The visitors settled into their game quickly and took the game to their hosts. As early as the 2nd minute they had the ball in the back of the net from a Colin Larkin finish the joy was short lived the referee cancelling it out for an obvious push on Chris Timons in the box.
Sunderland’s main threat came from Jon Davis who was making some great runs down the right flank. Jason White dealt with most of the crosses and was well placed to save from Charlton on 17 minutes.
Jon D’Laryea charged down an attempted clearance by Jonathan Carmichael, the ball spun across the 6-yard box before bring holed away to safety. Another Williams free kick just before the break was easily held by keeper Carmichael.