Sunday 18 November 2012, 4:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Petric 62'
Sunderland
Sunderland
3
Fletcher 50'; Cuéllar 65'; Sessegnon 70'
10-man Fulham were defeated 3-1 by Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon.

62' Goal

Mladen Petric
Assist by Damien Duff

30' Red Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

53' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

27' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

36' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Philippe Senderos
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

60' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Bryan Ruiz

50' Goal

Steven Fletcher
Assist by Adam Johnson

65' Goal

Carlos Cuéllar
Assist by Adam Johnson

70' Goal

Stéphane Sessegnon
Assist by Steven Fletcher

59' Yellow Card

Adam Johnson

74' Yellow Card

John O'Shea Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Lee Cattermole Card was given for arguing during match

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:James McClean
Off:Sebastian Larsson

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:David Vaughan
Off:Jack Colback

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Ten-man Fulham were defeated 3-1 by Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Sunday afternoon. Steven Fletcher's opener was cancelled out by Mladen Petric, but goals from Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon sealed the win for Martin O'Neill's men.

Fletcher put Sunderland in front in the 50th minute after the Whites had seen Captain Brede Hangeland shown a straight red card in the first half for what referee Lee Probert deemed a two-footed foul on Lee Cattermole.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the Whites levelled proceedings through substitute Petric just after the hour mark.

But, with Petric receiving treatment off the field to temporarily reduce Fulham to nine men, Cuellar put the Black Cats in front, before Sessegnon ensured the visitors took the points with a fine individual effort.

Martin Jol made three changes from the side that started at the Emirates eight days ago, with Giorgos Karagounis making his full debut in the absence of the suspended Chris Baird, while Alexander Kačaniklić replaced the injured Kieran Richardson and Damien Duff was preferred to Ashkan Dejagah on the right wing.

Karagounis was looking to take charge in the middle of the park and on four minutes the Greek sprayed a marvellous crossfield pass out to Duff who bent a ball in towards Dimitar Berbatov. Fulham’s top scorer climbed well but glanced his header wide of the far post.

Neat interplay on 19 minutes between Duff and Berbatov found Steve Sidwell in space but the midfielder’s left-footed effort was tame and too close to Simon Mignolet to cause the away side any great concern.

For the second week in a row the Whites suffered a huge blow down our left flank as we lost another winger to injury when Kačaniklić had to be replaced by Hugo Rodallega on 28 minutes.

And things went from bad to worse for Fulham on the half-hour mark when Hangeland was sent off. After a short Karagounis pass, the Whites skipper slid in to try and dispossess Cattermole but caught the Black Cats skipper on the shin. There was never any intent from Hangeland who kept one foot on the floor, but that didn’t prevent referee Probert from brandishing the red card.

Fulham didn’t let our heads drop, however, and Berbatov – who was now sporting the Captain’s armband – squandered the game’s best chance moments later when he side-footed straight at Mignolet after Duff had found him in space 12 yards from goal.

The Fulham faithful were livid on 34 minutes when Danny Rose’s rash challenge on Sascha Riether went unpunished. It was surprising not to see Probert blow for a foul as it appeared to mirror Hangeland’s challenge. The inevitable introduction of Philippe Senderos was then made, with Karagounis being sacrificed for the centre-back.

Sunderland looked to press home their man advantage and Aaron Hughes saved a certain goal on 42 minutes when he cut out Sessegnon’s low cross before Fletcher could fire it in from six yards.

And Hughes was exerting his influence up the other end of the pitch not long after when he slid Berbatov in, only for the Bulgarian to drag his shot some way wide.

The teams came out for the second half and it was the 10 men who nearly broke the deadlock when John Arne Riise’s deflected effort grazed the crossbar, although Sunderland then delivered the ultimate sucker punch.

After successfully clearing the ball, the men in blue quickly countered and Johnson found Fletcher in space in behind Senderos. The Scotland international then neatly clipped the ball beyond Mark Schwarzer to hand Sunderland the lead.

Fulham were enjoying no luck at all, with the latest mishap coming when Bryan Ruiz pulled up just before the hour mark with what looked like a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Petric and the Croatian nearly scored with his first touch only to fire over from a tight angle.

Fulham had to call on the in-form Schwarzer on 61 minutes, with the Australian at full stretch to keep out Johnson’s goalbound curler. It was end-to-end stuff and the Whites were level seconds later when Petric expertly fired home Duff’s ball across the face of goal.

Joy soon turned to despair once again for the Whites, though, when Petric had to be temporarily withdrawn from the action after injuring himself bringing Fulham level.

It was going to be backs to the walls now for the nine men but we were level for mere moments as Cuellar headed in from a corner on 65 minutes. The silver-lining for Fulham, though, was that Petric was able to re-enter the action following treatment.

Sunderland extended their lead on 70 minutes when they broke down the left before Sessegnon cut inside and hit a sumptuous effort that crashed in via the right-hand post. Hearts were in mouths six minutes later when Fletcher turned in Johnson's cross, only for the linesman to rule offside.

The game was wide open now and Sidwell saw a good chance come and go when his effort was smothered by Mignolet, before Sunderland showed no cutting edge at the end of a rapid counter attack.

Petric almost got his side back in it on 83 minutes when he skipped inside a challenge to put himself one-on-one with Mignolet. His right-footed shot was firm but the Belgian stopper made a fantastic save to preserve his team’s two-goal advantage.

The Whites continued to play until the final whistle but were unable to haul themselves back into the game despite a monumental effort.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Sunday 18 November 2012
Kick-off: 4:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,646

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Karagounis (Senderos 36'), Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Rodallega 27'); Ruiz (Petric 60'); Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Smith, Dejagah

Manager: Martin Jol

Sunderland

Line-up: Mignolet; Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuéllar, Rose; Colback (Vaughan 80'), Cattermole; Larsson (McClean 71'), Sessegnon, Adam Johnson; Fletcher

Unused substitutes: Westwood, Kilgallon, Campbell, Wickham, Saha

Manager: Martin O'Neill

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 12 28
2 Manchester United 12 27
3 Chelsea 12 24
4 West Bromwich Albion 12 23
5 Everton 12 20
6 Arsenal 12 19
7 West Ham United 11 18
8 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
9 Fulham 12 16
10 Swansea City 12 16
11 Liverpool 12 15
12 Newcastle United 12 14
13 Norwich City 12 14
14 Stoke City 11 12
15 Sunderland 11 12
16 Wigan Athletic 12 11
17 Reading 11 9
18 Aston Villa 12 9
19 Southampton 12 8
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 4
Goals
1
3
Total Shots
20
11
Shots On Target
7
6
Passing Accuracy
82%
83%
Fouls
10
13
Corners
4
4
Offsides
4
2
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
1
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 40Alex Smith
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Sunderland (4-2-3-1)
  • 22Simon Mignolet
  • 2Phillip Bardsley
  • 16John O'Shea
  • 24Carlos Cuéllar
  • 3Danny Rose
  • 14Jack Colback
  • 6Lee Cattermole
  • 7Sebastian Larsson
  • 28Stéphane Sessegnon
  • 21Adam Johnson
  • 26Steven Fletcher
Substitutes
  • 20Keiren Westwood
  • 12Matthew Kilgallon
  • 15David Vaughan
  • 23James McClean
  • 9Fraizer Campbell
  • 10Connor Wickham
  • 25Louis Saha
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 1, Sunderland 3.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Sunderland 3.
  • 90'+4' Attempt saved. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 90'+4' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by David Vaughan.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Mladen Petric (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 90'+1' Attempt saved. James McClean (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Fletcher.
  • 87' Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 87' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 87' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Rose.
  • 83' Attempt saved. Mladen Petric (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 82' David Vaughan (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 82' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 80' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
  • 80' Substitution, Sunderland. David Vaughan replaces Jack Colback.
  • 79' Attempt missed. James McClean (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Phillip Bardsley.
  • 78' Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 76' Offside, Sunderland. Adam Johnson tries a through ball, but Steven Fletcher is caught offside.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 74' John O'Shea (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 74' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 74' Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
  • 72' Attempt blocked. Aaron Hughes (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.
  • 72' Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 72' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 71' Substitution, Sunderland. James McClean replaces Sebastian Larsson.
  • 70' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 3. Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Fletcher following a fast break.
  • 69' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Lee Cattermole.
  • 69' Attempt blocked. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 68' Mladen Petric (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 68' Foul by John O'Shea (Sunderland).
  • 66' Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 65' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 2. Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a cross following a corner.
  • 64' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 62' Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 1. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • 62' Attempt missed. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 61' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Mark Schwarzer.
  • 61' Attempt saved. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Hugo Rodallega with a headed pass following a set piece situation.
  • 60' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Bryan Ruiz because of an injury.
  • 59' Adam Johnson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.
  • 59' Offside, Sunderland. Lee Cattermole tries a through ball, but Adam Johnson is caught offside.
  • 58' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 57' Delay in match Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 56' Offside, Fulham. Bryan Ruiz tries a through ball, but John Arne Riise is caught offside.
  • 55' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 55' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Danny Rose (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Johnson.
  • 53' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 53' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 53' Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 52' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 52' Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 52' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 52' Foul by Steven Fletcher (Sunderland).
  • 50' Goal! Fulham 0, Sunderland 1. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Johnson with a through ball following a fast break.
  • 50' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 0, Sunderland 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 0, Sunderland 0.
  • 45'+2' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 45'+2' Foul by Lee Cattermole (Sunderland).
  • 45'+1' Attempt saved. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Johnson.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lee Cattermole.
  • 43' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Hughes.
  • 43' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 42' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Foul by Carlos Cuéllar (Sunderland).
  • 41' Foul by Philippe Senderos (Fulham).
  • 41' Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 39' Hand ball by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 37' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 37' Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland).
  • 36' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 36' Foul by Phillip Bardsley (Sunderland).
  • 36' Substitution, Fulham. Philippe Senderos replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 35' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 35' Attempt blocked. Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 32' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 30' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
  • 30' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 30' Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 29' Offside, Fulham. Sascha Riether tries a through ball, but Damien Duff is caught offside.
  • 27' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 27' Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Alexander Kacaniklic because of an injury.
  • 26' Delay in match Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) because of an injury.
  • 26' Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).
  • 26' Steven Fletcher (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 23' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 23' Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland).
  • 21' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 21' John O'Shea (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 19' Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 15' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 14' Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 11' Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 10' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Danny Rose.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a cross.
  • 9' Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Colback.
  • 9' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 9' Adam Johnson (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 8' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 8' Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 7' Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 7' Foul by Danny Rose (Sunderland).
  • 7' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 7' Foul by Jack Colback (Sunderland).
  • 4' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Damien Duff with a cross.
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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