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Sunderland 0-0 Fulham: No Goals In Scrappy Affair At The Stadium Of Light

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Sunderland failed to move away from the Premier League relegation zone as Steve Bruce’s men saw out a goalless draw with Fulham at the Stadium of Light.

Chances were at a premium throughout the games a neither side looked confident enough to push forward.

Fulham traveled to the Stadium of Light looking for their first away win in twelve Premier Leagues matches, whilst the host were looking for the first league win in thirteen games.

The Black Cats recent run of poor form had left them just two points clear of the relegation zone heading into today’s game.

The Cottagers went into the game fresh of the back of an impressive win in the Europa League against Shakhtar Donetsk in midweek.

The home side started the better of the two teams but the Mackems failed to turn their early possession into clear-cut chances.

Few chances fell for either side in what was a scrappy opening quarter of the match. The first real opportunity came to the away side; Simon Davies clipped the ball into Bobby Zamora inside the Sunderland box but the in-form striker couldn’t head the ball on target.   

Kenwyne Jones had Sunderland first real chance to speak of for the home team. Graig Gordon sent the ball long and Jones flicked the ball onto strike partner Darren Bent, the former Spurs player returned the ball back to Jones but the Trinidadian could only volley over on the stretch.

Bent then forced a save out of Mark Schwarzer after the striker appeared to miss hit a free-kick and the ball rolled underneath the Fulham wall but the Australian goalkeeper reacted quickly and saved the effort.

Fulham had another chance through Zamora just before the half time break but the 29-year-olds header was saved comfortably by Gordon after a mad scramble in the box.

The teams went into the break level after an opening half that saw few chances as both sides looked reluctant to push forward in search of an opener.

The first ten minutes of the half started slow yet again, Alan Hutton struck a shot  after cutting inside Nicky Shorey, but the on loan Tottenham midfielders strike was straight at Schwarzer.

Sunderland were looking the most likely to score as the home fans urged on Steve Bruce’s men.

However, Fulham may have had a penalty when a Jonathan Greening appeared to strike the hand of Michael Turner inside the box but any appeals were waved away by the referee.

The Mackems had chance from another long punt forward, Jones again flicked the ball, this time to Boudewijn Zenden, but the midfielders effort went wide of the mark.

Zenden was involved yet again when the former Liverpool and Chelsea player centred a ball for Hutton, but the Scottish international couldn’t reach far enough.

Sunderland pressed for a winner in the closing minutes but couldn’t carve out a chance as the game ended goalless.