Martin Keown and Chris Sutton react to late Sunderland goal vs Stoke

Sunderland Gates

A late penalty from Jermain Defoe secured a 1-1 draw.

Martin Keown and Chris Sutton have both praised Jermain Defoe to BBC Sport following his late leveller against Stoke City.

The striker once again proved to be the difference for the Black Cats on Saturday as he secured a late leveller.

In a tight affair against the Potters, Sam Allardyce’s side found themselves a goal down and heading for defeat before Defoe coolly slotted home a penalty to rescue the point.

It was a big result for them, especially considering Newcastle United’s win over Crystal Palace, and both Keown and Sutton believe the goal could be crucial for them.

"Defoe has been fantastic for them. It was never in doubt. Perfect finish from Sunderland's point of view,” Keown told BBC Sport.

"It feels like a victory for Sunderland, that point could be crucial. A massive goal from Defoe,” added Sutton.

There is no denying that Defoe is absolutely vital to his sides hopes of avoiding relegation this season.

His strike against Stoke was his 17th in all competitions so far, 14 of which have came in the Premier League and very much been vital to his side still being in the mix at this stage.

With the fight for survival going right down to the wire, they will be hoping he has a few more left to add to his tally to ensure it is they who avoid the drop.

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