Saturday 11 January 2014, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Sidwell 52'
Adam Johnson 29', 69', (pen) 85'; Ki Sung-Yueng 41'

52' Goal

Steve Sidwell
Assist by Damien Duff

37' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

40' Yellow Card

John Arne Riise Card was given for a foul

59' Yellow Card

Scott Parker

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Adel Taarabt

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Damien Duff

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Darren Bent
Off:Clint Dempsey

29' Goal

Adam Johnson

41' Goal

Ki Sung-Yueng
Assist by Adam Johnson

69' Goal

Adam Johnson
Assist by Ki Sung-Yueng

85' Penalty

Adam Johnson

30' Yellow Card

Phillip Bardsley Card shown to player for time wasting

58' Yellow Card

Jack Colback Card was given for a foul

70' Yellow Card

Adam Johnson Card was given for celebrating in an unsporting manner

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jozy Altidore
Off:Steven Fletcher

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sebastian Larsson
Off:Fabio Borini

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ondrej Celustka
Off:Adam Johnson

Fulham’s recent good form came to an end in a heavy home defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Fulham’s recent good form came to an end in a heavy home defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland, with Adam Johnson hitting a hat-trick for the visitors.

Johnson put the Black Cats in front when he won and took a 29th-minute free-kick which curled over the wall and past David Stockdale, who could only get a hand on the effort.

Ki Sung-Yueng then made it 2-0 in the 41st minute when he fired home Johnson’s pull-back from a free-kick through a crowd of players, but Steve Sidwell gave the Whites hope shortly after the restart when he nodded in Damien Duff’s corner.

Johnson grabbed his second in the 69th minute, slotting in Ki’s throughball, before the England international sealed his treble and the points late on when he scored from the spot after Philippe Senderos had been harshly adjudged to have tripped substitute Jozy Altidore.

After a respite from league action in the FA Cup with Budweiser last weekend, René Meulensteen reverted to type by making one change from the team that defeated West Ham United on New Year’s Day, with Clint Dempsey starting in place of Kieran Richardson for his second home debut. Neil Etheridge was on the bench after returning from his loan spell at Crewe Alexandra.

Fulham began well in bright sunshine at the Cottage, knocking the ball around with ease. The Whites had an early chance in the sixth minute when Dimitar Berbatov rose at the back post to meet an Adel Taarabt corner but couldn’t get enough on his close-range header and saw it bounce into the grateful arms of Vito Mannone.

Three minutes later and Berbatov was guilty of an uncharacteristic loss of composure in front of goal. After Sascha Riether robbed Wes Brown of possession near the halfway line, the right-back burst forward before delivering a low cross to the unmarked Berbatov. A goal looked inevitable but the Bulgarian seemed to lose his footing and shanked his left-footed effort well wide.

Taarabt and Dempsey shot wide from distance, before Stockdale was called into action for the first time, diving to his left to push away Phil Bardsley’s left-footed drive from just outside the box. The stop was even more impressive given Bardsley’s effort took a deflection off his own teammate in Jack Colback.

Sunderland went close again in the 21st minute. Johnson’s deep free-kick found John O’Shea lurking at the far post. He nodded back across goal where Steven Fletcher rose but could only direct his header over the bar under pressure from Stockdale.

At the other end, Dempsey picked up a loose ball in midfield and fed Taarabt who jinked this way and that before forcing Mannone into a good stop at his near post. Berbatov then tried a spectacular overhead kick from Duff’s cross but got his effort all wrong and shinned his shot behind.

But it was Sunderland who went in front in the 29th minute. After Johnson cut inside and won a free-kick off Sidwell, the winger picked himself up to curl the 20-yard effort over the wall and into the right-hand corner of the net. Stockdale got a firm hand on it but could only help it into the net.

Scott Parker let fly with an ambitious effort from distance that flew well over, before Dempsey had the ball in the net but saw the strike ruled out following a foul by Berbatov in the build-up.

Fulham nerves were jangling in the 35th minute. Stockdale dropped a routine catch from a Ki free-kick and Marcos Alonso pounced on the loose ball but saw his shot cleared from near the line by Fernando Amorebieta. Sidwell then went into the book – somewhat harshly - for catching Colback.

Riise followed Sidwell into Mike Dean’s notebook in the 40th minute for a late tackle on Fabio Borini and from the resulting free-kick, Ki peeled away to meet Johnson’s pull-back and send a shot through a crowd of players and past an unsighted Stockdale.

Taarabt then fired high and wide from distance before a disappointing first half for Fulham came to an end.

The next goal was going to prove crucial and it was Fulham who got it six minutes into the second half when Sidwell ducked low to meet Duff’s corner and head in from six yards for his fifth goal of the season.

Parker was shown a yellow card for a poor challenge on Johnson in the 59th minute, before Stockdale palmed Lee Cattermole’s deflected shot around the post. Fulham then made their first change, with Pajtim Kasami replacing Taarabt in a move that saw Dempsey switch to a role just off Berbatov.

Ashkan Dejagah came on for Duff in the 67th minute but 60 seconds later it was 3-1 to Sunderland as the Black Cats hit Fulham on the break. Ki and Altidore exchanged passes before the South Korean slid the ball beyond an exposed John Arne Riise to Johnson who fired through the legs of Stockdale from a tight angle.

Kasami saw a cross almost loop in but Mannone managed to get a fingertip on it in the 77th minute, before Darren Bent entered the fray for Dempsey. The former Sunderland striker was roundly booed by the away fans.

Fulham’s misery was complete when Johnson sent Stockdale the wrong way from the spot to complete his hat-trick after Senderos had been adjudged to have fouled Altidore. The Swiss defender left a trailing leg but the American certainly executed a spectacular fall.

Sidwell saw a late effort scrambled clear by Mannone and Kasami fired just wide but the damage was done.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 January 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,564

Referee: Mike Dean


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, John Arne Riise; Parker, Sidwell; Duff (Dejagah 68'), Taarabt (Kasami 63'), Dempsey (Bent 79'); Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Kacaniklic, Richardson

Head Coach: Rene Meulensteen


Line-up: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Ki Sung-Yueng, Cattermole, Colback; Adam Johnson (Celustka 87'), Fletcher (Jozy Altidore 66'), Borini (Larsson 75')

Unused substitutes: Pickford, Gardner, Giaccherini, Ji Dong-Won

Manager: Gus Poyet

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 21 46
2 Arsenal 20 45
3 Manchester City 20 44
4 Everton 21 41
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 40
6 Liverpool 20 39
7 Manchester United 20 34
8 Newcastle United 20 33
9 Southampton 21 30
10 Hull City 21 23
11 Aston Villa 20 23
12 Stoke City 20 22
13 Swansea City 20 21
14 West Bromwich Albion 21 21
15 Norwich City 21 20
16 Fulham 21 19
17 West Ham United 21 18
18 Cardiff City 21 18
19 Sunderland 21 17
20 Crystal Palace 21 17
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 32Clint Dempsey
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 39Darren Bent
  • Rene Meulensteen
Sunderland (4-3-3)
  • 25Vito Mannone
  • 2Phillip Bardsley
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 5Wes Brown
  • 28Marcos Alonso
  • 4Ki Sung-Yueng
  • 33Lee Cattermole
  • 14Jack Colback
  • 11Adam Johnson
  • 9Steven Fletcher
  • 31Fabio Borini
  • 13Jordan Pickford
  • 12Ondrej Celustka
  • 7Sebastian Larsson
  • 8Craig Gardner
  • 23Emanuele Giaccherini
  • 17Jozy Altidore
  • 27Ji Dong-Won
  • Gus Poyet
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • The Whites are punished twice on the break after Steve Sidwell's goal, as Adam Johnson completes his hat-trick.
  • 90 Four minutes added time.
  • 86 Fulham 1-4 Sunderland. Altidore is in on goal, and he's tripped by Senderos. Johnson completes his hat-trick from the spot.
  • 82 Parker and Riether take a quick short corner and the Captain's ball in causes chaos in the Sunderland area but it's scrambled away.
  • 80 Dejagah produces a fine turn of pace and feeds Berbatov, but his shot is deflected out for a corner.
  • 79 That's all for Dempsey, he's being replaced by Bent.
  • 76 Sunderland continue to look dangerous on the counter-attack, with Ki pulling the strings. Kasami's deflected cross almost drops in, but Mannone palms it away.
  • 73 It's a mountain to climb for the Whites now as Sunderland sit back. We're stretching the play, but there's no way through.
  • 69 Fulham 1-3 Sunderland. The Whites are piling on the pressure but Sunderland break and Johnson slots in his second from Ki's pass.
  • 68 Another change for the Whites, with Dejagah replacing Duff.
  • 66 Sunderland are keeping ten men behind the ball, and there's a change to the front man - Fletcher for Altidore.
  • 65 More good play in wide areas from the Whites, with Riether crossing for Dempsey but the header goes over.
  • 62 Stockdale launches himself across goal to make a save from Cattermole's shot. Kasami is on for Taarabt.
  • 60 It's real end-to-end stuff now and the Whites look for the equaliser and Sunderland try to counter. Duff and Dempsey are blocked out.
  • 59 It's a yellow card for Parker now after the referee lets play go on and Borini shoots wide.
  • 58 Colback is shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Taarabt.
  • 56 The Whites have hit another gear now and Riether shows superb skill to go past two defenders and cross. It's well cleared for a Whites corner.
  • 51 More Whites pressure results in Riise crossing and Alonso clearing for a corner. Duff's delivery is headed in by Sidwell!
  • 50 A decent opening emerges for Riether as he wriggles around the back of Alonso but his low cross is fired into the arms of Mannone.
  • Out come the Whites as they try to turn this game around. Taarabt and Berbatov kick off, attacking the Hammersmith End.
  • Fulham 0-2 Sunderland. The Whites are chasing the game after set-piece goals from Johnson and Ki give put the Black Cats ahead.
  • 41 Fulham 0-2 Sunderland. Ki fires in low from Johnson's free-kick to double the lead.
  • 40 Riise is shown a yellow card after he mistimes a tackle and Borini takes a dramatic tumble.
  • 38 Good interception from Senderos as the defender blocks Borini's headed attempt from Ki's cross.
  • 36 Sidwell is shown a yellow card following what seemed a fairly innocuous trip on Colback.
  • 33 Dempsey has the ball in the net following a rasping half volley, but Berbatov is adjudged to have fouled O'Shea in the build up, so it's ruled out.
  • 31 Aiming to provide an immediate response, Taarabt hits another effort from distance. Mannone scampers back but the ball flies over.
  • 30 Bardsley loses control of the ball and concedes a throw in. He boots the ball away well after the referees whistle and receives a yellow card.
  • 28 Fulham 0-1 Sunderland. Johnson's fast feet take him past Sidwell and he draws the free-kick. The winger lines up the shot and curls the ball into the top corner from 20 yards.
  • 24 A Whites breakaway nearly punishes Sunderland, with Berbatov finding Taarabt but Mannone pulls off a good block from his shot.
  • 19 A close shave for the Whites. As O'Shea heads Johnson's free-kick across goal, Fletcher reacts first but heads over from six yards.
  • 17 Fine save from Stockdale, diving to his left, to prevent Bardsley's strike from the edge of the area.
  • 16 Taarabt is brough down by Cattermole, and the Whites take a short free-kick. It falls to Dempsey, who skews a shot across the face of goal.
  • 14 Sustained pressure from the Whites leads to another opportunity. With Sunderland camped inside their own defensive third, Taarabt lets fly from 25 yards but the shot goes wide.
  • 13 Terrific footwork from Berbabtov opens up space for Duff to cross, and the ball almost finds Dempsey on the stretch but O'Shea gets there first.
  • 11 A good combination between Borini and Fletcher is snuffed out by Riether's quick thinking, and the German clears the danger.
  • 9 Riether does brilliantly to break away on the right and delivers perfectly for Berbatov, who mistimes his strike from ten yards and the ball lands harmlessly wide.
  • 6 Berbatov does well to win a corner, which Taarabt whips in towards the Bulgarian. He angles it towards goal but Mannone collects.
  • 5 The Whites are moving the ball around well as Sunderland keep ten men in their own half, with Fletcher their only target.
  • 3 Johnson skips away from Riise and our left-back catches his foot for a free-kick. The Whites comfortably clear to safety.
  • 1 The Whites state their intentions from kick-off. Dempsey and Riise both line up long range shots, but good defending prevents both efforts.
  • Sunderland get us started at Craven Cottage, with Fulham attacking the Putney End. Clint Dempsey receives loud cheers and a warm welcome back from the Whites faithful.
  • René Meulensteen makes one change from our last Premier League game, with Clint Dempsey making his Craven Cottage return in place of Kieran Richardson.
  • Sunderland: Mannone; Bardsley, O'Shea, Brown, Alonso; Cattermole; Johnson, Colback, Ki, Borini; Fletcher.
  • Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Senderos, Amorebieta, Riise; Duff, Parker, Sidwell, Dempsey; Taarabt; Berbatov.
  • It's a crisp, sunny, winter's day as the Whites welcome Sunderland to Craven Cottage, searching for a second straight home victory.