FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Sunderland 0-0 Fulham

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FA Cup: Sunderland 0-0 Fulham highlights
  • Jermain Defoe makes home debut for Sunderland
  • Jack Rodwell sent off in second half
  • Stadium of Light less than half full

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli made two brilliant saves from striker Jermain Defoe to earn Fulham an FA Cup fourth round replay against 10-man Sunderland.

The 22-year-old steered away a sidefoot volley before using his foot to deny the ex-Spurs man from close range.

But the Black Cats rarely threatened and were reduced to 10 men when Jack Rodwell was shown a second yellow card for impeding Bettinelli.

Fulham almost won it late on when Hugo Rodallega's shot cannoned off a post.

Had the substitute scored the winner from that effort it would have been deserved for Kit Symons' Championship side, who showed great discipline and created good chances of their own.

After a terrible start to the season, the Cottagers are showing more steel under their former player, and that is two league wins and now a draw against top flight opposition in the last three games.

Sunderland have been as, if not more, inconsistent than Fulham this season and failed to impress here in front of a small crowd of 22,961.

Defoe, who only made his return to English football last week, was the one shining light for Gus Poyet's side as they huffed and puffed but failed to create many clear opportunities.

They sorely missed the injured Adam Johnson. His thrusting runs from midfield and his deliveries surely would have posed more problems for the Fulham defence than what the midfielders on show managed.

And the home side's day was summed up by the sending off of midfielder Rodwell, who showed inexplicable indiscipline when he stuck out an arm to prevent Bettinelli from throwing the ball out to a team-mate.

Moments before Sunderland had a their, albeit brief, good spell, when Defoe twice forced Bettinelli into action.

The first was a placed volley which the former Cottagers youth player clawed away, and the second was a save with his foot from point-blank range.

Fulham's best chance fell to Rodallega, who shook a post with a spectacular shot, while Seko Fofana and Moussa Dembele both had strikes pushed away by Vito Mannone.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said: "It was a poor game overall. The second half was better, there was more emotion and more pressing. The sending off changed the game but it is football - if you see the results in the FA Cup today it shows it means so much for teams.

"We were better with 10 men than 11. The players know someone is missing so they give an extra bit, it is disappointing that they don't do that before but I think that is just human nature."

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Symons on Sunderland v Fulham

Fulham boss Kit Symons said: "It was a bit disappointing in the end but we came to a Premier League side and acquitted ourselves very well.

"Our quality in the final third has been generally good but was lacking a little bit. They are a top-flight side with some excellent players though and you expect them to step up when they go down to 10 men."

Sunderland's Stadium of Light
It was a sunny but cold afternoon at Sunderland's Stadium of Light
Fulham's Seko Fofana and Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt
Fulham's Seko Fofana (left) and Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt go for the ball in a lacklustre first half

Line-ups

Sunderland

  • 25Mannone
  • 27Vergini
  • 16O'Shea
  • 22CoatesBooked at 55mins
  • 2JonesSubstituted forBuckleyat 76'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 7Larsson
  • 4Bridcutt
  • 8RodwellBooked at 66mins
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 9FletcherSubstituted forWickhamat 66'minutes
  • 28Defoe

Substitutes

  • 1Pantilimon
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Jordi Gómez
  • 19Graham
  • 20Álvarez
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 30Buckley

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 37Grimmer
  • 21Christensen
  • 25DembeleSubstituted forMcCormackat 61'minutes
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 12FofanaSubstituted forKacaniklicat 75'minutes
  • 10Ruiz
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forRodallegaat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 20Rodallega
  • 33Burn
  • 44McCormack
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
22,961

Match Stats

Home TeamSunderlandAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home15
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

William Buckley (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Booking

William Buckley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Santiago Vergini (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. William Buckley (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland) left footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Cauley Woodrow.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Billy Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Seko Fofana.

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

Substitution

Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Steven Fletcher.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

Foul by Jack Rodwell (Sunderland).

(Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Attempt missed. Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

Attempt saved. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Ross McCormack replaces Moussa Dembele.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

Attempt missed. Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Booking

Sebastián Coates (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sebastián Coates (Sunderland).

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