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Premier League: Sunderland miss chance of victory after 0-0 draw at West Ham

By Pete Hall @Pistolpeteh86.   Last Updated: 14/12/13 6:58pm

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Jozy Altidore: Sunderland striker tussles with James Tomkins

Jozy Altidore: Sunderland striker tussles with James Tomkins

Sunderland will feel two points were dropped at Upton Park as they were held to a 0-0 draw at West Ham.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the Match: Lee Cattermole. Broke up West Ham attacks regularly, and swiftly countered whenever he could.
  • Save of the Match: Jussi Jaaskelainen. Thwarted Ki from close range at a crucial time, firmly palming the ball away.
  • Attempt of the Match: Phil Bardsley. Thunderous effort out of nowhere from 30-yards cannoned back off the crossbar.
  • Talking Points: With no Andy Carroll where are West Ham's goals going to come from? Can Sunderland afford to miss opportunities like this?

Despite dominating possession for much of the game, and creating the best openings, Sunderland couldn't find the breakthrough.

Jozy Altidore and Ki Sung-Yueng were guilty of missing chances, but it was their inability to capitalise on some good openings that will disappoint boss Gus Poyet the most.

The Hammers, who stay just above the relegation zone after the stalemate, looked really toothless in attack, and aside from a few brief flashes of quality from Ravel Morrison, offered very little.

The home side really struggled to keep hold of the ball in the opening period, and when they did produce some slick build-up play, often through Mohamed Diame and Morrison, the final ball was not forthcoming.

Sunderland however played some excellent, intricate football, but their decision-making, at key times, let them down.

Altidore could have opened the scoring in the first few minutes, but his low effort was tipped wide by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

Bardsley thought he had broken the deadlock just after the half-hour mark, thundering a strike at goal from 30-yards, which beat Jaaskelainen, but cannoned back of the crossbar.

Sam Allardyce's men did come out after interval with added energy and impetus, but the same problems persisted.

Sunderland quickly regained control, and really should have broken the deadlock, but couldn't finish off several half chances.

Altidore was denied several times by Jaaskelainen, but he knows he should have done better.

The Finnish stopper had to be alert as the game entered the final 10 minutes, parrying well from a well-struck Ki effort from close-range, adding to the frustration on Poyet's face.

James Collins saw a header fly just wide in stoppage time, but it would been harsh on the visitors, who will feel with a little more quality, three points were there for the taking.

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1 Chelsea 23 53
2 Manchester City 23 48
3 Manchester United 23 43
4 Southampton 22 42
5 Tottenham Hotspur 23 40
6 Arsenal 22 39
7 Liverpool 23 38
8 West Ham United 23 36
9 Stoke City 23 32
10 Swansea City 22 30
11 Newcastle United 23 30
12 Everton 23 26
13 Crystal Palace 23 23
14 Sunderland 23 23
15 West Bromwich Albion 23 22
16 Aston Villa 22 22
17 Burnley 23 20
18 Hull City 23 19
19 Queens Park Rangers 23 19
20 Leicester City 23 17

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