Sunderland grabbed a last-minute equalizer against fierce local rival Newcastle to draw 1-1 in the Premier League on Sunday, making up for a disastrous defeat earlier in the season.
Ghana international Asamoah Gyan scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time in the north east derby, forcing the ball into the net from close range after Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper failed to hold Phil Bardsley's shot.
Gyan is Sunderland's record signing after joining for more than 13 million pounds (then $20 million) in August.
Newcastle went ahead in the 52nd at the Stadium of Light after Shola Ameobi got up well for a corner by Joey Barton to head the ball down. Captain Kevin Nolan back-heeled the ball into the net for his 10th goal of the season and the first time he has reached double figures in the Premier League.
Nolan scored a hat trick at St. James' Park in October when Newcastle thrashed Sunderland 5-1 in the Premier League _ the biggest derby victory for the Magpies in 55 years. Newcastle looked set for victory after Nolan's goal despite playing the match without Andy Carroll, Cheik Tiote and Steven Taylor, three of the club's most impressive performers this season. One Sunderland fan was arrested on the pitch after making his way over to Harper at the end of the match.
Sunderland, which is challenging for one of the European spots next season, now has 34 points from 23 games, while Newcastle has 29 from 22.