Sunderland held log leaders Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at the Stadium of Light on Saturday in a dreary English Premier league encounter. Coming to this encounter the Blues had lost their last two matches against the Black Cats and a draw meant they were winless in three attempts against the side. The Londoners kicked off the first stanza like a house on fire, dominating possession but failed to produce a goal.
Endless attacks from Jose Mourinho’s men were the order of the day, however some stiff defending by the hosts and rare errors hampered their success in front of goal. Sunderland found their rhythm in the closing stages of the half but nothing came of it as the referee put to an end an uneventful 45-minutes of play with the sides deadlocked at 0-0. Both sides did not make any half time substitutions.
The visitors stuck to their game plan and kept knocking the ball near the box with ease but still couldn’t find an opening. Gus Poyet’s troops had snippets of great counters after the hour mark but the match remained goalless as they failed to make them count. The home side woke up later in the match and tried to give their supporters something to smile about however lack of a urgency behind enemy lines saw them failing to find that elusive goal.
Chelsea had a golden opportunity in the 89th minute through a free kick but Eden Hazard overcooked his attempt before the referee blew for full time putting to an end a forgettable encounter. It finished 0-0 leaving Chelsea eight points clear at the summit of the log; a lead that can be cut to five points depending on the results between Manchester City versus Southampton on Sunday afternoon.