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Sunderland   0 - 3   Fulham

Gael Kakuta (second left) celebrates his goal
Kakuta (second left) opened his account with his first goal for Sunderland

By Oliver Brett

Sunderland's glaring lack of a fit striker plus some shoddy defending cost them dearly as Fulham celebrated only their second away win of the season.

Gael Kakuta scored his first Fulham goal, running on to Bobby Zamora's cross and bundling the ball home as Sunderland's defenders failed to react.

Soon afterwards, Lee Cattermole fluffed a glorious chance to equalise.

And as Sunderland lost their shape in the second half, Simon Davies scored twice to silence the home crowd.

Sprinting into space, the Welsh winger was on hand to drive Steve Sidwell's accurate cut-back from the left flank into the bottom corner of Simon Mignolet's net.

And after manager Steve Bruce had, in some desperation, pushed Sunderland defender Nedum Onuoha up front - with substitute Anton Ferdinand plugging the gap left behind - Davies put the result beyond any further doubt.

No excuses for poor defending - Bruce

Zamora, relishing one of his few starts this season having broken his leg in September, was the creator, with a cross that Ferdinand and Mignolet both attempted to deal with.

Neither man got hold of the ball and Davies was allowed almost to walk it into the net, with Sunderland defender Ahmed Elmohamady arriving too late to clear.

Dozens of home fans took that as their signal to head to the exits with 17 minutes still to go. And although there is little prospect of them being relegated the result continues a depressing run of just one Sunderland win in 11 Premier League matches.

Fulham, on the other hand, retain ninth spot, and this was a decent performance considering they had to deal with the late loss of towering defender Brede Hangeland (illness) and leading scorer Clint Dempsey (hamstring).

Sunderland looked the livelier of the two sides early on. Stephane Sessegnon and Steed Malbranque created some interesting openings but Fulham's defenders, who did not have a tall target man to deal with, coped well enough.

The visitors' first chance fell to Eidur Gudjohnsen but the tall forward from Iceland had to turn and shoot quickly, and blazed the chance over the bar.

Sunderland's first really good opportunity came when former Fulham favourite Malbranque charged down an attempted clearance from Philippe Senderos, only to drag his shot well wide of the far post when, at the very least, he should have forced Mark Schwarzer into a save.

Hughes targets top-ten finish

It was a worrying moment for former Arsenal defender Senderos, who was making his first appearance for Mark Hughes's team since signing in June 2010 - he has missed most of the season because of an Achilles injury.

Dempsey's absence handed a berth in the starting line-up to 19-year-old Frenchman Kakuta, and it was he who opened the scoring on 33 minutes.

It looked like there were plenty of defenders for him to deal with as he brought Zamora's assist under control but somehow none put in a meaningful tackle and Kakuta, despite stumbling, was able to poke the ball into the net.

Sunderland should have levelled almost immediately but Cattermole, after exchanging passes beautifully with Sessegnon, side-footed his shot weakly at Schwarzer.

More Sunderland chances came in the first half. Sessegnon's strike was deflected just wide of the top corner by Chris Baird and Jordan Henderson, on the edge of the area, tried to drive in a cross when he should have shot and the opportunity passed.

The second half was a muted affair, featuring barely a glimmer of a Sunderland fightback.

Sessegnon showed some skill to shrug off a couple of challenges but his shot did not test Schwarzer and from then on Fulham looked the more likely team to score.

The Londoners soon doubled their lead through Davies's first goal as Sunderland began to lose heart. And Davies later grabbed his second, a much more scrappy goal, to increase the pain for Bruce's out-of-form, injury-hit side.

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Saturday, 30 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sunderland 0-3 Fulham FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Kakuta 33
    • Davies 61
    • Davies 73

    Sunderland

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 39,576
    SUNDERLAND
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Sunderland 48%
    • Fulham 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Sunderland 7
    • Fulham 6

    Attempts off target

    • Sunderland 5
    • Fulham 3

    Corners

    • Sunderland 5
    • Fulham 4

    Fouls

    • Sunderland 7
    • Fulham 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:17 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
    • 90:00+0:29 Andrew Johnson is caught offside. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
    • 86:30 The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady.
    • 86:06 Eidur Gudjohnsen is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
    • 84:36 Foul by Dickson Etuhu on Boudewijn Zenden, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Anton Ferdinand.
    • 83:56 Stephane Sessegnon is ruled offside. Chris Baird takes the indirect free kick.
    • 81:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Anton Ferdinand on Andrew Johnson. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:32 Eidur Gudjohnsen has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.
    • 77:35 Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 77:35 Substitution Bobby Zamora goes off and Andrew Johnson comes on.
    • 77:35 Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Dickson Etuhu coming on for Danny Murphy.
    • 77:35 Stephane Sessegnon challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 74:51 Unfair challenge on Chris Baird by Stephane Sessegnon results in a free kick.
    • 74:45 Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 74:45 Substitution Craig Lynch joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Henderson.
    • 74:45 Substitution Boudewijn Zenden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steed Malbranque.
    • 74:45 Booking Stephane Sessegnon is shown a yellow card.
    • Correction - 72:19 GOAL - Simon DaviesSunderland 0 - 3 Fulham A goal is scored by Simon Davies from close range low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-3 Fulham.
    • 72:19 GOAL - Simon DaviesSunderland 0 - 3 Fulham Simon Davies finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Sunderland 0-3 Fulham.
    • 71:27 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 69:43 Jonathan Greening fouled by Michael Turner, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
    • 67:05 Ahmed Elmohamady takes a shot. Philippe Senderos gets a block in.
    • 66:19 The assistant referee flags for offside against Bobby Zamora. Simon Mignolet takes the indirect free kick.
    • 65:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Turner on Bobby Zamora. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 65:02 Substitution (Sunderland) makes a substitution, with Anton Ferdinand coming on for Sulley Muntari.
    • 63:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Jordan Henderson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sulley Muntari from right wing.
    • 62:35 Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Stephane Sessegnon takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:38 Substitution Jonathan Greening joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gael Kakuta.
    • 60:12 Steve Sidwell provided the assist for the goal.
    • 60:12 GOAL - Simon DaviesSunderland 0 - 2 Fulham Simon Davies fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-2 Fulham.
    • 57:26 Sulley Muntari challenges Eidur Gudjohnsen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 53:16 Eidur Gudjohnsen has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 52:42 Gael Kakuta takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post.
    • 52:18 A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 50:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Jack Colback. Nedum Onuoha takes the free kick.
    • 50:30 Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 49:56 Unfair challenge on Michael Turner by Eidur Gudjohnsen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mignolet.
    • 49:15 Outswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the right by-line played to the near post, Jordan Henderson manages to make a clearance.
    • 48:58 Bobby Zamora takes a shot. Clearance made by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 47:04 Gael Kakuta decides to take the corner short.
    • 46:32 Nedum Onuoha challenges Bobby Zamora unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chris Baird.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:36 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:09 Jordan Henderson produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 45:00+0:19 Steve Sidwell is caught offside. Nedum Onuoha takes the indirect free kick.
    • 44:13 Eidur Gudjohnsen takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
    • 43:35 Ahmed Elmohamady sends in a cross, clearance by Philippe Senderos.
    • 41:49 Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque. Strike comes in from Sulley Muntari from the free kick.
    • 39:44 Danny Murphy takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Nedum Onuoha.
    • 39:10 Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, Philippe Senderos makes a clearance.
    • 38:31 The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 37:53 Corner taken by Stephane Sessegnon from the right by-line.
    • 37:33 Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Kakuta.
    • 36:40 Steed Malbranque fouled by Steve Sidwell, the ref awards a free kick. Jack Colback restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:55 The ball is swung over by Phillip Bardsley, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
    • 35:07 The offside flag is raised against Stephane Sessegnon. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 34:41 Lee Cattermole takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 32:47 Bobby Zamora provided the assist for the goal.
    • 32:47 GOAL - Gael KakutaSunderland 0 - 1 Fulham Gael Kakuta finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sunderland 0-1 Fulham.
    • 32:18 The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley.
    • 32:00 The ball is swung over by Ahmed Elmohamady.
    • 31:09 Danny Murphy takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
    • 29:59 Effort from inside the area by Steed Malbranque misses to the left of the target.
    • 28:51 The offside flag is raised against Steed Malbranque. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
    • 26:25 Left-footed shot by Lee Cattermole missed to the left of the goal.
    • 25:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steed Malbranque by Danny Murphy. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:36 Jordan Henderson takes the inswinging corner, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
    • 23:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Carlos Salcido. Sulley Muntari crosses the ball in from the free kick, Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Henderson by Steve Sidwell. Lee Cattermole takes the direct free kick.
    • Correction - 19:59 Effort on goal by Eidur Gudjohnsen from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 19:59 Effort on goal by Simon Mignolet from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
    • 16:19 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 13:11 Centre by Phillip Bardsley, Close range headed effort by Ahmed Elmohamady misses to the right of the goal.
    • 12:17 The referee blows for offside. Nedum Onuoha takes the direct free kick.
    • 11:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson played to the near post, clearance by Chris Baird.
    • 10:07 Steed Malbranque takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 7:45 Unfair challenge on Stephane Sessegnon by Philippe Senderos results in a free kick. Sulley Muntari produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, Eidur Gudjohnsen manages to make a clearance.
    • 6:58 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Henderson, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 6:13 Jordan Henderson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris Baird.
    • 6:03 Ahmed Elmohamady produces a cross, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 2:48 Jordan Henderson delivers the ball.
    • 2:30 Centre by Bobby Zamora, save by Simon Mignolet.
    • 0:17 Bobby Zamora challenges Jack Colback unfairly and gives away a free kick. Simon Mignolet restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    As it stood on 30 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 34 39 73
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