Sunderland 1-1 Everton: Colback score, Baines controversial-penalty
Sunderland and Everton shared the spoils after drawing 1-1 in a turgid affair at the Stadium of Light.
Substitute Jack Colback opened the scoring for the Black Cats after 26 minutes, before a controversial penalty awarded early in the second half was put away by Leighton Baines.
Everton had chances at the death to take all three points, but it was the Sunderland players who were left fuming after that iffy penalty call.
The opening period was short on incident and enlivened only by a couple of flashes of brilliance from Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon.
It was Everton who had the first real chance of the match after a quarter of an hour. A corner was swung in to the back post where Louis Saha was left completely unmarked. He made poor contact with the ball though and it went harmlessly wide.
Moments later Sessegnon hit a lovely first time pass on the volley to Nicklas Bendtner, but the Dane was well marshalled by Tony Hibbert who was the last defender.
It would be the man from Benin that did eventually create the opener. He received the ball just outside the area, feigned to shoot but laid off for the substitute Jack Colback - who had replaced the injured Titus Bramble - and his first time shot deflected off the sliding Sylvain Distin and over Tim Howard.
Royston Drenthe came close soon afterwards as his drive from 25 yards whistled just wide of the near post, but Everton created little else in the opening 45 minutes.
The second wasn't much better in terms of quality and Everton needed a poor call from the officials to get back on level terms. On 51 minutes Leon Osman surged into the area unopposed, and went to ground as he looked to shoot. There was no contact though; the midfielder had just kicked the ground rather than the ball, causing him to lose balance.
The Sunderland players protested, but Baines did well to block out the commotion and blast his penalty into the top corner.
Most of the remainder was taken up by Sunderland pumping hopeful balls into the area, with Everton looking to hit on the break. There were half chances; Saha almost scored an own goal, Howard nearly dropped into his own net, while at the other end Drenthe failed to win a debateable penalty.
In the last minute of the game Everton should have nicked it. Osman met a ball in the area from 12 yards, but his effort was blocked for a corner. And from the resultant set piece Distin had an even better chance with the final kick of the game at the back post, but he struck his effort from six yards well over the bar.
Sunderland: Westwood, O'Shea, Bramble, Brown, Bardsley, Larsson, Cattermole, Vaughan, Richardson, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Carson, Gardner, Kilgallon, Colback, Ji, McClean, Elmohamady
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Jagielka, Baines, Drenthe, Neville, Heitinga, Osman, Cahill, Saha. Subs: Mucha, Bilyaletdinov, Stracqualursi, McFadden, Gueye, Barkley, Vellios.