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Played
January 11, 2014 4:00 PM WAT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Dean‎
Attendance:‬ 25564‎
 
Adam Johnson 29′
 
Sung-Yong Ki 41′
 
Adam Johnson 69′
 
Adam Johnson 85′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-4 Sunderland

Adam Johnson excelled at Craven Cottage, scoring a hat-trick and claiming an assist as Gus Poyet's side climbed off the foot of the Premier League with a comprehensive win

By Jay Jaffa at Craven Cottage

  • David Stockdale
    0
    0
    1.00

    David Stockdale Flop of the Match

    Did not look comfortable. Dropped a couple of crosses in the area and was not strong enough under the high ball against Fletcher. Got both hands to Johnson's free kick but could not keep it out; same story for Ki as the shot flew through bodies and was nutmegged for the third. A real weak link.

  • John Arne Riise
    0
    0
    1.00

    John Arne Riise

    Happy to push forward and try to hug the touchline as an outlet but repeatedly caught out when defending. Booked for a rash challenge on Borini. Well out of position for the third, his final product was all over the place ... the full-back does not look anywhere close to earning a new contract.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    0
    2.00

    Philippe Senderos

    On another day, his attempted block would have prevented Ki's opener but instead it just helped it beyond Stockdale. Poor communication with his midfield was an issue throughout and he hung out a leg for Altidore to tumble over and win the late penalty.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Intercepted and delivered a fine cross for Berbatov in Fulham's best chance of the first 45 minutes but his output going forward is usually better.

  • Amorebieta
    0
    0
    1.50

    Amorebieta

    Far from dominant up against Fletcher, particularly in the air, and could have reacted more quickly for the second goal. Overrun for the third as Fulham were left short at the back.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Booked for repeat fouling in the middle of the pitch and struggled to get anything going in the final third. Stooped to head Fulham back into the game for his fifth of the season and should have had his sixth but Mannone plunged on the line to prevent him from tapping home.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    0
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Gave an industrious performance on the right flank and came up with a telling set-piece delivery for Sidwell's goal. Did not last the 90, though - substituted for Dejagah.

  • Adel Taarabt
    0
    0
    2.00

    Adel Taarabt

    Looked to have wasted a three-on-two when he held onto the ball but dipped the shoulder, went by Brown and watched Mannone tip over his ferocious drive. Otherwise it was the usual story. Fancy feet, not much end product and faded. Replaced by Kasami.

  • Scott Parker
    0
    0
    2.50

    Scott Parker

    Kept things ticking over nicely in midfield and went close with a 30-yarder. Did the dirty jobs well but, like the rest of midfield, guilty of conceding too many free kicks in dangerous areas. Booked for a spectacularly late foul on Johnson.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    0
    0
    2.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Cut a frustrated figure. Did more chasing than he finds comfortable and missed a golden chance from 10 yards. Very little about which to shout.

  • Clint Dempsey
    0
    0
    2.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Made his return to Craven Cottage from the left flank and looked bright. Volleyed home a disallowed goal but faded as the game wore on and was taken off with 12 minutes to go.

Substitutions

  • Pajtim Kasami
    0
    0
    2.00

    Pajtim Kasami

    Came on for Taarabt but failed to make an impression. Completely anonymous.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ashkan Dejagah

    Replaced Duff on the right wing and tried to offer an outlet and supply of crosses.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    0
    2.50

    Darren Bent

    Came on for Dempsey in the last 12 minutes.

  • Vito Mannone
    0
    0
    3.50

    Vito Mannone

    Made a superb stop in the first half from Taarabt at his near post but was otherwise untroubled until Sidwell nodded home from close range. Kept calm under pressure in the late stages and made a stunning reflex save on the line from Sidwell in the dying moments.

  • Phil Bardsley
    0
    0
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    Looked for his second goal in a week, cutting onto his left and firing at goal. Otherwise was steady and unspectacular, keeping tabs on Dempsey.

  • Wes Brown
    0
    0
    2.50

    Wes Brown

    One loose pass put his team in danger early on but otherwise defended well as Sunderland retreated to the edge of the box.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    0
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Returned to the first XI and defended with grit and determination.

  • Marcos Alonso
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcos Alonso

    Gives Sunderland a decent outlet on the left flank and was happy to trundle forward. Saw his follow-up shot well saved by Stockdale but could have done better.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    0
    0
    4.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    The South Korean is a bit hit-and-miss with his output but this performance was just for what Poyet would have asked. His run for the second goal deceived Fulham and he fired intelligently through a packed penalty box before sliding Johnson in for the third goal with a delicious through-ball.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    5.00

    Adam Johnson Top of the Match

    The star man. Won the free kick which he curled brilliantly past Stockdale. Pinged a lovely cross for Ki for the second then tucked his next big chance away for his own double. Wrapped up the hat-trick with a late penalty. Booked for over-zealous celebrations but that will not take away from a man back at the top of his game.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Joined Ki and Cattermole in the Sunderland midfield and was tenacious throughout. Picked up a yellow card.

  • Lee Cattermole
    0
    0
    3.00

    Lee Cattermole

    Harried, chased and, as expected, got involved in a couple of scrapes, most notably with Parker and then Sidwell. Kept his powder dry, though, and left the field without a card. A more mature display from the club captain.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Worked tirelessly and gave Amorebieta a run for his money. Headed just over, challenging with Stockdale, and replaced on the 65th minute by Altidore, presumably after the knock which he picked up in midweek.

  • Fabio Borini
    0
    0
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    A disciplined performance from the left flank. Joined Fletcher when he could but by and large happy to tuck into midfield and help his side defend from the front. Fired one shot wide from range.

Substitutions

  • Ondřej Čelůstka
    0
    0

    Ondřej Čelůstka

    A late sub for Johnson.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0

    Sebastian Larsson

    Came on for Borini and helped to keep Sunderland secure and compact.

  • Jozy Altidore
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jozy Altidore

    On for Fletcher with 25 minutes to play and won a late penalty as he tumbled over Senderos's outstretched leg.

Results
 
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
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20 0
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0