CARDIFF, United Kingdom - Cardiff's chaotic week ended on a frustrating low note as Sunderland scored twice in the final minutes to snatch a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Malky Mackay was sacked as manager by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan on Friday following the acrimonious breakdown of their relationship.
Malaysian tycoon Tan claimed he had no choice but to axe the popular Mackay because the Scot was revealing too much about the behind-the-scenes power struggle at the Premier League club.
Just 24 hours after Mackay's departure, the Bluebirds, led by caretaker bosses David Kerslake and Joe McBride, were unable to ease the angst in south Wales after blowing a two-goal lead at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Goals from Jordan Mutch and Fraizer Campbell had put Cardiff in control, but Steven Fletcher got one back with seven minutes left and Jack Colback capped a remarkable finish with an equaliser in the final seconds.
Cardiff remain 16th, two points above the relegation zone, while Sunderland stay bottom of the table.