SUNDERLAND, England (AP) " Patrick van Aanholt rescued just a second English Premier League point for Sunderland with a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The Dutchman scored the 83rd-minute equalizer at the end of an eventful few weeks which saw him withdrawn from the team minutes before kickoff at Tottenham on the advice of a cardiologist and pictured apparently smoking a shisha pipe.
Van Aanholt was introduced as a 56th-minute replacement for the injured Jan Kirchhoff and lined up in midfield rather than his more accustomed left back role.
"We had been training Pat further forward this week in a couple of sessions to see how it looked," said David Moyes, who waits for his first win as Sunderland manager. "But what we need is everybody else to get the goals. Then it looks like your left back has done well."
Jermain Defoe earlier passed up two glorious opportunities to cancel out Nacer Chadli's 35th-minute opener.
The point lifted Sunderland from the foot of the table on goal difference ahead of Stoke, which plays Manchester United on Sunday. West Brom is 11th.
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