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Sunderland in danger after letting it slip

<!--StartFragment--> SUNDERLAND&rsquo;S bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League will go right to the very last game of the season after they relinquished a one-goal lead to go down at Portsmouth.<br /><br />Ricky Sbragia&rsquo;s men had survival in their sights when striker Kenwyne Jones tapped home the opening goal.<br /><br />But the optimism lasted barely a minute when John Utaka levelled the scores before Phil Bardsley&rsquo;s own goal and a late Armand Traore strike compounded the misery.<br /><br />The result now means Sunderland must beat Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Saturday to make sure of finishing above north-east rivals Newcastle and Hull and surviving the drop, but boss Sbragia knows his side must defend an awful lot better if they are to pull off a miracle escape.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s happening too often in general &ndash; we play well, we think we&rsquo;re sort of in charge of the game. We kept the lead for two minutes, and that&rsquo;s not acceptable. The second goal was a bad mistake by Anton Ferdinand. He switched off. I would imagine he should have just put his foot through it and helped it on.&rdquo;<br /><br />Portsmouth started like a team mightily relieved to be assured of safety and in their care-free state came within inches of taking the lead &ndash; Peter Crouch heading against the inside of the post for Ferdinand to clear before Jones did the exact same thing at the other end from Steed Malbranque&rsquo;s cross.<br /><br />It was against the run of play in which Sunderland broke the deadlock &ndash; Jones tapping home Calum Davenport&rsquo;s cross &ndash; but within seconds Pompey were level when Utaka took advantage of a fortunate richochet off Grant Leadbitter to fire home.<br /><br />Eight minutes later, Sunderland were caught napping again as Pompey went in front. Ferdinand played and missed a woefully attempted clearance, allowing Utaka to run clear, forcing Bardsley to slide the ball into his own net with his challenge.<br /><br />Substitute Djibril Cisse and Jones both squandered good opportunities for Sunderland, but their night was complete when Utaka found Traore on the left and he drilled a shot past Marton Fulop.<br /><br />Pompey boss Paul Hart confirmed after the game that keeper David James will miss England&rsquo;s summer World Cup qualifiers with a shoulder injury. <!--EndFragment-->