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone epitomising Sunderland's poor display.

A goal-kick from the Italian went straight to opposing midfielder Jack Cork, who shot over from 40 yards as he tried to catch Mannone out of his goal.

An angled Luke Shaw shot deflected off Johnson and against the outside of the home post, before Saints striker Rickie Lambert sent an effort just wide after combining incisively with Morgan Schneiderlin - and then Rodriguez had a shot saved with just Mannone to beat.

A second goal for Sunderland seemed inevitable and it arrived when centre-back Lovren guided in a volley from a Steven Davis corner.

There were a few boos from the home crowd, but they almost immediately turned to cheers when Borini - on loan from Liverpool - controlled a Johnson cross, swivelled and beat Boruc with a bouncing shot.

Picking the ball out of the net was as much as the Southampton keeper in a first half in which Sunderland had only 30.5% of possession.

The home side improved after the break, although Saints still looked the most likely to score.

Only a smart save from Mannone kept out another Rodriguez strike, while Jose Fonte headed straight at the busy Sunderland stopper.

Borini thought he had punished the visitors for their missed chances when he slotted past Boruc, but he was rightly penalised for offside.

However, Southampton failed to heed the warning and Johnson equalised when his rising right-foot shot squeezed in off Boruc's arms and the post.

The pendulum had swung in Sunderland's favour and Boruc had to parry away a Craig Gardner strike at full stretch, while also blocking Fletcher's effort from close range to deny the home side a winner.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"The ugliest side of the game was the injuries. We hope [Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez] are OK - both are heading to hospital.

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"We deserved to win the game. The players have had a really difficult week, and I want to congratulate them in light of what has happened this week. They put in an amazing effort."

Pochettino on his future:

"In football there are no guarantees, you depend on the results.

"It will be a decision from the people above to decide whether I should be here. It is not me who decides when we meet - it should be the chairwoman who decides.

"We have not had a chance to speak about next season so I don't know [about my future] yet."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"It was looking really bad. We couldn't cope with the pace, power and passing game of Southampton.

"It was looking dark but the goal from Fabio Borini came at the right time.

"We need to be realistic, this is a point gained because we were far from being good enough in the first half. It is incredible how much we changed in the second half."

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Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 2Bardsley
  • 28Alonso
  • 33CattermoleBooked at 11minsSubstituted forGardnerat 62'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 11Johnson
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forColbackat 63'minutes
  • 17AltidoreSubstituted forFletcherat 72'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 38mins
  • 31Borini

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 9Fletcher
  • 12Celustka
  • 13Pickford
  • 14Colback
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 29Roberge

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 22Chambers
  • 23Shaw
  • 18Cork
  • 6José Fonte
  • 5LovrenSubstituted forYoshidaat 88'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 7Lambert
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forRamírezat 74'minutesSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 87'minutes
  • 9Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Ramírez
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Do Prado
  • 26Hooiveld
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
38,115

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 2, Southampton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Southampton 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

  10. Post update

    John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Gastón Ramírez because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Southampton) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Fabio Borini tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Offside, Sunderland. Fabio Borini tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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5Everton21118234191541
6Tottenham2112452625140
7Man Utd21114635241137
8Newcastle2211383228436
9Southampton228772925431
10Aston Villa2266102229-724
11Hull2265112228-623
12Norwich2265111835-1723
13Stoke2257102236-1422
14Swansea2156102630-421
15West Brom214982328-521
16Crystal Palace2262141431-1720
17Fulham2261152248-2619
18West Ham2246122233-1118
19Sunderland2246122136-1518
20Cardiff2246121738-2118
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