Hull City will have to wait to secure promotion into the English Championship after they could only manage a 2-2 draw at home to Sunderland in their latest encounter in League One on Tuesday night. The Tigers could count themselves lucky with that point as they benefited from poor defending on the part of the visitors Sunderland.

Sunderland led twice but could not hold on for the win that would have increased the pressure on the top two as far as the League One standings is concerned.

For league leaders Hull City, a win over third-placed Sunderland would have confirmed their promotion back to the English Championship after one season. Instead, they still need one win from the final three games to secure that return to the second tier of English football.

The Tigers have done well this season and they are on the brink of English Championship promotion. They were one of the three teams that suffered relegation from the Championship at the end of the 2019/20 season.

Hull City went behind in their home game with Sunderland to the 10th minute strike from Black Cats forward Jordan Jones. The lead lasted until two minutes before the half hour mark when Josh Magenniscapitalised on some uncertain Sunderland defending to equalise.

The Black Cats bounced back from that setback almost immediately with experienced midfielder Grant Leadbitterscoring the second goal from the penalty spot on 34 minutes. Sunderland maintained that lead until midway into the second half when Magennis scored his second goal to rescue a point for the hosts.

Sunderland fans were left frustrated of what might have been with the news that Peterborough United in second place lost at home to Gillingham. A win would have moved the Black Cats to within five points of Peterborough United with four games left. As things stand, Lee Johnson’s men are seven points adrift of Peterborough United in the race for automatic promotion.

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