David Moyes felt the heat of significant supporter unrest for the first time this season as the Sunderland stands echoed with chants demanding the manager's sacking during the 2-2 draw with West Ham.
When you have not scored in 11 hours and 41 minutes of Premier League football, any goal is welcome and it was fitting that Sunderland's first arrived in freakish style. They confront West Ham United this weekend, a side who themselves have experienced poor form in recent weeks, that might supply Sunderland their greatest opportunity of a triumph.
West Ham, with 37 points, are virtually safe but Sunderland, with only two points from their last eight games, remain nine points short of safety with six games left.
Jordan Pickford made a good save to keep out Manuel Lanzini's free-kick in only the second minute but it did not take long for West Ham to find the breakthrough. The ball came in and looked to be slightly wind assisted and somehow found the top far corner, although questions will be asked why no one was marking the back post and also if a foul should have been given as Victor Anichebe appeared to hold Darren Randolph.
Randolph failed to collect a high cross into the box and the ball fell to the feet of Borini, who lashed it through the covering defenders and into the net from the edge of the area.
"We are running out of games", Sunderland manager David Moyes said.
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Anthony quickly responded on Instagram with a post that was surely directed to Phil Jackson's comments. Anthony has been rumored in trade talk several times throughout the last few seasons.
"Jones has gone to hospital and he's got concussion but he's fine, ' said Moyes".
After Borini's late leveler, West Ham finished with ten men after Sam Byram was dismissed in the fifth minute of stoppage time after being shown a second yellow card.
Having fallen behind to Andre Ayew's early goal, Sunderland equalised through Wahbi Khazri, only to see James Collins put the Hammers back in front.
Sunderland levelled in fortuitous circumstances in the 26th minute to end a home goal drought that had stretched back to January 14.
West Ham nearly made the flawless start.