Match ends, Sunderland 1, Fleetwood Town 1.
Sunderland 1-1 Fleetwood Town
Sunderland were left frustrated for the second weekend in a row on home soil as Fleetwood held them to a draw in front of a crowd of almost 30,000.
It could have been worse for the unbeaten Black Cats when Joey Barton's team took the lead in the ninth minute.
Fleetwood striker Paddy Madden headed down and beyond Jon McLaughlin from Ashley Hunter's corner and that was the fifth time this season Sunderland have gone behind in League One.
Once again, though, Sunderland found a way back, even if it was not to secure three points, with the result leaving both teams in the play-off places.
Striker Josh Maja found the net for the fifth time this season to flick in George Honeyman's cross with eight minutes remaining of the opening period.
There were good chances for both teams after that, particularly a Fleetwood penalty soon after the restart when Adam Matthews tripped James Husband. McLaughlin was equal to Madden's spot-kick, diving strongly to his left.
In the closing stages Sunderland saw Tom Flanagan and Jerome Sinclair force Alex Cairns into strong saves and then Glenn Loovens headed against the post from the resulting corner.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2MatthewsBooked at 33minsSubstituted forFlanaganat 72'minutes
- 15BaldwinBooked at 14mins
- 6CattermoleBooked at 90mins
- 7MaguireSubstituted forSinclairat 51'minutes
- 20MajaSubstituted forWykeat 63'minutes
- 1CairnsBooked at 80mins
- 2CoyleBooked at 12mins
- 5EasthamBooked at 32mins
- 20MorganSubstituted forSpurrat 23'minutes
- 26HusbandBooked at 90mins
- 10McAlenySubstituted forDempseyat 60'minutes
- 22HunterBooked at 81minsSubstituted forWallaceat 89'minutes
- Darren Drysdale
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Fleetwood Town 1.
Attempt saved. Kyle Dempsey (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town).
Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).
Lewie Coyle (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
James Husband (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Jerome Sinclair (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Husband (Fleetwood Town).
Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.
Substitution, Fleetwood Town. James Wallace replaces Ashley Hunter.
Attempt saved. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Dylan McGeouch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town).
Attempt saved. Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Alex Cairns.