Match ends, Sunderland 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.
- 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.
- 27VerginiSubstituted forvan Aanholtat 88'minutes
- 20ÁlvarezBooked at 11minsSubstituted forFletcherat 68'minutes
- 19GrahamSubstituted forWickhamat 68'minutes
- 3van Aanholt
- 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
- 25DawsonBooked at 29mins
- 6LescottBooked at 5mins
- 7MorrisonSubstituted forBairdat 73'minutes
- 8GardnerSubstituted forMcManamanat 88'minutes
- Mike Jones
- Shots on Target
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, Sunderland. Patrick van Aanholt replaces Santiago Vergini.
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.