The FA Cup

Sunderland 0-0 Fulham

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
  • 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."

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



Formation 3-5-2

  • 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


  • 1Pantilimon
  • 10Wickham
  • 14Gomez Garcia-Penche
  • 19Graham
  • 20Álvarez
  • 23Giaccherini
  • 30Buckley


Formation 4-4-2

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


  • 1Kiraly
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 20Rodallega
  • 33Burn
  • 44McCormack
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sunderland 0, Fulham 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick van Aanholt.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    William Buckley (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

    Foul by William Buckley (Sunderland).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Marcus Bettinelli.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Cauley Woodrow.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Sunderland. William Buckley replaces Billy Jones.