Two for Wickham but Sunderland miss chance to beat Newcastle

Two goals: Connor Wickham
Two goals: Connor Wickham
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WASTEFUL Sunderland could not profit from a succession of second half chances after drawing 2-2 in the under-21 league derby at Newcastle.

Sunderland, who handed run-outs to over-age trio Louis Saha, David Vaughan and Matt Kilgallon, secured a second successive draw with Kevin Ball’s side yet to taste victory this season.

A brace from Connor Wickham earned Sunderland a point, but Saha, Ji Dong-won and Wickham himself were all guilty in front of goal.

Wickham handed Sunderland the lead in the ninth minute when he tucked Billy Knott’s cross into an empty net from point-blank range.

But Newcastle fought back and levelled when Bradden Inman took advantage of a mistake by Sunderland stopper Jordan Pickford.

The Magpies took the lead in the 35th minute when Adam Campbell’s weak shot from the edge of the area was deflected into his own net by John Egan.

Sunderland levelled within four minutes of the restart when Wickham tapped in Ji Dong-won’s cross.

The visitors dominated the remainder of the encounter, but a winner somehow eluded them – Wickham spurning a one-on-one due to poor control and Saha missing a string of opportunities.

NEWCASTLE: Alnwick, Abeid, Ferguson, Newton, Richardson (Moyo 69), Good, Ameobi, Gosling, Campbell, Inman, Hooper. Subs not used: J Mitchell, Nicholson, Riley, Maddison.

SUNDERLAND: Pickford, Laing, Adams, Reed, Egan, Kilgallon, Ji, Vaughan, Saha, Wickham (Laidler 60), Knott (Mitchell 83). Subs not used: Dixon, Ferguson, Marrs. Booked: Vaughan (62)

Attendance: 1,776