Match ends, Sunderland 1, Lincoln City 1.
Callum Morton's second-half equaliser for Lincoln prevented Sunderland from closing the gap to the top two after a draw at the Stadium of Light.
After a tight first half with a couple of chances at both ends, Callum McFadzean was the unlikely scorer of the opening goal five minutes before the break.
That put the third-placed Black Cats on course for an eighth win from nine League One games.
But in the 63rd minute striker Morton levelled things up with a sweet finish to keep Lincoln in touch with the side sitting two points above them.
Lincoln, who had won just one of their previous seven, could have taken the lead midway through the first half when goalkeeper Lee Burge denied Regan Poole.
It proved costly when Max Power's brilliant cross from the right was headed inside Alex Palmer's bottom left corner by McFadzean.
After the restart Aiden McGeady had a free-kick saved by Palmer moments before the equaliser.
That arrived when Morton's brilliant touch away from Luke O'Nien allowed him to shoot low and beyond Burge.
Lincoln were also denied a winner when Burge saved from Cohen Bramall and then Morton later on as the game remained level.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 2McLaughlinBooked at 87mins
- 6PowerBooked at 42mins
- 26WinchesterSubstituted forScowenat 64'minutes
- 23LeadbitterSubstituted forStewartat 71'minutes
- 11GoochSubstituted forMaguireat 77'minutes
- 9WykeBooked at 34mins
- 23BridcuttBooked at 77mins
- 20JohnsonSubstituted forScullyat 74'minutes
- Carl Boyeson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Lincoln City 1.
Attempt blocked. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).
Tayo Edun (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Lewis Montsma (Lincoln City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cohen Bramall with a cross.
Corner, Lincoln City. Conceded by Luke O'Nien.
Foul by Ross Stewart (Sunderland).
Lewis Montsma (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Anthony Scully.
Hand ball by Aiden McGeady (Sunderland).
Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Sunderland).
Cohen Bramall (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Morgan Rogers (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Regan Poole with a cross.
Luke O'Nien (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Callum Morton (Lincoln City).
Attempt missed. Charlie Wyke (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Conor McLaughlin with a cross.
Hand ball by Ross Stewart (Sunderland).
Offside, Lincoln City. Cohen Bramall tries a through ball, but Callum Morton is caught offside.