Ten-man Sunderland took a small step towards Premier League survival after coming from behind to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke on Monday.

John O’Shea rescued a point for Paolo di Canio’s side, already a man down after Craig Gardner was sent off, when he struck from close range in the 63rd minute following a corner.

Jon Walters gave Stoke a ninth minute lead, reacting first to fire home after his header from Charlie Adam’s cross was blocked.

The draw left Sunderland as one of three teams on 38 points (above Norwich and Newcastle on goal difference) and three points clear with two games to play of Wigan, which currently occupies the third and final relegation place.

The result: Sunderland 1 (O’Shea 63) drew with Stoke 1 (Walters 9). — AFP

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