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Sunderland 1-1 Norwich City

George Honeyman
Goalscorer George Honeyman came through Sunderland's academy

Sunderland's Championship survival hopes suffered a huge blow as they drew with mid-table Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.

George Honeyman put the Black Cats ahead, tapping in after Aiden McGeady's shot bounced off the post.

But Ivo Pinto slotted in an 89th-minute equaliser to leave Sunderland facing back-to-back relegations.

Winger McGeady should have put the Black Cats 1-0 up before the break, but struck a penalty against the upright.

The Black Cats, who are second bottom of the table - six points adrift of safety with four games left - face pivotal games against their relegation rivals over the next two weeks.

They visit Reading on Saturday before hosting bottom side Burton on 21 April.

But unless they win at least one of those games, a second successive relegation may already be confirmed by the time they face the top two sides - Fulham and leaders Wolves - in their final two fixtures.

Norwich had other decent chances to score before Pinto's leveller, James Maddison striking the post from a tight angle and Nelson Oliveira seeing his effort cleared off the line.

But Daniel Farke's side drop to 13th and can already start looking towards next season.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman:

"You've seen it time and time again where we don't defend a set-play like we should. We said we had to get it right defensively, but we got it wrong with five minutes to go.

"To get to that position and give it up like we did, it's a tough one to swallow, it's a difficult one. We've given up two points which were absolutely critical to us.

"It's massively disappointing - it's the difference of us going to Reading and knowing if we beat them the gap could be just a couple of points, but now it's back up to six."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told BBC Radio Norfolk:

"During the game I was asking how many chances we would need. I'm happy we showed a good mentality to get the late equaliser.

"We were too nervous in front of goal and missed so many chances, but it's a sign of my group that we have this mentality that we never accept a loss."

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 12Camp
  • 22Love
  • 23Koné
  • 16O'SheaSubstituted forClarke-Salterat 70'minutes
  • 21MatthewsSubstituted forOviedoat 45'minutes
  • 6Cattermole
  • 27GoochSubstituted forLua Luaat 90+2'minutes
  • 26Honeyman
  • 53Ejaria
  • 19McGeady
  • 9Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 1Steele
  • 3Oviedo
  • 11Lua Lua
  • 13McManaman
  • 28Robson
  • 29Asoro
  • 35Clarke-Salter

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gunn
  • 2Pinto
  • 6ZimmermannSubstituted forSrbenyat 77'minutes
  • 31Hanley
  • 3HusbandSubstituted forLewisat 45'minutes
  • 4Reed
  • 8Vrancic
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forKloseat 45'minutes
  • 23Maddison
  • 11Murphy
  • 9Oliveira

Substitutes

  • 10Leitner
  • 15Klose
  • 20Raggett
  • 26Lewis
  • 27Tettey
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
24,894

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home25
Away18
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 1, Norwich City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Norwich City 1.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Lynden Gooch because of an injury.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Josh Murphy (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dennis Srbeny.

  7. Goal!

    Goal! Sunderland 1, Norwich City 1. Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Josh Murphy (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Donald Love (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dennis Srbeny (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Maddison.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Maddison (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dennis Srbeny.

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Jake Clarke-Salter (Sunderland) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Maddison.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Dennis Srbeny replaces Christoph Zimmermann.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Aiden McGeady.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves41278674363889
2Fulham422312772413181
3Cardiff41248962352780
4Aston Villa4222101066402676
5Derby401814860382268
6Millwall4218141054391568
7Middlesbrough421991459411866
8Bristol City4217141159481165
9Sheff Utd42198155749865
10Brentford4217131258471164
11Preston421615115244863
12Ipswich42168185052-256
13Norwich421414144652-656
14Leeds42159185460-654
15QPR421411175363-1053
16Hull421114176461347
17Sheff Wed421114175059-947
18Nottm Forest41137214359-1646
19Reading421012204661-1542
20Birmingham42117243261-2940
21Bolton42912213464-3039
22Barnsley41813204261-1937
23Sunderland42615214574-2933
24Burton42711243077-4732
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