Birmingham v Sunderland

Game of the Day: Birmingham 2 SAFC 2

by Stuart Vose

John swoops against former club to claim point.

15th August 2007

Roy Keane’s Sunderland made it four points from their first two games back in the top flight by coming from behind to draw at Birmingham.

Blues took the lead just before the half-hour only for Sunderland to level and set up a grandstand finish with an equaliser 15 minutes from time.

The home side looked like they’d won it when Gary O’Connor netted with eight minutes to go, but Sunderland weren’t done as Stern John swooped to bag a dramatic leveller against his former club.

Sunderland were fresh from a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their season opener following promotion from the Championship.

But they were behind when Stephen Kelly’s close-range header struck Paul McShane and bounced beyond helpless keeper Craig Gordon.

Both sides created opportunities and Michael Chopra equalised with a left-footed volley before O’Connor blasted home his first goal for Birmingham to re-establish the home side's advantage.

John hit the bar soon afterwards, but the man from Trinidad wasn’t to be denied and headed in from close range in the dying moments after City keeper Colin Doyle made a fine save to deny Ross Wallace.

Sunderland: Gordon, Collins, Nosworthy, Halford (O’Donovan, 70), McShane, Etuhu, Edwards, Whitehead (Miller, 58), Wallace, Connolly (John, 58), Chopra.

Subs not used: Ward, Anderson.