Cats’ gap to safety now FIVE points

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Sun­der­land slipped five points from safety in the Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship last night, but it could have been much worse.

Barns­ley moved up to 33 points thanks to a 1-1 Oakwell draw against Nor­wich City.

But Jose Mo ra is’ sm en were ahead with a strike from OIi McBurnie un­til Josh Mur­phy equalised for the Ca­naries 19 min­utes from time.

If the Tykes had man­aged to hold on for a much-needed vic­tory, they would have risen to 35 points, seven in front of Sun­der­land.

As it is, the gap is ef­fec­tively six points be­cause of Sun­der­land’s in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence, 11 worse than Barns­ley.

Sec­ond-bot­tom Bur­ton Al­bion failed to cap­i­talise on their game in hand, go­ing down 2-0 to Sheffield United at Bra­mall Lane.

De­fender Enda Stevens and David Brooks were on tar­get for the Blades, who kept alive their chances of a play-off spot.

Nigel Clough’s Bur­ton side re­main on 30 points, level with Birm­ing­ham City and two above the Black Cats.

Mean­while, Nigel Ad­kins’ Hull City se­cured a pre­cious sec­ond suc­ces­sive vic­tory, 3-0 at Ip­swich, to rise to 17th place on 39 points, 11 in front of Sun­der­land.

Markus Hen­rik­sen, Harry Wil­son and Jar­rod Bowen did the dam­age at Port­man Road.

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