Peterborough United manager Steve Evans was left frustrated with his side’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland last night, feeling that they should be returning to London Road with all three points after a dominant second half display.

Peterborough United fought back from a goal down twice in their 2-2 draw against Sunderland last night at the Stadium of Light.

Josh Maja’s eighth goal of the season put Sunderland 1-0 up after 21 minutes, before the game turned on its head when Bryan Oviedo was sent off for a reckless kick at Posh playmaker Marcus Maddison.

Substitute Joe Ward struck in from the edge of the box to level things up, before Jerome Sinclair but the Black Cats back in the lead with ten minutes to go. However, their lead didn’t last long, as former Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney latched onto a brilliant lofted pass from Maddison – another former Newcastle United player.

Despite fighting back twice against serious promotion candidates, Steve Evans was still left frustrated by the result. He told the Peterborough Telegraph:

“We should have won that game,” Evans said.

“We were in complete control of the second-half and when we equalised against 10 men I am sure even every Sunderland fan thought we would go on to win the game.

“But we’ve committed defensive suicide near the touchline to concede a second goal and it’s taken a sublime run, touch and finish from Ivan to get us the point.

“I’m disappointed though. They bossed the first-half and we were much better in the second-half. I reckon Jack Ross will be the happier manager in the morning though as we played them off the park in the second half.

Evans reflected on his chosen tactics for the game, and the substitutes he made at half time – who both changed the game.

“We changed the way we have been playing away from home because we felt Siriki Dembele would hurt them from a position just behind the front two, but he didn’t perform and as a result I sacrificed him and a very unlucky Callum Cooke at half-time.

“We had actually started the game pretty well for 15 minutes, but then we committed a terrible defensive error by giving a talented young striker too much room in the penalty area.

“Good players will always punish you when you do that. We will have to work hard on our defending before we face another tough game with Barnsley on Saturday.

“We were lucky not to concede again just before the break as they missed a great opportunity, but we were different class in the second-half apart from one piece of bad defending. Their goalkeeper showed how valuable he is by making some exceptional saves.

Despite being disappointed with the result, Evans was still full of praise for Sunderland.

“Sunderland is a wonderful football club with fans who are worth two goals a game with the support they give and the pressure they put on the referee. They will obviously be strong promotion contenders this season.”

 

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