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Sunderland 2-2 Southampton

Adam Johnson equalises for Sunderland against Southampton

Adam Johnson's fourth goal in two games helped Sunderland come back from 2-0 down to draw against Southampton.

Jay Rodriguez arrowed in a low 22-yard strike to put the visitors ahead and a steered Dejan Lovren volley from a corner extended the lead.

Fabio Borini's shot on the turn then pulled one back for the Black Cats.

Southampton missed several chances and were punished when Johnson powered in a rising shot, with Steven Fletcher having a late Sunderland chance saved.

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A home corner fell to Fletcher four yards out but he was denied when Southampton keeper Artur Boruc blocked his effort at point-blank range during a frantic finish.

It is only the second point Sunderland have earned after being behind this season but was not enough to lift them out of the bottom three.

Southampton dominated large parts of the match and injuries to Lovren and substitute Gaston Ramirez - both of whom were carried off on stretchers in the closing stages - will add to the disappointment for Mauricio Pochettino on his first anniversary as manager.

The Argentine committed his immediate future to the club following the departure of Nicola Cortese as Saints chairman this week but had warned of the impact the off-field events could have on his players.

His concerns appeared unfounded early on as the visitors went ahead when Rodriguez chested the ball down and sent a 22-yard strike into the bottom corner.

A lacklustre home side allowed Southampton too much time and space to control the match, with a mistake from Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone epitomising Sunderland's poor display.

A goal-kick from the Italian went straight to opposing midfielder Jack Cork, who shot over from 40 yards as he tried to catch Mannone out of his goal.

An angled Luke Shaw shot deflected off Johnson and against the outside of the home post, before Saints striker Rickie Lambert sent an effort just wide after combining incisively with Morgan Schneiderlin - and then Rodriguez had a shot saved with just Mannone to beat.

A second goal for Sunderland seemed inevitable and it arrived when centre-back Lovren guided in a volley from a Steven Davis corner.

There were a few boos from the home crowd, but they almost immediately turned to cheers when Borini - on loan from Liverpool - controlled a Johnson cross, swivelled and beat Boruc with a bouncing shot.

Picking the ball out of the net was as much as the Southampton keeper in a first half in which Sunderland had only 30.5% of possession.

The home side improved after the break, although Saints still looked the most likely to score.

Only a smart save from Mannone kept out another Rodriguez strike, while Jose Fonte headed straight at the busy Sunderland stopper.

Borini thought he had punished the visitors for their missed chances when he slotted past Boruc, but he was rightly penalised for offside.

However, Southampton failed to heed the warning and Johnson equalised when his rising right-foot shot squeezed in off Boruc's arms and the post.

The pendulum had swung in Sunderland's favour and Boruc had to parry away a Craig Gardner strike at full stretch, while also blocking Fletcher's effort from close range to deny the home side a winner.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"The ugliest side of the game was the injuries. We hope [Dejan Lovren and Gaston Ramirez] are OK - both are heading to hospital.

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"We deserved to win the game. The players have had a really difficult week, and I want to congratulate them in light of what has happened this week. They put in an amazing effort."

Pochettino on his future:

"In football there are no guarantees, you depend on the results.

"It will be a decision from the people above to decide whether I should be here. It is not me who decides when we meet - it should be the chairwoman who decides.

"We have not had a chance to speak about next season so I don't know [about my future] yet."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"It was looking really bad. We couldn't cope with the pace, power and passing game of Southampton.

"It was looking dark but the goal from Fabio Borini came at the right time.

"We need to be realistic, this is a point gained because we were far from being good enough in the first half. It is incredible how much we changed in the second half."

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Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 2Bardsley
  • 28Alonso
  • 33CattermoleBooked at 11minsSubstituted forGardnerat 62'minutes
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 11Johnson
  • 7LarssonSubstituted forColbackat 63'minutes
  • 17AltidoreSubstituted forFletcherat 72'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 38mins
  • 31Borini

Substitutes

  • 8Gardner
  • 9Fletcher
  • 12Celustka
  • 13Pickford
  • 14Colback
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 29Roberge

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 22Chambers
  • 23Shaw
  • 18Cork
  • 6Fonte
  • 5LovrenSubstituted forYoshidaat 88'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 7Lambert
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forRamírezat 74'minutesSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 87'minutes
  • 9Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Ramírez
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Do Prado
  • 26Hooiveld
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
38,115

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home10
Away17
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 2, Southampton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Southampton 2.

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-Yueng (Sunderland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

Hand ball by Fabio Borini (Sunderland).

Attempt blocked. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Dejan Lovren because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Gastón Ramírez because of an injury.

Delay in match Dejan Lovren (Southampton) because of an injury.

Delay in match Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Offside, Sunderland. Fabio Borini tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Offside, Sunderland. Fabio Borini tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Adam Lallana.

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Steven Fletcher replaces Jozy Altidore.

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Southampton 2. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).

Offside, Sunderland. Craig Gardner tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Colback replaces Sebastian Larsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Craig Gardner replaces Lee Cattermole.

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Vito Mannone.

Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Sunderland).

goal

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