First-class Meyl’s the deliverer for Tigers
DAVID MEYLER rescued a point for Hull, with a late equaliser against his old club at the KCOM Stadium.
James Vaughan opened the scoring with his first goal for the Black Cats before Meyler secured a share of the spoils with eight minutes remaining.
The result saw Sunderland end a four-game losing streak, while Hull have now gone three without a win.
Sunderland boss Simon Grayson praised scorer Vaughan and said: “He was in bed Thursday night and all day Friday with sickness and diarrhoea, so he was on his last legs but I’m really pleased he got his reward.”
The Tigers began brightly and Markus Henriksen’s low seventh-minute effort was beaten away by Cats keeper Robbin Ruiter.
The visitors’ first attempt came when Didier Ndong tried a speculative 35-yard effort in the 16th minute.
And moments later they were ahead as Callum McManaman’s cross was nodded home by Vaughan at the back post.
And the former Everton man could have added a second when he forced a good save from Allan McGregor.
The best Hull could manage for the remainder of the first half was a Sebastian Larsson free-kick which deflected wide off one of his own team-mates.
Hull boss Leonid Slutsky brought on Meyler and Jon Toral for the second half and the tempo increased with the Tigers almost equalising in the 53rd minute.
Ola Aina’s superb cross found Kamil Grosicki but his header was brilliantly tipped wide by Ruiter.
Sunderland still posed a threat on the break, though, McManaman’s weaving run ending with a left-footed shot beaten away by McGregor.
Hull substitute Fraizer Campbell’s first action saw him curl a 25-yard effort over the bar and he also headed over before teeing-up Meyler for the equaliser.
Tigers manager Slutsky said: “David Meyler missed four months and he’s not ready to play every few days.
“Today he only played 45 minutes and changed the game.”