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Sunderland 2-2 West Ham United

By Neil JohnstonBBC Sport
Sunderland v West Ham
Sunderland have not won a Premier League match since 9 May

Sunderland are yet to win in the Premier League this season after blowing a 2-0 lead to draw against West Ham at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats raced 2-0 ahead, Steven Fletcher firing home from Yann M'Vila's free-kick before Jeremain Lens's sublime chip doubled the advantage.

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Carl Jenkinson led the fightback after Victor Moses' cutback before Lens was sent off for a second yellow card.

A mistake by Costel Pantilimon allowed Dimitri Payet to equalise.

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Lee Cattermole
Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole was at his tigerish best in the first half, making five recoveries (yellow), three interceptions (blue), one tackle (green) and one clearance (purple)

There were mixed feelings for Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat at the final whistle.

Though his side allowed a comfortable lead to slip, the point was enough to haul them off the bottom of the table above Newcastle United, who lost 6-1 at Manchester City.

The build-up to the game was dominated by reports Advocaat was considering quitting,external-link having apparently become disillusioned with working on a limited budget.

The former Netherlands manager's players showed they were behind him by turning in their best 45 minutes of the season against a team who had won their previous three away league games - at Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Fletcher marked his return by lashing home from inside the area following M'Vila's free-kick before a sublime finish from Lens doubled the lead.

The Dutch forward produced a wonderful chip over Adrian after a through-ball from the impressive M'Vila, the goal reducing Advocaat to tears of joy.

But Sunderland were made to pay as Fabio Borini spurned one great chance to put the game out of sight and John O'Shea was denied by Adrian.

West Ham hard to beat

West Ham, who twice came from behind to secure a point in their last game against Norwich, again showed character to rescue a point when all seemed lost.

Sunderland 2-2 West Ham - Slaven Bilic pleased with point

They were back in the game when Jenkinson converted Moses's cutback on the stroke of half-time.

Sunderland's afternoon went downhill when they were forced to play more than half-an-hour with 10 men after Lens' 57th-minute red card for a second bookable offence.

West Ham were level when Pantilimon could not hold Manuel Lanzini's shot from distance and Payet was on hand to convert the rebound.

The Hammers, who drop from third to fifth in the table, are unbeaten in their past five league matches.

Man of the match - Victor Moses

Victor Moses
Victor Moses has only been at West Ham one month but the on-loan winger from Chelsea is already proving a shrewd signing. Moses was brilliant in the build-up to the goal that allowed Carl Jenkinson to reduce the deficit. Had Sunderland gone in at 2-0 at half-time, the outcome could well have been different

What they said

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat: "The performance has to lift the spirits. We showed if we work hard, we can get points and results, because West Ham are a good side and we know they have had good results in their away games, so I have to give compliments for their performance."

Click to read what Advocaat had to say about his future at Sunderland.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat (right) and West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic
Slaven Bilic (left) and Dick Advocaat are both former national coaches

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic: "If you asked me yesterday would I take a point, I would never say I would take a point, we want three but we knew it would be a hard game.

"Emotions are mixed, a point is a point is especially when we were 2-0 down, but if we look at the last 20 minutes I am disappointed we didn't capitalise on it. But we are not greedy. It's a good point for us."

What next?

There will be relief at the Stadium of Light that Sunderland are not propping up the Premier League table going into the international break. Yet they face a challenging time when the domestic campaign resumes in two weeks' time. They are away at West Bromwich Albion on 17 October before hosting fellow strugglers Newcastle United in the Wear-Tyne derby on 25 October.

West Ham, unbeaten on their travels this season, are at Crystal Palace on 17 October before hosting champions Chelsea on 24 October.

The stats that matter

  • Sunderland have won just one of their past seven Premier League games against the Hammers (D4 L2).
  • Advocaat's first Premier League game in charge of Sunderland was the meeting between the two sides in March, won by West Ham. The Dutchman has taken just 15 points from 17 league games.
  • Payet has had a hand in 14 goals (five goals, nine assists) in his past 16 league appearances (Premier League & Ligue 1 combined).
  • Mark Noble's booking after one minute 44 seconds was the second-quickest in the Premier League this season.
  • Sunderland have averaged a red card every 852 minutes in Premier League history - only two clubs have received one more frequently (Blackburn - 842 mins, Hull- 720 mins).
  • Sunderland had 12 shots in this game but only one of them came after half-time.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 24Yedlin
  • 22CoatesBooked at 74mins
  • 16O'Shea
  • 2Jones
  • 21M'VilaSubstituted forGomez Garcia-Pencheat 90+5'minutes
  • 6CattermoleBooked at 43mins
  • 17LensBooked at 57mins
  • 20ToivonenSubstituted forLarssonat 84'minutes
  • 9Borini
  • 26FletcherSubstituted forRodwellat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3van Aanholt
  • 5Brown
  • 7Larsson
  • 8Rodwell
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 18Defoe
  • 25Mannone

West Ham

  • 13Adrián
  • 12JenkinsonBooked at 72mins
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2ReidBooked at 24minsSubstituted forCollinsat 66'minutes
  • 3CresswellBooked at 36mins
  • 8Kouyaté
  • 16NobleBooked at 2minsSubstituted forZárateat 79'minutes
  • 28Lanzini
  • 27Payet
  • 20MosesSubstituted forJelavicat 58'minutes
  • 15Sakho

Substitutes

  • 1Randolph
  • 10Zárate
  • 14Obiang
  • 19Collins
  • 26Jelavic
  • 30Antonio
  • 35Oxford
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
42,932

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamWest Ham
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 2, West Ham United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, West Ham United 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Jordi Gómez replaces Yann M'Vila.

  4. Post update

    Offside, West Ham United. Diafra Sakho tries a through ball, but James Collins is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    James Collins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Yann M'Vila (Sunderland) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Dimitri Payet following a set piece situation.

  10. Post update

    Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Manuel Lanzini (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mauro Zárate.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diafra Sakho (West Ham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitri Payet.

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    Offside, Sunderland. Sebastian Larsson tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Dimitri Payet (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).

  17. Post update

    James Tomkins (West Ham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

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    Attempt missed. Nikica Jelavic (West Ham United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

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    Corner, West Ham United. Conceded by Billy Jones.