Sunderland got a valuable point tonight after going one goal down to Stoke City after only nine minutes, and then having Craig Gardner sent off with a straight red card after 34 minutes.
Jonathan Walters opens the scoring after 9 minutes
But Sunderland came back in the second half against the odds, and looked a much better side, even with only 10 men, and a goal by John O’Shea after 63 minutes equalized the scores and they looked the more likely team to win the game after that.
Craig Gardner lunged in with two feet on Charlie Adam, and there weren’t many complaints when he got a straight red card, and like Stephane Sessegnon, he will now miss the rest of the season, and it’s the second game running that Sunderland were reduced to 10 men.
The point takes Sunderland above Newcastle on the same points total – 38 – but they have a much better goal difference, and Newcastle are down to 4th bottom – the lowest we have been all season.
Given the circumstances of the game and their position at half time, this turned out to be a good point for the Black Cats.
Newcastle’s position could get worse tomorrow night, if Wigan beat Swansea at home, and the Latics would then go above Newcastle on goal difference and we’d be in a relegation place for the first time this season – 3rd bottom.
Results don’t seem to be going Newcastle’s way, and we’ll need to take some points out of the last two games of the season if we are survive the drop – which seems to get closer with each game played.
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