JOHN Coleman was disappointed not to come away from the Stadium of Light with all three points after Accrington Stanley fought out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Sunderland.

The Reds trailed 2-2 then 3-2 after getting back on level terms before Sean McConville's brilliant free kick five minutes from time earned a point.

Charlie Wykes scored twice before the break to take his tally to 30 for the season to put the Black Cats in control before Stanley responded after the break.

Colby Bishop pulled one back five minutes into the second half before Stanley, who sit six points off sixth place, were given a first equaliser when Luke O’Nien headed into his own net.

Even though Max Power put Sunderland ahead again with seven minutes left, a superb free kick by McConville earned Stanley a share of the spoils - although Coleman believes his side could have come away with more as they kept their fate hopes of reaching the play-offs alive.

“We were sleep walking in the first half. Gave away two goals but changed it," said Coleman.

“I thought we were the better side in the second half. It was just a shame we got caught for the third Sunderland goal. I know the Luke O’Nien goal was a fluke but when we got back to 3-3 I thought there’d be only one winner.

“It was a great advert for League One football but we are disappointed we didn’t win three points. We had a change and forced them back and we asked all of the questions.

“When you come to the Stadium of Light and you are disappointed you didn’t win, that’s one for our fans where they would be pinching themselves 15 years ago.”