Sunderland saw another two points slip through their fingers as they were held to a draw by Fleetwood Town.

Charlie Wyke scored his eighth goal of the season as he headed the Black Cats into a deserved lead on the hour, but Fleetwood skipper Callum Connolly levelled following a goalmouth scramble with a little more than 15 minutes remaining to salvage a point for his side.

It means Sunderland climb one place to seventh in the table, and the gap between them and the automatic promotion places now stands at five points, although they still have a game in hand of second-placed Peterborough.

But, just as at Doncaster on Saturday when they led until injury-time, this will be seen as another missed opportunity for the Wearsiders.

And it heaps the pressure on them to take maximum points from their back-to-back home games against third-bottom Burton Albion on Tuesday, and basement side Wigan Athletic next weekend.

Phil Parkinson made one change to the side that drew at Doncaster at the weekend, with Lynden Gooch ruled out with an ankle injury.

Danny Graham came into the side to replace Gooch, and he partnered Wyke up front.

Fleetwood boss Joey Barton named the same starting XI that beat Plymouth 5-1 at the weekend.

Remi Matthews was called into action early on to save a volley from Danny Andrew, after he was picked out on the edge of the box from a corner by Callum Camps, although the shot may have been going just wide in any case.

But in the first half it was Sunderland who looked the more dangerous side.

Denver Hume had sent a shot just wide inside the first five minutes, but his effort a couple of minutes later brought a good save out of former Middlesbrough keeper Jayson Leutwiler.

The ball was played over the top into the left-hand channel for Wyke to chase and he fed it into the path of the oncoming Hume on the edge of the box, with the wingback taking a touch before hitting a shot which Leutwiler did well to block.

Wyke was a handful throughout the first half and his hold-up play helped Sunderland get up the pitch, while Grant Leadbitter ran the midfield and Bailey Wright won every header in defence.

Graham and Josh Scowen both saw shots blocked on the edge of the area before the half-hour, and Wyke also saw a header deflected just wide.

Fleetwood made a change at half-time with Ched Evans replacing Josh Morris, and it almost paid off within two minutes of the restart.

Camps rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot, Paddy Madden was first to the rebound and headed across the face of goal where it was met by Evans inside the six-yard box only for Matthews to make an excellent save and hold on to the ball.

But Sunderland came back strongly and Wyke sent a header narrowly wide of the left-hand post from a Conor McLaughlin cross.

And on 59 minutes they took the lead, as Fleetwood made a mess of a long ball forward from Tom Flanagan and Wyke beat onrushing keeper Leutwiler to the ball to plant a brave header over the keeper and into the empty net.

After falling behind, Fleetwood had to chase the game and they Madden and Sam Finley both saw shots blocked.

Fleetwood finally made their pressure tell on 73 minutes, when a goalmouth scramble ended with Connolly firing into the bottom right-hand corner.

Both sides tried to find a winner in the final quarter-hour, but neither could carve out a clear-cut chance.

How they lined up

FLEETWOOD TOWN: Leutwiler, Edwards, Connolly, Mulgrew, Andrew, Finley (Whelan 80), Rossiter (Coutts 74), Burns (McKay 74), Camps, Morris (Evans 46), Madden (Duffy 74). Subs not used: Cairns, Hill

BOOKED: Morris, Andrew, Whelan, Evans

SUNDERLAND: Matthews, McLaughlin, Wright, Flanagan, O’Nien, Scowen, Leadbitter, Maguire (Power 88), Hume (McFadzean 88), Wyke, Graham (Grigg 70). Subs not used: Burge, Sanderson, Embleton, Diamond

BOOKED: Scowen, Wright

REFEREE: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)