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Walsall 2-2 Sunderland

Ten-man Sunderland came from two goals down to extend their unbeaten run to 13 games with a 2-2 draw at Walsall - despite Max Power's third red card of the season.

Power was sent off for a reckless challenge on Liam Kinsella after 22 minutes but Aiden McGeady and Lynden Gooch rescued a point after Josh Gordon and Josh Ginnelly had put Walsall in control.

Walsall should have led before the interval but Russell Martin sent a free header wide and George Dobson hit the post after rounding Black Cats keeper Jon McLaughlin.

The Saddlers led a minute into the second half as Nicky Devlin's near-post cross was steered home by Gordon from six yards.

Ginnelly doubled the advantage on 52 minutes, beating two Sunderland defenders before lashing a stunning strike into the top corner.

Sunderland gave themselves hope in the 61st minute as McGeady met Gooch's cross with a fine finish from 15 yards.

And the comeback was completed a minute from time as Gooch swivelled in the box and fired into the bottom corner.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 6Devlin
  • 34Martin
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 10IsmailSubstituted forMorrisat 37'minutes
  • 4Dobson
  • 15Kinsella
  • 11Ginnelly
  • 9Cook
  • 29GordonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forFerrierat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Morris
  • 13Dunn
  • 16Ferrier
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 28Wilson
  • 30Osbourne
  • 31Ronan

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 2Matthews
  • 12Flanagan
  • 15Baldwin
  • 16James
  • 10HoneymanBooked at 53mins
  • 27PowerBooked at 23mins
  • 11GoochBooked at 75mins
  • 19McGeady
  • 3OviedoSubstituted forO'Nienat 49'minutes
  • 20MajaSubstituted forMaguireat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Loovens
  • 5Ozturk
  • 7Maguire
  • 13O'Nien
  • 17Sinclair
  • 37Mumba
  • 43Patterson
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
7,868

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away14
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 2, Sunderland 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 2, Sunderland 2.

Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Sunderland 2. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke O'Nien.

Attempt blocked. Adam Matthews (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Morgan Ferrier (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Leahy (Walsall).

Delay in match Chris Maguire (Sunderland) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Morgan Ferrier replaces Josh Gordon.

Attempt missed. Andy Cook (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lynden Gooch (Sunderland).

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Kinsella (Walsall).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Liam Kinsella.

Josh Gordon (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Matthews (Sunderland).

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Sunderland 1. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lynden Gooch.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Chris Maguire replaces Josh Maja.

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Flanagan (Sunderland).

Nicky Devlin (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).

Attempt missed. George Dobson (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Lynden Gooch.

Jon Guthrie (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Sunderland).

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Luke Leahy.

Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Matthews (Sunderland).

Booking

George Honeyman (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Walsall 2, Sunderland 0. Josh Ginnelly (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the left to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth18125130151541
2Sunderland18107135161937
3Barnsley18105332151735
4Luton19105435211435
5Peterborough19105435241135
6Charlton189452921831
7Blackpool188732316731
8Doncaster198562826229
9Coventry198562120129
10Accrington197752122-128
11Walsall197662126-527
12Wycombe196762727025
13Fleetwood196672521424
14Burton187382325-224
15Southend1972102326-323
16Rochdale196582534-923
17Shrewsbury195682125-421
18Scunthorpe195682940-1121
19Gillingham1953112733-618
20Oxford Utd194692129-818
21Bristol Rovers1945101619-317
22Plymouth1944112135-1416
23Wimbledon1942131429-1514
24Bradford1942131532-1714
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