West Ham earned a point at the Stadium of Light in a scrappy contest with Sunderland which sees the Irons now on 28 points from the opening 15 matches.
It was a game in which West Ham had to come back from a goal behind – the third game in succession, and the goal conceded is one that angered Sam Allardyce.
West Ham started the game brightly, and looked like the team most likely to score, when on 22 minutes against the run of play, Sunderland were awarded a soft penalty when Adam Johnson was felled by James Tomkins.
Jordi Gomez converted the spot kick and Allardyce made his feelings clear to the poor Phil Dowd of what he felt about his decision to award a penalty.
Once again though West Ham responded from a one goal deficit, and the impressive Stewart Downing was on hand to level the scores on 29 minutes.
It was a strike that took a deflection and found the bottom corner to send the travelling fans wild with renewed optimism that the game was truly back on.
It wasn’t to be however, as although West Ham fought for the points, they could not find the back of the net again – with Andy Carroll guilty of missing two excellent second half opportunities after being played in by the once again excellent Alex Song.
In the end it was a good point to take from the match, and keeps West Ham very much in the mix of the Premier Leagues elite.
Next up is Leicester City at home next week, and it’s one the Irons will hope to get back to winning ways.