West Ham 0 Sunderland 0

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by Ashley Houghton

Black Cats dominate goalless draw in the capital.

Sunderland played out a second successive stalemate on the road with a 0-0 draw with West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground.

Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini, Fabio Borini, Ki Sung-Yueng and Phil Bardsley all had chances to win the game as the Black Cats dominated proceedings for the majority of the contest in East London.

Carlton Cole and Mohamed Diame went closest for the hosts, who remain in 17th place.

Gus Poyet made three changes to the Sunderland side that lost to Spurs with Lee Cattermole, Giaccherini and Borini all returning.

The Hammers made two enforced changes as the suspended Kevin Nolan was replaced by Ravel Morrison, whilst injured former Black Cats loanee Stewart Downing was replaced by Joe Cole.

The contest started frantically and Ki forced an early save from Jussi Jaaskelainen in the West Ham goal.

Altidore then had a glorious opportunity on five minutes after being played in by Giaccherini, but the American frontman’s shot lacked power and Jaaskelainen was down low to save.

Ki then had two efforts from outside the area deflected wide after Modibo Maiga had twice fired high and wide for the hosts.

Diame was a powerhouse in midfield throughout and Cattermole did well to close down the Senegalese all game, though he did escape the Stockton-born midfielder to fire harmlessly wide from 25 yards on 25 minutes.

Borini was then denied by Finnish stopper Jaaskelainen after being played in by Altidore before Bardsley crashed a thunderous right-footed drive against the bar from 30 yards.

Giaccherini nearly opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time but Guy Demel was on hand to block the little Italian’s effort, which looked destined for the bottom corner.

It was Demel who frustrated Sunderland further in first-half injury time as Wes Brown headed across goal for Borini who smashed towards the top corner only for the Ivorian full-back to be in the right place at the right time to block.

Morrison was the first player to go close after the restart as the Hammers started brighter with the young midfielder forcing a low save from Vito Mannone from 25 yards.

Seb Larsson and Giaccherini then both fired off target before Altidore did well to work a yard of space on the edge of the area and force a low save out of Jaaskelainen.

The 38-year-old stopper made his best save of the afternoon 15 minutes from time as he reacted quickly to stop Ki’s powerful left-footed strike at the near post.

Morrison and Cole both missed late opportunities for West Ham as the Black Cats picked up their second clean sheet in as many away games.

Poyet’s side will take heart from their performance and the opportunities they created ahead of the upcoming Capital One Cup quarter-final against Chelsea at the Stadium of Light.

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Team Sheet

Jääskeläinen
22
McCartney
3
Collins
19
Tomkins
5
Demel (O'Brien)
20
Morrison
15
Diamé
21
Jarvis (Collison)
7
Cole (Cole)
26
Yellow Noble
16
Maiga
11
Mannone
25
O'Shea
16
Brown
5
Bardsley (Dossena)
2
Celustka
12
Cattermole
33
Giaccherini
23
Ki
4
Borini (Johnson)
31
Larsson
7
Altidore (Fletcher)
17

Substitutes

Cole
24
San Miguel del Castillo
13
Collison
10
Diarra
18
O'Brien
17
Taylor
14
Rat
8
Roberge
29
Pickford
13
Fletcher
9
Johnson
11
Gardner
8
Adilson Cabral
6
Dossena
3