LIVERPOOL -- Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce admitted he was surprised by his team's comeback in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
Allardyce's men had been outclassed until their rally in the final 10 minutes, when Adam Johnson scored on an 82nd-minute free kick and Jermain Defoe's neat finish in the 89th minute brought them level.
Asked if he had seen it coming after his side created so little until Johnson's goal, Allardyce replied: "No. Did you?
"A bit of quality can always change...
With one slice of luck and another of sheer goal-scoring quality, Sunderland snatched a 2-2 draw in a late recovery at Liverpool on Saturday to restore hopes of survival.
Sam Allardyce's side were 2-0 down and seemed well-beaten when Adam Johnson's low free kick from outside the penalty area crept under former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Then, Jermain Defoe once again showed his enduring class, turning exquisitely on to a neat pass from impressive new player Wahbi Khazri to fire home the...
Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe scored an 89th-minute equaliser as Liverpool -- without their ill manager Jurgen Klopp -- squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Anfield.
Second-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana appeared to have put the home side in full control with 20 minutes remaining.
But the way they defended after that would have had Klopp, who missed the game with a suspected appendicitis, turning in his sick bed.
Substitute Adam Johnson's free-kick somehow beat Simon Mignolet...