Flashback: Win over Fulham

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by Ashley Houghton

Jones nets the winner at the SoL in 2009.

Kenwyne Jones’ winner gave Ricky Sbragia his first Barclays Premier League win since being confirmed as permanent Sunderland manager.

The Black Cats had gone four games without a win but Jones’ second-half strike put an end to that record and sent the hosts to 11th in the Premier League.

Sunderland were vibrant in the early stages, Djibril Cissé latched onto Steed Malbranque’s pass and raced clear before smashing his shot just over the bar.

The Black Cats also had an arguable shout for a penalty when Danny Murphy tripped Malbranque but, undeterred, Fulham grew in confidence.

Andy Johnson and Clint Dempsey both went close towards the end of the first-half for Roy Hodgson’s side, who were looking for their first away win of the season.

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer made a fine save from Cisse early in the second-half as Jones’ initial effort had fell to the Frenchman inside the area.

Sunderland grabbed what turned out to be the winner on the hour mark, Jones this time latching onto the rebound from Cisse’s shot, and lashing home from close range.

Simon Davies should have equalised for Fulham in the closing stages, the Welshman volleying over from four yards.

It was Sunderland’s night, though, and the Black Cats went on a three-game unbeaten run.

Sunderland: Fulop, Bardsley, Ferdinand, McCartney (McShane, 70), Collins, Whitehead, Malbranque, Tainio (Leadbitter, 81), Reid (Edwards, 75), Cisse, Jones.

Subs not used: Colgan, Diouf, Chopra, Healy.