SUNDERLAND suffered an afternoon of frustration after completely dominating today’s game against Fulham.
Kieran Richardson and Jack Colback both hit the woodwork in the first half as the unambitious Londoners set out to defend in numbers throughout.
And after dominating possession and creating plenty of pressure in the second-half the Black Cats might have pinched it with virtually the last kick of the game – a goal-bound Stephane Sessegnon shot deflected but Mark Schwarzer in goal sticking out a leg as he was gong the wrong way and having the good luck to see the ball strike him and bounce out.
Fulham were content to play the waiting game, looking to absorb the home side’s pressure and hit on the break and Keiren Westwood enhanced his reputation with an excellent save in each half.
The visitors could have pinched the points near the end when they broke on Sunderland and had numbers over only for Clint Dempsey to dragg his shot across the face of goal.
But this should have been Sunderland’s day given the amount of possession they had and the amount of good positions they got into. Another point on the board will not go amiss but this was a day when Sunderland needed, and should have had, all three points.
* Full report and pictures in tonight’s action-packed Football Echo.