Josh Maja scored on his league debut to give struggling Sunderland their first win at the Stadium of Light in nearly a year with victory over Fulham.Sunderland had not won at home since 17 December 2016 when they beat Watford, but Maja slotted in four minutes after coming off the bench to end their run.Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli had earlier denied both Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan with terrific saves.
Maja’s first goal for the Black Cats ended 364 days without a home victory.Relive Saturday’s EFL actionSunderland boss Chris Coleman looked to be heading towards a frustrating draw against his former side, but the dramatic win sees them move out of the Championship relegation places and into 21st.The home side had their chances, but Bettinelli stopped Grabban’s header, Darron Gibson’s 25-yard drive and, most impressively, Vaughan’s point-blank header.Fulham threatened, but Stefan Johansen could not get on the end of Ryan Sessegnon’s cross and Oliver Norwood sent a free header wide on the break.Sunderland have now taken seven out of a possible 15 points since Coleman took charge on 20 November.Sunderland manager Chris Coleman: “I am really happy for a lot of other people at the moment. We have been here a few weeks, we have inherited a lot. “The people already here, and the supporters, they have been suffering throughout the year without a home win. I am really pleased for them.”It’s nice to get rid of an unwanted record, but from my view it is only three points. It’s a small win for us, a positive day, but we are not getting carried away. We know what is ahead, that’s for sure.” Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic:”We are disappointed. We made enough things, but we didn’t do enough in the Sunderland box, and we defended poorly when they scored their goal.”We paid an expensive price for one big mistake. We dominated the ball, but we didn’t finish the chances, and if you don’t do that then these things can happen. “We pushed hard and we didn’t show enough quality. We didn’t concentrate enough and we paid an expensive price.”Line-upsMatch StatsLive TextLine-upsSunderland25Ruiter22Love18Browning16O’Shea36Wilson21Matthews27GoochBooked at 62minsSubstituted forNdongat 67’minutes24Gibson26Honeyman11GrabbanSubstituted forAsoroat 73’minutes9VaughanSubstituted forMajaat 72’minutesSubstitutes1Steele13McManaman15Galloway17Ndong19McGeady20Maja29AsoroFulham1Bettinelli2FredericksBooked at 90mins26KalasSubstituted forDe La Torreat 89’minutes13Ream3R Sessegnon10Cairney6McDonald16NorwoodSubstituted forGrahamat 72’minutes19OjoBooked at 60mins8Johansen9da Rocha FonteSubstituted forKamaraat 78’minutesSubstitutes4Odoi17Graham23Djalo27Button36De La Torre44Cissé47KamaraReferee:Steve MartinAttendance:25,904Match StatsHome TeamSunderlandAway TeamFulhamPossessionHome34%Away66%ShotsHome16Away11Shots on TargetHome7Away3CornersHome1Away9FoulsHome5Away12Live TextPosted at Match ends, Sunderland 1, Fulham 0.Full TimePosted at 90’+5′ Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Fulham 0.BookingPosted at 90′ Ryan Fredericks (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 90′ Foul by Ryan Fredericks (Fulham).Posted at 90′ George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.SubstitutionPosted at 89′ Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Tomas Kalas.Posted at 88′ Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 88′ Foul by George Honeyman (Sunderland).Posted at 87′ Foul by Stefan Johansen (Fulham).Posted at 87′ Josh Maja (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 85′ Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara following a corner.Posted at 84′ Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.Posted at 81′ Corner, Fulham. Conceded by George Honeyman.Posted at 80′ Attempt blocked. Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.Posted at 80′ Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 80′ Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).SubstitutionPosted at 78′ Substitution, Fulham. Aboubakar Kamara replaces Rui Fonte.Goal!Posted at 77′ Goal! Sunderland 1, Fulham 0. Josh Maja (Sunderland) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Matthews.Posted at 75′ Offside, Fulham. Sheyi Ojo tries a through ball, but Jordan Graham is caught offside.Posted at 74′ Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).Posted at 74′ George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73′ Rui Fonte (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73′ Foul by Darron Gibson (Sunderland).SubstitutionPosted at 73′ Substitution, Sunderland. Joel Asoro replaces Lewis Grabban.SubstitutionPosted at 72′ Substitution, Sunderland. Josh Maja replaces James Vaughan.SubstitutionPosted at 72′ Substitution, Fulham. Jordan Graham replaces Oliver Norwood.Posted at 71′ Attempt blocked. James Vaughan (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Didier Ndong.SubstitutionPosted at 67′ Substitution, Sunderland. Didier Ndong replaces Lynden Gooch.Posted at 66′ Attempt saved. Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fredericks with a cross.Posted at 64′ Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Ryan Fredericks.Posted at 64′ Foul by Kevin McDonald (Fulham).Posted at 64′ George Honeyman (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 62′ Offside, Sunderland. George Honeyman tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.BookingPosted at 62′ Lynden Gooch (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 61′ Kevin McDonald (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 61′ Foul by James Vaughan (Sunderland).BookingPosted at 60′ Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 60′ Foul by Sheyi Ojo (Fulham).Posted at 60′ Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 60′ Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).Show more updatesgoal
Source: BBC Tyne and Wear