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Sunderland fail to break down Premier League bottom dogs Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gets handy with Sunderland's Michael Turner.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gets handy with Sunderland's Michael Turner.

SUNDERLAND did not do enough to deserve to win today’s game against the Premier League’s whipping boys.

Wolves came to the Stadium of Light on the back of a dreadful run which has them nailed on to go down this season and in the first half hour it was clear to see why.

The basement club looked short of ideas and desire, but Sunderland simply could not take advantage.

There was a lack of precision about the home team’s play and all they created up until the break were half-chances, despite winning numerous dead ball opportunities.

Things did not improve much after the break and Wolves gradually grew in confidence as Sunderland laboured.

The visitors could easily have won the game in the 85th minute when Steven Fletcher produced a bullet header six yards out from Matt Jarvis’s cross, but Simon Mignolet made a superb reflex save.

There were more chances created in the last 10 minutes then there were in the preceding 80 and the majority fell to Sunderland, but James McClean was foiled by Wayne Hennessey from a good opening and Seb Larsson scooped a great chance over the bar from six yards out.

The draw takes Sunderland back into the top half of the table and ninth place, but Wolves were there for the taking and this game has to be seen as two points dropped for Martin O’Neill’s men.

Read a full match report, plus more photos and reactions, in tomorrow’s Gazette.

 

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