A serious injury suffered by Billy Jones overshadowed a late, but most likely futile, fightback from Sunderland against West Ham on Saturday.
Needing a win to keep even the slimmest of relegation hopes alive Sunderland made the worst possible start when Andre Ayew opened the scoring for the away side as Andy Carroll's mishit shot found its way into his path.
Sunderland had just gone past 700 minutes without a Premier League goal when Wahbi Khazri's corner went all the way in, as Victor Anichebe blocked off Darren Randolph.
Minutes after the break though West Ham were ahead again as James Collins headed in Robert Snodgrass' corner.
As the game stagnated it was broken by a nasty fall from Jones which saw him down for a considerable period of time as he received treatment and oxygen.
His replacement was Fabio Borini who slotted home a late equaliser after a terrible piece of goalkeeping from Randolph but they couldn't find a winner despite a red for Sam Byram five minutes from the end and the point probably won't be enough for the Black Cats.
Is David Moyes the right man to lead Sunderland in the Championship? It is not official but Sunderland are as good as relegated. They have a game over Hull City but the gap is nine points, there is no chance they are getting out of this. Sunderland have cheated fate on more than one occasions in recent years and this relegation feels as if it has been a long time coming. The club need to start to plan accordingly to ensure they can come back at the first time of asking as it appears rivals Newcastle will. The mood amongst the fans suggest they don't want Moyes to be leading that promotion push. This horrific season suggests they're probably right.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland) but really no-one deserved the man of the match award, so poor was the standard of play. Khazri's corner was nice and he generally looked bright and inventive throughout the game. He worked very hard for the team as well. Having said that his set-pieces were terrible in the final portion of the match as Sunderland were chasing the game. That he wins this accolade speaks volume of how poor both teams were.
Sunderland - Pickford 5, Jones 5, O'Shea 5, Denayer 5, Manquillo 5, Ndong 4, Cattermole 4, Gibson 5, Khazri 6, Defoe 5, Anichebe 6. Subs - Januzaj 5, Borini 6, Kone 5.
West Ham - Randolph 4, Byram 4, Fonte 5, Collins 6, Masuaku 5, Fernandes 5, Kouayte 5, Ayew 6, Lanzini 5, Snodgrass 5, Carroll 6. Subs - Nordtveit 5, Calleri 5.
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