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Sunderland 3-3 Bolton Wanderers

Simon Grayson
Simon Grayson leaves Sunderland 22nd in the Championship after 15 games

Paddy McNair rescued a draw for Sunderland against fellow strugglers Bolton, in what proved to be Simon Grayson's final match as manager.

The Black Cats announced they had "parted company" with Grayson 17 minutes after the final whistle.

Sammy Ameobi put Bolton ahead from long range but Lewis Grabban netted twice to give Sunderland the lead.

Gary Madine poked in to make it 2-2 and Karl Henry volleyed Bolton in front, before McNair levelled with a low shot.

That equaliser kept Sunderland off the bottom of the table but their failure to win meant they equalled a English record of 19 home games without a win in all competitions - and left them two points from safety - while Bolton remain bottom of the Championship.

Ameobi opened the scoring as Sunderland went behind in a league game at the Stadium of Light for the 58th time since December 2011.

In a topsy-turvy match, on-loan Bournemouth striker Grabban upped his goal tally to eight from only 12 appearances for the north-east side, but the division's most porous defence let them down once again.

A change in goal for the game, which saw Robbin Ruiter replace Jason Steele, did not change their fortunes and they still await a first league victory since 13 August.

McNair's first career league goal, in only his second appearance after 11 months out, prevented another defeat but Sunderland must now find a new manager to turn around their awful form.

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson: "I feel for Simon. He is a tremendous manager, with a great record. Any manager who came here would find it a tough challenge.

"I had to turn Bolton round from a relegated team. Changing that mentality after relegation is difficult, but he will be back because there will be a lot of people interested in him.

"I shook hands as you normally do. You normally go for a drink in the office. I will probably just get on the coach and give him a call later in the week."

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Ruiter
  • 21Matthews
  • 16O'Shea
  • 36Wilson
  • 3Oviedo
  • 24GibsonSubstituted forMcNairat 75'minutes
  • 17Ndong
  • 13McManamanSubstituted forWatmoreat 61'minutes
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forVaughanat 45'minutes
  • 19McGeady
  • 11GrabbanBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 4McNair
  • 6Cattermole
  • 9Vaughan
  • 14Watmore
  • 23Koné
  • 26Honeyman

Bolton

  • 13Alnwick
  • 2Little
  • 31Wheater
  • 5Beevers
  • 15Robinson
  • 21Pratley
  • 24Henry
  • 10Ameobi
  • 6Vela
  • 20ArmstrongSubstituted forNooneat 84'minutes
  • 14Madine

Substitutes

  • 11Buckley
  • 12Noone
  • 16Cullen
  • 17Derik
  • 23Darby
  • 33Howard
  • 34King
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
26,395

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home11
Away9
Fouls
Home6
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 3, Bolton Wanderers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 3, Bolton Wanderers 3.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sammy Ameobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Craig Noone replaces Adam Armstrong.

Booking

Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Antonee Robinson tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Offside, Sunderland. Paddy McNair tries a through ball, but Bryan Oviedo is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 3, Bolton Wanderers 3. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Duncan Watmore.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by John O'Shea.

Offside, Sunderland. Robbin Ruiter tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Foul by James Vaughan (Sunderland).

Mark Little (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paddy McNair (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Paddy McNair replaces Darron Gibson.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David Wheater.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by David Wheater.

Foul by James Vaughan (Sunderland).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Mark Beevers tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Vela with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bolton Wanderers. Conceded by Darron Gibson.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Little.

Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).

Sammy Ameobi (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Bolton Wanderers 3. Karl Henry (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antonee Robinson with a cross.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Little.

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

Foul by Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers).

Foul by James Vaughan (Sunderland).

Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Duncan Watmore replaces Callum McManaman.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Bolton Wanderers 2. Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a set piece situation.

Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).

Gary Madine (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Bolton Wanderers 1. Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bryan Oviedo.

James Vaughan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Bolton Wanderers).

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Bolton Wanderers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

goal

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