Horror miss for Altidore as Sunderland draws 1-1 with West Ham in Premier League

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SUNDERLAND, England — Jozy Altidore had a first-half horror miss as Sunderland drew for the fifth time in the last six matches at the Stadium of Light, finishing 1-1 against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.

Altidore wasted the hosts' chance from three yards (meters) out with the goal at his mercy.

Jordi Gomez put Sunderland in front with a 22nd-minute penalty but Stewart Downing dragged the Hammers level seven minutes later with a deflected effort from the right flank.

Connor Wickham saw an 85th-minute drive tipped over by Hammers 'keeper Adrian and West Ham's Andy Carroll hit a low drive from the edge of the box which narrowly missed with 89 minutes on the clock.

The Hammers had travelled north in buoyant mood on the back of three straight wins that had lifted them to the improbable heights of fourth place, and with top scorer Diafra Sakho restored to their starting lineup.

Anthony Reveillere's wayward defensive header let in Carl Jenkinson in the sixth minute but the on-loan Arsenal man saw his volley blocked by Sunderland goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon before Wickham booted clear.

Carroll made his first impact on the game in the 10th when he met a left-wing cross by the lively Aaron Cresswell with a header which squirted high and wide.

The hosts snatched the lead out of nothing in the 22nd when referee Phil Dowd pointed to the spot after James Tomkins was adjudged to have tripped Adam Johnson.

Angry Hammers boss Sam Allardyce had to be calmed by Dowd after Gomez duly put the Black Cats in front with a low spot-kick to Adrian's left.

But the visitors were level in the 29th when north-east native Downing cut in from an apparently unthreatening position on the right flank and hit a low shot which deflected off Gomez and flashed across Pantilimon into the back of the net.

Diafra Sakho shot wide from a tight angle in the 38th before Altidore's moment to forget, the big American making a complete mess of a cross from the right by Sebastian Larsson.

Altidore was replaced in the 62nd by Steven Fletcher and two minutes later Carroll came close for the Hammers with two quick-fire efforts, the second of which saw a lofted shot beat Pantilimon but land on the roof of the net.

Sunderland had a strong penalty appeal rejected in the 71st after Santiago Vergini's high ball into the box appeared to strike Winston Reid on the arm.

West Ham is fourth with 28 points from 16 games.

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