Ethan's Report: Sunderland squeeze point from tricky Sheffield Wednesday trip


Sunderland travelled to Hillsborough with an unbeaten start to the their championship campaign. Simon Grayson named an unchanged side to that which defeated Norwich 3-1 on Sunday. Sunderland would face former Black Cats Keiren Westwood and fans favourite Ross Wallace as well as Steven Fletcher who started on the bench.


The visitors started well and looked the most likely to score. Sunderland did just that after four minutes through George Honeyman. Some good interchange play down the left between Brendan Galloway, Aiden McGeady and James Vaughan allowed the Irishman to drive into the area and play a square ball beyond Westwood. It reached Honeyman who controlled it before blasting an effort past the three defenders on the line. The goal makes it two goals in three games for the Sunderland academy product. 

The closest Wednesday got to a goal was through striker Sam Winnall who forced Jason Steele into a reasonably easy save low down. McGeady then delivered in a superb free kick only for Lewis Grabban to put his free header wide when he should've at least hit the target. 

Just before half time full back Brendan Galloway stole in and got a shot away only for it to be a comfortable save for the goalie. Sunderland were getting troubled down the right wing before the break but Billy Jones coped brilliantly.

The first chance of the second half fell to Vaughan. After McGeady's shot was blocked it fell for the ex Bury hitman who vollied high and wide of the Wednesday net. Despite Sunderland having the early chance, it was the Owls pushed forward and were eventually rewarded through a David Jones screamer 30 yards outs. It was a fantastic strike, but Sunderland made little effort in closing him down. 

Sunderland from then on looked like they were holding on especially after Steele failed to collect a corner causing a goalmouth scramble which Gary Hooper should've made the most of but left back Galloway was on the line to twice deny him. Hooper would've been frustrated with himself that he didn't finish at least one of his chances as he went on to rattle the bar from the edge of the area despite no Sunderland players closing him down.

Overall a draw was probably the fair result. Sunderland dominated the first 45 and Wednesday dominated the second, in the end Sunderland looked like they were playing for a draw. A decent away day and a good point on the road for Simon Grayson and the 2700 travelling supporters.

Match Ratings:

Steele: 7, Jones: 8, Koné: 7, Browning: 7, Galloway: 6, Ndong: 7, Cattermole: 8 (Wallace '88), Honeyman: 8, McGeady: 8 (Khazri '80), Grabban: 7 (Gooch '84), Vaughan: 7

Substitutes:
Khazri: 3, Gibson: 3, Gooch: 5


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