HULL CITY....................................................................... 1 Vaughan off the mark as Cats take a point

Sunday Sun - - Football -

JAMES Vaughan scored his first goal for Sun­der­land as the Black Cats halted their los­ing streak.

But sum­mer sign­ing Vaughan’s firsthalf header was not enough to earn Sun­der­land their sec­ond win of the sea­son, with for­mer Black Cat David Meyler com­ing off the bench to score a de­flected equaliser in the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Sun­der­land had ar­rived at the KCOM Sta­dium on the back of four straight de­feats and this re­sult will have come as a re­lief to boss Si­mon Grayson, just to end that run.

And he will also take heart from a per­for­mance that was an­other in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment on that against Not­ting­ham For­est at the Sta­dium of Light in mid­week.

But Sun­der­land are still in the lower reaches of the Cham­pi­onship and need to start win­ning games if they are to climb the ta­ble.

Grayson made two changes to the side that started the de­feat against For­est, with Vaughan com­ing into the side to lead the at­tack in place of ham­string in­jury vic­tim Lewis Grab­ban.

And Lamine Kone re­turned from a groin problem and was pre­ferred to Ty Brown­ing in cen­tral de­fence along­side Marc Wil­son.

Fol­low­ing Hull City’s de­feat at Ful­ham on Wed­nes­day night, Hull City boss Leonid Slut­sky made one change to his side.

Markus Hen­rik­sen came into the team in place of Meyler, who dropped to the bench but came on at half-time.

The Tigers’ start­ing XI also in­cluded Si­mon Grayson ap­plauds the Sun­der­land sup­port ex-Black Cats Seb Larsson, who left Wear­side when his con­tract ex­pired this sum­mer, and Fraizer Camp­bell who spent four years on Wear­side be­fore leav­ing in 2013.

Af­ter an open­ing quar­ter-hour in which the sides largely can­celled each other out, Sun­der­land made the break­through in the 17th minute.

Cal­lum McMana­man had been a thorn in Hull’s side on the right sev­eral times al­ready, and when he worked space for a cross from the by­line his de­liv­ery found Vaughan six yards out and he planted a firm, down­ward, header past Allan McGre­gor.

It was Vaughan’s first goal for Sun­der­land, and his first since scor­ing for his pre­vi­ous club Bury in April, and his cel­e­bra­tions were a lit­tle too en­thu­si­as­tic for ref­eree Darren Eng­land, who reached for a yel­low card.

Grayson had said numer­ous times that his side needed an in­jec­tion of con­fi­dence, and that goal gave them the lift they needed and they be­gan to take charge of the game.

Vaughan could have dou­bled his, and Sun­der­land’s, tally just af­ter the

James Vaughan scored his first Black Cats goal at Hull’s KCOM Sta­dium

Hull cap­tain Michael Daw­son con­grat­u­lates David Myler on scor­ing the equaliser

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