Game of the Day: SAFC 2 Fulham 1

by Kate Smith

Goals from Brown and Le Tallec hand Cats first home win.

4th May 2006

Sunderland avoided an unwanted record thanks to goals from Anthony Le Tallec and Chris Brown during the final home game of 2005-06.

Caretaker manager Kevin Ball guided the Black Cats to victory in the rearranged fixture with Fulham after it was called off a month earlier due to torrential snow!

The win meant Sunderland dodged the unwanted title of becoming the first team in the history of English football to go a full season without a home victory.

Le Tallec put Sunderland on the right track for their first home win since the previous May, as he nodded the ball home 32 minutes into the game.

The French striker glanced the ball past goalkeeper Mark Crossley after a curling cross from Andy Welsh.

Brown added to the goal in the 57th minute, picking up on a rebound after Crossley fumbled Nyron Nosworthy's long-range effort.

There was a nice moment for loan star Justin Hoyte as he was substituted just before the 75 minute mark. The Arsenal star made way for Kevin Kyle and got a standing ovation on his final Sunderland appearance at the Stadium of Light.

Despite Tomasz Radzinski pulling one back after 76 minutes, when his shot took a slight deflection off Gary Breen and flew past Kelvin Davis - and some sustained pressure by the Cottagers - Ball's side managed to hold out for the victory, much to the delight of the Stadium of Light crowd.

The final whistle brought huge cheers and the relieved players embarked on an impromptu lap around the pitch. 


Sunderland: Davis, Nosworthy, Breen, Caldwell , McCartney , Hoyte (Kyle, 74), Whitehead , Miller, Welsh, Brown , Le Tallec (Murphy, 81).

Subs not used: Leadbitter, Alnwick, Collins.

Fulham: Crossley, Rosenior, Christanval, Pearce (Brown, 69), Bridge , Malbranque, Diop, Elliott, Boa Morte (Radzinski, 18), Helguson, McBride (John, 60).

Subs not used: Volz, Warner.