Thursday 4 May 2006, 7:45pm at Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Barclays Premier League
Le Tallec 32'; Chris Brown 57'
Fulham FC
Radzinski 76'

32' Goal

Anthony Le Tallec

57' Goal

Chris Brown

29' Yellow Card

Steven Caldwell Card was given for a foul

42' Yellow Card

George McCartney Card was given for a foul

63' Yellow Card

Chris Brown Card was given for a foul

88' Yellow Card

Dean Whitehead Card was given for a foul

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin Kyle
Off:Justin Hoyte

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Daryl Murphy
Off:Anthony Le Tallec

76' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

50' Yellow Card

Simon Elliott Card was given for a foul

52' Yellow Card

Philippe Christanval Card was given for a foul

56' Yellow Card

Ian Pearce Card was given for a foul

90' Yellow Card

Wayne Bridge Card was given for a foul

18' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Luis Boa Morte

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Brian McBride

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Michael Brown
Off:Ian Pearce

Sunderland claimed their first home win of the season at the Stadium of Light despite a late rally from Chris Coleman’s side.

Anthony Le Tallec's glancing header put Sunderland ahead after 32 minutes and Justin Hoyte missed a great chance to make it 2-0 when he trod on the ball, but Chris Brown made no mistake after the break when he put Sunderland 2-0 and on course for their first home win of the season.

Tomasz Radzinski's curling shot from 18 yards out gave Fulham hope but Sunderland held on in a tense finish for a much-celebrated win.

Fulham were leading through a Brian McBride goal when the original fixture in April was abandoned in a blizzard, and they came into the match seeking a fourth straight win, which the Whites have never previously managed in the Premiership.

But Fulham’s chances took a knock early on when Boa Morte went off with what looked like a thigh injury, having fallen heavily after a foul by Andy Welsh.

There was little goalmouth action in the first half until Sunderland went ahead, with Welsh a key player in the move. He linked up well on the left with George McCartney, who fired in a cross, glanced into the far corner by Le Tallec's diving near-post header.

A rush of blood from Kelvin Davis nearly allowed Radzinski in to level for Fulham, but fortunately for the keeper the attack was snuffed out and turned into a counter-attack.

Nyron Nosworthy raced up the right wing and crossed to Hoyte, but he summed up Sunderland's season when he trod on the ball and fell over as the ball dribbled safely behind him.

Nosworthy was a key player in the second goal when it came, as Fulham keeper Crossley could only block his shot straight into the path of the advancing Brown, who netted.

The novelty of being in control of the match seemed to lessen Sunderland's concentration and it nearly proved costly when Fulham almost scored twice in as many minutes.

Radzinski curled in a shot from the edge of the box to pull one goal back before Collins John came within inches of an equaliser when he barged Gary Breen out of the way but put his shot just the wrong side of the post. The tension rose as the clock ticked down, but Sunderland managed to hold on. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Thursday 4 May 2006
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 28,226

Referee: Mike Riley


Line-up: Kelvin Davis; Hoyte (Kyle 74'), Caldwell, Breen, McCartney; Miller, Nosworthy, Whitehead, Welsh; Le Tallec (Murphy 81'), Chris Brown

Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Collins, Leadbitter


Line-up: Crossley; Rosenior, Pearce (Brown 69'), Christanval, Bridge; Malbranque, Elliott, Diop, Boa Morte (Radzinski 18'); McBride (John 69'), Helguson

Unused substitutes: Warner, Volz

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 37 91
2 Manchester United 37 80
3 Liverpool 37 79
4 Arsenal 37 64
5 Tottenham Hotspur 37 63
6 Blackburn Rovers 37 60
7 Newcastle United 37 55
8 Bolton Wanderers 37 53
9 West Ham United 37 52
10 Wigan Athletic 37 51
11 Everton 37 49
12 Charlton Athletic 37 47
13 Middlesbrough 37 45
14 Fulham 37 45
15 Manchester City 37 43
16 Aston Villa 37 39
17 Portsmouth 37 38
18 Birmingham City 37 34
19 West Bromwich Albion 37 30
20 Sunderland 37 15
Sunderland (4-4-2)
  • 1Kelvin Davis
  • 32Justin Hoyte
  • 6Steven Caldwell
  • 5Gary Breen
  • 3George McCartney
  • 14Tommy Miller
  • 33Nyron Nosworthy
  • 6Dean Whitehead
  • 7Andrew Welsh
  • 17Anthony Le Tallec
  • 9Chris Brown
  • 1Ben Alnwick
  • 15Danny Collins
  • 18Grant Leadbitter
  • Kevin Kyle
  • 14Daryl Murphy
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Crossley
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 19Philippe Christanval
  • 31Wayne Bridge
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 27Simon Elliott
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 20Brian McBride
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 9Michael Brown
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 15Collins John