Fulham v SAFC

O’Neill thrilled with capital gain

by Kate Smith

Manager buoyed by Fulham victory.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill cut a jubilant figure after watching his side return to winning ways at Fulham.

The Black Cats sealed their first league away win of the season in style as goals from Steven Fletcher, Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon made sure that the three points would return to Wearside.

It was a blinding goal by [Stephane] Sessegnon to seal it.

- Martin O'Neill

After the victory at Craven Cottage, an elated O’Neill told safc.com: “It’s very pleasing to get the win away from home.

“I would have taken the win in any shape or form, but it was a good win today and we scored some good goals.”

The home side were reduced to 10 men after they had captain Brede Hangeland dismissed following a two-footed challenge on Lee Cattermole.

“The sending off definitely changed the dynamic of the game.” O’Neill continued.

“It was up to us then to force the issue, to see the game through to halftime and then try and stretch Fulham as much as we could in the second half, which I thought we did well.”

Fletcher grabbed his sixth goal of the season, before Mladen Petric pulled the Cottagers level.

However, Sunderland fought back and defender Carlos Cuellar headed home to put the visitors back in front before Stephane Sessegnon netted a sublime strike to leave goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer standing.

“The first goal came from a great ball from Adam Johnson and then a truly magnificent finish from a magnificent player in Steven Fletcher.”

The manager added: “The second goal from Carlos Cuellar was an important one for us. Fullham had pegged us back and it was so important for us to get that second.

“Eventually it was a blinding goal by [Stephane] Sessegnon to seal it.

“A great goal from a fine player to crown the victory – as well two outstanding saves Simon Mignolet to keep Fulham at bay.

“The players are looking forward to the next couple of games at home. It’s always a good atmosphere at the Stadium of Light.

“Winning today is a boost of confidence ahead of a very important game next week.”