Flashback: Stead off the mark

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by Kate Smith

Striker on target in Goodison draw.

Back in April 2006, Kevin Ball was at the helm when Sunderland picked up a point at Goodison Park

The Black Cats twice came from behind against Everton, ending their six-game losing run, but the game is best remembered for striker Jon Stead's only goal of the 2005-06 campaign.

Sunderland played well in the encounter and had Rory Delap's injury-time strike from 25 yards gone in instead of smashing against the post, Ball's side would have been celebrating a rare win.

Delap was outstanding in an entertaining game, scoring his first goal in a Sunderland shirt - a header in the 80th minute.

But the headlines were saved for Stead, another player to get on the scoreheet for the first time for Sunderland. 

The front man scored in the 15th minute to cancel our Leon Osman's early opener. 

Sunderland and Stead's joy was shortlived however, when a certain James McFadden put Everton back in front in the 26th minute.

However, Sunderland's spirits refused to be dampened and their endeavor paid off with Delap's late leveller securing a point.