Match ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.
Josh Maja struck his 14th goal of the season to preserve Sunderland's unbeaten record at the Stadium of Light as they drew with Shrewsbury Town in League One.
The Shrews, despite winning just one of their last 17 games away from home, battled throughout to ensure they did not leave Wearside empty-handed.
Shrewsbury, fighting to climb clear of the relegation zone, took the lead after half an hour when defender Luke Waterfall glanced a header from 12 yards off Greg Docherty's free-kick.
Sunderland, unable to close the gap to the top two, pulled a goal back a minute before the break when Maja's downward header from close-range hit the net after Bryan Oviedo's fine run and cross.
That was enough to extend Sunderland's unbeaten home record to 12 matches in the third tier.
Neither side really created clear-cut chances to win the game in the closing stages even though Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin did well to stop Jack Baldwin's from scoring an own goal, and Mat Sadler cleared off the line at the other end.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 15BaldwinBooked at 82mins
- 3OviedoSubstituted forJamesat 50'minutes
- 6CattermoleBooked at 58mins
- 11GoochSubstituted forWatmoreat 67'minutes
- 7MaguireSubstituted forWykeat 55'minutes
- 3HaynesBooked at 87minsSubstituted forBecklesat 87'minutes
- 42GrantBooked at 37mins
- 29NorburnBooked at 36mins
- 8DochertyBooked at 43mins
- 28LaurentSubstituted forAngolat 76'minutes
- 18GillieadSubstituted forOkenabirhieat 67'minutes
- Oliver Langford
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.
Attempt missed. Reece James (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Josh Maja (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Greg Docherty (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Tom Flanagan (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Omar Beckles.
Foul by Reece James (Sunderland).
Greg Docherty (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Omar Beckles replaces Ryan Haynes.
Ryan Haynes (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Duncan Watmore (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ryan Haynes (Shrewsbury Town).
Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.
Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Lee Angol (Shrewsbury Town).
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.