Rowell Report: Sunderland’s victory over Fulham was the best yet

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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SUNDERLAND’S thumping win at Fulham only moved us up one place in the table, but was enormous in terms of morale and what it means for the season.

Suddenly, things are not looking so bleak - just one point from fourth bottom and lots of teams deep in the relegation mix.

Sunderland didn’t just beat Fulham, they won with a fair bit to spare and produced their most convincing win of the season.

To win so emphatically will do wonders for the dressing room and bring great belief to players who have sometimes struggled with the pressure of being bottom of the table throughout the season.

Adam Johnson grabbed the headlines, but it was a true team performance, just when it was needed and at last we managed to beat a relegation rival.

Sunderland’s away form has been good recently, unbeaten in five on the road and seven points from the last three.

Scoring four goals on your travels doesn’t happen too often either, with all of them being different in their execution.

Two different types of goals from free-kicks will please the coaches, but the third goal was the best with a move that started in Sunderland’s own half and ended with a superb pass from Ki Sung-Yeung to set up Johnson.

If there’s one negative, it would be that not for the first time this season, we conceded from a corner. But all in all, it was a great away day.

Earlier in the season, we couldn’t even buy a goal away from home, but the players have turned it around and of all the teams in the bottom half of the league, it’s Sunderland who are the form side.