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 Post subject: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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http://salutsunderland.com/2017/12/safc-vs-fulham-who-are-you-our-possession-football-can-be-devastating/

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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42289904

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole serves a one-match ban but winger Callum McManaman is available again after suspension.

Paddy McNair (groin), Bryan Oviedo (knee), Billy Jones (foot) and Didier Ndong (knee) are among those still set to be sidelined.

Fulham forwards Neeskens Kebano (calf) and Floyd Ayite (hamstring) are out.

Lucas Piazon is back in training after a broken leg while defender Denis Odoi could return from a one-match ban.

SAM's prediction
Home win 32% Draw 28% Away win 40%

SAM, the Sports Analytics Machine, is a super-computer built by @ProfIanMcHale of the University of Liverpool.

Match facts

  • This is the first league meeting between these sides since January 2014, when Sunderland won 4-1 in the Premier League at Craven Cottage.
  • Outside of the top flight, the two clubs have not met in the league since the 1987-88 campaign. Sunderland won both matches 2-0 that season, with Marco Gabbiadini scoring three of those four goals.
  • Chris Coleman is set to face Fulham for the first time as a manager - Coleman managed 176 matches for the Whites between 2003 and 2007.
  • The west Londoners have benefitted from a joint-league high (along with Bolton and Reading) two own-goals this season in the Championship.
  • Sunderland have kept clean sheets in two of their last three league matches - as many as they had managed in their previous 32 combined.
  • Sheyi Ojo has had a hand in four goals in his last four league matches for Fulham (three goals, one assist).


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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Josh Maja scored on his home debut to condemn Fulham to defeat and give Sunderland their first win at the Stadium of Light in nearly a year.

Sunderland had not won at home since 17 December 2016 when they beat Watford, but Maja slotted in four minutes after coming off the bench to end their run.

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli had earlier denied both Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan with terrific saves.

But Maja's first goal for the club ended 364 days without a home victory.

Sunderland boss Chris Coleman looked to be heading towards a frustrating draw against his former side, but the dramatic win sees them move out of the Championship relegation places and into 21st.

The home side had their chances, but Bettinelli stopped Grabban's header, Darron Gibson's 25-yard drive and, most impressively, Vaughan's point-blank header.

Fulham threatened, but Stefan Johansen could not get on the end of Ryan Sessegnon's cross and Oliver Norwood sent a free header wide on the break.

Sunderland have now taken seven out of a possible 15 points since Coleman took charge on 20 November.

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman:


"I am really happy for a lot of other people at the moment. We have been here a few weeks, we have inherited a lot.

"The people already here, and the supporters, they have been suffering throughout the year without a home win. I am really pleased for them.

"It's nice to get rid of an unwanted record, but from my view it is only three points. It's a small win for us, a positive day, but we are not getting carried away. We know what is ahead, that's for sure."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:

"We are disappointed. We made enough things, but we didn't do enough in the Sunderland box, and we defended poorly when they scored their goal.

"We paid an expensive price for one big mistake. We dominated the ball, but we didn't finish the chances, and if you don't do that then these things can happen.

"We pushed hard and we didn't show enough quality. We didn't concentrate enough and we paid an expensive price."

Sunderland

25 Ruiter
22 Love
18 Browning
16 O'Shea
36 Wilson
21 Matthews
27 Gooch Booked at 62mins Substituted for Ndong at 67'minutes
24 Gibson
26 Honeyman
11 Grabban Substituted for Asoro at 73'minutes
9 Vaughan Substituted for Maja at 72'minutes

Substitutes

1 Steele
13 McManaman
15 Galloway
17 Ndong
19 McGeady
2 Maja
29 Asoro

Fulham

1 Bettinelli
2 Fredericks Booked at 90mins
26 Kalas Substituted for De La Torre at 89'minutes
13 Ream
3 R Sessegnon
10 Cairney
6 McDonald
16 Norwood Substituted for Graham at 72'minutes
19 Ojo Booked at 60mins
8 Johansen
9 da Rocha Fonte Substituted fo rKamara at 78'minutes

Substitutes

4 Odoi
17 Graham
23 Djalo
27 Button
36 De La Torre
44 Cissé
47 Kamara

Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
25,904


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:08 pm 

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I just don't know what to say.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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Fantastic to get the win at long last. Hopefully onwards and upwards from here. Important to kick on next week with another win before tough enough away games.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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Great result and yet another clean sheet. Immense amount of pressure lifted getting the home win . Big well done to all concerned



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Whale oil beef hooked, we won AT HOME. Just watched the highlights on Ch 5 and was almost in tears. A definite lump in my throat at the end. Magic Maja will likely remember this day for the rest of his life. lets hope it is the first of many for him. It was a very bold decision by CC to throw him and Asoro, two 18 year olds on for the experienced front two (who both had chances, it was a worldy to deny Vaughan his effort).
In goals RR seems to be a lot more confident and has three clean sheets under his belt now.


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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Never realised that Maja had been a youth at Fulham. Might have been a bitter sweet experience that getting his league debut and first goal against the club he started at, never mind, three points and out the bottom three :D .
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Maja


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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How long after the game are the highlights put up on the SAFC website?


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 Post subject: Re: Match Reports: Sunderland v Fulham 16/12/17 15:00
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It's been a difficult 2017 for Sunderland fans. Very difficult.

David Moyes resigned in May after the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League with a meagre 24 points before replacement Simon Grayson was sacked on 31 October with the club in the Championship relegation zone.

Added to all that was the team's increasingly desperate search for a home win, dating back to a 1-0 success over Watford on 17 December 2016.

If they failed to beat Fulham on Saturday their winless run at the Stadium of Light, which already stood at a Football League record 22 matches, would break the one-year barrier...

'It was a crazy feeling'


During their fruitless hunt for a home win the Black Cats have tried any number of different formations, systems and players - not to mention four different men, including caretaker Robbie Stockdale, in the dugout.

With Saturday's game against his former side heading for a draw boss Chris Coleman decided to give youth a chance, with 18-year-old forwards Joel Asoro and Josh Maja sent on for experienced strikers Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan in the 73rd minute.

It would prove to be a stroke of genius as just five minutes after coming on for his league debut Maja controlled an Adam Matthews pass and showed good composure to slot home and give Sunderland a first home win for 364 days.

Fate? The teenager joined Sunderland's academy from Fulham in 2015.

"It was a crazy feeling to score my first league goal, especially against my old club," he told BBC Newcastle.


Sunderland still in 'a bad moment'

Chris Coleman was appointed Sunderland manager in November after leaving his position as Wales boss

Coleman has now guided the side to two wins from his five matches in charge to help them move out of the relegation zone.

Despite the euphoria surrounding Saturday's victory, the former Wales boss is not getting carried away with their upturn in form.

"It's good to get the three points and put that (the run) to bed but it's only three points, it's not 33 points. We're still in a bad moment, we're still where we are," Coleman told BBC Newcastle.

"It is nice that we have got that result at home, it's brilliant but we have still got huge challenges ahead."

On his match-turning decision to bring on Maja and Asoro, he added: "I just felt it was a good time. They are unknown at the minute and Fulham won't have known much about them.

"It was always in my thinking to make a change towards the end of the game, especially if we needed to grab a goal.

"The way it was poised I thought it was a good time for the young boys to come on and make an impact and they did that."

Sunderland will look to claim their second home win of 2017 when they host bottom side Birmingham City next week.

"It's a big lift for the club and especially for the fans because they have waited ages to see us win at home and hopefully we can kick on from here."

He added: "I think Chris has got more belief in the players and he's helped us loads on the training pitch to give us the confidence to show what we can do."


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Sunderland 1-0 Fulham

When Sunderland’s home hoodoo started 364 days ago, barely anyone knew who Josh Maja was.

They do now.

MAJIC

Sometimes you just have to gamble and today it paid off. Just five minutes after making his first-team debut, 18-year-old Maja was wheeling away in celebration as he opened the scoring and sent Sunderland en route to their first home win in almost 12 months. And it was a win they richly deserved, as Chris Coleman’s side maintained the resilience displayed at Molineux while adding a cutting edge in the final. James Vaughan was desperately unlucky not to score as Marcus Bettinelli was a string of saves, but when Maja turned in the box there was never any doubt as he remained ice cool to hand the Black Cats that long-awaited win.

SET THE TONE

Renowned for their style of play, Fulham did exactly what many expected of them and instantly monopolized the play as Sunderland were forced to hassle and harry their opponents. But it was James Vaughan, who replaced the suspended Lee Cattermole, who mustered the first attempt on goal, as he headed straight at Marcus Bettinelli from George Honeyman’s inviting cross. Fulham responded with a flurry of half-chances as Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo exploited the flanks and slammed crosses into the six-yard box, but there was no one on hand to apply the finishing touch.

UNSETTLED

Sunderland’s high-intensity pressing continued to unsettle the visitors as they dallied on the ball and almost paid the price. Within a blink of an eye, Vaughan and Lewis Grabban were upon Fulham’s back four whenever they attempted to play it out from the back and Betinelli was forced into action again on ten minutes as he spilled Darron Gibson’s drive to safety. Rui Fonte was then outmuscled by Ty Browning after latching onto a clipped ball over the top, as the sides continued to trade blows in their search for an opening.

BETINELLI UNDER FIRE

The opener would define the game both sides showed they knew exactly that as an intense and frenetic affair continued. Betinelli did well to punch clear as Vaughan, who shook off a heavy collision with the keeper, loomed, and Honeyman’s 25-yard effort was beaten away by the Italian, who struggled to catch anything in the opening half hour, before misjudged a cross which was glanced wide by Grabban. But despite living dangerously at the back, Fulham flexed their attacking threat before the break as Oliver Norwood headed wide and Tom Cairney forced Robbin Ruiter into action on two occasions.

BETINELLI RESPONDS


A blistering start to the second period saw Fulham somehow cling to level terms. Donald Love’s searching cross evaded Honeyman and Grabban but was hooked towards goal by Vaughan, as Betinelli registered his first save – a routine one – following the restart. But there was nothing routine about what followed, as the Italian produced a stunning one-handed turn Vaughan’s bullet header to safety. Lynden Gooch was next to force a save as Grabban fired the follow-up wide, but after a flurry of near-misses the Cottagers responded as Ruiter denied Fonte and Ty Browning produced a vital last-ditch interception.

NEXT


Fulham continued to threaten as both sides threw off their shackles and went all-out attack, with Ojo towering above his man before planting a header straight at Ruiter before Coleman called upon reinforcements. Gooch was replaced as Didier Ndong injected fresh energy into the centre of the park, but it was a change five minutes later that captured the imagination as Joel Asoro and debutant Josh Maja entered the fray – and it was quite the introduction. A searching run from Adam Matthews looked like fizzing out but he timed his pass to perfection and Maja did the rest, turning his man with raw ability before providing the finish to match.

Attendance: 25,904


Sunderland: Ruiter, Wilson, O’Shea, Browning, Love, Matthews, Gibson, Honeyman, Gooch (Ndong 67), Vaughan (Maja 72), Grabban (Asoro 72).
Substitutes: Steele, Galloway, McGeady, McManaman.

Fulham:
Betinelli, Fredericks, Sessegnon, McDonald, Johansen, Fonte, Cairney, Ream, Norwood (Graham 71), Ojo, Kalas.
Substitutes: Button, Odoi, Djalo, De La Torre, Cisse, Kamara.


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