Sunderland’s winless streak extended to six games as they drew 3-3 with Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light.
The home side’s goals came from a double for Charlie Wyke in the sixth and 11th minute and a goal from Max Power in the 83rd minute.
Accrington claimed the draw through goals from Colby Bishop in the 51st minute, a Luke O’Nien own goal in the 68th minute and Sean McConville in the 85th minute.
Lee Johnson made three changes to the side that drew with Hull, with Aiden O’Brien, Aiden McGeady and Denver Hume coming into the side.
The Black Cats opened the scoring early on when Lynden Gooch lifted a good cross over to Wyke who headed past Toby Savin.
Sunderland doubled their lead when McGeady’s cross was met again by Wyke, who took his tally to 30 goals in all competitions, a feat last achieved by Kevin Phillips in the 1999/2000 season.
The away side got a goal back in the 51st minute when Dion Charles’ reverse pass found Bishop, who slotted the ball through Lee Burge’s legs.
John Coleman’s side were gifted the equaliser in the 68th minute after miscommunication from Burge and O’Nien, as the defender’s header went past the onrushing keeper who couldn’t recover in time.
Sunderland took the lead again in the 83rd minute after Jack Diamond drove from his own half on the counter and laid off Power, who’s deflected shot sent Savin the wrong way.
Accrington denied Sunderland again in the 85th minute. McConville’s 25-yard free kick was expertly guided off the underside of the bar and past Burge.
Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes are almost over, and their next game is at home to Blackpool as they look to regain form for the playoffs.