Reading 2-2 Sunderland: Black Cats Fail To Secure Win As Relegation Looms Large
Reading welcomed Sunderland to the Madejski in a vital bottom of the table clash as Sunderland needed to win in order to have any chance of playing in the Championship next season.
Reading took the lead in the first half against the run of play when Lee Camp brought down Bodvarsson in the area to give Reading a penalty that was converted by Liam Kelly. Paddy McNair scored a screamer to give Sunderland an equaliser before Cattermole put the Black Cats ahead. However, in the 79th minute, Yann Kermogant pulled Reading level.
The game finished 2-2, meaning Sunderland are going to find it very hard to survive.
Sunderland Player Ratings
Lee Camp – 6
Gave away the penalty and then couldn’t save it and did all he could to save the second goal.
Donald Love – 6.5
Played much better when going forward than he did defensively.
Lamine Koné – 6.5
An average game for Kone. Could have done better to prevent the Reading goals.
Marc Wilson – 7
Was brought in to cover the central defence and put in a good shift for his side.
Bryan Oviedo – 6
Had a good first half but was replaced in the 48th minute by Jake Clarke-Salter. Looks like he picked up a knock.
Lee Cattermole – 7.5
Scored a vital goal in the 66th minute to put Sunderland ahead. Had an excellent game.
Callum McManaman – 7.5
He should have had a penalty in the first half. He should have scored too but blazed over, late in the first half.
Paddy McNair – 8
Scored an absolute rocket to bring the Black Cats level early in the second half.
George Honeyman – 6.5
Showed flashes of his quality throughout the game but this wasn’t his best performance.
Aiden McGeady – 8.5
Man of the match on the Sunderland side but was not quite enough to secure a victory for the Black Cats.
Ashley Fletcher – 6.5
Hit the woodwork and battled hard against the Reading defenders.
Jake Clarke-Salter (for Oviedo) – 6
Guarded his flank well throughout the second half.
Joel Asoro (for McManaman) – 6
Was not able to have too much impact.
Josh Maja (for Honeyman) – 6.5
The young striker was thrown on to give Sunderland more energy going forward.