|Early kick-off: Sunderland hosted Southampton at home on Saturday afternoon.|
The game could not have started any better for the visitors, who went 1-0 ahead after just 4 minutes thanks to a well-drilled shot by striker Jay Rodriguez, who hit the ball powerfully past a few defenders who were marking him into the bottom corner of the net past helpless goalkeeper Vito Mannone who could just watch as Sunderland trailed early on in the first-half.
|Early opener: Rodriguez celebrates his strike to give Southampton the lead after 4 minutes.|
|Just like a striker: Lovren doubles Southampton's lead with a half-volley strike.|
|Lovren celebrates with highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw and manager Mauricio Pochettino.|
|Lashing at it: Borini got lucky with a strike to make it 2-1 before half-time.|
It was 2-1 at half-time, with Southampton deservedly leading at the break despite only being a goal ahead even though they could have quite easily been 3 or 4. Sunderland on the other hand knew that they were still in the game, despite playing poorly and failing to mark or press their opposition to make a mistake for the majority of the first half, much to their fans' discontent.
Sunderland came out for the second half with a different game plan, making substitutes along the way as they searched for an equaliser in a game they probably should not have got a result out of in the first place.
Southampton were doing well defensively, with Lambert and Rodriguez both missing chances for the visitors as The Black Cats continued to press for another goal.
Sunderland eventually equalised to make it 2-2, with English forward Adam Johnson finding a way through on goal - getting the ball from a switch of the play pass before running into a yard of space to smash his strike past Boruc at the near post into the roof of the net.
|The equaliser: Adam Johnson was patient, finding space to strike past Boruc to equalise.|
|Nasty: Wes Brown was late with a challenge on substitute Gaston Ramirez.|
|Ouch: The cameras showed the full extent of the tackle, which left Ramirez in a heap|
|Unfortunate: Southampton drew the game, and ended up losing two of their players to injury|
|Concern: Lovren and Ramirez were both taken to hospital for their respective injuries.|
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