Saturday 24 January 2015, 3:00pm at Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland
Sunderland
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

30' Yellow Card

Jack Rodwell

55' Yellow Card

Sebastián Coates

66' 2nd Yellow Card

Jack Rodwell

86' Yellow Card

William Buckley

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Connor Wickham
Off:Steven Fletcher

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:William Buckley
Off:Billy Jones

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ross McCormack
Off:Moussa Dembele

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kacaniklic
Off:Seko Fofana

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Cauley Woodrow

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Fulham and Sunderland played out a goalless draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Fulham and Sunderland played out a goalless draw in the Fourth Round of the FA Cup at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

Throughout the 90 minutes the Whites were more than a match for their Barclays Premier League counterparts, who had Jack Rodwell sent off for two bookable offences midway through the second half.

Marcus Bettinelli made a number of quality saves to keep Sunderland at bay after the interval, although Fulham went closest to winning the tie when substitute Hugo Rodallega hit the post late on.

The teams will now meet again in a Replay at Craven Cottage on Tuesday 3rd February (7.45pm).

Kit Symons made four changes to the side that defeated Nottingham Forest three days earlier. Rodallega, Alexander Kačaniklić and Wednesday’s match-winner Ross McCormack dropped to the bench, while Scott Parker missed out with an ankle knock. Bryan Ruiz, Cauley Woodrow and Moussa Dembélé came into the starting XI, and Lasse Vigen Christensen also made a welcome return from injury. Nikolay Bodurov was given the captain’s armband in Parker’s absence.

A well hit Billy Jones cross caused marginal concern early on but Shaun Hutchinson and Bodurov combined to avert the danger, and the first shot arrived on seven minutes when Rodwell hit a powerful effort that Christensen managed to deflect over for a corner that came to nothing.

Fulham’s first attempt on goal arrived shortly before the quarter of an hour mark following some good link-up play on the edge of the Sunderland box by Woodrow and Christensen, but the former’s left-footed effort from 20 yards lacked power and Vito Mannone was able to easily get down to save.

The pair combined again moments later, playing a neat one-two that ended with Woodrow smashing in an angled strike that hit a Sunderland body before flying over the bar. The Whites caused problems from the resultant corner, too, as Seko Fofana dribbled beyond three defenders before squaring to Woodrow, who saw his shot blocked.

Fulham were playing without fear against their Premier League opponents, and Dembélé was next to go close as he drew a flying save from Mannone, before Fofana’s follow-up sailed way over the bar.

The first caution of the game was awarded to Rodwell on half an hour. He went in hard and high on Kostas Stafylidis, and was maybe fortunate that referee Anthony Taylor opted for a yellow card rather than red.

The Black Cats had gone a while without threatening but almost took the lead on 33 minutes when Sebastian Larsson drilled in a low shot that Bettinelli had to be alert to at his near post.

Four minutes later Stafylidis tried his luck with his right foot after cutting inside, but his curler was too close to Mannone who caught the shot with ease.

A brilliant turn by Steven Fletcher in the area then saw him get beyond Bodurov and into a shooting position, but the Whites’ stand-in skipper recovered brilliantly to get a toe on the loose ball to put it out for a corner.

Six minutes after the restart Fofana went agonisingly close to opening his account for the Club when he beat his man in the area and bent an effort towards the far post that deflected just wide.

Sebastian Coates then became the second man to have his name taken by the referee for a crude challenge through the back of Dembélé who had beaten him to the ball.

A tussle between Ruiz and Jermain Defoe resulted in the England striker breaking with the ball towards goal, but he couldn’t control his shot from 25 yards and it flew some distance off target.

On the hour mark Symons played his trump card and brought McCormack on for Dembélé.

But seconds later it was Sunderland who looked as though they’d made the breakthrough when Defoe volleyed Jones’ cross towards goal from close range. Bettinelli saw it very late so the save he produced to push it behind at his near post was excellent.

It was then the Whites’ turn to go close as Ruiz played Christensen into space in the area but the Dane’s cutback from the byline couldn’t find a teammate.

Defoe again thought he’d broken the deadlock on 65 minutes when he managed to divert Rodwell’s scuffed shot on target but Bettinelli was on hand once more to make another fine save.

And a minute later Rodwell – who could have been dismissed in the first half – was shown a second yellow card for a quite imprudent rush of blood to the head as he pulled Bettinelli’s arm back as he went to throw the ball out having claimed a corner.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet then made his first substitution of the afternoon as Fletcher made way for Connor Wickham.

Defoe was much livelier in the second half and his battle with Bettinelli continued on 72 minutes as he powered in a strike from range, but the Fulham goalkeeper was equal to that effort too and beat the ball away.

McCormack had a sight of goal two minutes later and had a go from the edge of the box but Mannone watched it all the way and wasn’t particularly troubled by the strike.

Symons then made a double switch, with Kačaniklić and Rodallega on for Fofana and Woodrow. The home side also made a change as Jones was replaced by Will Buckley.

Patrick van Aanholt then forced another good save from Bettinelli as he drilled in an effort from the angle, but the officials missed the fingertip touch from the Whites stopper and awarded a goal kick – much to the outrage of the home crowd.

On 82 minutes Wickham took aim from the best part of 30 yards with a dangerous, dipping shot that Bettinelli watched all the way and tipped over for a corner.

With four minutes left to play Rodallega thought he’d won it for his side when he hit a sweet first time strike from McCormack’s flick, but the outswinging shot crashed against the post.

That proved to be the last decent chance for either side and so the teams will do battle again in London in 10 days time.

Match Information

Competition: The FA Cup

Date: Saturday 24 January 2015
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 22,961

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Sunderland

Line-up: Mannone; Vergini, O'Shea, Coates; Jones (Buckley 76'), Larsson, Bridcutt, Rodwell, van Aanholt; Fletcher (Wickham 66'), Defoe

Unused substitutes: Pantilimon, Jordi Gómez, Álvarez, Giaccherini, Danny Graham

Manager: Gus Poyet

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Tunnicliffe; Christensen, Fofana (Kacaniklic 75'); Ruiz; Dembele (McCormack 61'), Woodrow (Rodallega 76')

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Zverotic, Burn, Roberts

Manager: Kit Symons

Goals
0
0
Total Shots
13
9
Shots On Target
4
3
Passing Accuracy
0%
0%
Fouls
11
3
Corners
15
7
Offsides
0
0
Bookings
2
0
Sending Offs
1
0
Sunderland (3-5-2)
  • 25Vito Mannone
  • 27Santiago Vergini
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 22Sebastián Coates
  • 2Billy Jones
  • 7Sebastian Larsson
  • 4Liam Bridcutt
  • 8Jack Rodwell
  • 3Patrick van Aanholt
  • 9Steven Fletcher
  • 28Jermain Defoe
Substitutes
  • 1Costel Pantilimon
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 20Ricardo Álvarez
  • 23Emanuele Giaccherini
  • 30William Buckley
  • 10Connor Wickham
  • 19Danny Graham
Manager
  • Gus Poyet
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 25Moussa Dembele
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.
  • 90'+2' William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+2' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 90' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 86' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.
  • 86' William Buckley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 86' Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).
  • 86' Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
  • 84' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 82' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 82' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.
  • 79' Attempt missed. William Buckley (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 78' Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high.
  • 76' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Cauley Woodrow.
  • 76' Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Billy Jones.
  • 75' Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Seko Fofana.
  • 74' Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 72' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.
  • 66' Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Steven Fletcher.
  • 66' Second yellow card to Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
  • 66' Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
  • 66' (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left.
  • 62' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 61' Substitution, Fulham. Ross McCormack replaces Moussa Dembele.
  • 60' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 59' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 58' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 55' Sebastián Coates (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 55' Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).
  • 55' Moussa Dembele (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
  • 54' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 51' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.
  • 51' Attempt blocked. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
  • 47' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.
  • Second Half begins Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
  • 45'+2' Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 43' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.
  • 42' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 40' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 38' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Sebastián Coates.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 35' Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).
  • 35' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 33' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.
  • 33' Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 30' Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 30' Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).
  • 30' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 23' Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).
  • 23' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 22' Attempt saved. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 20' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John O'Shea.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 18' Attempt missed. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
  • 18' Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland).
  • 18' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 15' Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 15' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 13' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 7' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Jack Rodwell (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 4' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 4' Foul by Billy Jones (Sunderland).
  • 3' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 3' Liam Bridcutt (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 2' Foul by Jermain Defoe (Sunderland).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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