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Sunderland 0 Fulham 3

A rarity, a Fulham away win, our first this season and a win that would have netted any punters willing to stake a few bob on that result a fortune with that score-line.

After the resounding 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers, Mark Hughes slightly shuffled his starting eleven for the trip to Sunderland. Philippe Senderos came in for his first Fulham appearance, in place of Brede Hangeland, Gael Kakuta and Bobby Zamora came in up front in place of Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey.

Fulham didn`t start the game well, in fact they looked a little lacklustre and sluggish with Sunderland controlling matters without testing Mark Schwarzer. But, just past the half way mark in the half, Fulham created a decent chance. A cross from Simon Davies found Eidur Gudjohnsem but his effort, on the turn, flew well over the crossbar.

Sunderland could have gone ahead when a clearance form Senderos was charged down by Fulham old-boy, Steed Malbranque but the Frenchman could only put effort, from eighteen yards, wide.

With thirty-three minutes played, Fulham took the lead with a first goal in English football from Gael Kakuta. Bobby Zamora played the ball in and Kakuta, despite looking as if he wasn`t going to score, beat a couple of defenders before firing under the keeper from some eight yards out.

As half time approached, Sunderland wasted a good chance to go level when Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon exchanged passes only for the former to shoot, rather meekly, straight at Schwarzer.

With hopes of a rare away win high, Fulham were not to let us down in the second half. Sunderland may have had the first decent chance when Malbranque put through Sessegnon in a one on one situation he wasted, but Fulham were to double their lead with sixty-one minutes on the clock.

Sidwell had space galore down the left and when he fed Simon Davies the ex-Welsh international made no mistake with his shot. Twelve minutes later the game was well out of the reach of the home side when Davies got his second goal of the game.

This one though wasn`t quite as elegant as his first. Zamora fed a square ball to Davies and the Welshman bundled the ball home. 3-0 away from home, this is dreamland!



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Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday April 30 2011

Time: 6:00PM

Your Comments

Ugly display, particularly in the 1st half, but a brilliant result. Well done.
Teddy_KGB
well done to all.....now lets go do the brummies for our last away game of this season!
Leonestar
first half, we were lucky to end on top... as the us commentators said, all sunderland's chances fell to the wrong players... steed hasn't scored in 80 appearanes and cattermole's not the finest goal scorer... but i'll take it and our goal differential might be at a season high!
woodysweats
oh and that was not a very convincing performance from senderos... mental gaffe giving the ball away and then getting into a scuffle for no real reason... that's not how we do it here, boy... he and salcido make a frightening left side of the defense, but frightening for the fans...
woodysweats
anyone else think Sunderland are on the slide?
Putney
don't forget they had no forwards, but yes, Bruce is on teh slippery slope!
Al Billy
how many points in the last 30 - is it 4?
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