In most circumstances, Sunderland would see a draw at Stoke City as an acceptable away result.
But in an entirely self-inflicted predicament that leaves Dick Advocaat with an uphill struggle to save the club from relegation to the Championship, victories elsewhere for Hull City and Leicester City made it seem a lot more like a defeat.
Sunderland claimed a point toward their Premier League survival bid but also dropped into the relegation zone as they drew 1-1 with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.
The Black Cats were in front within the opening few seconds when Connor Wickham pounced on an error by Potters goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
Stoke deservedly equalised in the 27th minute as Charlie Adam continued his recent goalscoring heroics by cracking home an unstoppable shot, moments after Jermain Defoe had spurned a fine chance for the...