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Sunderland 2-2 Accrington Stanley

Aiden McGeady equalises for Sunderland against Accrington
Aiden McGeady levelled for Sunderland on an eventful night at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland clawed back a two-goal deficit to claim a 2-2 draw at home to Accrington Stanley.

Will Grigg had missed two gilt-edged chances when Sunderland drew with Blackpool on Tuesday, and the £4m deadline-day signing was at it again early on, tamely side-footing wide after Reece James crossed from the left before flicking a first-time shot over the bar from Luke O'Nien's long throw.

Accrington had not scored a league goal since Boxing Day, but their barren run ended on the half-hour when Jack Baldwin felled Paul Smyth with a reckless challenge in the penalty area.

Billy Kee stepped up to hammer home from the spot before Stanley doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half, when Smyth stole between O'Nien and Jimmy Dunne to head home Sean McConville's cross.

Sunderland needed a lifeline and it arrived three minutes later when George Honeyman tapped home from close range after Grigg had slid Chris Maguire's cross into his path.

Maguire then made an immediate impact after coming off the bench and it was his 62nd-minute cut-back which enabled Aiden McGeady to sweep home an equaliser.

Match report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 1McLaughlin
  • 13O'Nien
  • 15BaldwinBooked at 35mins
  • 30Dunne
  • 16James
  • 23LeadbitterSubstituted forPowerat 82'minutes
  • 11GoochSubstituted forMorganat 77'minutes
  • 10Honeyman
  • 19McGeady
  • 22Grigg
  • 9WykeSubstituted forMaguireat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cattermole
  • 7Maguire
  • 8McGeouch
  • 12Flanagan
  • 17Morgan
  • 25Ruiter
  • 27Power

Accrington

  • 1Maxted
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Hughes
  • 15SykesSubstituted forRichards-Evertonat 81'minutes
  • 4Donacien
  • 7Clark
  • 26Barlaser
  • 28ConneelyBooked at 42minsSubstituted forBrownat 68'minutes
  • 11McConville
  • 29Kee
  • 38SmythSubstituted forArmstrongat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 6Nolan
  • 8Brown
  • 9Zanzala
  • 30Evtimov
  • 33Gibson
  • 39Armstrong
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
28,937

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home20
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 2, Accrington Stanley 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 2, Accrington Stanley 2.

Foul by Jack Baldwin (Sunderland).

Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Morgan (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Callum Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Lewis Morgan (Sunderland).

Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Max Power (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Luke O'Nien (Sunderland).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. William Grigg (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Max Power (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Max Power replaces Grant Leadbitter.

Jack Baldwin (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Ben Richards-Everton replaces Ross Sykes because of an injury.

Delay in match Ross Sykes (Accrington Stanley) because of an injury.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sunderland).

Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Jack Baldwin.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Lewis Morgan replaces Lynden Gooch.

Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Luke Armstrong replaces Paul Smyth.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Scott Brown replaces Seamus Conneely.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. William Grigg (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

Goal!

Goal! Sunderland 2, Accrington Stanley 2. Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Chris Maguire.

Attempt saved. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton32208464273768
2Barnsley31188557273062
3Sunderland311514253302359
4Portsmouth31178651321959
5Charlton32167948331555
6Doncaster31158858391953
7Peterborough32131095044649
8Blackpool31121183428647
9Fleetwood32129114334945
10Wycombe321110114145-443
11Coventry32127133337-443
12Burton31118124139241
13Scunthorpe32117144056-1640
14Southend32123174041-139
15Accrington30910112940-1137
16Plymouth32107154053-1337
17Walsall3298153450-1635
18Rochdale3297163863-2534
19Bristol Rovers3189143034-433
20Oxford Utd31712123847-933
21Gillingham3196164153-1233
22Shrewsbury31711133343-1032
23Bradford3295183652-1632
24Wimbledon3275202348-2526
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