Not good enough

Saturday 14 September 2002

Fulham stormed to a 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon courtesy of goals from Junichi Inamoto, Barry Hayles and Steve Marlet.

With Black Cats boss, Peter Reid under pressure to land a win for the home side, Sunderland started the game much the brighter outfit. Whilst Fulham were sitting back, the home side was allowed the larger share of possession for the first 30 minutes.

Up until Inamoto broke the deadlock, Sunderland had come closest to scoring but for a remarkable save from Edwin van der Sar.

The win lifts Fulham into fifth spot in the Premiership and sees midfielders Inamoto and Legwinski occupy second and third place in the Premiership scoring charts respectively.

Speaking after the match, Sunderland boss Peter Reid was courteous in defeat.

"First of all you've got to give credit to the opposition who, I thought, played really well," he said. "We started well, I thought we knocked it about well, we were patient and we had a couple of chances.

"They got up the other end and scored, then we lost our discipline and shape. We were trying, the players were working ever so hard but we didn't do it professionally and in a disciplined way and we got strung out.

"I think it's fair to say that a lot of confidence drained out of the team, and that was the story of the game. Early on Fulham dropped off and made it difficult for us and it was up to us, as a team, to break them down - we weren't good enough on the day."