Sunderland threw away a strong half time position at New Meadow to draw 1-1 with relegation threatened Shrewsbury.
The team from Wearside remain in the play-off places but will be kicking themselves after dropping two points in Shropshire on Tuesday Evening.
Many felt Sunderland may have turned a corner following their gritty and far from pretty 2-0 victory over Ipswich at the Stadium of Light which ended their three-match losing streak in the league.
The performance against the Tractor Boys yielded three points and came after two heavy defeats – the most important detail.
However, after the draw on Tuesday night, it’s clear that the corner is yet to be fully turned.
Shrewsbury have hindered Sunderland’s promotion hopes in the past and last night was no different. The home side tested the Black Cats’ metal and once again frustrated the team from Wearside.
The Lads took the lead inside 16 minutes when Alex Pritchard’s impressive curling effort nestled into the top right corner.
The 28-year-old was unchallenged on the edge of the opposition box and gave himself a yard of space before placing his shot perfectly away from Marko Marosi in the Salop net.
Sunderland searched for a second as Lynden Gooch went close when his left-footed effort was tipped around the post.
The game then changed dramatically just before the break as Steve Cotterill’s side were reduced to 10-men when midfielder David Davis went in late on Sunderland’s Nathan Broadhead.
Interestingly the red card gave the home side a lift going into the second half. The Black Cats were unable to make the extra man count as the home side grew into the game in a spirited fashion.
Sunderland were sloppy in possession but still created the best chances in the second half.
Pritchard threatened again as his low shot flew narrowly wide, while goalscorer from Saturday Luke O’Nien had a chance with a free header but his effort drifted wide of the left post.
The Shrews’ nearly found their equalised as Ryan Bowman was inches away from slotting home an equaliser after Nathaniel Obette’s inviting delivery just evaded the striker.
The goal came shortly after when Johnson’s side were unable to clear the ball following a threatening attack from the home side. The ball fell to Daniel Udoh in the Sunderland box, before the striker thumped his shpt home emphatically past Thorben Hoffmann.
After the equaliser, the away side lacked ideas.
Johnson introduced Aiden McGeady and Leon Dajaku in an attempt to add some attacking spark but the game petered out and ended in a frustrating draw for Sunderland who failed to cement their position in the play-off places.
Huge questions may be asked of the Sunderland’s management heading into the hectic Christmas period. The performance last night adds more pressure following another frustrating result.
The Black Cats are desperate to get some momentum behind them as they search for a sensational winning streak. A streak that gives them hope of promotion come the end of the season.
Sunderland face another huge League One clash on Saturday and cannot afford to lose if they want to push their promotion rivals. League leaders Rotherham seem to be opening up the gap at the top and currently sit 5 points ahead of the team from Wearside, who do have a game in hand.
Johnson’s side will be looking to add 3 points to their season tally when they visit the Abbey Stadium to play mid-table Cambridge United at the weekend – another crunch game.
The next few fixtures are set to be season defining in the hunt for promotion back to the Championship after 3 painful years. Strap yourselves in!
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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