Premier League Sunderland 1-1 draw with West Ham

 

West Ham maintained their place in the Premier League’s top four by coming from behind to draw at Sunderland.

They trailed to Jordi Gomez’s penalty, given when Sunderland’s Adam Johnson fell under James Tomkins’ challenge.

That decision angered Hammers boss Sam Allardyce but Stewart Downing levelled from 18 yards via a deflection.

Jozy Altidore’s glaring close-range miss proved crucial for Sunderland, who drop to 15th, and the visitors’ Aaron Creswell had a one-on-one chance saved.

Here are what the both managers had to say:

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: “We cannot ask the players for more, we cannot be more organised, but there is something missing and we need to find it.

“Luck helps, but we need to hit the target. When you have a break you need to put in a good cross.

“To play the football I want, at the moment we are quite far away. We are doing as much as we can at the moment.”

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce: “It was not a penalty and it is as simple as that. It was given by the assistant referee and he got it horribly wrong.

“I wanted three points. I think the performances and chances created deserve that but we respect a point away from home in the Premier League.

“The overall performance from the players was excellent and you have to be satisfied when you come back from a goal down.”

 

Goal Summary…

Sunderland (Jordi Gomez 22’ – Pen)

West Ham (Downing 29’)

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