SUNDERLAND 0 V STOKE CITY FC 0
The first half was high on effort and comittment from both sides,but low on quality.Stoke probably had the best of the chances.,as the two sides more or less cancelled each other out
On three minutes an intelligent back heel by Tuncay on the right completely wrongfooted and opened up the Sunderland defence,putting Whitehead clear in on goal.Unfortunately the midfielder put in a nondescript shot,when a squared ball would have given Etherington every chance of scoring.
On 25 minutes,this time on the left,a beautiful ball by Higginbotham over the top of the Sunderland back line set Etherington free.Nothing came of his excellent squared ball.
The second half was football to be endured rather than enjoyed.From a Stoke point of view there was just a little more edge once Fuller joined the fray,but still not a great threat.Otherwise not a lot to be said.Still a dogged performance, a welcome away point.