A week after losing 4-1 at Burnley in the league, the Clarets visited the Stadium of Light in the FA Cup as Sunderland played out a 0-0 bore draw in the third round.
David Moyes named a strong side, making just two changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Liverpool on Monday night. Jason Denayer replaced John O’Shea at centre back, whilst Javier Manquillo replaced the AFCON bound Didier Ndong. Burnley, meanwhile, made six changes – with former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton making his second début for the club.
An instantly forgettable first half saw Jack Rodwell fashion a couple of shots wide of Nick Pope’s goal, whilst Jermain Defoe was inches away from heading in Manquillo’s cross from the right hand side.
Burnley were the better team after the break as Sunderland flagged, with John O’Shea coming off the bench late on to shore up the defence and make his 200th appearance for the club.
The replay at Turf Moor will take place on either January 17th or 18th.
Sunderland: Mannone, Manquillo, Denayer, Djilobodji, van Aanholt, Love, Borini, Rodwell, Larsson (O’Shea 84), Januzaj, Defoe (c)
Subs: Mika, O’Shea, E Robson, Embleton, Honeyman, Asoro, Maja
Burnley: Pope, Darikwa, Tarkowski, Keane (c), Ward, Berg Gudmundsson (Hendrick 72), Defour, Barton, Arfield (Kightly 60), Gray (Barnes 72), Vokes
Subs: Robinson, Lowton, Mee, Marney, Hendrick, Kightly, Barnes
Bookings: Darikwa (Foul Play, 69), Barton (Foul Play, 89)
Vito Mannone - 6
The busier of the two ‘keepers, his shot stopping was fine but his distribution was poor at times.
Javier Manquillo - 6
Solid if unspectacular. Got forward well on occasions.
Papy Djilobodji - 6
Did OK at the back. Put Mannone under needless pressure with a silly back pass early on.
Jason Denayer - 6
Made a good return from injury and was the better of the centre backs.
Patrick van Aanholt - 5
van Aanholt was caught out of position too often. Got forward well late on.
Donald Love - 6
Continued his good form, although he was operating on the right wing instead of at the back. Made some smart tackles and decent passes.
Fabio Borini - 5
Things just didn’t click for the Italian. Had a tame shot saved by Pope in the second half.
Jack Rodwell - 7 MOTM
Well, I guess the time has come. Yes, Jack Rodwell has won our man of the match award! He was very good in midfield, passing and tackling well. He was unlucky not to score, putting two efforts wide in the first half and having Pope push a third over the bar in the second.
Seb Larsson - 4
Larsson was poor. His set pieces were shocking and he didn’t do much on the left to redeem himself either.
Adnan Januzaj - 5
Made some good runs but he didn’t challenge for the ball well enough.
Jermain Defoe - 5
Suffered from a severe lack of service.
SUB - John O'Shea - 5
Came on too late to make an impact.