SUNDERLAND 0 BLACKBURN 0
By planetfootball.com staff
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
In fairness, Rovers deserved at least a point after enjoying the better of the first half, with Andy Cole off target in the early stages.
Thomas Sorensen was recalled to the home line-up, but he needed the help of George McCartney's goal-line clearance to deny David Thompson, as The Black Cats struggled to make any impact.
The arrival of crowd pleaser Julio Arca as a substitute helped inject some life into the fans, but the best chances seemed to fall to Jody Craddock, who is more adept at stopping rather than scoring goals.
The centre back's shot from inside the six-yard box beat Brad Friedel but came back off a post, and he also sent a header wide.
In a desperate finale, Gavin McCann forced a brave save out of Friedel, and Tore Andre Flo had a shot charged down, but it was not to be for the relegation-haunted Wearsiders.