Sunderland 0 Preston 0: Highlights as Tony Mowbray's side are held to goalless draw at Stadium of Light
Sunderland were held to a goalless draw with Preston North End at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats dominated possession for large spells and played some neat football between both boxes, yet they couldn’t find a breakthrough.
New signings Amad Diallo, Jewison Bennette and Abdoullah Ba were all brought on in the second half.
Here’s how the game played out:
RECAP: Sunderland 0 Preston 0
- Sunderland XI: Patterson, O’Nien, Batth, Alese, Gooch, Evans (Ba, 60) , Neil, Clarke (Dajaku, 81), Roberts, Embleton (Amad, 60), Pritchard (Bennette, 70)
- Subs: Bass, Wright, Ba, Matete, Dajaku, Bennette, Amad
- Preston XI: Woodman, Storey, Lindsay, Cunningham, Brady (McCann, 86), Whiteman, Browne, Ledson (Woodburn, 72), Fernandez, Evans (Parrott, 68), Riis.
- Subs: Cornell, Diaby, Potts, McCann, Johnson, Woodburn, Parrott.
Preston are just starting to apply some late pressure, with Storey seeing a header cleared off the line by Gooch from a corner.
Bennette has taken up a position on the left with Clarke moving infield.
The former has already made some lively runs down the flank but hasn’t been able to pick out a team-mate.
Amad is playing through the middle and playing in a more advanced role than what Embleton was, while Ba has taken Evans’ spot in midfield.
Preston have also made their first change with Parrott replacing Ched Evans.
A double change for Sunderland as Ba and Amad replace Embleton and Evans.
Roberts has also been booked for the hosts.
That was the sort of quick play Sunderland have needed after Roberts burst past Cuningham inside the box.
The Sunderland playmaker just lacked a bit of composure, though, sending his effort wide.
That was almost 1-0 Preston.
A free-kick from inside the Sunderland half was headed down by Lindsay and Evans hit a shot first time from inside the box.
Patterson reacted quickly to tip the ball over the bar.
Moments later Lindsay was booked for a foul on Clarke.
Both sides have threatened at the start of this second half, and Sunderland almost made an opportunity count on the break.
Pritchard picked out Embleton after Preston were caught with players upfield from a corner.
The latter couldn’t quite find enough space to get away from Fernandez who blocked the midfielder’s effort inside the penalty area.