All the reactions from the Stadium of Light as Sunderland takes on promotion rivals Lincoln City

Sunderland welcomes rival Lincoln City to Wearside this afternoon to extend their unbeaten run

Lee Johnson’s side are looking for their fifth straight win at the Stadium of Light – something they haven’t achieved since August 2007

You are the host of an Imps team that has only won once in the last seven league games

Michael Appleton’s side have been struggling with major players’ injuries in the past few weeks but want to prove a point this afternoon

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Lee Johnson dismisses the idea that the battle for automatic promotion is now a three-horse race – and insists that Lincoln City cannot be discounted

The Black Cats split 1: 1 against the Imps in the Stadium of Light Callum McFadzean’s goal in the first half was canceled by Callum Morton in the second half

Sunderland remains third but never lost a place in the top two, with leaders Hull City and runner-up Peterborough United also tied

Johnson’s men are two points behind Posh and five points behind Hull – although they still have two games in the hands of the Tigers

Our run continues, we stay positive Difficult game, come on Saturday with a point to bring all 3 Ha’way the lads


Lee Burge was put into action twice in the second half to ensure Sunderland shares the booty against promotion rivals Lincoln City

Lee Johnson made two changes to the Sunderland squad that won mid-week – Grant Leabitter and Callum McFadzean to replace Jack Diamond and Jake Vokins

It was one of those substitutes – McFadzean who got Sunderlands opener, but the Imps struggled and turned the Black Cats weather into a second-half storm

Callum Morton brought the imps back into play when he got the wrong side of Luke O’Nien, bringing the ball forward from a long header and driving the ball past Lee Burge from eight yards

The Black Cats weathered a crowd of visitors in the second half, and Lee Burge was deployed twice to keep the hosts in the game

Both sides pushed for a late winner, but neither side managed to break the impasse

Sunderland’s five-game winning streak ended in a draw for promotion rivals Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light

The Black Cats took the lead shortly before the break with Callum McFadzean’s header – his first league goal for the club – but the Imps were able to equalize shortly after the hour with Callum Morton

Sunderland were responsible until they equalized, but they were under heavy pressure in the final 20 minutes and Lee Burge made two superb saves to earn a point and extend his side’s unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions

Sunderland remains third in the table, two points ahead of fourth Lincoln, who also played one more game

And since the top two Hull City and Peterborough have both lost points, Sunderland has not lost any ground in the automatic promotion race

At the other end, Alex Palmer hit a free kick from Aiden McGeady to keep his team in the game

Poole’s gloriously weighted pass comes to Rogers on the edge of the area, who meets him for the first time, but Burge lets him go

McLaughlin’s cross finds Wyke in the middle, but Sunderland’s number nine slips and rolls over to Palmer to rally

Almost and immediately hit by Maguire, his long-range shot is deflected only a few inches from the Palmer’s right post

McGeady plays a great through ball towards Wyke, but Palmer is quick off the line to deny the Black Cats front man

Morton rolls the ball over to Bramall, who tries to find Johnson on the edge of the box – it is well closed by two Sunderland defenders and it is turned back to the corner

McGeady does incredibly well at ripping the ball out of the air on his chest. He takes a touch and delivers the ball to the center, but Jackson clears

Lee Johnson made two changes to the Sunderland squad that won at Accrington mid-week – Grant Leadbitter and Callum McFadzean to replace Jack Diamond and Jake Vokins

It was an end-to-end game at the Stadium of Light, with both sides pushing up and forcing the opponent to make mistakes

Sunderland’s best chance to test Alex Palmer came from the high pressure of a Lincoln kick kick. The Black Cats took the ball up and worked it into Leadbitter, whose minor drive was tipped around the post by Palmer

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