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Result: Sunderland, Southampton share points

Result: Sunderland, Southampton share points
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Jason Puncheon cancels out Phil Bardsley's opener as Sunderland and Southampton draw 1-1.

Southampton came from behind to rescue a point in a 1-1 draw with Sunderland in the Premier League.

A dour first half saw few chances for either side, but Simon Mignolet denied Jay Rodriguez with a good save after the forward's shot had travelled through a sea of players.

As the second half wore on, Sunderland manager Paulo Di Canio became increasingly frustrated with his side's inability to keep the ball.

However, after 67 minutes, Phil Bardsley - who returned to the starting lineup for today's game - thundered the ball beyond the reach of Artur Boruc, albeit with the aid of a deflection from Jos Hooiveld.

Just a few minutes later Jason Puncheon equalised for the visitors. Mignolet saved well from the midfielder's header, but the rebound fell at the feet of Puncheon, who swept the ball home from close range.

Southampton had the better of the late chances, but Mignolet saved well from James Ward-Prowse and Rickie Lambert to secure a point for Di Canio's men.

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