Fleetwood Town 1-1 Sunderland

Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson during the Sky Bet League 1 match between Sunderland and Doncaster Rovers at the Stadium Of Light, Sunderland on Friday 24th January 2020. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto)

Sunderland throw away a lead two games in a row as they draw 1-1 with Fleetwood Town.

The Black Cats took the lead in the second half when Charlie Wyke bravely headed pasted the keeper.

Fleetwood spoiled Sunderland’s hopes of beating Fleetwood for the first time when Callum Connolly scored past Remi Matthews in the 74th minute.

Phil Parkinson’s side remain outside the Play Offs after the draw.

Fleetwood had the first chance of the game when their corner was played to the edge of the box and Danny Andrew’s volley was stopped by Matthews.

Sunderland’s first chance of the game fell to Denver Hume but his chance was straight at the keeper.

Bailey Wright almost opened the scoring for the wrong team when Mulgrew’s whipped free kick was headed just past the post by the Sunderland defender out for a Fleetwood corner.

There were calls for a penalty from the away side, as Josh Scowen was fed the ball inside the box and looked to be tripped by a Fleetwood defender but the referee waved play on.

Fleetwood came out the blocks strong in the second half. A superb long-distance volley from Callum Camps tipped onto the bar and a rebound from Ched Evans forced a brilliant double save from Remi Matthews.

Sunderland broke the deadlock in the 59th minute after a hopeful long ball sent Wyke through. The Sunderland striker kept his nerve and bravely headed past Leutwiler.

Sunderland could not hold their lead and, after a flurry of Fleetwood chances, the cross is not dealt with by Sunderland and Callum Connolly calmly slotted the ball past Matthews.

Sunderland’s last big chance fell to Grigg in the 76th minute but his header went well over the bar.

Fleetwood largely dominated the last 15 minutes of the game, and Evans almost sealed the win for Joey Barton’s side, but his shot just whistled past the post.

Sunderland have now failed to win in five games in all competitions and must improve in their home league games against Burton and Wigan next week.