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Draw with West Ham gives Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole survival hope

21 April 2017

"That's as positive as I've felt after a game for a long time and you'll definitely see us look to build on that".

Black Cats boss David Moyes confirmed that Jones had hit his head on the ground during the incident and lost consciousness, and had been sent to hospital to be checked.

The signing of the Nigerian was met with bemusement initially but his hold-up play, not to mention his goals, gave Sunderland an important outlet.

The 26-year-old made his first start of 2017 against West Ham in Saturday's 2-2 draw and delivered a crucial goal straight from a corner, as well as creating numerous opportunities for his team-mates.

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Indeed, there was now a foreboding sense that Sunderland wasn't coming back this time, although Khazri had Randolph backpedalling, then Didier Ndong fired over as the home side looked for a foothold in the contest.

By the time the clock reached the 20-minute mark, there were chants of "We want Moyesy out" from a section of the home support, although their mood improved markedly six minutes later when, seconds after seeing penalty appeals waved away, they levelled in curious circumstances.

However, unlike Khazri, who has barely had a kick this season, Borini has had plenty of chances to prove himself this term, and has regularly been found wanting. "Managers not doing well, teams not doing well, they deserve to take their frustrations out on somebody and almost always, it's the manager". Unfortunately we went a goal down quite early, which was poor, but great credit to the lads for fighting back in the first half and the second half. "It is a point, we wanted three and we were close", Bilic told BBC Sport. I have to accept it. "There have been problems within the dressing room, but it's up to us to deal with the results, the injuries, to keep united and keep believing".

He said: "It's hard coming back, and we do play to me, a lot down my side, it's good for me but sometimes I think, you can see me in the games, I'm saying, go down the other side, build up from different places".

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"To be fair, the manager has played me in the last three games, and that's three games in 10 days for me".

Subs (not used): Mannone (gk), Djilobodji, Pienaar, Rodwell. Their defensive failings were apparent again within two minutes of the restart, and West Ham took full advantage to reclaim the lead.

Subs (not used): Adrian (gk), Cresswell, Feghouli, Fletcher, Rice.

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