Sunderland 2-2 Fulham
Last Updated: Sat, 02 Mar 2013 17:29
Sunderland came from two goals behind against Fulham at the Stadium of Light to grab a share of the points in a thrilling encounter.
Fulham were looking to make it back to back wins when they travelled to The Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. Despite Sunderland starting the brighter of the two sides it was Fulham who drew first blood when Ashkan Dejagah was tripped in the area, referee Mark Halsey awarded a penalty and Dimitar Berbatov slotted home from twelve yards. Sunderland were enjoying the biggest share of possession but fell further behind on thirty-five minutes when Dejagah's shot was palmed out by goalkeeper Simon Mignolet into the path of the oncoming Sascha Riether who knocked the ball home. Sunderland responded almost instantly when Philippe Senderos dragged down Danny Graham in the area and again Halsey pointed to the spot. Craig Gardner stepped up and scored to put the Black Cats back in the game.
The second half was a much quieter affair until the 69th minute when Berbatov broke away for the visitors but Mignolet got out well and saved the former Manchester United forward's effort. The Belgian keeper then launched the ball long and after some neat play on the wing from Adam Johnson the ball fell to Stephane Sessegnon who struck the ball first time across goal past Mark Schwarzer to level the scoreline at 2-2. Despite a big effort from Sunderland to grab a final goal, they were unable to do so and the game ended two goals a piece with both sides sharing the points.