Sunderland’s Paddy McNair celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the match with Sunderland’s Ashley Fletcher

Sunderland’s brief spell in the Championship looks to be drawing to a close as they relinquished another lead at the Madejski Stadium during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Reading to return to the foot of the table.

After Liam Kelly’s opener from the penalty spot, goals from Paddy McNair and Lee Cattermole had given the Black Cats a 2-1 lead in their pursuit of a crucial three points but Yann Kermorgant equalised with ten minutes remaining and Sunderland were left ruing another surrendered lead.

Sunderland had started brightly with both George Honeyman and Callum McManaman going close before Sunderland conceded a penalty.

Lee Camp failed to collect a weak Reading effort and as he scrambled to gather the ball he brought down Jon Bodvarsson, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Kelly converted the penalty to hand Reading the advantage.

Sunderland searched for an equaliser and were inches away from finding it when Ashley Fletcher struck the post and Callum McManaman’s rebound was cleared off the line.

Fletcher, Aiden McGeady and McManaman had further efforts for Sunderland but Reading held on to the half-time whistle.

After knocking on the door for so long in the first half didn’t take Sunderland long to draw level in the second.

Paddy McNair picked the ball up in the middle of midfield and gravitated towards goal before unleashing a rasping effort from 35 yards out that left Vito Mannone beaten.

This gave Sunderland the boost they needed and they doubled their lead 20 minutes later when Cattermole headed McGeady’s free-kick into the net.

The lead was not to last though as Kermorgant nodded in a floated cross which left Camp rooted to the spot and condemned Sunderland to a third successive draw.