Victory by the Thames in today's spotlight.
Fulham 1 Sunderland 3
5th April 2008
Sunderland took a step towards retaining their Barclays Premier League status as goals from Danny Collins, Michael Chopra and Kenwyne Jones downed Fulham 3-1 at Craven Cottage.
The Black Cats went into the game in South London having won their two previous games, against Aston Villa and West Ham United, knowing that a win would give them breathing space in mid-table as the season drew to a close.
Collins headed Daryl Murphy’s cross past Kasey Keller on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors the lead at the interval.
The advantage was doubled not long after the restart when Jones cleverly headed a long punt from defence into the path of half-time substitute Chopra, who let the ball drop over his head and instinctively lobbed Keller with his left foot.
Fulham replied 15 minutes from time when David Healy, who would join the Black Cats at the end of the season, curled the ball into the top corner past Craig Gordon from 20 yards.
Sunderland hit back instantly, though, and it was Murphy who once again provided the assist, this time for Jones to stroke into the corner of the net from 15 yards.
Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Evans, Nosworthy, Collins, Edwards (Chopra, 46), Whitehead, Reid, Richardson (Leadbitter, 57), Murphy (O’ Donovan, 87), Jones.