Kevin Phillips claimed Max Power’s stoppage-time equaliser for Sunderland against Fleetwood on Tuesday night could be a “huge goal” in the race for promotion.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the result could be “a crucial point come the end of the season.”

Fleetwood Town took the lead after just five minutes, Barry McKay finishing off a smart move to give Joey Barton’s side the lead.

The Black Cats had to wait until the 97th minute for their equaliser – Power curling an effort inside the right-hand post to send the Stadium of Light into pandemonium.

It was the 26-year-old midfielder’s second goal of the campaign having last found the back of the net in September’s 2-1 home victory against MK Dons.

When asked how significant the goal could be in the wider context of promotion, Phillips told Football Insider: “It could turn out to be a huge goal.

“The run they have been on, not to lose another football match keeps the unbeaten run going and that could turn out to be a crucial point come the end of the season.

“If they had lost last night it would have been a blow when they have got Coventry coming up at the weekend.

“It was a great finish from Max Power – instinctive. He was in the right place at the right time.”

The top-of-the-table clash between Coventry City and Rotherham finished all square at St. Andrews keeping Phil Parkinson’s side 3 points off top spot and automatic promotion.

Next up for the Red and Whites is a trip to Birmingham to play the aforementioned Coventry with a victory taking them above the Sky Blues.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider the club should concentrate on matters on the pitch after director’s comments.