Sunderland 1 Leicester City 1
To most City fans the trip to Wearside had not come at an ideal time. The fortunes of both clubs had changed in the last week with Leicester’s 4 match unbeaten run coming to an end with defeats at WBA and against Hull, whereas Sunderland have recovered dramatically from their disastrous pre-‘Keano’ start, winning their last three.
In fact this fresh wave of optimism brought by the arrival of the former Manchester United legend, plus several deadline day signings was evident on the faces of the home fans walking to the mightily impressive Stadium of Light.
The away fans in contrast were slightly more subdued. Having fired blanks in 5 of our 7 league games this season, and our only goal away from home being last weeks ‘own’ effort by Darren Kenton, 0-0 seemed to be a popular opinion of our best hope.
Rob Kelly made two changes from Tuesday night’s defeat, with O’Grady and Wesolowski coming in for Hume and Low. Sunderland’s only change from their 3-0 win at Leeds was Chris Brown replacing the injured Connolly.
After the blaring 'Dance Of The Knights' from Prokofiev's 'Romeo & Juliet' had died down, City started brightly, winning a couple of corners and Wesolowski firing wide from 25 yards. However it was not long before the Black Cats came into the game. Ross Wallace and Kenton started a good battle that would last all game and on 10 minutes the Scottish winger won a free kick. The cross was met by Brown but his header went just wide of the right hand upright….