McCarthy and keen go head to head.
24th November 2006
Much was made of this clash between Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers - not because of the memorable score line, but because it was the first time Black Cats boss Roy Keane and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy would come face to face following their public fall-out prior to the 2002 World Cup.
The two managers shook hands before the game, giving the waiting cameras the pictures they wanted and there handshakes and pats on the back afterwards, when Keane must have been the more relieved manager after his side grabbed a late equaliser to take a share of the points.
Wolves took the lead just before the half time break through a great strike from Jemal Johnson, who fired a shot into the top corner from 25 yards, leaving keeper Darren Ward helpless to keep it out.
McCarthy's Wolves grew in strength after going in front and had the chances to score again.
Ward's best stops came from efforts by Leon Clarke, Jay Bothroyd and former Black Cat Jody Craddock, who played well alongside another ex-Sunderland man, Gary Breen, at the back.
Clarke in particular was unlucky not to score, as Ward saved well from close range to deny the home side from going 2-0 up.
Sunderland rode their luck and got back into the game in the last half an hour.
Striker Stephen Elliott struck the equaliser in the 80th minute, his deflected shot sneaking in at the far post, his third goal in two games and hid fifth of the season.
Grant Leadbitter almost pinched three points for Sunderland right at the end, in an exciting game for the Sky TV cameras, when he swung and missed in the six-yard box.
The point at Molineux left Sunderland six points off a play-off place which was good progress for a team who were at the foot of the table with no points after their first four games, before Keane's arrival.
Wolves: Murray, Little, Breen, Craddock, Clapham, Gobern, Olofinjana, Henry, Jones, Bothroyd (Clarke, 63) , Johnson (Davies, 84 )
Sunderland: Ward, Whitehead, Collins, Varga, Nyatanga, Miller ( Kavanagh, 64 ) , Leadbitter, Yorke (Hysen, 46 ) , Wallace ( Nosworthy, 76 ) , Elliott, Connolly