The Black Cats controlled the opening stages and took the lead through Jermain Defoe, the club’s top scorer profiting from some poor defending to give his side a precious lead.
Yet Newcastle came roaring back in the second period, and they found a late equaliser through Aleksandar Mitrovic as the Serbian international met Georginio Wijnaldum’s inviting cross.
The striker will undoubtedly earn the plaudits for Newcastle, yet BBC Five Live co-commentator Nevin felt winger Townsend was the hosts’ driving force and claimed Sunderland were immediately scared of him.
"Andros Townsend has got the ball twice and Sunderland are scared to death of him. If they can get the ball to him more he can cause real problems,” Nevin explained during the game.
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Townsend joined Newcastle from Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window, a move that was met with plenty of optimism from supporters at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies have lacked genuine width for much of the season, and Townsend helps provide a threat from out wide as he possesses an abundance of energy and great attitude to getting forward.
As shown by the table provided by Opta, the 24-year-old was heavily involved as he managed four take-ons, six chances created via key passes and six crosses before departing after 76 minutes.