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Sunderland stutter to draw with Norwich

Sunderland and Norwich played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light that leaves Gus Poyet’s team still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Both sides traded blows in the first half though were unable to produce the quality when it mattered in the final third, with Wes Brown’s header against the post the closest either team came to a breakthrough.

Steven Fletcher had to be content with a place on the bench for the home side while the Canaries recalled Robert Snodgrass, with the winger recovered from a knee injury

A high tempo start to the game saw Sebastian Bassong have a header ruled out for offside before Fabio Borini drilled just wide of the post.

Jozy Altidore dilly-dallied when presented with a relatively straight forward chance while Gary Hooper drew a top save out of Vito Mannone before Leroy Fer fired into the keeper from point blank range.

The Black Cats came out the better team after the interval and were denied a penalty when Johan Elmander ploughed through Adam Johnson.

Brown hit the post then got sent off as Poyet’s side continued to push in the game’s latter stages though, with Ruddy stranded, Ki could only lob the ball onto the top of the net as Sunderland failed to secure an arguably deserved home win.

Article title: Sunderland stutter to draw with Norwich

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