Sunderland 2-2 West Brom: Bendtner scores first goal as Bruce's men recover from disastrous first five minutes
Steve Bruce's side come from two goals down after going conceding twice in the first five minutes but Nicklas Bendtner gets first goal for the club since joining on deadline day
By Simon Sinclair at the Stadium of LIght
Sunderland came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at the Stadium of Light with West Brom. Nicklas Bendtner and Ahmed Elmohamady got the goals for the hosts while Shane Long and James Morrison were on target for the visitors.
The Baggies got off to the best possible start as they opened the scoring in the fourth minute through Morrison who peeled off his marker and headed Chris Brunt’s free-kick into the net past Simon Mignolet in the Sunderland goal.
Roy Hodgson’s side made it two a minute later when a hopeful ball was played over the Black Cats' defense which Long raced onto beating Michael Turner before the Irishman slid his shot under Mignolet as boos echoed around the Stadium of Light.
Long and Peter Odemwingie were taking full advantage of a poor Sunderland defense of this and could have made it three or four if not for a last ditch challenge by Wes Brown and a decent stop by Mignolet.
The West Brom strikers were made to pay for these missed opportunities as the Black Cats got a goal back through Bendtner after a great move down the right which concluded with Seb Larsson finding the Dane with a back-heel and his deflected shot flew over Ben Foster into the net.
This gave Sunderland and the crowd a boost and it got the equalizer in the 26th minute through Elmohamady when he headed home Larsson’s cross after beating Shorey in the air to the joy of Steve Bruce.
Sunderland could have taken the lead through late chances in the half from Stephane Sessegnon, Bendtner and Craig Gardner but they were unable to beat Foster with the former Manchester United keeper making a great save from Gardner in particularly as the Black Cats ended the half strongly.
The Black Cats came out in the second half like they ended the first and could have gone ahead through Wes Brown but the defender headed into the ground and over the bar when unmarked at the back-post from a Larsson free-kick.
Steve Bruce’s side continued to threaten as it played some lovely football and looked unrecognizable from the side that played the first five minutes of the game.Sessegnon kept pulling the strings for the Black Cats but they were unable to find that final ball to create a clear cut chance to find the winner they deserved.
The Baggies piled on late pressure in the hope of snatching all three points but Sunderland was able kept them out to hold onto a point.
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