Burnley 0-0 Sunderland: Visitors hold on for rare point at Turf Moor
It only delayed the inevitable but Burnleys gallop towards the Premier League was slowed a little by Sunderland.
Vincent Kompanys side lacked much of their usual rhythm but inched closer to promotion - and the title - with a point that put them 17 clear of Middlesbrough in third.
Hopes of it all being done and dusted over the Easter weekend will hinge on other results now but the Clarets will want to get over the line against closest challengers Boro and Sheffield United in their next two fixtures.
Sunderland, who retain play-off ambitions of their own, kept the leaders at arms length for the most part and might even have nicked a win.
Manchester United loanee Amad Diallo was unlucky to see a deflected shot bounce back off the crossbar just a few minutes after coming on, with Josh Cullens sliding block making all the difference.
Replays showed Patrick Roberts, who teed Diallo up, was offside in the lead-up but theres no VAR here.
Sunderland had the ball in the net six minutes from time but Abdoullah Ba was stood offside when he nicked home Jack Clarkes low ball from the left after the home defence pushed out.