West Ham United 0 - 0 Sunderland

by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Black Cats unlucky not to return from capital with three points.

Sunderland picked up their second clean sheet in as many away games as the Black Cats came back from West Ham United with a point.

Gus Poyet made three changes to the side that succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur with Lee Cattermole, Fabio Borini and Emanuele Giaccherini all coming into the side

Adam Johnson and Craig Gardner were on the bench while Jack Colback missed out through a virus.

Sunderland created the first real chance of the game when Giaccherini, who was running down the middle of the pitch, hit the ball to his left towards Ki who, on the corner of the box, hit a right footed shot that trickled into Jussi Jaaskelainen’s gloves.

Giaccherini turned creator again only moments later as he slipped Jozy Altidore in on the right edge of the box. The American, however, saw his shot along the face of the goal finger tipped wide the Hammers’ ‘keeper.

The home side then had the chance to get forward and they thought they had taken the lead only for Guy Demel’s goal to be ruled out for a push on Cattermole.

Borini was then given a good chance when James Collins’ free kick, via an Altidore deflection, put the on loan attacker through on the left wing before he saw his shot well saved by Jaaskelainen.

The game then started to open out more as both sides went searching for the three points, it was Sunderland, though, who almost scored two wonder strikes on the stroke of half time.

Phil Bardsley, who has been a consistent source of goals so far this season, made a surging run down the left and, after evaluating his options, decided a 25 yard shot would be best and the Scot’s decision almost paid off when his thunderbolt strike hit the bar and kept it shaking until the half time whistle.

Cattermole then tested the West Ham goal as he forced a good save from Jaaskelainen from 25 yards to keep the score 0-0 at the interval.

Sam Allardyce’s men managed to threaten the Black Cats’ goal in the second half as Ravel Morrison’s mazy run ended in a Vito Mannone save.

Altidore could have scored again later in the game when he managed to create some space for himself on the edge of the box in front of the away fans. However, he could not generate enough power on his low effort, which was saved.

Giaccherini provided Ki with another opportunity later in the game. The South Korean, again on the left, hit a powerful effort toward the near post which was saved and was inches away from Steven Fletcher who couldn’t quite get to the rebound on time.