With the likes of Tunnicliffe, Keane, Wootton and Lingard away United went into the game somewhat understrength, and had to deal with further changes, bringing Angelo Henriquez in for Marnick Vermijl who was injured in the warm up.
Sunderland had the likes of Ji Dong Won and Conor Wickham in their team and threatened in what was a turgid, stale first half but the best chance of the half came at the death when the pacey Josh King broke through only to fire his shot at the on rushing Sunderland keeper’s legs.
It was more of the same in the second half, and the lashing rain didn’t help things. Angelo Henriquez saw a shot saved after he used some good skill to lose Sunderland player Liam Marrs whilst Robbie Brady almost gave United the lead seeing his shot go just wide.
Ryan Noble could have won it for Sunderland late on but Sam Johnstone did well to keep his shot out.
Having lost this game last 6-3 last season, Warren Joyce’s side will be happy to have taken a point and kept a clean sheet in a tough game in tough conditions.