Harry Souttar’s Fleetwood Town conceded late in stoppage-time to be denied a massive away win at Sunderland in a huge clash in League One on Wednesday morning (AEDT).
In a vital clash between two clubs in the play-off places, Town looked on course for a vital win as they led 1-0 since the fifth minute after Barrie McKay’s impressive opener.
Joey Barton’s Fleetwood, with Souttar immense at the back, absorbed lots of pressure late on but appeared to have all three points in their grasp as the clocked ticked over 96 minutes.
But Sunderland produced one final twist with Max Power slotting home in the seventh minute of stoppage time to snatch an incredible 1-1 draw.
Souttar played another 90 minutes for Fleetwood and almost got on the scoresheet on the hour-mark when he headed over the bar from a corner.
The late consolation was a cruel blow for Fleetwood but they have increased their unbeaten run in the league to nine games ahead of Sunday’s (AEDT) clash with relegation battlers Tranmere Rovers.
Sunderland remain in fourth spot on the ladder while Fleetwood have dropped to seventh spot on goal difference, although they do have a game in hand.
Fellow Socceroo Bailey Wright, who is on loan at Sunderland from Bristol City, missed the match through injury.
The Black Cats are also in action on Sunday, travelling to second-place Coventry City in a contest with major ramifications on the automatic promotion places.
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