Fulham v SAFC

Fletch on Fulham win

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by Stuart Vose

Striker delighted to be back on goal trail.

Stephen Fletcher felt Sunderland made the most of their numerical advantage as he helped the Black Cats to victory at Fulham.

Brede Hangeland's red card after just half an hour was exploited to full effect as Sunderland went on to secure a first away win of 2012-13.

I think this win has been coming...it was great to put in a good performance today, score a few goals and get three points

- Steven Fletcher

Fletcher hit his sixth goal of the season with Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon adding their first strikes of the campaign.

Cuellar's goal – a header from Adam Johnson's corner – was his first for the club and came just two minutes after Mladen Petric had cancelled out Fletcher's opener.

“I think this win has been coming – we were unlucky at Everton and it was great to put in a good performance today, score a few goals and get three points,” Fletcher said.

“We saw against Newcastle that it can be tough to play against ten men but today we took the game by the scruff of the neck and got our goals.”

Fletcher profited from great approach play from Johnson five minutes into the second half as the former Manchester City man dropped a superb crossfield ball into his colleague's path.

The striker finished well from close range and praised his team-mate for the quality of his assist.

“It was an early ball in from Adam and a great ball too,” said Fletcher, who is Sunderland's leading scorer this season.

“When I received the ball and took my first touch I knew I wanted to put it in the far corner and fortunately I managed to do that.”

He added: “We were relieved when Carlos put us back in the lead after they equalised and Sess got a great goal.

“Sess has been brilliant since I came here and I'm really happy to see him score. He deserved it.”

Sunderland now play four of their next five games at the Stadium of Light with Fletcher hoping to add to his team-leading goal tally.

The striker was pleased to end a brief goalless run and is looking forward to helping his side build on their win at Craven Cottage.

“It does get frustrating, but I was brought here to score goals and that's what I'm looking to do,” he said.

“Confidence is high. We know we have the ability to win games and hopefully we can push on from this now.”