‘Zero class’, ‘Rattled’ – These Sunderland fans react after snatching late draw against Fleetwood

Joey Barton put himself back in the spotlight after his Fleetwood side almost snatched three points from in-form Sunderland.

Ahead of the fixture, Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson sung the praises of Barrie McKay and he didn’t have to wait long to wish he hadn’t. The Scot
McKay almost opened the scoring after just 21 seconds, firing a low shot into the legs of Sunderland goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

Not long after, he did get his rewards. Paddy Madden released him into the 18-yard area, and he easily turned Jordan Willis and calmly finished to give Fleetwood the lead.

Chris Maguire hit the crossbar and Lynden Gooch fired wide before halftime, but after the break, an edgy game saw few chances from either side. Fleetwood were content to run the clock down, looking for their sixth win on the spin.

Instead, with six minutes of injury time following their timewasting efforts, the home side levelled. Duncan Watmore found midfielder Max Power 12-yards out and he made no mistake with the last kick of the game.

Afterwards, Barton claimed his side deserved all three points, something that was meant with amusement from a large number of Sunderland fans.


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