Sunderland earned only their third away league point of the season following an uninspiring draw against fellow strugglers West Ham at Upton Park.
Jozy Altidore was through on the Hammers' goal early on but had his shot saved by keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
A 25-yard shot from Black Cats defender Phil Bardsley came off the crossbar before Jaaskelainen fended away a long-range Lee Cattermole effort.
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Jaaskelainen also did well to keep out a late Ki Sung-Yueng shot.
Sunderland remain bottom of the Premier League and five points off safety but they might rue a missed opportunity at not getting their first away league win of the season against a struggling West Ham.
In an interview with Football Focus
before the game, Hammers co-owner David Sullivan described the rest of the season as 'damage limitation' exercise with the Upton Park club hovering perilously above the relegation zone.
West Ham have not been helped by winger Stewart Downing joining striker Andy Carroll and centre-back Winston Reid on the injury list, while they took on Sunderland without suspended captain Kevin Nolan.
However, despite having the better of the game, Sunderland lacked the goalscoring touch to take advantage of a weakened West Ham, who have four points from the last 24 available.
Simon BrothertonMatch of the Day commentator
There was a lively start but the game meandered along in the second half. It was rather forgettable. From West Ham's point of view they created little up front. It was a poor match
The Black Cats had an early chance through striker Altidore, who appeared offside, but the American had his angled strike saved by the slightest of touches from Jaaskelainen.
West Ham's threat was fleeting, but Guy Demel thought he had scored when his header came back off a defender and he fired in the rebound, although referee Andre Marriner had already blown for a push by the Hammers right-back.
There was plenty of effort from both camps, but it was the visitors who were producing the neater football and creating the more clear-cut chances.
A free-kick from Hammers centre-back James Collins struck the jumping Altidore and inadvertently released Fabio Borini, who ran at the home goal before striking a poor shot which was straight at Jaaskelainen.
Jaaskelainen was beaten when he failed to reach a powerful 25-yard strike by Sunderland left-back Bardsley but the crossbar came to the Finnish keeper's rescue.
The Hammers stopper also had to fend away a well-struck long-range effort from Lee Cattermole just before the break.
While there was little goalmouth action in the second half, Ki went close when he sidestepped to the left and struck a shot which Jaaskelainen did well to get a hand to and palm away.
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At the other end, George McCartney's late cross turned into a shot which Sunderland keeper Vito Mannone had to tip over, before Collins headed the resulting corner wide.
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