Jozy rues fine margins

by Stuart Vose

Striker looks back on Fulham clash.

Jozy Altidore rued the fine lines of the Barclays Premier League after Sunderland suffered a narrow opening-day defeat the hands of Fulham.

Patjim Kasami scored the only goal in the early stages of the second half with the Cottagers’ only effort on target of the 90 minutes.

Sunderland bossed the game up until the goal, creating a number of chances, but they couldn’t find the net before Kasami struck.

“This is how this league is – one chance, one goal and they go home with the three points,” said Altidore, who impressed up front.

“We need to do a better job of not giving away anything. It’s difficult at this level but we need to do better, create more chances and try to bury them.

“This is the best league in the world and that’s why it can be so cruel.

“At the same time we have to take the positives away from the game, move on to the next match and try to get three points."

The American striker created a number of openings and was unlucky not to score late on when he pounced from six yards only for Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg to make a brave save.

“I thought I did alright, but there’s always lots of room to improve,” he added.

“It’s tough to look at the positives when you lose but I thought we created some chances.”

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