FT: Fulham 2 Sunderland 1

That was an entertaining game. Fulham deserving winners. Thanks for following it - stay with me for the match report

FULL-TIME!! The ref calls time on Fulham's final game at Craven Cottage.

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Campbell has another effort - slips as he hits it and Schwarzer saves

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The ref shows two minutes of added time to play

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Dembele walks through the Sunderland defence to strike low and hard but Mignolet saves brilliantly to put behind for a corner. Chris Baird hits one from range but it goes wide

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Riise gives away a free-kick near the corner flag. McClean centres but Schwarzer collects

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Into the last five minutes now

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O'Shea defended brilliantly there to step infront of Dempsey after Turner gave the ball away - the attack was closed out well

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Pavel Pogrebnyak goes off for Kerim Frei

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Bendtner's first touch lets him down and Fulham can get a foot in. It's a counter-attacking game now as the game is stretched

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SUNDERLAND CHANCE!! Campbell has missed a sitter. Bendtner heads the ball down and Campbell fluffs it wide from 6-yards - he should have scored there

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The game has petered out slightly and it's a more cagey affair - probably understandable as there's little up for grabs today

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Sessegnon plays Bendtner in on the counter - the Ex-Arsenal man tried to pick his spot in the top corner but his effort goes over the bar

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Fulham combine well again and Mignolet does well to make himself big and block Dempsey's effort

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Matthew Kilgallon goes off for Frazier Campbell

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Diarra forces a corner for Fulham. Sessegnon brings it clear but slips and the counter breaks down

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Riise tries to turn back the clock and hits the ball first time from the corner. That kind of shot would have flown in when he wore a Liverpool shirt but his wait for his first Fulham goal goes on though as this one goes wide

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Fulham are playing their 54th game of the season but show no signs fo fatigue - it's all Fulham and Turner just manages to put a looped ball into his box out for a corner

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Duff hits one from the left-hand side of the box but he can't keep it down and it flies high

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McClean hits a snatched shot from outside the box but it's too central and Schwarzer collects

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Sunderland will be hoping Bendtner can provide an outlet becasue it's been all Fulham this second -half

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Dempsey hits this one stright at the wall

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Ji Dong-Won goes off for Nicklas Bendtner

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Dembele goes down just outside the box and wins a free-kick

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Damien Duff jinxes into the box and gets a shot off that stings Mignolet's palms - Fulham have stepped it up a gear and look the most likely to score

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Dempsey plays a through ball to Riise on the volly but it's got just too much on it and Mignolet can collect

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A fulham attack breaks down with a loose ball from Duff runs out of play

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Colback heads off the line from Dempsey's effort. Excellent defending to stay on the post from the corner

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FULHAM CHANCE!! the ball falls to Pogrebnyak on the turn but his effort is blocked for a corner

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Captain Lee Cattermole bundles Riise over on the by-line

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Sunderland are pressing early on. Both teams are comfortable on the ball - defences ontop so far

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More players tumble over - the spinklers were on again at half-time

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The second half is underway as Fulham kick-off. The sides are unchanged

HALF-TIME!! The ref blows up on this entertaining first 45minutes

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There will be one minute of added time

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Gardner went for the bottom corner - he drags the effort wide of the post

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Riise slides in on Sessegnon - he looked to win the ball but the ref gives a free-kick just outside the box

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Dempsey takes a tumble in the box but theres nothing in it and the ref doesn't look interested

There was 15 seconds between goals in that flurry of action

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Duff gets a shot away from the left-hand side corner of the box and rattles the side-netting

That was a crazy couple of minutes. Why would Sunderland allow a player to carry the ball from half-way and shoot having just pulled it back level - the shot did take a wicked deflection but poor defending from the Black Cats

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FULHAM GOAL!!!! Dembele carries it from half-way and is allowed to shoot - the deflection off the Sunderland player carries it straight into the top-corner

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SUNDERLAND GOAL!!!! Bardsley strikes a rocket from outside the box

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Sessegnon is trying to threaten on the by-line but Kelly closes him out and Fulham close it out

Sunderland will need to muster a bit more of an attacking threat - they've failed to score in their last five Premier League games against Fulham

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There is a little but more urgency about Sunderland but it's all a bit toothless at the moment

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Pogrebnyak slides in on Colback but Sunderland fail to keep the ball from the free-kick and Fulham can build from the back again

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Bit of a tricky one - the ball is pulled back to Dempsey who tries to strike it first-time on the edge of the box but gets under it and hits it high over the bar

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Fulham seem to come into life in the final third. Bardsley is desperate and dives in to stop Kelly getting to the by-line. Fulham free-kick just outside the box

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Fulham look confident on the ball. Murphy and Duff combine on the edge of the box and Pogrebnyak has a chance blocked in the 6-yard box by a diving Michael Turner

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Cattermole takes another tumble on this slick surface.

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Cattermole tries to control the through ball falling over his shoulder inside the box but it carries through to Schwarzer - difficult skill to pull off

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Murphy gives away a free-kick on half-way

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SUNDERLAND CHANCE!! Sessegnon beat the off-side trap - was one-on-one with Schwarzer pulled it inside and got his shot off but Schwarzer blocked it with his chest

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Fulham are playing the ball around confidently - Sunderland are yet to get into the game

Dempsey put the ball down after a clumsey foul from Lee Cattermole and curled it up and over the wall to the right of a diving Simon Mignolet - wounderful spot-kick

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FULHAM SCORE!!! Dempsey strikes a beautiful free-kick 30-yards out

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All Fulham's play is coming through Duff. The players seem to be struggling on this overly-watered surface. Dong-Won Ji slips as Sunderland look to break

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Duff again causing problems - gets into the box but keeper Mignolet closes the angle and it goes for a corner. Dembele shoots from outside the box but the deflected effort loops up for an easy collect for the keeper

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Sunderland win a cheap free-kick in a shoulder-to-shoulder. Gardner over the ball strikes from 35-yards out but lifts it over the ball. Not a bad effort but off-target

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CHANCE!! Duff clips it to the far post and just over the head of Pogrebnyak - it carries for a goal-kick but Duff showing there how dangerous his delivery can be

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Dempsey surges forward and looked to shoot but Bardsley blocks the effort

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Pogrebnyak forces an early throw inside the Sunderland half and Fulham play the ball into the box but The Black Cats get it away

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Gardner puts a good early ball into the box towards Sessegnon but the Fulham defence close it out

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and we're off as Sunderland get us underway

I can't see Sunderland ending their dismal run of form today I predict a Fulham win 3-1 the final score

The Sunderland back-line will have to be stronger in the air if they want to take anything from Craven Cottage today as 28% of the goals they have conceded have been from headers - the highest proportion in the top flight

The players are out on the pitch now and we're minutes away from kick-off

The history books would tend to back that up - the Black Cats have only won three of the 15 Premier League meetings with Fulham and only scored in six.

Our friends at SkyBet have handed me the latest odds and have Fulham as odds on favourites. Fulham 8/11 Draw 5/2 Sunderland 4/1

I ike to hear your thoughts throughout the game so drop me an email at jessica.miller@bskyb.com or tweet me @SkySportsJessM and I'll get as many as I can up

Sunderland line-up with: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, O'Shea, Kilgallon, McClean, Colback, Cattermole, Gardner, Sessegnon, Ji. Subs: Westwood, Bridge, Campbell, Meyler, Bramble, Elmohamady, Bendtner.

The Fulham team news is in and the Cottagers line-up with: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, John Arne Riise, Duff, Murphy, Diarra, Dempsey, Dembele, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Kasami, Senderos, Frei, Kacaniklic, Trotta.

I'll bring you all the team news as soon as I get it

It may not be a title decider but both teams will be looking to put in a good performace to turn around a poor run of form. Fulham will be looking to give the home fans something to cheer in their last home game of the season against a Sunderland team who have gone six Premier League games without a win

It's a bit of a novelty today - we'll be kicking off at the earlier time of 2 o'clock

Hello and welcome to this Premier League clash as Fulham host Sunderland at Craven Cottage

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 16 August 2014
12:45
Man Utd v Swansea  
15:00
Leicester v Everton  
QPR v Hull City  
Stoke City v A Villa  
West Brom v Sunderland  
West Ham v Tottenham  
17:30
Arsenal v C Palace  
Sunday, 17 August 2014
13:30
Liverpool v Southampton  
16:00
Newcastle v Man City  
Monday, 18 August 2014
20:00
Burnley v Chelsea  
Saturday, 23 August 2014
12:45
A Villa v Newcastle  
15:00
Chelsea v Leicester  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 0 0 0
2 A Villa 0 0 0
3 Burnley 0 0 0
4 Chelsea 0 0 0
5 C Palace 0 0 0
6 Everton 0 0 0
7 Hull City 0 0 0
8 Leicester 0 0 0
9 Liverpool 0 0 0
10 Man City 0 0 0
11 Man Utd 0 0 0
12 Newcastle 0 0 0
13 QPR 0 0 0
14 Southampton 0 0 0
15 Stoke City 0 0 0
16 Sunderland 0 0 0
17 Swansea 0 0 0
18 Tottenham 0 0 0
19 West Brom 0 0 0
20 West Ham 0 0 0

Updated Fri, 25 Jul 2014

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