Sunderland stats

Friday 13 September 2002

MOST SIGNIFICANT STATS

Sunderland, without a win at home, take on Fulham, who are yet to collect maximum points away.

Fulham stole the football headlines on Wednesday night, coming from two down to deny Spurs a return to the top of the table, with a 3-2 win at Loftus Road.

24 hours earlier Peter Reid was locked in the Sunderland dressing room, having witnessed his side lose 3-0 at Middlesbrough and a fruitless return from his new strike partnership of Tore-Andre Foe and Marcus Stewart.

The Wearsiders have recorded just one win in their last ten Premiership outings, but hold a six match unbeaten run in home League meetings with Fulham.

Sunderland are one of only two clubs to have registered just two Premiership goals so far. The other is bottom club West Ham. Notably, one of those goals was enough to defeat Leeds.

Fulham are rewarded for a successful InterToto Cup campaign with their first ever Uefa Cup tie on Thursday. Jean Tigana's side travel to Croatia to play Hadjuk Split.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

Total 42: Sunderland wins 19 Fulham wins 11 Draws 12

HEAD TO HEAD NOTES

Fulham drew their first ever Premiership visit to the Stadium of Light and first League match on Wearside for 14 years, 1-1 in January. A determined effort from Malbranque opened the scoring for Fulham, cancelled out by Kevin Phillips, who was put through by Schwarz. Collecting only a point, increased the pressure on Wearsiders manager Peter Reid.

Sunderland are unbeaten in six home League matches with the Londoners.

Fulham's only win at Sunderland in 15 visits spanning 39 years was 1-2 in the old Division Two, on 22 February, 1975

The Cottagers last victory in the top flight at Sunderland was 0-1 in the former First Division on 2 September, 1950.

Only once have Fulham beaten Sunderland in an away top flight game. That was 0-1 on 12 April, 1952.

SUNDERLAND

Current League position
18th 5 points
4 points off the foot

Best Scenario at final whistle
Up 12 to 6th

Worst Scenario at final whistle
Down 1 to 19th

Sequences

NOT WON A HOME PREMIERSHIP GAME THIS SEASON

GONE 4 HOME LEAGUE GAMES WITHOUT VICTORY

Recent Form

1 win in last 5 League and Cup games

Won 1 of last 10 Premiership matches

Drawn 2 of last 5 in all competitions

4 draws in last 7 top flight encounters

Lost 2 of last 5 confrontations

2 defeats in last 7 top division duels

Failed to score in 3 of last 5 contests

Failed to find the net in 6 of the last 10 League clashes

2 clean sheets in last 5

Managed 2 clean sheets in last 14 top tier League outings



EVER PRESENTS:

Steven Wright
Phil Babb
Thomas Sorensen
Michael Gray
Claudio Reyna
Joachim Bjorklund
Jason McAteer
Thomas Butler

Started every game:

Steven Wright
Phil Babb
Thomas Sorensen
Michael Gray
Claudio Reyna
Joachim Bjorklund
Jason McAteer
Thomas Butler

Potential Career Milestones

If he plays, Jason McATEER will be making his 400th career club appearance.

If he plays, Gavin McCANN will be making the 100th League appearance of his career.

ADDITIONAL BLACK CATS NOTES

Last home win was 2-1 against Leicester in the Premiership on April Fools Day, 2002.

Caught the opposition off side just three times in Premiership matches this season - fewer occasions than any other club.

FULHAM

Current League position
8th 7 points

Best Scenario at final whistle
Up 6 to 2nd

Worst Scenario at final whistle
Down 6 to 14th

Sequences

NOT WON AWAY IN THE PREMIERSHIP THIS SEASON [1 draw, 1 loss]

GONE 5 LEAGUE GAMES SINCE KEEPING A CLEAN SHEET

Recent Form

6 wins in last 12 League and Cup games

Won 4 of last 8 Premiership matches

Drawn 5 of last 12 in all competitions

2 draws in last 8 top flight encounters

Lost 1 of last 12 confrontations

2 defeats in last 9 top division duels

Failed to score in 1 of last 11 contests

Failed to find the net in 3 of the last 6 League clashes

4 clean sheets in last 11

Managed 3 clean sheets in last 8 top tier League outings

EVER PRESENTS:

Steed Malbranque
Sean Davis
Alain Goma

Started every game:

Sean Davis
Alain Goma

Potential Career Milestones

Barry HAYLES needs one more strike to register 50 goals for Fulham.

If named in the eleven, Steed MALBRANQUE will be making his 50th start for the Londoners

ADDITIONAL COTTAGERS NOTES

Last away Premiership win was 0-1 at Leeds on 20 April, 2002,

Last clean sheet in the top flight was kept in the home goalless draw with Leicester on 27 April, 2002.

Been awarded and converted three penalties in Premiership matches this season. No other club has scored more.

REFEREE REPORT

MAN IN THE MIDDLE
CHRIS FOY (St Helens, Merseyside)