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6 May 2012
• Craven Cottage, London
Referee: M. Atkinson
• Attendance: 25683
C. Dempsey 12'
M. Dembélé 35'
P. Bardsley 34'
FULL TIME: The final whistle is blown and it's Fulham that run out victorious, in truth it was a very open and entertaining game since as both clubs don't have much to play for. The fulham players will now most likely stay on the pitch and thank the fans as today's game was their last home game of the season.
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Sunderland attacking in numbers and the ball kindly falls to Fraizer Campbell in the area, he shoots from 6 yards and it's a great save by Schwarzer.
Dembele with a brilliant run! Gets the ball on the half-way line, skins two opponents and forces another good save from Mignolet.
FULHAM SUBSTITUTION: Danny Murphy replaced by Chris Baird.
After a quite period, Turner makes error that leads to Dempsey with only one defender to beat but he can't get past John O'Shea.
FULHAM SUBSTITUTION: Pavel Pogrebnyak comes off for Kerim Frei
Sunderland looking to utilise the long ball option now, could be the regular theme as we head into the last ten minutes.
Sunderland should score!! Great Diagonal ball by Gardner who seeks out Bendtner, he wins the ball brilliantly and with a cushioned header to Campbell who finds himself in acres of space but shoots wide!
End to end stuff now as Sessegnon puts Bendtner through on goal but he his shot is off target.
Fulham go up the other end, Dembele has a great chance but Mignolet pulls off a smart save.
Campbell involved instantly as he is put in behind the Fulham defense but his cross is far to deep and fulham retain the ball.
SUNDERLAND SUBSTITUTION: Attacking sub by Martin O'neill as Matthew Kilgallon is replaced by Fraizer Campbell.
Sunderland starting to attack more now and their fans react as they increase their volume.
More good work by Fulham as this time Diarra runs forward and forces another corner, however that is dealt with the Sunderland defense too.
It's down that right hand side again for Fulham, Kelly makes himself available on the overlap, his floated cross his put out for a corner by Turner.
Fulham again look to attack and work it towards Duff again but his shot goes over the bar when maybe the midfielder could have crossed the ball.
Good chance for Sunderland as McClean turns well but his right-foot shot is straight at Schwarzer.
SUNDERLAND SUBSTITUTION: In the midst of the free kick Ji made way for Nicklas Bendtner.
Dempsey's strike goes straight in the wall and it comes to nothing.
Demebele gets lucky to retain the ball then goes on a surging run that results in a free-kick oppertunity for the home side, similar distance to the first goal.
Damien Duff causing havoc down the right as he beats Bardsley again before unleashing a shot straight at Mignolet and the keeper pounces on the rebound.
Craig Gardner gets sent through after a ball over the top, but he's flagged offside.
Good run by the right-back Kelly which results in his shot being saved by Mignolet.
OFF THE LINE! From the resulting corner Dempsey has his shot cleared off the line by Jack Colback.
The first chance of the second half has arrived and it falls to the big Russian Pogrebnyak, but his volley from 12 yards is blocked over for a corner.
Sunderland with some pressure now with some neat passing and a cross from the left but Fulham defend well.
Both teams struggling to keep control of the ball at the start of the second half.
Players are back out at Craven Cottage and it's Fulham that get us back underway.
HALF TIME. The players go off to applause around Craven Cottage as a very enjoyable first half comes to an end. Fulham definitely looked the better team and deserve their lead at the break but there were signs at the end of the first half that Sunderland were growing into the game.
Sunderland trying to press for the equaliser before half-time as McClean cuts in from the left but his shot is straight at Schwarzer.
Good chance with a free-kick for Sunderland as Risse commits a foul on Sessegnon (looked harsh), however Gardner hits the free-kick wide.
Penalty appeals from the home crowd as Dempsey goes down in the box but it looked like good defending by the Sunderland defender.
Fulham going from one side to the other when they're attacking as its Duff this time who cuts in fro the right to shoot just wide.
Fulham nearly making it three as Risse crosses in from the left but Phil Bardsley heads the ball out just in time as Dembele was lining up a shot.
Assist J. Riise
Goal Mousa Dembele
Fulham instantly regain the lead after some fine work by Moussa Dembele, he runs from the half-way line and shoots towards goal and a deflection takes it in. GOOOAAALLLL!!!
Assist Dong-Won Ji
Goal Phil Bardsley
Out of no-where Sunderland equalise, great play by McClean and Ji who lays ot off for Bardsley to p0wer one home!
GOAL FOR SUNDERLAND!
Again Sunderland break down the right with Sessegnon this time making the inroads, unfortunately for him he can't do much with the ball as Hangeland defends well.
Sunderland finally enjoying having the ball, playign some good football on the right-hand side However, Craig Gardner hits a left-foot cross into the stands.
Mistaken identity! It was Stephen Kelly that was brought down by Bardsley, not Dempsey
Murphy takes the free kick out on the right, plays the cut back to the edge of the box only for Dempsey to fire over.
Good attacking free kick for Fulham as Bardsley brings down Dempsey.
Fulham choose to now attack down the left but it filters out to nothing as the pass to Risse is slightly to hard. Fulham very much in control however.
Fulham chance! Great work down the right by the home side as the ball gets clipped into Pogrebnyak, but the strikers shot is blocked after he takes it down well on the chest.
Mahamadou Diarra looking in charge of the midfield during the opening 20 minutes, some very commanding runs from the Senegal man.
Cattermole tries to play a delicate ball towards Gardner but the Sunderland man can't quite make good contact.
After good build up play byt the away side they should be level, Cattermole seeks out Sessegnon and after some good work by the striker he forces a good save from Schwarzer. Great Chance.
Sunderland trying to retain possession to seek away back into the match.
Goal Clint Dempsey
GOOOAAALLL!! Who else but Clint Dempsey to give Fulham the lead from the resulting free-kick, a great strike curling round the wall and despite Mignolet getting a hand to it, the ball nestles into the top corner.
Cattermole slides in on Fulham midfielder Diarra, home side have a free-kick 25 yards out.
Good chance for Fulham as Duff cuts in from the right and forces a smart save from Mignolet.
The free-kick comes to nothing as the former Birmingham City man hits his shot over the bar.
Sunderland response is strong as they mount an attack of their own and force a free kick 35 yards away from goal, Gardner to take ...
Fulham's possession nearly pays off as Damien Duff fires a good cross from the right towards Pavel Pogrebnyak, only for the Russian to be inches away from contact.
Fulham doing well in these early stages, keeping the ball well.
We're underway at Craven Cottage
Sunderland: (4-4-2): Mignolet; O'Shea, Turner, Kilgallon, Bardsley; Gardner, Colback, Cattermole, McClean; Sessegnon, Ji-Dong Won. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Bramble, Meyler, Elmohamady, Campbell, Bendtner.
Fulham: (4-2-3-1): Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Murphy, Diarra; Duff, Dempsey, Dembele; Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.
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