Sky Sports pundit explains why Sunderland can be excused for Southampton draw

Sunderland failed to win against Southampton in the Premier League at the weekend.

Former Rangers and Southampton winger Neil McCann has told Sky Sports that Sunderland can be excused for conceding a late goal at the weekend.

Sunderland played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton away from home at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Jermain Defoe put the Black Cats ahead in the 85th minute after Southampton’s Jose Fonte was sent off. Virgil van Dijk equalised for the home team in the third minute of injury time.

McCann has graded Sam Allardyce’s side’s performance against the Saints as ‘B’ and has explained why they can be excused for conceding the late equaliser.

“I think it was a good point for Sunderland," McCann told Sky Sports. “I know they were in winning position and against ten men, but Sunderland were in a different scenario and mindset, so maybe they could have been excused for conceding late on. It's a decent result going away to St Mary’s.”

Winning at St. Mary’s Stadium is not easy, but Sunderland will still feel that they dropped two points against Southampton instead of winning one. After all, until the final seconds, the Black Cats were leading 1-0 and that too against 10 men.

Allardyce’s side are 17th in the Premier League table at the moment with 25 points from 29 matches. Sunderland are just a point above the relegation zone and remain in danger of getting relegated to the Championship at the end of the season.

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