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