Sunderland and Peterborough Utd played out a highly entertaining draw on Tuesday night as both sides showed why they are promotion candidates.
Bryan Oviedo, Adam Matthews, Max Power and Jerome Sinclair all started for Sunderland; the draw at Coventry had inflicted more than a few casualties on the squad.
Matthews Flanagan Baldwin Oviedo
Maguire McGeouch Power McGeady
High scoring Peterborough came to Wearside with a 100% away record but they were behind after twenty minutes. Josh Maja continued his rich form by bagging his eighth goal in 11 matches. The Posh defence gave him far too much space in the box and the striker duly obliged by firing the ball into the bottom corner of Aaron Chapman’s goal. A deserved opening strike for Sunderland.
Throughout the first half a new front three line-up of Maja, Jerome Sinclair and Aiden McGeady looked very impressive causing the visitors lots of issues. A far better opening 45 minutes than at Coventry City just a few days earlier.
HT: Sunderland AFC 1-0 Peterborough United
The second half saw the Posh come out all guns blazing, Joe Ward tested Jon McLaughlin in the Sunderland goal as the visitors started to show why they haven’t dropped any points on the road this season. Minutes later a rush of blood looked to have hampered Sunderland efforts.
For some unknown reason Bryan Oviedo kicked out at Marcus Maddison and received his marching orders on 68 minutes. It didn’t take Peterborough long to capitalise as six minutes later Ward drilled home a low strike to bring the match level. From here you could have expected the 11 men to push on and claim the points, yet it was the ten men of Sunderland that struck next. Chris Maguire turned on a knife edge down by the by-line before playing the ball to Sinclair’s feet. The on-loan Watford man swivelled past his man before smashing the ball into the roof of the net. 2-1 to the hosts with just under ten minutes left.
Was the scoring completed for the evening? Absolutely not, just three minutes later the visitors rescued the point which their second half efforts deserved. A simple long ball over the top caught the Sunderland back four out and Ivan Toney was on hand to calmly slot the ball in past McLaughlin.
FT: Sunderland AFC 2-2 Peterborough Utd