Sunderland 1 Everton 1: Disputed penalty robs Black Cats of victory

Sunderland's Jack Colback celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with John O'Shea.
Sunderland's Jack Colback celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game with John O'Shea.
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A CONTROVERSIAL Leighton Baines penalty extended Sunderland's barren run against Everton.

The full-back blasted past keeper Keiren Westwood from 12 yards after referee Howard Webb had ruled that Leon Osman had been fouled inside the box, although claims from the home players that he had simply kicked the ground appeared to be borne out by television replays.

Everton's Leon Osman wins a penalty after going down in the penalty area as Sunderland's Lee Cattermole pressures him during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Everton's Leon Osman wins a penalty after going down in the penalty area as Sunderland's Lee Cattermole pressures him during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Baines' effort cancelled out Jack Colback's first senior goal for the Black Cats, a deflected 26th-minute shot against the run of play which galvanised his side as they attempted to win for the third time in manager Martin O'Neill's four games to date.

Baines' equaliser also extended Sunderland's wait for a victory over the Toffees to 15 games with the visitors unbeaten at the Stadium of Light for a decade.

The game, which was broadcast by the BBC World Service to an estimated audience of 25 million across Africa, very nearly came to a dramatic conclusion when Sylvain Distin turned Stephane Sessegnon's cross into the side-netting.

However, the big talking points as a crowd of 43,619 headed home were the decision which handed Baines his big chance, and Sunderland's paltry return of just four wins on their own pitch in 2011.

Everton's Leighton Baines scores during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Everton's Leighton Baines scores during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 26, 2011. See PA Story SOCCER Sunderland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.