Saturday 16 December 2017, 3:00pm at Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sky Bet Championship
Sunderland
Sunderland
1
Maja 77'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

77' Goal

Josh Maja
Assist by Adam Matthews

62' Yellow Card

Lynden Gooch Card was given for a foul

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Didier Ndong
Off:Lynden Gooch

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Maja
Off:James Vaughan

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joel Asoro
Off:Lewis Grabban

60' Yellow Card

Sheyi Ojo

90' Yellow Card

Ryan Fredericks Card was given for arguing during match

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jordan Graham
Off:Oliver Norwood

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aboubakar Kamara
Off:Rui Fonte

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca De La Torre
Off:Tomas Kalas

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Fulham fall to defeat away from home at the Stadium of Light on a tough day at the office in the North-East.

Fulham could not find a goal on a frustrating afternoon in Wearside for the Whites, as they went down 1-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of light.

Josh Maja got the lone goal for the hosts in the 77th minute, and Chris Coleman recorded a victory over his former side to prevent Sunderland from going a year unbeaten at home.

Slaviša Jokanović made one change to the team that won at home against Birmingham City, with Rui Fonte coming in for the injured Neeskens Kebano. Tim Ream and Tomas Kalas continued their partnership at the centre of defence, and Stefan Johansen spearheaded a mobile front three for the third game in a row.

Fulham came out in their black away tops, while Sunderland played in their traditional red-and-white striped home kits on a bitter and clear afternoon in the North East.

Neither set of fans had much to cheer about in the opening five minutes. Lewis Grabban headed a tame first-minute shot straight at Bettinelli and then Fulham responded with a series of corners that ultimately came to nothing.

The Whites soon started to apply more pressure though, and they came so close to opening the scoring in the sixth minute. Ryan Sessegnon found himself free on the left wing and whipped in a tantalising low cross but it was just ahead of the onrushing Johansen.

After a quarter of an hour neither team had truly asserted themselves. Sunderland created more chances, with Darron Gibson standing out in the midfield, pulling the strings and having a few shots himself from just outside the box. They rarely reached Bettinelli, but when one did in the 10th minute, the Fulham keeper was alive to danger and parried well. Throughout most of the opening exchanges Fulham looked like a coiled spring—ready to pounce at any second, but still waiting for the right moment to break free.

That moment almost came in the 29th minute. After a Ream clearance, the ball fell to Cairney who immediately played a sharp diagonal to Johansen, who had drifted out to wing. Fonte, Ojo, and Norwood raced up to join the attack and it was Fonte who ended up chipping the final cross to the back post, where Ojo and Norwood were lining up to head it in. Unfortunately for Fulham, the cross sailed slightly over both their heads and the Black Cats were able to clear. 

Inkeeping with the back and forth nature of first half, it was Sunderland who then fashioned an excellent chance for themselves in the 35th minute. The left back Adam Matthews swung in a dipping cross. Grabban rose to meet it, but his glancing header ended up bouncing just outside Bettinelli’s left-hand post.

Fulham then went on the offensive. Sheyi Ojo slipped in Cairney with a lovely through ball in the 40th minute. Just as the Fulham captain uncorked his foot to shoot, Tyias Browning slid in to get a toe on it, and the attempt ended up ballooning harmlessly over the bar. Two minutes later the ball skidded to Johansen in the box. He adjusted quickly, but Ruiter still was able to get down to save the rapid-fire shot.

It was the best chance for either team in the opening 45 minutes, and both managers trooped off into the tunnel at half time wondering how they could convert a gutsy performance into a winning one.

Sunderland sprang out of the blocks to start the second half, and it was only a world-class save from Bettinelli that prevented them from taking the lead in the 49th minute. James Vaughn boosted himself into the air and headed down powerfully from the three yards out. It looked like a certain goal, and some Sunderland fans were already out of their seats, ready to celebrate the opener. But Bettinelli leapt into action and—at full extension—was able to get a palm to it to tip the shot onto the crossbar. Ream hacked it clear, and the entire Fulham backline could breathe a sigh of relief.

From that point on, the entire game ratcheted up in intensity. Both teams started to well and truly go after it, like two heavyweight boxers who, tired of circling each other, now wanted to land the knockout blow.

Bettinelli had to be alert again in the 50th minute, and he stood tall to save attempts from Vaughan and Grabban in rapid succession. Just as Fulham looked like they were on the ropes, they clawed their way back; Fonte had a long-range shot that was tipped around by the post by Ruiter, and then Johansen, who was through on goal, had the ball tackled away from him at the last moment. The atmosphere in the stands started to shift, and the fans could be forgiven for wondering whether this would be one of those days best remembered for defensive heroics.

As both teams stretched themselves to find the opener, they also left themselves exposed at the back. Sensing this, Ojo received a yellow card in the 60th minute for trying to slow the game down by standing over a free kick. Lynden Gooch followed him into the book two minutes later for a cynical foul in midfield.

Worried that the Sunderland midfielder might receive a second booking, Chris Coleman brought him off in the 67th minute, bringing Didier Ndong on in his place. This triggered a flurry of substitutions from both managers, Jokanović bringing Graham on for Norwood in the 72nd minute and then Coleman making a double swap a minute later—Lewis Grabban making way for Joel Asoro and Josh Maja coming on in place of James Vaughan to make his senior debut.

Just four minutes later, the debutant opened the scoring to send the Stadium of Light into raptures. The ball squeaked out to Maja on the left side of the box and, in the 77th minute, he slotted it low into the far corner past a despairing Bettinelli.

Jokanović responded immediately by bringing Kamara on for Fonte, as he encouraged his side to push for the equalizer.

As a final roll of the dice in the 88th minute, the Head Coach took off Kalas and brought on Luca de La Torre.

Ryan Fredericks received a yellow card in the 90th after a touchline scuffle instigated by the home team’s perceived time wasting. As the final whistle came four minutes later it served as a fitting metaphor for Fulham’s performance: a lot of fight, but not quite enough on the day.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Saturday 16 December 2017
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Attendance: 25,904

Referee: Steve Martin

Sunderland

Line-up: Ruiter; Love, Browning, O'Shea, Wilson, Matthews; Gooch (Ndong 67'), Gibson, Honeyman; Grabban (Asoro 73'), Vaughan (Maja 72')

Unused substitutes: Steele, Galloway, McManaman, McGeady

Manager: Chris Coleman

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Kalas (De La Torre 89'), Ream, Ryan Sessegnon; Cairney, McDonald, Norwood (Graham 72'); Sheyi Ojo, Johansen, Rui Fonte (Kamara 78')

Unused substitutes: Button, Odoi, Djalo, Cissé

Manager: Slavisa Jokanovic

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 51
2 Cardiff City 21 44
3 Bristol City 22 43
4 Derby County 22 41
5 Aston Villa 22 37
6 Sheffield United 22 37
7 Leeds United 22 36
8 Ipswich Town 22 35
9 Preston North End 22 35
10 Middlesbrough 22 32
11 Nottingham Forest 22 30
12 Fulham 22 29
13 Brentford 22 28
14 Reading 22 27
15 Sheffield Wednesday 22 27
16 Norwich City 22 27
17 Millwall 22 26
18 Queens Park Rangers 22 25
19 Hull City 21 22
20 Barnsley 22 21
21 Sunderland 22 18
22 Burton Albion 22 17
23 Bolton Wanderers 22 16
24 Birmingham City 22 16
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
17
11
Shots On Target
7
3
Passing Accuracy
69%
83%
Fouls
5
12
Corners
1
9
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Sunderland (5-3-2)
  • 25Robbin Ruiter
  • 22Donald Love
  • 18Tyias Browning
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 36Marc Wilson
  • 21Adam Matthews
  • 27Lynden Gooch
  • 24Darron Gibson
  • 26George Honeyman
  • 11Lewis Grabban
  • 9James Vaughan
Substitutes
  • 1Jason Steele
  • 15Brendan Galloway
  • 13Callum McManaman
  • 17Didier Ndong
  • 19Aiden McGeady
  • 20Josh Maja
  • 29Joel Asoro
Manager
  • Chris Coleman
Fulham (4-3-3)
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 2Ryan Fredericks
  • 26Tomas Kalas
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 3Ryan Sessegnon
  • 10Tom Cairney
  • 6Kevin McDonald
  • 16Oliver Norwood
  • 19Sheyi Ojo
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 9Rui Fonte
Substitutes
  • 27David Button
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 23Marcelo Djalo
  • 17Jordan Graham
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 44Ibrahima Cissé
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
Manager
  • Slavisa Jokanovic
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 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Fulham 0.
  • 90' Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 90' Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).
  • 90' George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 89' Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Tomas Kalas.
  • 88' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).
  • 87' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 87' Josh Maja (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara following a corner.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
  • 81' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Honeyman.
  • 80' Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 80' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 80' Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).
  • 78' Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Rui Fonte.
  • 77' Goal! Sunderland 1, Fulham 0. Josh Maja (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews.
  • 75' Offside, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo tries a through ball, but Jordan Graham is caught offside.
  • 74' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 74' George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 73' Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).
  • 73' Substitution, Sunderland. Joel Asoro replaces Lewis Grabban.
  • 72' Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces James Vaughan.
  • 72' Substitution, Fulham. Jordan Graham replaces Oliver Norwood.
  • 71' Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Didier Ndong.
  • 67' Substitution, Sunderland. Didier Ndong replaces Lynden Gooch.
  • 66' Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.
  • 64' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.
  • 64' Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).
  • 64' George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 62' Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 62' Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 61' Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Foul by James Vaughan (Sunderland).
  • 60' Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 60' Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).
  • 60' Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 60' Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).
  • 60' Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 59' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Robbin Ruiter.
  • 58' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyias Browning.
  • 58' Attempt blocked. Kevin McDonald (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rui Fonte.
  • 57' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 57' Adam Matthews (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 55' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Robbin Ruiter.
  • 55' Attempt missed. Rui Fonte (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 52' Attempt missed. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Oliver Norwood.
  • 51' Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Donald Love.
  • 51' Attempt saved. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Matthews.
  • 50' Attempt missed. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Matthews.
  • 49' Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.
  • 48' Foul by Tomas Kalas (Fulham).
  • 48' James Vaughan (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Donald Love with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Donald Love (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.
  • 45'+1' Attempt blocked. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darron Gibson.
  • 42' Attempt missed. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.
  • 41' Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).
  • 41' Marc Wilson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tyias Browning.
  • 40' Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo with a through ball.
  • 38' Attempt blocked. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 36' Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).
  • 35' Attempt saved. Stefan Johansen (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.
  • 34' Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Matthews with a cross.
  • 29' Attempt missed. Oliver Norwood (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rui Fonte with a cross.
  • 28' Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
  • 28' Attempt saved. George Honeyman (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Vaughan.
  • 27' Attempt missed. James Vaughan (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Darron Gibson.
  • 26' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 26' Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 23' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 23' Delay in match Darron Gibson (Sunderland) because of an injury.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Adam Matthews (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darron Gibson.
  • 20' Foul by Oliver Norwood (Fulham).
  • 20' Darron Gibson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 17' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 16' Delay in match James Vaughan (Sunderland) because of an injury.
  • 16' Attempt blocked. Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 15' Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).
  • 15' Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 14' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
  • 10' Attempt saved. Darron Gibson (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 6' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darron Gibson.
  • 5' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Darron Gibson.
  • 1' Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Honeyman with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.