Sunday 6 May 2012, 2:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Dempsey 12'; Dembélé 35'
Sunderland
Sunderland
1
Bardsley 34'
Goals from two of Fulham's stars of the season, Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele, saw the Whites triumph over Sunderland 2-1 in the penultimate game of the 2011/12 Premier League campaign.

12' Goal

Clint Dempsey

35' Goal

Mousa Dembélé
Assist by John Arne Riise

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Danny Murphy

34' Goal

Phillip Bardsley
Assist by Ji Dong-Won

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Nicklas Bendtner
Off:Ji Dong-Won

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fraizer Campbell
Off:Matthew Kilgallon

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90

Martin Jol, making a welcome return to the home dugout, made just one change from our victory at Anfield as Mahamadou Diarra came in for Alex Kacaniklic.

Fulham were quickest out of the blocks and a visionary Danny Murphy pass in the seventh minute put Damien Duff in behind the Sunderland backline but Simon Mignolet was equal to the Irishman’s effort at his near post.

Fulham were keen to put in a strong performance in their final Craven Cottage appearance of the season and were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal when a marauding Diarra was stopped in his tracks.

Top goalscorer Clint Dempsey stepped up to emphatically plant the ball in the top right-hand corner of the net for his 50th Premier League goal. Mignolet got fingertips to the ball but such was the power and accuracy of the strike, the Belgian stopper stood little chance of keeping it out.

A neat through-ball saw Stephane Sessegnon put in on goal after 16 minutes but the man from Benin shot straight at Mark Schwarzer who was quick to read the danger.

Good work from Murphy and Duff five minutes later ended with the winger finding Pavel Pogrebnyak in the area with his cross. The Russian controlled well and hit a shot on the swivel but was denied by a fine late block by a Sunderland body.

With Fulham on top, a Sunderland equaliser on 34 minutes came completely out of the blue as, for the second game in a row, a visiting full-back scored an absolute screamer against Fulham at Craven Cottage as Phil Bardsley rifled home from 30 yards.

But a minute after conceding, which was again reminiscent of the Wigan game, Fulham responded as Mousa Dembele broke forward before striking a goal-bound shot from distance that took a deflection off Michael Turner and looped over Mignolet to put the Whites back in front.

Keen to extend their lead, Martin Jol’s Team pressed as the half drew to a close with Duff finding the side-netting before a pinpoint ball over the top from Brede Hangeland found Dempsey in the area. Unfortunately though the Texan couldn’t find a finish to match his impeccable first touch.

The first chance of the second period came seven minutes in, when Pogrebnyak’s hooked effort was defelected over for a corner, from which Dempsey’s effort was cleared off the line.

With Fulham in the ascendency, Stephen Kelly was next to try his luck but his well-struck half volley was too close to Mignolet to cause him any real concern. The visiting ‘keeper had to be alert again moments later as he stuck out a strong palm to expertly keep out Duff’s low effort.

Sunderland were struggling to get a foothold in the game so Martin O’Neill introduced Nicklas Bendtner on the hour mark, moments before James McClean volleyed straight at Schwarzer from distance.

A fluent counter-attack by the Whites on 73 minutes almost saw Dembele double his tally for the afternoon but Mignolet was out quickly to smother his effort following a lightning break involving Dempsey and Diarra.

While the score remained 2-1 Sunderland were always in it and broke a minute later only for Bendtner to fire well wide when he had better options available. The Dane was involved in the Mackems’ next chance too as he nodded down for fellow substitute Fraizer Campbell who dragged his shot wide.

Jol replaced Murphy with Chris Baird on 85 minutes as Fulham looked to see the game out and our Captain went off to a fantastic reception from the Cottage Faithful after a stellar performance in the middle of the park.

Dembele was denied a superb solo goal on 89 minutes when he ran from the halfway line before skipping inside two defenders and firing goalwards, only to find Mignolet in fine form once more.

Only two minutes of stoppage time were announced but Sunderland still had time to test Schwarzer who beat Campbell’s shot away in what was the last meaningful action of an entertaining game.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 6 May 2012
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,683

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Diarra, Murphy (Baird 85'), Dempsey; Dembélé; Pogrebnyak (Frei 82')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Senderos, Kasami, Kacaniklic, Trotta

Manager: Martin Jol

Sunderland

Line-up: Mignolet; O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon (Campbell 71'), Bardsley; Gardner, Cattermole, Colback, McClean; Sessegnon; Ji Dong-Won (Bendtner 60')

Unused substitutes: Westwood, Bridge, Bramble, Meyler, Elmohamady

Manager: Martin O'Neill

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 37 86
2 Manchester United 36 83
3 Arsenal 37 67
4 Tottenham Hotspur 37 66
5 Newcastle United 37 65
6 Chelsea 36 61
7 Everton 37 53
8 Fulham 37 52
9 Liverpool 36 49
10 West Bromwich Albion 37 47
11 Sunderland 37 45
12 Swansea City 36 44
13 Norwich City 37 44
14 Stoke City 37 44
15 Aston Villa 37 38
16 Queens Park Rangers 37 37
17 Wigan Athletic 36 37
18 Bolton Wanderers 37 35
19 Blackburn Rovers 36 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 37 25
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
22
13
Shots On Target
8
6
Passing Accuracy
88%
89%
Fouls
8
13
Corners
8
2
Offsides
0
3
Bookings
0
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 42Marcello Trotta
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Sunderland (4-4-1-1)
  • 22Simon Mignolet
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 4Michael Turner
  • 12Matthew Kilgallon
  • 2Phillip Bardsley
  • 8Craig Gardner
  • 6Lee Cattermole
  • 14Jack Colback
  • 23James McClean
  • 28Stéphane Sessegnon
  • 17Ji Dong-Won
Substitutes
  • 20Keiren Westwood
  • 3Wayne Bridge
  • 19Titus Bramble
  • 18David Meyler
  • 27Ahmed Elmohamady
  • 9Fraizer Campbell
  • 52Nicklas Bendtner
Manager
  • Martin O'Neill
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, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 90'+3' Second Half ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 90'+2' Attempt saved. Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.
  • 90' Attempt missed. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James McClean.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra following a set piece situation.
  • 89' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.
  • 89' Attempt saved. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.
  • 87' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 87' Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 85' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Baird replaces Danny Murphy.
  • 83' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Kerim Frei replaces Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 81' Clint Dempsey (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 81' Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland).
  • 79' Offside, Sunderland. John O'Shea tries a through ball, but Nicklas Bendtner is caught offside.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Michael Turner (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
  • 77' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 77' Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nicklas Bendtner with a headed pass.
  • 75' Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 75' Foul by Michael Turner (Sunderland).
  • 74' Clint Dempsey (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 74' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 73' Attempt missed. Nicklas Bendtner (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon following a fast break.
  • 73' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.
  • 72' Attempt saved. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.
  • 71' Substitution, Sunderland. Fraizer Campbell replaces Matthew Kilgallon.
  • 70' Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Michael Turner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 68' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John O'Shea.
  • 66' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra following a set piece situation.
  • 65' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Turner.
  • 64' Attempt missed. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.
  • 63' Attempt saved. James McClean (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 61' Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 60' Substitution, Sunderland. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Ji Dong-Won.
  • 60' Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 60' Foul by Craig Gardner (Sunderland).
  • 57' Attempt saved. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 57' Clint Dempsey (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 57' Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Sunderland).
  • 57' Offside, Sunderland. Jack Colback tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.
  • 54' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 54' Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 54' Attempt saved. Stephen Kelly (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
  • 53' Attempt missed. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross following a corner.
  • 52' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Colback.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brede Hangeland.
  • 52' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by John O'Shea.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 51' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 51' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 46' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 46' Foul by Michael Turner (Sunderland).
  • Second Half begins Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Fulham 2, Sunderland 1.
  • 45' Attempt saved. James McClean (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 42' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 42' Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 40' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.
  • 39' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by James McClean (Sunderland).
  • 39' Attempt missed. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.
  • 38' Offside, Sunderland. Matthew Kilgallon tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.
  • 35' Goal! Fulham 2, Sunderland 1. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 34' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 1. Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ji Dong-Won.
  • 32' Stephen Kelly (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 32' Foul by Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland).
  • 29' Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).
  • 29' Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Murphy from a direct free kick.
  • 26' Stephen Kelly (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 26' Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).
  • 22' Attempt blocked. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 21' Attempt blocked. Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.
  • 18' Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).
  • 18' Ji Dong-Won (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 18' Foul by Danny Murphy (Fulham).
  • 18' Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 16' Attempt saved. Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.
  • 12' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 0. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.
  • 11' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 11' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Clint Dempsey.
  • 8' Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 8' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 7' Attempt blocked. Mousa Dembélé (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 7' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.
  • 7' Attempt saved. Damien Duff (Fulham) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Danny Murphy.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.
  • 6' Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Fulham).
  • 6' Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 1' Attempt blocked. James McClean (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Gardner with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.