Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland AFC
Sunderland rescued a valuable point as they drew 1-1 with promotion rivals Peterborough United at London Road.
Peterborough took the lead in the 66th minute through substitute Siriki Dembele.
Aiden McGeady levelled the scoring for Sunderland in the 81st minute.
The home side had the best home league record going into the game, with 44 points from 18 games, and the Black Cats had the best away record, with 37 points from 18 games.
Lee Johnson handed a first start to Ross Stewart, with Grant Leadbitter and Carl Winchester also coming into the side.
Sunderland started on the front foot, with the first big chance falling to McGeady in the 12th minute, but his curling effort was expertly headed away by Mark Beevers.
Louis Reed had the first real chance of the game for the Posh in the 27th minute, but his shot was handled well by Lee Burge.
The Black Cats almost took the lead in the 52nd minute through a free kick from McGeady, but his shot hit the side netting.
Darren Ferguson’s side took the lead in the 66th minute after a strong break into the box from Nathan Thompson, and his pass found Siriki Dembele who calmly slotted his shot past Burge.
Sunderland showed great character to stay in the game and in the 81st minute, McGeady showed his quality when his free kick flew past Christy Pym.
The Black Cats nearly turned the game around completely in the 89th minute when Max Power’s cross struck Beevers and Frankie Kent, but the ball agonisingly hit off the outside of the post.
Sunderland are still in a strong position for promotion and face another challenging test next weekend at home to Charlton.