Martin O’Neill has less reason that he thinks to complain about the penalty that was given to Fulham. If a defender’s leg goes where Gardner’s did, the modern professional footballer will happily fall into it. But he’s right, in his post-match e-mail, to applaud a decent fightback from such an unnecessary two-goal deficit which, with more creativity and guile, would have led to victory over a sweet-moving but beatable Fulham. The spot-on verdict came from Gary Bennett on BBC Radio Newcastle: ‘A workmanlike performance that was lacking quality.’ …
At times we are our own worst enemy.
We conceded a penalty early in the game – at that point I thought the referee was going to book their player for simulation.
But that said we still got caught in the midst of it all and we then found ourselves two goals behind.
It was a great fight back to get to 2-2.
It was important to get a goal before half time and we managed to do that. We piled pressure on them and I think we deserved to take a point.
Simon’s save was a big moment for us. We could have gone 3-1 behind but within 25 seconds we made it two apiece.
[Stephane] Sessegnon’s goal was special following the magnificent save from Mignolet – it was a pivotal moment in the game.
There was the chance we were going to get a third goal but unfortunately it didn’t transpire.
I thought it was a clear penalty at the end of the game, [Phillipe] Senderos handled the ball.
We suffered last week to similar incidents – one given against us and one not given for us.
It was a big moment in the game today and there needs to be consistency.
All the best,
And see what Monsieur Salut made of it at ESPN: http://espnfc.com/blog/_/name/sunderland/id/1158?cc=5739
With 20 minutes left, the crowd – and the Fulham players – sensed Sunderland had every chance of going on to win. What stood between the home side and victory, if we discount at least three cynical fouls in key locations (I actually heard a television summariser call one of them a “good foul”), was the lack of a penetrating final ball and the absence of the sort of service such strikers as Steven Fletcher crave.