Without wishing to sound like a broken record, Everton have once again drawn a game they should have won after dominating possession but lacking a cutting edge in front of goal.
Ok I am sounding like a broken record.....
In the end both teams could argue their case for three points in what was an entertaining game in the chilly North East. Sundelrand would have wanted to hold onto to their lead and will be disappointed to concede a deflected goal with ten minutes left.
Everton meanwhile seemed to have endless possession on the edge of the box but were unable to get a shot on goal. Then in injury time an aimless long ball from Jags fell perfectly for Beckford who somehow blasted over when clean through, demonstrating why he only has one league goal all season.
It was a bad miss and one that left me rueing two dropped points even more.
We took the lead with a beautiful, flowing move and yet another trademark header from Cahill. The Aussie is in fantastic form at the minute and his extended absence for the Asian Cup in the new year will be sorely missed, especially as none of the other forwards seem capable of hitting the target let alone scoring.
I lost count of the number of times we threatened on the edge of the area but a combination of a lack of confidence and ability meant they broke down or even if we did get a shot away it usually trickled into the arms of Craig Gordon.
It was all too inveitable when Danny Wellbeck slipped in front of a defender to nod home an offside-standing Kieran Richardson cross.
Thankfully we got a bit of luck on 83 minutes when the disappointing Arteta (again) finally decided to have a shot which took a wicked deflection of Phil Bardsley and nestled into the bottom corner.
Relief was my main emotion, as a huge slice of luck had gifted us a point we probably didn't deserve to get given our awful finishing in the game. The Beckford miss then made me feel worse, but it would have only papered over the cracks in a season that is rapidly slipping away from us thanks to our impotence up front.
On the face of it I know a point away at a decent Sunderland side is no bad thing. But it is the same story every week. Blackpool, Bolton and now Sunderland were all games where we dominated possession but failed to capitalise.
Moyes rarely does busniess in January but with our weaknessess so glaringly obvious, its time he did some wheeler dealering to avoid another season of perpetual disappointment.