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Fulham 1-4 Sunderland

Adam Johnson mobbed Fulham v Sunderland

Adam Johnson's hat-trick helped Sunderland thrash Fulham to move off the bottom of the Premier League.

Johnson put the visitors ahead, curling in a 25-yard free-kick, before his low set-piece was steered in by Ki Sung-Yueng from 12 yards for 2-0.

Fulham pulled a goal back when Steve Sidwell headed in Damien Duff's corner.

But Johnson grabbed his second with a low shot, before completing his hat-trick with a penalty after Philippe Senderos fouled Jozy Altidore.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet

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Adam Johnson was exceptional - Poyet

The victory, only Sunderland's second away from home this season, was enough to take them above Crystal Palace into 19th place on goal difference.

Gus Poyet's side are only one point adrift of 17th-placed West Ham while Fulham, who had won two of their past three home games, missed the chance to ease their relegation fears with a disappointing home performance.

Johnson took his chance after being restored to the starting line-up having impressed as a substitute in the Black Cats' 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Manchester United on Tuesday.

With Arsenal's Theo Walcott ruled out for six months because of a knee injury, right-winger Johnson could yet force his way back into Roy Hodgson's plans for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The last of his 12 international appearances came in a 2-1 friendly win over Italy in August 2012, but he proved the difference between the sides at Craven Cottage.

Fulham, who are 16th in the table, will regret early missed chances, with Dimitar Berbatov heading straight at Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone from close range inside the opening seven minutes.

Adel Taarabt also shot wide, Clint Dempsey fired off target and Mannone deflected Taarabt's powerful, angled shot over the bar, before Sunderland took the lead.

Johnson, who also netted in his side's 3-1 FA Cup win over Carlisle on Sunday, scored direct from a free-kick after was he fouled by Sidwell.

Sunderland, who had only scored five goals in their 10 previous away Premier League matches, doubled their lead 12 minutes later. It came after a clever free-kick routine that saw Johnson play a low pass to the penalty spot, from where Ki shot through a crowded six-yard box.

Sidwell gave Fulham a lifeline within seven minutes of the second half starting, but Sunderland soon restored their two-goal advantage as Ki's intelligent pass found Johnson, who drilled a low effort into the net.

The winger completed his hat-trick late on when he converted a penalty after Senderos's clumsy challenge on Altidore as Sunderland secured only their fourth Premier League win of the season.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen:

"It is a massive blow for us. We know how important it is to win your home games, especially against the teams near you in the table, but it's a massive opportunity missed for us to move up the league.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen

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Meulensteen rues missed opportunity

"We settled really well and had some really good chances. You want your chances to fall to someone like Dimitar Berbatov, but he did not put it away.

"Then we went 1-0 behind and that gave us a mountain to climb. We were playing well enough to get back into it and there was still plenty of time but when it went to 3-1, that was the killer goal.

"We know from experience that the January transfer window is a difficult time, but we need to look at possible targets that are available and hopefully we can get something done."

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet:

"Moving off the bottom has been coming for some time and we did it in style. There's not too many games to play so it was a very good performance.

"The fans have been excellent, but we have to give more to the home fans and make sure we do the same thing at home.

"It has been a very difficult six months but it looks like we are getting out of it now."

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Line-ups

Fulham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 27Riether
  • 3RiiseBooked at 40mins
  • 7SidwellBooked at 37mins
  • 4Senderos
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 16DuffSubstituted forDejagahat 68'minutes
  • 28ParkerBooked at 59mins
  • 9Berbatov
  • 19TaarabtSubstituted forKasamiat 63'minutes
  • 32DempseySubstituted forBentat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kasami
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 15Richardson
  • 18Hughes
  • 24Dejagah
  • 38Etheridge
  • 39Bent

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 2BardsleyBooked at 30mins
  • 28Alonso
  • 33Cattermole
  • 16O'Shea
  • 5Brown
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 14ColbackBooked at 58mins
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forAltidoreat 66'minutes
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forCelustkaat 87'minutes
  • 31BoriniSubstituted forLarssonat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Larsson
  • 8Gardner
  • 12Celustka
  • 13Pickford
  • 17Altidore
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 27Ji Dong-won
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
25,564

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSunderland
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home17
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Sunderland 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Sunderland 4.
Philippe Senderos (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jozy Altidore (Sunderland).
Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
Offside, Fulham. David Stockdale tries a through ball, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wes Brown.
Attempt saved. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Vito Mannone.
Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Pajtim Kasami with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Phillip Bardsley.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Ondrej Celustka replaces Adam Johnson.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Sunderland 4. Adam Johnson (Sunderland) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Penalty conceded by Philippe Senderos (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty Sunderland. Jozy Altidore draws a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wes Brown.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ki Sung-Yueng.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Wes Brown.
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