Ayew on target in West Ham United- Sunderland Stalemate

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Ghana International Andrew Ayew was on target when West Ham United drew 2-2 against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon.

The Black Stars deputy captain shot the visitors in front on the 5th minute before Wahbi Khazri drew Sunderland level on the 26th minute.

Ayew was close to bagging a second ten minutes before the break, firing over from close range, but it was David Moyes’ side who looked to most likely.

Byram was forced to clear a dangerous attack after some pinball in the box, and Khazri rolled one into the arms of Randolph from 18 yards before the referee whistled for half time.

But another 45, another fast West Ham start; another goal. Snodgrass corner, Ginge near post flick; back in front. Just the response Bilic’s men needed after a disappointing 25 minutes previously.

The game slowly meandered towards its climax for the next 25 minutes.

The next best opportunity came when Didier Ndong fired well over from just eight yards out, wasting the hosts’ best chance to grab a second equaliser.

But despite the miss, what was to come could be sensed. Borini, on for the injured Billy Jones after a lengthy stoppage, picked up Randolph’s dropped catch and struck low past goalscorer Collins to make it 2-2 in the final minute of normal time.

Ten minutes of injury time proved fruitless for West Ham, and to make things worse, Byram was shown a second yellow card and sent off late on.

As the referee signalled the end of the action, the visitors were left with just a point to show for their efforts in the north east.

 

 

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