Sunderland Continue To Struggle In Premier League Despite Fulham Point

James McLean
James McLean

Sunderland showed fighting spirit to come back from 2-0 down at home to Martin Jol’s Fulham at the weekend but it was yet another poor initial showing from the Black Cats who have now not won in the past five Barclays Premier League games, a run stretching back to the end of January.

The home side made a disastrous start, finding themselves two goals down in the opening 35 minutes as former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov dispatched a penalty before full-back Sascha Reither finished off a counter-attacking move.

But the Wearsiders had pulled one back before the break, when Craig Gardner fire home from the spot after January signing Danny Graham was pulled back inside the box by Brede Hangelaand.

Despite further Fulham chances in the second-half for Berbartov in particular, Sunderland dominated proceedings and they deservedly pulled level on the 70 minute mark when talisman Stephane Sessegnon drilled home a left-footed shot to make it 2-2.

Martin O’Neill’s team continued to press but the substitution of Graham for winger James McClean seemed to nullify the home team’s attacking threat and the game ended all square, meaning Sunderland have picked up just two points from their last possible 15.

McClean was also booed by a section of the Black Cats’ support while entering the field, after a week in which he became embroiled in another spat on Twitter.

They now face a vital trip to Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, who will be buoyed by a 2-1 win over Southampton last weekend.

Cats midfielder Jack Colback says he wants to see a repeat of last season’s trip to Loftus Road, when, in one of O’Neill’s first matches in charge, Sunderland won 3-2 courtesy of a late winner from defender Wes Brown.

Colback said: “QPR will be sensing they can get out of it now and they’re not that far off safety.

“Their confidence will be up, but we went down there last year and got the win so we’ll be confident we can do that again. It’s a crucial time, we need to start picking up points and make sure we’re not looking over our shoulder.

“We’ve got far too much quality in the team to be even contemplating the bottom three. But we still need a few points to get away from the relegation zone. It’s always difficult when there’s that sort of atmosphere, but it’s part and parcel of football and you’ve got to deal with it.”

QPR v Sunderland kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.

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