Story of the day as Sunderland draw at Fleetwood after Bailey Wright shirt pull and Gerard Garner penalty

Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead against Fleetwood after conceding a stoppage-time penalty at Highbury Stadium.

Saturday, 18th September 2021, 7:05 pm

Ross Stewart headed the Black Cats ahead in the first half before Aiden McGeady doubled the visitors’ lead in the 76th minute.

Yet when Callum Morton pulled one back nine minutes from time, the Black Cats were left hanging onto their slender advantage.

Johnson was frustrated with referee Neil Hair for awarding the late penalty when Bailey Wright was penalised, before which Gerard Garner converted from the spot.

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Thorben Hoffmann.

Here’s how the game played out.

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RECAP: Fleetwood 2 (Morton, 81) (Garner, 90, pen) Sunderland 2 (Stewart, 19) (McGeady, 76, pen)

Last updated: Sunday, 19 September, 2021, 08:40

  • Sunderland starting XI: Hoffmann, Winchester, Wright, Doyle, Cirkin, O’Nien, Neil (Evans, 67), Gooch, McGeady (Alves, 90), Embleton, Stewart.
  • Subs: Burge, Huggins, Evans, Alves, Dajaku, Pritchard, Broadhead
  • Fleetwood starting XI: Cairns; Hill, Clarke, Andrew, C. Johnson, Rossiter, Biggins (Lane, 76), Camps, Clark (J. Garner, 45), G. Garner, Morton.,
  • Subs: Crellin, Matette, Baggley, Lane, Conn-Clarke, Edmondson, J.Garner

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Reaction from Lee Johnson

Full-Time: Fleetwood 2 Sunderland 2

Garner converts from the spot, sending Hoffmann the wrong way.

90+4’ Penalty to Fleetwood

Wright is penalised for a shirt pull and a spot kick is given.

Sunderland are hanging on.

An in-swinging corner from the left was met by the head of Morton but Hoffmann made an excellent save.

Gerard Garner then headed the rebound back towards goal but Evans blocked the shot.

Final change for Sunderland

The fourth official has also shown there will be five minutes added time as Alves comes on for McGeady.

There was a brief delay as a flare was thrown on the pitch by the home fans.

84’ Fleetwood pushing for a leveller

The hosts have one back after some static defending from Sunderland.

Morton was released through on goal and calmly slotted the ball past Hoffmann.

Game on.

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