SAFC v Fulham

Sunderland 2 Fulham 2

by James, Junior Black Cats reporter

Comeback secures home point.

Sunderland could have lost four games in a row but because of the some good goalkeeping and a creative spark in midfield, they came from 2-0 down to draw against Fulham.

The first chance of the game proved to be the first goal. Fulham had worked their way into the Sunderland box and Craig Gardner, playing right back, tripped over Dejagah on the left side of the box. Ref Mark Halsey initially waved away and told the winger to get up but, after a pause, he pointed to the spot and Dimitar Berbatov calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner on 16 minutes.

The lads tried to get back in the game but this resulted in another Fulham goal. A Johnson corner was easily cleared by Berbatov and Fulham were on the break. Immediately, waves of black shirts flooded forward and again Dejagah proved to be the creator as his shot from an angle was saved by Mignolet, only for full back Sascha Riether to tap in the rebound into an empty net after 35 minutes.

Sunderland needed a quick response and that’s what happened on 37 minutes. Gardner’s long ball saw Graham running on to it but he was pulled back by Senderos. The ref pointed at the spot but failed to even book the centre back. He had been last man and should have been sent off. As always, Gardner thundered the ball into the top corner to half the deposit.

The first chance after that goal came in the second half. After a melee in the box because Fulham couldn’t clear it, the ball fell to Danny Graham. He had to score but his shot was saved low by Schwarzer.