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May 6, 2012 9:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 25683‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 2-1 Sunderland

All the goals came in the first half as the Cottagers stayed strong following goals from Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele either side of a great effort from Phil Bardsley.

By Joe Doyle at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    1
    0
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Could do nothing about Bardsley's goal, but wasn't too troubled otherwise. Launched a couple of kicks into the far flung areas of the pitch late on when he could have kept hold of the ball a bit longer.

  • Stephen Kelly
    2
    0
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Kept James McClean very quiet in the first 45 minutes, and got forward pretty well to help out in attack, forcing a save from Mignolet early on in the second half.

  • John Arne Riise
    1
    0
    3.00

    John Arne Riise

    Made good runs down the left especially when Ji Dong-Won was his marker. Was made to look silly a couple of times by Sessegnon, but not much he could have done about that.

  • Brede Hangeland
    1
    0
    2.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Defended solidly, but was a little pedestrian when on the ball, taking too long and seeing himself shut down on some occasions, and swung a late clearance behind that didn't inspire confidence.

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    0
    3.00

    Aaron Hughes

    Defended well, and kept it simple. A strong performance from the center back, going unnoticed for long stretches.

  • Danny Murphy
    1
    0
    3.50

    Danny Murphy

    Often an overlooked member of the team, but the club plays a hell of a lot better when he is pulling the strings. Often looked for the expansive pass to Riise on the left, and found him too. Was a little less effective in the second half, but still used the ball well.

  • Damien Duff
    2
    0
    3.50

    Damien Duff

    Looked lively in the opening stages and struck up a good battle with Phil Bardsley at left back. Had an effort from a tight angle saved within 10 minutes. A generally strong game from the Irishman, combining well with Kelly on the right.

  • Mahamadou Diarra
    1
    0
    2.50

    Mahamadou Diarra

    Earned the free kick for Dempsey to open the scoring. Like a few of his teammates, took too long on the ball and lost out to the opposition too many times.

  • Mousa Dembele
    2
    1
    3.50

    Mousa Dembele

    Used trickery and quick feet to get away from Gardner time and again in the first half. Got away from Cattermole easily and with the aid of a deflection sent the ball spinning into the top corner. Always turns well on the ball, and adds disguise to flummox the opponents. Almost found the net late on, but another good save from Mignolet denied him.

  • Pavel Pogrebnyak
    2
    1
    3.00

    Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Not his best display, but was a little starved of service, particularly in the second half. Had one volley very well blocked in the first half, and challenged well for the high balls.

  • Clint Dempsey
    7
    0
    3.50

    Clint Dempsey

    Got the opener with a fantastic free kick around the wall, his 17th of the Premier League season. Had another effort cleared off the line in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Chris Baird
    1
    1

    Chris Baird

    Came on for a late cameo to keep things tight in the center. Had a late shot, but skied it.

  • Kerim Frei
    1
    1

    Kerim Frei

    Came on late to try and stretch the Sunderland defense and keep the ball.

  • Simon Mignolet
    1
    0
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Made a decent block in the opening 10 minutes from Duff. Got a hand to Dempsey's free kick, but couldn't prevent it from going in, and stood no chance with the second. Made two great saves to deny Dembele in the second half.

  • Phil Bardsley
    1
    0
    3.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Took his goal superbly. Made a good pass and carried on his run, sending a stunner into the bottom corner. Got back to defend well when his side were up against it. Had one late shot, but couldn't find the target.

  • Michael Turner
    1
    0
    3.00

    Michael Turner

    Made one fabulous block to get in the way of a Pogrebnyak volley. Was unfortunate to see another send Dembele's shot spinning into the top corner.

  • Matthew Kilgallon
    1
    0
    2.50

    Matthew Kilgallon

    Stood off Dembele for far too long, allowing him a chance to shoot. Defended fairly well afterwards, but was sacrificed as O'Neill went on the attack.

  • John O'Shea
    2
    0
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Was fairly untroubled for long stretches of the game, with Fulham preferring to attack down the middle or the right flank. Didn't get forward too much though before being switched to center back with 20 minutes to play.

  • Lee Cattermole
    1
    0
    3.00

    Lee Cattermole

    Perhaps a little too eager to make tackles, giving away the free kick for Dempsey to score the opener. Found Sessegnon with a great pass minutes later that should have got him an assist. Lost Dembele too easily for the second goal.

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    0
    2.50

    Craig Gardner

    Deployed on the right wing, but played a little too deeply to trouble Fulham's defense. Was pushed to right back after the introduction of Fraizer Campbell.

  • Jack Colback
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    Was in the right place at the right time to block a Dempsey effort on the line. A fairly quiet game, but he passed the ball well in the midfield.

  • James McClean
    2
    0
    3.00

    James McClean

    A very subdued first half. Was a little more involved in the second, showing some nice moves to get the Sunderland fans going. Made some good runs when the visitors countered.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Flashes of brilliance throughout the opening 45 minutes, but should have got a goal minutes after Sunderland conceded the first. Set up Bendtner really well after a fantastic flick got him past Riise, but the Dane couldn't convert.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    2
    0
    3.00

    Dong-Won Ji

    Looked on the periphery for long stretches, but used the ball intelligently when he got it, setting up Bardsley's goal. Was on the fringes during the second half and replaced with almost an hour gone.

Substitutions

  • Fraizer Campbell
    1
    0
    2.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    Missed an absolute sitter that would have squared the match. A poor effort from seven yards, placed wide of the post.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    2
    0
    3.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    Came on to replace Ji Dong-Won, but looked fairly isolated in his first few minutes on the pitch. Wasted his chance in the 74th minute as he screwed a shot over and wide. Nodded a header down well for a chance Campbell should have converted.

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