Sunday November 18, 2012 Day 12 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 1 - 3 Sunderland

  • Petric 62’
  • Fletcher 50’
  • Cuéllar 65’
  • Sessegnon 70’

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  1. Premier League - Sunderland punish 10-man Fulham

    Premier League - Sunderland punish 10-man Fulham

    Sunderland finally found their attacking stride, exploiting a first-half red card shown to Brede Hangeland to defeat Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Sunderland
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    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Sunderland exploit Hangeland's red card to the full, Sessegnon scoring the pick of the goals for the visitors as they come away from their trip to London with all three points and, just as satisfyingly, three goals.
    • 90+4' Petric has a shot deflected just over the bar as Fulham push right until the end. Riise then delivers the corner which is headed away. Fulham regain possession and work the ball to Hughes who has a low effort clasped by Mignolet.
    • 90+3' Sidwell now takes possession and unleashes a firm drive from 25 yards. However, a sea of Sunderland shirts converge to block the ball.
    • 90+2' Berbatov tries an indulgent scooped pass for Rodallega and it almost comes off. Why not? This game is lost anyway.
    • 90+1' McClean advances through the centre and produces a disappointing shot. Johnson wanted a pass there.
    • 90' We will have a minimum of four minutes of added time.
    • 89' Fulham try to play in Rodallega with a straight ball down the middle but Sunderland mop up with ease.
    • 88' Sunderland are making their man advantage count here by string together passes and running the clock down.
    • 87' Cattermole and Berbatov clash and have to be pulled apart. The Sunderland skipper is booked for his part in the incident.
    • 86' Sunderland are looking to hold onto the ball and restrict Fulham's chances but they should have done enough for a win here.
    • 85' Time is running out for Fulham now. You feel they really had to score that Petric chance.
    • 83' What a save! Petric takes a fine touch to lose Cuellar following a pass from Rodallega but Mignolet pulls off a fantastic save to stop the ball curling into the far corner.
    • 82' Stat from Opta: "This is the eighth time that Sunderland have scored three second-half goals away from home in a PL match, and the first time since January in the 4-1 victory at Wigan. They have never scored more than three away goals in the second-half of a PL match."
    • 80' A snapshot from Rodallega flies wide of the upright. Fulham are tiring now, having played a large portion of this game with only 10 men.
    • 79' A change for Sunderland as David Vaughan provides fresh legs in midfield in place of Colback.
    • 78' Great chance for Fulham! Sidwell gets free in the box but takes a touch too many as Mignolet races off his line to block the ball.
    • 76' Fletcher has the goal in the net following a sweeping move from Sunderland but he is offside. Some respite for Fulham.
    • 75' Rodallega stands over the free kick but he strikes the ball into the wall.
    • 74' O'Shea trips Rodallega 20 yards from goal to earn a booking. A free kick in a central position.
    • 73' Stat from Infostrada: "Stephane Sessegnon scores his first goal in 19 PL matches, since netting in the 3-1 home win over QPR in March. Sunderland have won their last five PL matches that Sessegnon has scored in."
    • 71' A change for Sunderland as James McClean comes on for Larsson.
    • 70' GOAL! Fulham 1-3 Sunderland! Absolutely brilliant from Sessegnon. Sunderland break despite having a man down due to injury and Johnson plays the ball square to the forward. He approaches the box and unleashes a brilliant swerving effort that catches the far post and nestles in the net.
    • 69' A shameless dive from Petric fools referee Probert and gives Fulham a free kick in a good position. Petric strikes it but his effort catches the wall and deflects behind.
    • 68' Stat from Opta: "Sunderland have become the final team to score a headed goal in the Premier League this season."
    • 67' Petric was caught by Cuellar as he scored the goal and appears to still be leaking blood from a wound to his leg. He certainly isn't 100 per cent.
    • 66' Petric is back on for Fulham but he is hobbling about. Having made three substitutions they need to get anything out of him they can.
    • 65' GOAL! Fulham 1-2 Sunderland! Petric is still off nursing his injury and Fulham are left exposed at a corner as Cuellar is left free from a corner. Though Sidwell tries to get across the Spaniard is able to power a header in off the post.
    • 63' Oh dear. Petric appears to have injured himself and he needs treatment. Fulham down to nine men and they have made all their changes.
    • 62' GOAL! Fulham 1-1 Sunderland! Fulham get lucky when a mishit shot from Rodallega finds Duff in the box but he controls well before picking out Petric in the centre, who sweeps home a left-foot shot from eight yards.
    • 61' Larsson with a glorious little turn 20 yards from goal and he plays a square pass to Johnson, who controls and bends a superb shot at goal. It looks to be sneaking inside the post but Schwarzer dives full length to get a palm to it.
    • 60' Petric is straight into the thick of things as he gets in behind O'Shea to meet a header from Rodallega. Mignolet is drawn out but the Croatian fizzes his shot over from an angle.
    • 60' Ruiz is forced off and he is replaced by Mladen Petric.
    • 59' Johnson thumps a volley over the post but the winger has already been flagged for offside. It was a marginal decision. He gets a booking for kicking the ball away.
    • 57' Another blow for Fulham here as Ruiz appears to have done a hamstring. This will probably mean Fulham's third change.
    • 56' Riise finds space in the box when running onto a pass from Ruiz but the Norwegian just strayed offside.
    • 55' "Steven Fletcher, he scores when he wants," sing the Sunderland fans. Which is fortunate given none of their other players can.
    • 54' Sidwell catches Cattermole late on the ankle and that is a clear booking.
    • 53' Stat from Infostrada: "Steven Fletcher scores. It is his sixth PL goal of the season. In total, he has scored 75 per cent of Sunderland’s PL goals this season."
    • 52' Fulham fans want a penalty when Rodallega leaps into the air and goes to ground under minimal contact from Bardsley. Never a spot-kick.
    • 51' Just 14 seconds separated Riise's shot against the bar and Fletcher's goal. It was supremely well executed.
    • 50' GOAL! Sunderland go straight up the other end and score! Johnson spots Fletcher and curls a wonderful 40 -yard pass into the path of the striker. His first touch is glorious as he takes the ball in his stride and the second is deadly as he pokes it home.
    • 50' Fulham hit the bar! Riise's shot deflects up and off the defender and nicks the woodwork!
    • 49' Berbatov pounces on a mistake from Bardsley and exchanges a series of passes with Ruiz. However, the two fail to make headway down the left wing.
    • 47' Johnson spots Fletcher in a pocket of space and whips a low pass into the striker. However, it is just behind him and Fletcher fails to control the ball as he sticks out a leg in desperation.
    • 46' KICK OFF! We are back underway, 10-man Fulham kicking right to left.
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    • 45+2' No further action in the first half and boos ring out at Craven Cottage - directed at referee Probert by the home fans of course. Hangeland's dismissal the big talking point.
    • 45' We will have a minimum of two minutes added time at Craven Cottage.
    • 44' Composure in spades from Riise as he chests a cross down to Schwarzer at the back post.
    • 43' Ouch. Fulham win a free kick 30 yards from goal and Riise's hammered effort catches a Sunderland player in the face. As play continues, Berbatov drags a shot just wide of the far post.
    • 42' A big chance for Sunderland! Sessegnon wriggles free in the box but with just the keeper to beat tries to square for Fletcher, allowing Hughes to stick a boot in and intercept. He could have gone for the shot there - but lacking confidence he opted to pass on responsibility.
    • 41' Stat from Infostrada: "Brede Hangeland receives Fulham’s first red since May 2011, when Zoltan Gera was dismissed against Arsenal in the 2-2 draw on the final day of the 2010-11 season."
    • 40' Johnson, finally, gets into the game with a dangerous cross from the left and Fletcher tries to stick out a boot to get to the ball ahead of Senderos. He can't make a clean connection though.
    • 39' Now the assistant gets a mouthful of abuse from Duff after giving Sunderland a decision. Not a happy bunch, Fulham.
    • 38' That will be the big talking point post game and I think Jol may be unhappy. The Fulham fans certainly are as they tell referee Lee Probert he doesn't know what he is doing.
    • 37' We have just seen a replay of the Hangeland incident from a new angle and this time it looks as though it may not have been quite two-footed. Still, he went off the ground with his studs showing.
    • 36' Fulham are pressed into a second change as Karagounis makes way for Philippe Senderos. Jol needs four defenders on the pitch.
    • 35' Fletcher has his first chance of the game as he pulls the trigger 20 yards out but a Fulham player gets a block in to send the ball spinning high into the air.
    • 34' The Fulham fans are furious when Rose slides in on Riether, especially after just seeing Hangeland sent off. But his feet were on the ground and it was one-footed. Not even a foul.
    • 32' Fulham find themselves at a disadvantage but it is they who come forward with intent. Duff has the ball to the left of the box and plays a square pass to Berbatov, who produces a weak effort that rolls right to Mignolet. Should have done better.
    • 31' Hangeland gets the now customary round of applause from his own supporters despite letting the team down with a silly challenge.
    • 30' RED CARD! Hangeland is off after a stupid two-footed tackle on Cattermole. He was high, both feet were off the ground, what did he expect?
    • 29' Sunderland look desperately short of ideas at the moment: the latest venture seems them thump a long ball forward to Schwarzer. No danger inherent in that.
    • 28' Yes, it does appear that Rodallega will be stepping straight in for Kacaniklic on the left wing. No shift in formation required. It's a role he played at times for Wigan.
    • 27' Indeed he will. Kacaniklic hobbles off as striker Hugo Rodallega comes on in his place. Rodallega will presumably drift wide to the left.
    • 26' Fulham have a problem as young Swedish winger Kacaniklic is down requiring treatment on his right leg. By the look on his face he could well be coming off.
    • 25' Lovely from Riise as he evades Cattermole with a cheeky little backheel. Fulham the better, more inventive side so far, but this game is a bit slack.
    • 24' Just one shot on target for each side so far. Mind you, that's far better than the average for Sunderland this season. They hit the target once every 60 minutes.
    • 22' Riether tries to join in with Ruiz and Berbatov's fun with a scooped pass down the line but it goes out of play. He doesn't quite have the technique of his two team-mates.
    • 21' Nice from Berbatov as he takes control of the ball in midfield and spreads it to the right. However, Rose is alert when Fulham try to play in Duff and holds off the winger just as he threatens to burst clear on goal.
    • 20' Now O'Shea is responsible for putting Kacaniklic on his bum. Taking no prisoners today, the Sunderland centre-back.
    • 19' A promising build-up from Fulham ends when Steve Sidwell produces a weak shot at goal from 15 yards. The midfielder was teed up by a tremendous flicked pass from Berbatov, who wanted the return ball.
    • 17' O'Shea gives Berbatov a bit of a shove by the touchline and the striker goes spilling over the advertising hoardings before picking himself up gingerly. You won't find much more of an intimate arena than Craven Cottage - the fans are basically overhanging the pitch.
    • 16' A loose pass from Karagounis gifts possession to Sunderland 25 yards from goal but after jinking away from his man to find space, Sessegnon is guilty of a horrid pass when trying to play in Johnson to the left.
    • 15' Stat from Opta: "Fulham have won five and lost just one of the eight Premier League meetings with Sunderland on home soil."
    • 14' Berbatov goes a fraction too early for a through-pass and is just caught offside. He gets a shot away before the whistle blows and is a picture of frustration.
    • 13' Duff produces a decent cross from the right after executing a clever dummy and allowing the ball to run past him. Cuellar's touch from the cross is dreadful but luckily for Sunderland the ball rolls to keeper Mignolet.
    • 12' Larsson pokes a pass wide to Fletcher on the right and Hughes is forced into a sprawling challenge to prevent the striker from returning the ball to his team-mate just inside the box. Corner to Sunderland, but it is wasted.
    • 11' Fulham win their first corner of the game and Carlos Cuellar gets a strong head to Ruiz's delivery to clear for Sunderland. It was a poor delivery from the forward in truth.
    • 10' Berbatov is the target of a cross again, this time from the left, but he can't get the necessary contact on Kacaniklic's cross and Simon Mignolet is untroubled.
    • 9' A rash of poor tackles ends with a clumsy foul from Sascha Riether. From the free kick, Stephane Sessegnon takes the ball forward and smashes a shot over the bar from 25 yards. Very ambitious.
    • 8' Brede Hangeland advances from the back and plays in Berbatov with a lovely little through-ball. However, the striker finds himself surrounded by bodies and can't dig out a shot.
    • 7' Stat from Infostrada: "Sunderland haven’t won a Premier League match in the month of November for two years, since they won 3-0 away at Chelsea on 14 November 2010."
    • 6' Now Sunderland go in search of an opening goal and they work the ball well to Larsson on the right, who produces a rather disappointing cross that floats into the hands of Mark Schwarzer at the keeper's near post.
    • 5' Berbatov did well to get to the ball ahead of former Manchester United team-mate John O'Shea and that is an encouraging early sign for the home side.
    • 4' The first chance of the game falls to, no surprise, Berbatov. John Arne Riise picks out Duff on the right with a searching 50-yard pass and the Irishman's cross is turned wide by a flicked header from the striker.
    • 3' Ruiz is, as expected, playing in behind Berbatov and is dropping quite deep at present. Cattermole will be looking to keep him on a tight leash today.
    • 2' Ruiz almost puts Fulham in trouble with a misdirected header but Aaron Hughes tidies up at the back. Both sides feeling each other out at present.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Fulham are in their white with grey pinstripes, Sunderland in a change kit of navy with emerald trim. Or something like that anyway. I'm not an expert on colours.
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    • 15:50 Time for some stats from Opta: "Dimitar Berbatov has been directly involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in just seven league appearances for Fulham since his move to Craven Cottage. Fulham have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season (14). Louis Saha has scored six Premier League goals against Fulham; only against Chelsea (7) has he been more prolific."
    • 15:45 Martin O'Neill: “I want to do really well here at the football club. There is a timescale because I have a contract. And if I have not lifted the side into a proper position, I will move over and give it to someone else, who would be better equipped – but that hasn’t happened yet."
    • 15:40 Martin Jol: “Sunderland have conceded half the goals we’ve conceded. They’ve had six draws; four draws away from home in six games so it’s not an easy match. They conceded less goals than almost any other team in the league probably so they are well organised and they’ve got players like [James] McClean, [Steven] Fletcher, [Stephane] Sessegnon – who had a great season last year."
    • 15:35 There is a rather obvious narrative to this game. Only the two Manchester clubs have scored more than Fulham's 24 goals in 11 games so far this season, while Sunderland have the lowest tally in the league with only seven. Indeed, they average a shot on target only every 60 minutes. The next worst figure is 28 minutes (Stoke and Villa).
    • 15:30 Sunderland are a bit more of a rigid 4-2-3-1 and they make two changes with Phil Bardsley replacing Craig Gardner and Lee Cattermole coming back into the midfield. James McClean is the man to miss out as Adam Johnson switches to the left wing and Seb Larsson heads right.
    • 15:25 Fulham are without Chris Baird due to suspension and Kieran Richardson due to injury so Giorgios Karagounis and Damien Duff come into the side. Ashkan Dejagah also drops to the bench with Alexander Kacaniklic coming in. Jol's team line up in a rough 4-2-3-1.
    • 15:20 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith, Stockdale. /// Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha.
    • 15:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between Fulham and Sunderland. It's Martin Jol's entertainers against Martin O'Neill's boredom merchants.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' Petric has a shot deflected just over the bar as Fulham push right until the end. Riise then delivers the corner which is headed away. Fulham regain possession and work the ball to Hughes who has a low effort clasped by Mignolet.
    • 83' What a save! Petric takes a fine touch to lose Cuellar following a pass from Rodallega but Mignolet pulls off a fantastic save to stop the ball curling into the far corner.
    • 78' Great chance for Fulham! Sidwell gets free in the box but takes a touch too many as Mignolet races off his line to block the ball.
    • 70' GOAL! Fulham 1-3 Sunderland! Absolutely brilliant from Sessegnon. Sunderland break despite having a man down due to injury and Johnson plays the ball square to the forward. He approaches the box and unleashes a brilliant swerving effort that catches the far post and nestles in the net.
    • 65' GOAL! Fulham 1-2 Sunderland! Petric is still off nursing his injury and Fulham are left exposed at a corner as Cuellar is left free from a corner. Though Sidwell tries to get across the Spaniard is able to power a header in off the post.
    • 62' GOAL! Fulham 1-1 Sunderland! Fulham get lucky when a mishit shot from Rodallega finds Duff in the box but he controls well before picking out Petric in the centre, who sweeps home a left-foot shot from eight yards.
    • 61' Larsson with a glorious little turn 20 yards from goal and he plays a square pass to Johnson, who controls and bends a superb shot at goal. It looks to be sneaking inside the post but Schwarzer dives full length to get a palm to it.
    • 60' Petric is straight into the thick of things as he gets in behind O'Shea to meet a header from Rodallega. Mignolet is drawn out but the Croatian fizzes his shot over from an angle.
    • 50' GOAL! Sunderland go straight up the other end and score! Johnson spots Fletcher and curls a wonderful 40 -yard pass into the path of the striker. His first touch is glorious as he takes the ball in his stride and the second is deadly as he pokes it home.
    • 50' Fulham hit the bar! Riise's shot deflects up and off the defender and nicks the woodwork!
    • 30' RED CARD! Hangeland is off after a stupid two-footed tackle on Cattermole. He was high, both feet were off the ground, what did he expect?
    • 19' A promising build-up from Fulham ends when Steve Sidwell produces a weak shot at goal from 15 yards. The midfielder was teed up by a tremendous flicked pass from Berbatov, who wanted the return ball.
    • 4' The first chance of the game falls to, no surprise, Berbatov. John Arne Riise picks out Duff on the right with a searching 50-yard pass and the Irishman's cross is turned wide by a flicked header from the striker.
    • 15:20 TEAMS: Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic, Duff, Ruiz, Berbatov. Subs: Stockdale, Senderos, Petric, Rodallega, Dejagah, Smith, Stockdale. /// Mignolet, Bardsley, Rose, Cuellar, O'Shea, Cattermole, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, McClean, Saha.
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