Sunday May 6, 2012 Day 37 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 1 Sunderland

  • Dempsey 12’
  • Dembélé 35’
  • Bardsley 34’

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  1. Fulham win as Dempsey hits 50

    Fulham win as Dempsey hits 50

    Clint Dempsey scored his 50th Premier League goal for Fulham in a 2-1 win at home to Sunderland. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Sunderland
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    • 90+2 Sessegnon slips Campbell in, he's clean through on the right but a super save at the near post from Schwarzer! Campell did slip. Corner, and Mignoley is up for it but Fulham clear and the whistle goes - Dempsey was set to lob it in too!
    • 90+1 Fulham have their backs to the wall now as Sunderland push for a leveller.
    • 90' Two minutes added time.
    • 89' Baird now with a shot from range but it fizzes well over. Grandstand finish for the Whites.
    • 88' Dempsey is left in a heap but Dembele has the ball, he runs the full length of the pitch and forces a great save from Mignolet!
    • 86' FULHAM SUB: Murphy replaced by Baird.
    • 84' Weak kick from the Aussie hands it straight back to Sunderland, but Dempsey nicks it off Turner and races clear! He can get a second but great defending O'Shea to get back to clear! Shocker from Turner.
    • 83' Corner to Sunderland on the right but easily caught by Schwarzer.
    • 82' The corner is swung into the six-yard box and Mignolet just about punches it away from the similarly large Hangeland.
    • 81' FULHAM SUB: Pogrebnyak has put in a workmanlike shift and is replaced by his diametric opposite in Kerim Frei.
    • 80' Dempsey runs it into the corner and wins a free-kick off Sessegnon. Great strength and skill from Deuce.
    • 79' Fulha have done really well on the right as another good ball from Duff almost finds Pogrebnyak.
    • 78' Another long one is aimed at Bendtner, I can see this being the fashion in the closing stages, but he is offside.
    • 77' Campbell is hacked down by Hangeland, who is called over and receives a warning from the ref.
    • 76' JUST WIDE BY CAMPBELL! Bad miss after a long ball is flicked on by Bendtner, Campbell was clean through and had to score but dragged it past the far post.
    • 75' Fulham back on the ball until Murphy drags a pass aimed at Dempsey out of play.
    • 74' Sunderland counter from that and Sessegnon sends Bendtner clear, brilliant pass and he bends it high and wide!
    • 73' Fulham counter, Pogrebnyak on the ball, lovely little pass to Dempsey and he threads DEMBELE IN AND HE MUST SCORE but Mignolet flies out spreadeagled to save with his feet! Corner.
    • 72' Campbell gets an early touch after running into space on the right but he overhits the cross. Sunderland still have it as Fulham start dropping deeper.
    • 71' SUNDERLAND SUB: Brave. Kilgallon off for Campbell; Gardner will play right-back and Sessegnon in midfield.
    • 70' This is good from the Black Cats but Dembele can defend and he gets back to rob Bardsley and win a free-kick.
    • 69' Sunderland with a spell on the ball now as Fulham ease off a tad.
    • 68' Sunderland clear the corner and Sessegnon comes away with it before, again, slipping.
    • 67' Dempsey plays Diarra in but a heavy touch and O'Shea gets there to block, behind for a corner to Fulham.
    • 66' Fulham effectively dominating possession now. If they win this and their next match - the season finale against Tottenham - they would have their highest-ever points tally. Jol!
    • 65' Dempsey on a mazy run but it doesn't open up for him, now Dembele on the ball, Murphy to Duff, now Kelly with a lofted ball but Turner again is there with both the Pog and Deuce flying in. Lovely football by Fulham.
    • 64' Blasted over by Duff after getting into a good position on the right.
    • 63' Nice turn and volley by McClean but straight at Schwarzer. Bit of the Cisse about that one.
    • 62' Diarra releases Riise, now Dempsey but the Norwegian's cross is too short for the American.
    • 61' Taken by Dempsey rifles it into the wall and Turner scrambles it clear.
    • 61' SUNDERLAND SUB: Bendtner on for Ji.
    • 60' Dembele steals it off Colback, going on a mazy run, beating two men before getting fouled by Turner. Excellent play.
    • 59' Mignolet plays his way out of trouble, as Sunderland short-pass it upfield. Good game this.
    • 58' Duff runs at Bardsley again and unleashes a fizzing drive that Mignolet parries away before bouncing on to the rebound!
    • 57' Fulham counter after an increasingly rare Sunderland attack - but Mignolet gathers at Pogrebnyak's feet.
    • 56' This is good from Fulham until Murphy uncharacteristically gets a pass wrong, putting it out with Kelly and Duff free on the right.
    • 55' Dempsey almost skips away but Turner again comes out to challenge.
    • 54' Mignolet claims under his top-right as Kelly has a pop after surging forward from right-back.
    • 53' Off the line by Colback! The corner was only cleared as far as Dempsey on the edge of the box, he curled it top left but Colback was there to knock it over!
    • 52' Duff with a high cross in that Dempsey meets, blocked by Turner and in flies the Pog with the finish but blocked by Turner again and over for a corner!
    • 51' Cattermole with a little hack at Riise, he says he got the ball but it was a bit wild.
    • 50' Aside from the assist, Ji is not having much joy. Being easily managed by Hughes.
    • 49' Sessegnon could be in here but Murphy gets back to tackle well. Now Sessegnon picks it up on the right with Riise putting it out for a throw.
    • 48' Duff on the ball, now Murphy has it but the move breaks down.
    • 47' Both sides trading attacks without threatening either goal. Still taking an attacking mentality.
    • 46' Diarra and Pogrebnyak after both tripped by Gardner, a weird foul whichever way you look at it.
    • 46' The second half is underway!
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    • - HALF-TIME STATS: Fulham lead possession % (52-48), shots on goal (10-5), shots on target (8-3) and corners (2-1).
    • 45+2 Half-time and Fulham lead 2-1, Dempsey and Bardsley with sublime finishes and Michael Turner with an own-goal although it appears to have been credited to Dembele for now.
    • 45+1 Danny Murphy gives the ball away and Cattermole releases Sessegnon but the Benin midfielder slips! Lucky escape for Fulham!
    • 45' Hangeland stretches to clear as Ji's flick-on almost causes Fulham some problems. Now McClean has a dig from 18 yards but low and straight at Schwarzer.
    • 44' Murphy tries to release Pogrebnyak but the pass drifts harmlessly to Turner, who lets it run to Mignolet.
    • 43' McClean and Gardner over this one... I'd fancy McClean... but Gardner takes it and just wide of the bottom left!
    • 42' Riise appears to dispossess Sessegnon with a fine challenge but the referee points for a free-kick on the edge of the box! He got the ball!
    • 41' Sunderland scramble it clear as Fulham pile it on! Riise on the left wins a throw off Kilgallon.
    • 40' Dempsey is sent through by a long ball, he could be in here but Turner gets a toe on it and it's a corner. The Fulham fans wanted a penalty but Dempsey didn't appeal, fine tackle.
    • 39' Dempsey threads it wide right to Duff, he takes on Bardsley and unleashes a shot with his left but low and just wide!
    • 38' Gardner is offside after being sent away by Kilgallon's long ball.
    • 37' Riise surges down the left but his cross is headed behind by Bardsley just as Dembele was arriving.
    • 36' After Sunderland lost it from the restart Dembele ran from halfway and hammered it towards goal, may have been going wide you know so it could be an own-goal.
    • 35' GOAL FULHAM! Straight from kick-off and Dembele fires a long-range effort that's deflected off Turner and into the top left! 2-1!
    • 34' WHAT A GOAL BY PHIL BARDSLEY! A rocket of a right-foot shot from the edge of the box, flying into the top right. A really good goal, Cattermole inside to Ji, whose first-time lay-off is powered home by the full-back.
    • 33' Great first-time lay-off by Diarra, Dembele on the move now but it breaks down, Fulham calling for a handball off O'Shea I think but nothing given.
    • 32' This is Sunderland's best spell as they keep hold of the ball nicely but Riise does well to rob Sessegnon.
    • 31' Sessegnon on the right, swining the cross over for McLean but he overhits it out for a goal kick.
    • 30' Sunderland are doing a bit better now but they're missing the physical presence of Bendtner up front.
    • 28' Colback is robbed by Pogrebnyak but the ref calls it a foul. The Russian not happy.
    • 26' Murphy to take it then, and a trick pass to the edge of the box but Dempsey gets the shot all wrong, blasting his half-volley well over.
    • 25' Duff sends Kelly away down the right, Bardsley slides in and catches him very late. Lucky not to get booked, a free-kick just on the edge of the box...
    • 24' Excelllent possession from Fulham as they patiently work it to the final third, now Murphy sends Riise away but a bit too heavy for him.
    • 23' Duff and Murphy with a one-two that sends Duff down the right, he delays the cross but it still lands for Pogrebnyak, who tries a volley but blocked by Turner!
    • 22' Dempsey slips on the edge of his own box but Hangeland and Schwarzer combine to clear. They should call a time out so everyone can change boots. Lunacy to water the pitch so close to kick off.
    • 21' Diarra gets forward again, the Sunderland defence opens up for him and he decides to shoot, although he had Duff free wide right and the effort is blocked.
    • 20' Ji with a rare touch on what is only his second Premier League start, signed by Bruce and not rated by O'Neill. The same could apply to Elmohammady, on the bench again.
    • 19' Great strength from Diarra in midfield, getting away from Cattermole to find Dempsey, but his shot is blocked.
    • 18' Sunderland opt for possession from that free-kick, keeping it for a minute or so until Cattermole lofts it in for a chasing Gardner, almost a good first touch while flying into the box but it spins into Schwarzer's arms.
    • 17' A good spell of Fulham possession breaks down and Hughes gives away a free-kick.
    • 16' The replay shows that Kelly lazily played Sessegnon onside at the far side. Sunderland's only real dangerous move so far.
    • 15' GREAT SAVE SCHWARZER! Sessegnon sprung the offside trap after Fulham thought they had stayed up, he cut inside to fire on goal but the Aussie made himself huge.
    • 14' Dempsey on the move again but he can't combine with Duff this time.
    • 13' Clint 'Deuce' Dempsey has scored 17 league goals from midfield this season (23 in all comps). He's good at pretty much everything, apart from rapping. Don't listen to him rap.
    • 12' GOAL FULHAM! Dempsey curls the free-kick into the top right corner, around the wall, near post so Mignolet won't be pleased but it was a fine strike. Way to hustle.
    • 11' Cattermole slides in after Diarra went on a surging run, late and a free-kick 25-30 yards from goal.
    • 10' Very wet pitch at Craven Cottage, meaning players are slipping about a bit. They watered it beforehand apparently.
    • 9' Dempsey feeds Duff wide right but this time when he cuts inside he fails to keep control of the ball,. Fulham do have a throw on the right though. Murphy undersells the pass to Diarra though, a promising move losing its impetus.
    • 8' Sunderland fail to clear the corner and Dembele fires on goal but it goes over with Mignolet covering.
    • 7' Duff gets in space down the right, he cuts inside and Mignolet rushes out and the Irishman fires but the Belgian parries! Corner. Bardsley really struggling to deal with Duff.
    • 6' Well over from the former Villa and Birmingham midfielder.
    • 5' Sunderland go down the other end and win a free-kick 35 yards out. Gardner to take, Sunderland take their time over it though...
    • 4' Superb cross by Duff from the right but it just flies over Pogrebnyak's head and beyond the far post!
    • 2' Fulham holding on to the ball in these early stages, Sunderland barely getting a touch.
    • 1' The first half is underway at the Cottage.
    • 13:57 MATCH ODDS (William Hill): Fulham 8/11, Sunderland 4/1, Draw 5/2
    • 13:56 And some more: Fulham have taken 13 points from their last six league games; Fulham have recovered the most points from losing positions in the 2011-12 Premier League on home soil (12); Fulham are the only team in the Premier League who have not picked up a red card this season.
    • 13:55 Some stats pre-match, courtesy of Opta: The last three Premier League games between Fulham and Sunderland in West London have produced  a total of just one goal; Sunderland have failed to score in their last five Premier League games against Fulham; The Black Cats have only won three of the 15 Premier League meetings with Fulham and only scored in six; Sunderland have gone six Premier League games without a win, their longest winless spell of the season, drawing five of those six games.
    • 13:50 Any comments on this match, feel free to Tweet me on @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 13:45 Martin O'Neill: "From a personal viewpoint I want to finish as high as possible; the games still mean a lot. Maybe 25 years ago this game would be considered an end-of-season event, but having so much money at stake for each position attaches a great deal of importance to the games. We should talk about pride, too, and we want to finish on a high note."
    • 13:40 Martin Jol: "I’m feeling much better but it took longer (to recover from a chest infection) than I thought. I wasn’t allowed to travel because it was contagious, but I feel better now. On Tuesday night I had my computer and television so I had two screens to watch the match and kept in touch with the staff and players. We had to celebrate at home instead of in the stadium!"
    • 13:35 For Sunderland John O'Shea has recovered from a foot injury to start, but Nicklas Bendtner is on the bench after a similar problem. Craig Gardner returns from suspension, but Titus Bramble (Achilles) Kieran Richardson and Sebastian Larsson (both hernia surgery) are out for the remainder of the season.
    • 13:30 For Fulham, striker Andy Johnson (groin), midfielders Simon Davies (hip), Steve Sidwell (hernia) and Bryan Ruiz (foot), plus defender Zdenek Grygera (knee) are all out.
    • 13:25 Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
    • 13:20 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak; Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta /// Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji; Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner
    • 13:15 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Fulham and Sunderland's Premier League match, kicking off at 2pm.
  • Summary

    • 88' Dempsey is left in a heap but Dembele has the ball, he runs the full length of the pitch and forces a great save from Mignolet!
    • 84' Weak kick from the Aussie hands it straight back to Sunderland, but Dempsey nicks it off Turner and races clear! He can get a second but great defending O'Shea to get back to clear! Shocker from Turner.
    • 76' JUST WIDE BY CAMPBELL! Bad miss after a long ball is flicked on by Bendtner, Campbell was clean through and had to score but dragged it past the far post.
    • 74' Sunderland counter from that and Sessegnon sends Bendtner clear, brilliant pass and he bends it high and wide!
    • 73' Fulham counter, Pogrebnyak on the ball, lovely little pass to Dempsey and he threads DEMBELE IN AND HE MUST SCORE but Mignolet flies out spreadeagled to save with his feet! Corner.
    • 58' Duff runs at Bardsley again and unleashes a fizzing drive that Mignolet parries away before bouncing on to the rebound!
    • 53' Off the line by Colback! The corner was only cleared as far as Dempsey on the edge of the box, he curled it top left but Colback was there to knock it over!
    • 52' Duff with a high cross in that Dempsey meets, blocked by Turner and in flies the Pog with the finish but blocked by Turner again and over for a corner!
    • 45+1 Danny Murphy gives the ball away and Cattermole releases Sessegnon but the Benin midfielder slips! Lucky escape for Fulham!
    • 43' McClean and Gardner over this one... I'd fancy McClean... but Gardner takes it and just wide of the bottom left!
    • 42' Riise appears to dispossess Sessegnon with a fine challenge but the referee points for a free-kick on the edge of the box! He got the ball!
    • 39' Dempsey threads it wide right to Duff, he takes on Bardsley and unleashes a shot with his left but low and just wide!
    • 35' GOAL FULHAM! Straight from kick-off and Dembele fires a long-range effort that's deflected off Turner and into the top left! 2-1!
    • 34' WHAT A GOAL BY PHIL BARDSLEY! A rocket of a right-foot shot from the edge of the box, flying into the top right. A really good goal, Cattermole inside to Ji, whose first-time lay-off is powered home by the full-back.
    • 23' Duff and Murphy with a one-two that sends Duff down the right, he delays the cross but it still lands for Pogrebnyak, who tries a volley but blocked by Turner!
    • 15' GREAT SAVE SCHWARZER! Sessegnon sprung the offside trap after Fulham thought they had stayed up, he cut inside to fire on goal but the Aussie made himself huge.
    • 12' GOAL FULHAM! Dempsey curls the free-kick into the top right corner, around the wall, near post so Mignolet won't be pleased but it was a fine strike. Way to hustle.
    • 7' Duff gets in space down the right, he cuts inside and Mignolet rushes out and the Irishman fires but the Belgian parries! Corner. Bardsley really struggling to deal with Duff.
    • 4' Superb cross by Duff from the right but it just flies over Pogrebnyak's head and beyond the far post!
    • 13:20 TEAMS - Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak; Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta /// Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji; Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner

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  1. #15, In your dreams, IF he goes anywhere it will be to­ a TOP team playing in the CL not for a big payday or a­ club with unrealistic expectations and an incoherent­ clueless manager.

    From Stalins Ghost, on Mon 7 May 16:34
  2. I hope Dempsey doesn't get injured before he comes­ to Liverpool.

    From MICHAEL, on Mon 7 May 13:52
  3. Been working so it's all after the event, but had a­ look at FoF and they reckon the other lot was dead bang­ spawny not to have had 4 or 5 stuck past em wot with­ the flowing footie Fulham woz playing. Cant wait for­ MOTD although no doubt we'll only get 1 n half mins­ at the death.

    From Stalins Ghost, on Sun 6 May 21:34
  4. cuttlefish aka joseph = SMB

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sun 6 May 20:25
  5. Quite a bit to be done in the summer Martin !!!

    From Joseph, on Sun 6 May 16:35
  6. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee­ eees!

    From malcolm, on Sun 6 May 15:53
  7. Tooon! Tooooooooooooooooooooon!! Go on Fulham....

    From malcolm, on Sun 6 May 15:51
  8. I......SAID...........L..O..S..E.... thats fulham­ ....

    From iain, on Sun 6 May 15:40
  9. come on you southern softies ,.......LOSE

    From iain, on Sun 6 May 15:39
  10. C'mon Sunderland!

    From Krzysztof, on Sun 6 May 15:18
  11. Bring on the Kacaniklic

    From Dobby, on Sun 6 May 14:58
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    Fulham need another goal before half time.

    From johnp, on Sun 6 May 14:35
  13. Sunderland please just win today, who cares about the­ points just win a game it has been a while !!!

    From , on Sun 6 May 13:28
  14. Cottlefish @3. Em ... writing doesn't appear to be­ your forte, so don't give up your day job ... but­ then, do you have one?

    From TruthRaider, on Sun 6 May 13:04
  15. go fulham. i bet sunderland will try and play for their­ usual 0-0 bore draw.

    From Juan, on Sat 5 May 22:17
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    3 goals Fulham

    From thomas, on Sat 5 May 22:15
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