North East UK news Key talking points as Aiden McGeady free-kick rescues a point at Peterborough PremierLeague-News.Com
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Sunderland's unbeaten run remains in tact after a stunning Aiden McGeady free-kick rescued a point for the Black Cats away at Peterborough United. The result means the race for automatic promotion remains in Sunderland's hands albeit made more difficult by Hull City's win at Northampton Town. In truth, Lee Johnson's side were the better side in the opening half hour but Peterborough grew into the game and were fully deserving of their lead heading into the final ten minutes. It was a cagey affair at the Weston Homes Stadium and the Black Cats lacked that bit of quality in the final third. Here are some of the key talking points from Sunderland's defeat to Peterborough. Read More Related Articles Peterborough vs Sunderland half-time player ratings - Lee Burge keeps the scores level Read More Related Articles Peterborough United 1-1 Sunderland report: Stunning Aiden McGeady free-kick salvages a point A cagey affair The Black Cats enjoyed the better of the first-half albeit failed to test Christy Pym in the Posh goal. It took Sunderland 48 minutes to register a shot on target against Darren Ferguson's side and struggled to create chances from open play all afternoon. Nonetheless, Lee Johnson's side enjoyed the better of the opening stages and Aiden McGeady's deflected effort was their best chance of the first-half, but Mark Beevers was in the right place at the right time to turn the ball round the post with his head. However Sunderland were almost caught out by a long punt upfield at the other end. Charlie Wyke of Sunderland has an early shot during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Sunderland Joe Ward raced onto Christy Pym's long drive in behind Callum McFadzean but Burge was off his line quickly to deny the 25-year-old. Posh grew into the game after the half hour mark. Jack Taylor's deft little dink found Sam Szmodics inside the Sunderland box in yards of space. The Posh forward took a touch before unleashing a fierce strike that O'Nien blocked well at the front post. The Black Cats lacked that bit of quality in the final third to open up the hosts defence with Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke struggling to register a shot on target in the first-half.
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. Lee Burge had to scramble across his goalmouth to palm Luke O'Nien's poor clearance away from the bottom right-hand corner of his net. A dangerous delivery from Harrison Burrows saw O'Nien hang out a leg to divert the cross behind for a corner but the Black Cats defender got it all wrong. Fortunately for him, Burge was alert to spare his blushes. Were it not for some fine stops from the Black Cats number one - the scoreline could've been greater. Burge was quick off his line to put Szmodics under pressure which was enough to see the former Bristol City man drag his shot wide.
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Aiden McGeady's magic It looked as though the Black Cats had ran out of steam when Siriki Dembele gave Posh the lead. The hosts were in the ascendency after the break and were full deserving of their lead. The introduction of Dembele gave Peterborough an impetus going forward and they were warned when the 24-year-old got the better of Sanderson.
Aiden McGeady of Sunderland has a shot during the Sky Bet League One match between Peterborough United and Sunderland at Weston Homes Stadium
Then when the former Grimsby Town man buried the ball into the bottom-right hand corner of Burge's goal - it left Sunderland with a mountain to climb. Truth be told the Black Cats didn't look like they would score from open play.
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So when McGeady stood over the ball with just ten minutes remaining, there will have been a fair few Sunderland fans watching from behind their sofas. The 35-year-old's precise free-kick rescued a point for Johnson's side just when they needed their talisman. If there was ever a sign that Sunderland were overly reliant on the Republic of Ireland international it was this moment.
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