The England Under-21s midfielder struck on 65 minutes with a shot which crept inside Craig Gordon´s far post as the visitors mounted a concerted fightback.
Danny Higginbotham had headed the Wearsiders in front seven minutes after the break with his first goal for the club, and Sunderland might have snatched victory eight minutes from time when Michael Chopra´s header came back off the crossbar.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2007, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms