Sunderland fans celebrate the 3-3 draw at full time

With Sunderland three goals down at half-time to promotion chasing Bristol City, fans would’ve been forgiven for thinking the second half was going to be a case of damage limitations.

What followed could prove to be a defining moment as the Black Cats secured a vital point in their battle to beat the drop.

An early goal from Aden Flint and a brace from Famara Diedhiou gave Bristol City a comfortable lead heading into the break.

However, Sunderland rallied and after Josh Brownhill’s own goal and Aiden McGeady’s well worked goal, Marlon Pack inadvertently turned the ball into his own net to give Sunderland a share of the points.

Coleman had made two changes from the game against Ipswich with Jake Clarke-Salter and George Honeyman restored to the starting line up in place of Adam Matthews and Ethan Robson.

Sunderland had the first chance of the game with Ashley Fletcher firing over. The Wearsiders were soon behind when lax defending allowed Flint time to bring the ball down, steady himself and stab past Lee Camp after Pack’s free kick had bypassed the Sunderland defence.

Diedhiou doubled the hosts lead after 31 minutes, rounding Camp and blasting past Clarke-Salter on the line into the roof of the net.

Five minutes later it was 3-0 as Diedhiou slotted home unopposed at the back post after good work from Ryan Kent on the right flank for Bristol City, who squared for the  Senegalese international to double his tally.

The second half saw no immediate changes and it looked like being a long 45 minutes for Sunderland as Bristol continued their first half pressure.

Their was a let off on 55 minutes as Diedhiou, on a hat-trick, punched the ball into the net, earning himself a booking in the process as Sunderland’s defence was nowhere to be seen.

However with 20 minutes to go Sunderland pulled a goal back as Billy Jones found Lee Cattermole in the box and the midfielder’s header cannoned off the bar, hitting Brownhill on the way out and trickling over the line.

With ten minutes to go Sunderland pulled another back, the lively Asoro was fouled on the edge of the box and a well worked move saw Cattermole find McGeady and the Irishman found the net.

Sunderland really should have been level minutes before the end when Fletcher was presented with a golden opportunity after Bristol City keeper Frank Fielding had parried substitute Kazenga LuaLua’s speculative effort, but Fielding produced a sensational save to deny Fletcher.

Sunderland weren’t to be denied though and were level in added time after Asoro beat his man and fired a low cross in that hit Pack and flew past Fielding to send the away fans into delirium.