Sunderland - Substitute Fabio Borini's
injury-time goal snatched a vital 2-2 draw for Sunderland against Crystal
Palace at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday.
Dame N'Doye gave the hosts the lead with a
deflected long-range strike in the 36th minute.
Connor Wickham hit an equaliser just after
the hour mark, before completing the turnaround just six minutes later.
But Borini came off the bench for an
injured Lee Cattermole and scored from the tightest of angles to give his side
an unlikely, but priceless, point.
Alan Pardew's Palace had gone ten league
matches without a win going into this encounter and were in desperate need of
points to avoid being dragged into the relegation battle.
Both sides struggled in wet conditions
early on, although home goalkeeper Vito Mannone had to be quick off his line to
block from Damien Delaney.
Sunderland grew into the game, with January
signing Wahbi Khazri seeing his shot deflected wide.
The best chance of the opening half an hour
came from a Yohan Cabaye corner, but Palace centre-back Scott Dann, who has
five league goals this term, saw his header brilliantly tipped over the bar by
With the game opening up, Jermain Defoe was
found by a Yann M'Vila cut-back, only for the in-form Sunderland striker to
mis-kick when well-placed.
It was Defoe who teed up N'Doye to score
the opener, although the Senegalese international was helped by a huge slice of
luck as his speculative effort struck Dann and wrong-footed Wayne Hennessey.
That was a first Sunderland goal for former
Hull man N'Doye since he joined the Black Cats from Trabzonspor on loan in
33-year-old Defoe as ever was proving
dangerous for Sunderland, but he was twice denied by Hennessey in the latter
stages of the first 45 minutes.
Palace were on the back foot after the
restart and their equalising goal came from nothing.
Yannick Bolasie played a simple pass into
Wickham, and the forward marked his return to Wearside by drilling in his third
goal in two matches, having only scored once all season before his double
against West Brom on Saturday.
The 22-year-old inflicted further pain on
his previous employers, as he latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area
from a corner to lash the Eagles in front.
Wickham's goals late in the 2013-14 season
helped keep the Black Cats in the Premier League, but his second brace in four
days looked like leaving Sam Allardyce's men second-from-bottom and still a
point from safety.
But instead Borini intervened in the first
minute of stoppage-time to move Sunderland out of the relegation zone above
Newcastle and Norwich on goal difference, ahead of the Magpies' trip to Stoke