Saturday April 30, 2011 Day 35 Finished Stadium of Light

Sunderland 0 - 3 Fulham

  • Kakuta 33’
  • Davies 61’, 73’

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  1. Fulham break duck at Sunderland

    Fulham break duck at Sunderland

    Fulham won their first Premier League away game of the season in style with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Sunderland. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Sunderland
    • Fulham
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    • 90+2 Boo! go the home fans. That is the end, an easy win for Fulham over a poor Sunderland side. They need some strikers - and for their defenders to stick to their jobs. Fulham stay ninth but edge closer to seventh, just one point shy of Bolton; Sunderland stay lower-mid table on a probably-safe 41 points.
    • 90+1 Training ground play from Fulham as the knock it about before Gudjohnsen catches Johnson offside.
    • 90' Two minutes added time being played.
    • 88' Fulham knock it about crisply in the sunshine. Salcido loses it though.
    • 86' The Stadium of Light is half empty now - I assume the small number of home fans remaining only do so to boo their heroes.
    • 84' Down the other end Johnson almost combines with Davies but the Englishman's shot is blocked. Davies has the hump that he didn't pass - he's on a hat-trick.
    • 83' Onuoha on the run and he plays in Sessegnon but he goes down, slips even, and Fulham clear.
    • 81' Gudjohnsen with a lovely long-range half-volley that bounces just wide!
    • 79' Johnson on for Zamora. Options for Hughes!
    • 78' Hughes is caught by Onuoha on the knee. Ow but he'll be okay.
    • 76' Zenden on for Malbranque. Craig Lynch makes his debut to, on for Henderson.
    • 75' Yellow card for Sessegnon for a late frustrated kick at a defender.
    • 74' Hopeful effort from Sessegnon well over.
    • 73' Sunderland fans leave in their droves. My how Fulham have improved in the last few weeks - Sparky's Dream is being realised.
    • 72' It's three as Davies bundles it in under presure from Elmohammady after Zamora's wicked low cross wreaks havoc in the Sunderland box. Mignolet and Turner collided and Davies kept going.
    • 70' Sunderland are toiling with no real effect. They seem resigned to defeat here,
    • 67' So Onuoha will play right-back and Elmohammady right midfield. Get him forward more. Zamora caught offside.
    • 66' Zamora wins a free-kick off Turner. Sunderland make a change too - Ferdinand on for Muntari.
    • 65' Zamora almost gets in behind but good pace from Onuoha.
    • 64' Martin Atkinson calls both over for a little chat.
    • 64' Senderos squares up to Sessegnon after the Sunderland man shoves him for kicking the ball away.
    • 63' FULHAM SUB: Sparky tightens it up with a defensive change, Greening on for Kakuta. He will go left and Davies switch right.
    • 62' Henderson makes hay down the right but good defending from Senderos and it rolls out for a goal kick.
    • 61' 2-0 FULHAM! Simon Davies with a sweet low finish into the bottom right but brilliant interplay from Sidwell and Zamora to assist. Zamora with a lovely ball down the left that Sidwell gambled to race on to, lovely cut back and boom. Game over.
    • 60' Senderos appears to foul Malbranque but fair says the ref. He's looking more composed now.
    • 59' Zamora chases Onuoha down but can't win a corner.
    • 58' Sunderland break but they are cautious about the quick ball because Sessegnon is a. alone and b. tiny.
    • 57' Salcido on the left crosses too close to Mignolet after a good spell of Whites possession.
    • 56' Fulham doing a lot more possession-wise this half. Camped in the Black Cats half.
    • 55' Down the other end Sessegnon and Muntari attack an Elmohammady ball but the latter heads well wide.
    • 54' Gudjohnsen picks up Davies's crossfield pass on the right, great touch on the chest to open up some space and he drills it low far post AND ZAMORA SLIDES IN BUT JUST OVER HIS BOOT AND INCHES WIDE! Almost a super goal!
    • 54' Kakuta races on to an excellent ball down the right from Baird but he shows way too much of it to Bardsley and is lucky to win a corner.
    • 53' Bardsley on the left crosses deep, too deep. Elmohammady has it though and puts in a teasing ball that Senderos clears.
    • 52' Colback is down after a clash with Murphy. Sunderland have a free-kick.
    • 51' Sessegnon forces a decent stop from Schwarzer after racing in, Fulham are furious that the ref missed a blatant handball by Malbranque in the build up.
    • 51' Fulham come again as Davies tries to play Zamora in, too heavy though and he fouls Turner.
    • 50' Murphy will take this one... poor, low to the near post with no-one attacking.
    • 49' Sharp turn and shot from Zamora on the left and it takes a big deflection before Bardsley heads it away for a corner.
    • 48' Poor ball from him, easily cleared.
    • 47' Corner to Fulham on the right which Kakuta takes his time to deliver...
    • 46' Zamora signals to the bench... Oh dear, his dodgy hamstring appears to be giving him worries.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 45+1 Half-time, Fulham lead through Gael Kakuta's first goal in senior football.
    • 45+1 Another chance for Sunderland as it opens up for Henderson but he mis-hits the shot and Fulham survive.
    • 45+1 Sunderland come forward again but Fulham hold steady. One minute added time being played, this time Sidwell is offside.
    • 45' Muntari is down on the edge of the box after a run towards goal. Schwarzer has it and clears. Senderos looks shaky. Now Fulham break, Sidwell into Zamora who brilliantly lays it off for Gudjohnsen but his shot is blocked.
    • 44' Fulham clear, surely Gudjohnsen is offside but play on says the ref, he has loads of space and Zamora and Kakuta either side of him but a poor pass to Zamora and Sunderland survive! Gudjohnsen wasn't offside - he was just inside his own half when the ball was played.
    • 43' Henderson and Malbranque join Muntari over it... Muntari takes but poor, into the two-man wall. Emohammady with another superb cross but just about cleared as Sessegnon attacks.
    • 42' Murphy late on Malbranque, who goes down heavily but no card just a free kick.
    • 41' Murphy curls it in, Senderos attacks but cleared. Kakuta tries a cross but blocked by Henderson for a throw.
    • 41' Kakuta's cross is deflected and Gudjohnsen lets it go for a corner, cleverly as there was no-one to aim for from his tight angle.
    • 40' Elmohammady with another super cross that this time there are bodies flying in to meet but Senderos hacks it away!
    • 39' Terrible corner by Muntari but Onuoha keeps it in wide left. Fulham eventually clear but Elmohammady on the right with another wicked cross that no-one even bothers to attack and Baird chests back to Schwarzer.
    • 38' JUST OVER BY MUNTARI! Deflected over by Baird I think, super first-time effort after a driving run by Henderson. Corner.
    • 37' Sidwell fouls Malbranque in the middle of the park. Sunderland have had the better of this half but have been unable to make it count.
    • 36' Henderson and Sessegnon combine on the right, now Cattermole on it, wide to Malbranque and in for Colback but Fulham clear. Davies with a poor ball though, they were in!
    • 35' Sessegnon plays in Cattermole and he must score but a weak finish and straight at Schwarzer! Sidwell with the error to let the Benin midfielder play it in.
    • 35' Well Kakuta had done nothing of effect all game but that was a sweet finish - great play by Bobby Zamora to assist though.
    • 34' GOAL FULHAM! Brilliant play by Zamora to reverse-flick the header to Gudjohnsen, who can't shoot so knocks it back to Zamora, who clips in a super low ball for Kakuta who is pushed by Turner but keeps his feet and drills it low past Mignolet!
    • 33' Elmohammady with a superb cross but nicked away from Malbranque by Hughes and away! No height for Sunderland today.
    • 32' Murphy with a low drive but blocked and Sunderland clear. The break is on but Baird is back to sweep up and Schwarzer clears.
    • 31' Shocking from Senderos, he gives it away to Malbranque who races away and the Frenchman is in but he clips it wide! Senderos eventually got back to get in his way but that was terrible from him.
    • 30' Long down the Sunderland left, Sessegnon is on it but a poor cross and Fulham have a goal kick.
    • 29' Kakuta has done pretty much nothing right so far - a good move from Fulham and he loses control on the edge of the box.
    • 28' Senderos is out of position after Henderson drags him wide, but Sidwell covers well after the England midfielder puts a low ball in.
    • 27' Henderson to Cattermole, who sees the keeper off his line but sends a poor lob miles over.
    • 26' Zamora takes one down and waits for support. Neat control and now Baird on it, wide to Davies now cuts inside Henderson and finds Murphy, who loses out to former team-mate Malbranque, then giving away a free-kick.
    • 25' Free-kick to the Black Cats then, on the right, five or six yards from the edge of the box... Sidwell meets Muntari's excellent ball. Corner.
    • 24' Sidwell gives away a free-kick with a check on Henderson, who then collides with Salcido and falls face-first on to Sidwell's knee. Ow.
    • 23' All a bit quiet on the Northeastern front now. Nice day mind.
    • 22' Fulham's turn for a poor ball upfield, well beyond Zamora.
    • 21' Zamora inside to Gudjohnsen, he takes it on the chest and turns well but smacks it over! Should have done better!
    • 20' Aimless long ball from Muntari - not much use when you have a tiny little man like Sessegnon up front.
    • 19' Very good defending by Hughes to snuff out an attack down the right, Malbranque and Sessegnon combining. Baird completes the clearance.
    • 18' Good play by Fulham but Sidwell's flick-on is beyond Zamora. It was a slightly poor cross from Murphy though.
    • 17' A promising Sunderland move breaks down as Muntari is caught offside - tight, Salcido seemed level.
    • 16' A few crunching 50-50s in midfield as both sides look to impose themselves.
    • 15' Senderos plays Zamora into trouble, Cattermole gets forward, now Elmohammady gets around Salcido but the cross is deflected into Schwarzer's arms.
    • 14' Great play on the left by Sessegnon but cleared by Murphy. Now Henderson can cross, good ball and Elmohammady rises but heads just wide! Almost an opener.
    • 13' Davies races away but the Baird pass was played a touch late and he is offside.
    • 12' Malbranque robs Baird before Sessegnon wins a corner off the Nothern Irishman.
    • 11' Davies on the right plays a one-two with Gudjohnsen but Kakuta turns into trouble when he should have laid it off and Sunderland clear.
    • 10' Zamora almost gets around Bardsley but the Sunderland defender clears.
    • 9' Almost a super break from Fulham as Gudjohnsen is in and he should release a clean-through Zamora but overhits the pass! That was a poor one from Eidur.
    • 8' Easy take for Schwarzer this time. No-one around him to try and force an error.
    • 7' Henderson plays it in but Baird heads away. Still with Sunderland as Henderson picks it up again, one-two with Colback and it hits Baird for another corner.
    • 7' Great cross Elmohammady and Muntari flies in but super defending from Baird to nod it away! Corner.
    • 6' Elmohammady does well to cover his centre-halves as Davies's ball almost lands on Zamora's head.
    • 5' Kakuta tries to feed Zamora but he is crowded out by defenders.
    • 4' Henderson on the right aims a cross but too heavy, there were four red and white shirts in the six-yard box but it's well beyond the back stick.
    • 3' Kakuta on the left puts one in for Zamora but Mignolet claims easily.
    • 2' This is the first time I can recall Dempsey and Hangeland being rested for a Premier League match. Sparky must be pretty certain Fulham are safe. Senderos, in for Brede, knocks it out for a throw. His first touch as a Fulham player.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Stadium of Light!
    • 14:55 Fulham have only lost 10 Premier League games this season, two fewer than Liverpool. Clint Dempsey, who has scored three in his last five, has now bagged a record 33 Premier League goals for Fulham.
    • 14:50 The Black Cats have kept just one clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League matches and have scored a joint-league low 11 goals from set pieces - not very organised against a hyper-drilled Fulham side.
    • 14:45 Sunderland have dropped the joint-most points from winning positions in the Premier League this season (23). They have posted the worst shooting accuracy figures in the Premier League this season, hitting the target with just 37% of attempts.
    • 14:42 Defender Philippe Senderos makes his Fulham debut after recovering from an Achilles injury.
    • 14:40 Sunderland have no senior strikers fit, leaving Beninese midfielder Stephane Sessegnon to play alone in attack. Phil Bardsley returns after concussion but John Mensah (groin) and Anton Ferdinand (hamstring) are left on the bench. Kieran Richardson (calf), Titus Bramble, Craig Gordon, David Meyler and Ryan Noble (all knee) miss out as well as striker Fraizer Campbell (knee), Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck (both hamstring).
    • 14:34 Sunderland: Mignolet, Elmohamady, Turner, Onuoha, Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Colback, Muntari, Malbranque, Sessegnon; subs: Carson, Mensah, Zenden, Riveros, Ferdinand, Adams, Lynch /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Salcido, Senderos, Hughes, Baird, Kakuta, Murphy, Sidwell, Davies, Zamora, Gudjohnsen; subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Johnson, Etuhu, Greening, Dembele, Hoesen
    • 14:30 Fulham mustered nine shots on target to one by Sunderland when they met in December and yet neither team scored.
    • 14:25 Fulham's only victory in the last eight PL matches against Sunderland was 1-0 at home last season – Bobby Zamora scored the goal. Fulham have not won in their last four PL visits to Sunderland, failing to score in the last two.
    • 14:20 Their last two PL meetings have been drawn. Sunderland have failed to score in four of their last five PL matches against Fulham, including the last three. Their only victory in this time was 1-0 at home in January 2009. Kenwyne Jones scored the only goal.
    • 14:15 Sunderland and Fulham have met 49 times in the league. Sunderland have won 20, Fulham 14 and there have been 15 draws.
  • Summary

    • 81' Gudjohnsen with a lovely long-range half-volley that bounces just wide!
    • 72' It's three as Davies bundles it in under presure from Elmohammady after Zamora's wicked low cross wreaks havoc in the Sunderland box. Mignolet and Turner collided and Davies kept going.
    • 61' 2-0 FULHAM! Simon Davies with a sweet low finish into the bottom right but brilliant interplay from Sidwell and Zamora to assist. Zamora with a lovely ball down the left that Sidwell gambled to race on to, lovely cut back and boom. Game over.
    • 54' Gudjohnsen picks up Davies's crossfield pass on the right, great touch on the chest to open up some space and he drills it low far post AND ZAMORA SLIDES IN BUT JUST OVER HIS BOOT AND INCHES WIDE! Almost a super goal!
    • 51' Sessegnon forces a decent stop from Schwarzer after racing in, Fulham are furious that the ref missed a blatant handball by Malbranque in the build up.
    • 45+1 Another chance for Sunderland as it opens up for Henderson but he mis-hits the shot and Fulham survive.
    • 44' Fulham clear, surely Gudjohnsen is offside but play on says the ref, he has loads of space and Zamora and Kakuta either side of him but a poor pass to Zamora and Sunderland survive! Gudjohnsen wasn't offside - he was just inside his own half when the ball was played.
    • 38' JUST OVER BY MUNTARI! Deflected over by Baird I think, super first-time effort after a driving run by Henderson. Corner.
    • 35' Sessegnon plays in Cattermole and he must score but a weak finish and straight at Schwarzer! Sidwell with the error to let the Benin midfielder play it in.
    • 34' GOAL FULHAM! Brilliant play by Zamora to reverse-flick the header to Gudjohnsen, who can't shoot so knocks it back to Zamora, who clips in a super low ball for Kakuta who is pushed by Turner but keeps his feet and drills it low past Mignolet!
    • 31' Shocking from Senderos, he gives it away to Malbranque who races away and the Frenchman is in but he clips it wide! Senderos eventually got back to get in his way but that was terrible from him.
    • 21' Zamora inside to Gudjohnsen, he takes it on the chest and turns well but smacks it over! Should have done better!
    • 14' Great play on the left by Sessegnon but cleared by Murphy. Now Henderson can cross, good ball and Elmohammady rises but heads just wide! Almost an opener.
    • 9' Almost a super break from Fulham as Gudjohnsen is in and he should release a clean-through Zamora but overhits the pass! That was a poor one from Eidur.
    • 7' Great cross Elmohammady and Muntari flies in but super defending from Baird to nod it away! Corner.
    • 14:34 Sunderland: Mignolet, Elmohamady, Turner, Onuoha, Bardsley, Henderson, Cattermole, Colback, Muntari, Malbranque, Sessegnon; subs: Carson, Mensah, Zenden, Riveros, Ferdinand, Adams, Lynch /// Fulham: Schwarzer, Salcido, Senderos, Hughes, Baird, Kakuta, Murphy, Sidwell, Davies, Zamora, Gudjohnsen; subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Johnson, Etuhu, Greening, Dembele, Hoesen

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • S. Mignolet
      • A. Al-Muhamadi
      • M. Turner
      • N. Onuoha
      • P. Bardsley
      • L. Cattermole
      • J. Colback
      • J. Henderson Substitution Out (76′)
      • S. Malbranque Substitution Out (76′)
      • S. Muntari Substitution Out (66′)
      • S. Sessegnon Yellow Card

      Subs

      • J. Mensah
      • A. Ferdinand Substitution In66′
      • T. Carson
      • C. Riveros
      • B. Zenden Substitution In76′
      • B. Adams
      • C. Lynch Substitution In76′
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • C. Baird
      • A. Hughes
      • P. Senderos
      • C. Salcido
      • S. Sidwell
      • D. Murphy Substitution Out (79′)
      • S. Davies Goals×2
      • G. Kakuta Goal Substitution Out (62′)
      • B. Zamora Substitution Out (79′)
      • E. Gudjohnsen

      Subs

      • J. Greening Substitution In62′
      • S. Kelly
      • M. Dembélé
      • D. Stockdale
      • A. Johnson Substitution In79′
      • D. Etuhu Substitution In79′
      • D. Hoesen
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