Belfast Telegraph

Davies bags brace at Sunderland

Fulham secured only their second away win in the Barclays Premier League since August 2009 with an emphatic 3-0 victory against injury-hit Sunderland.

On-loan Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta poked home his first goal in English football in the 33rd minute to give the visitors the lead before a Simon Davies double in the second half settled matters at the Stadium of Light.

The Black Cats enjoyed much the better of the first half but failed to convert a number of decent opportunities and were left to contemplate an eighth defeat from 10 matches.

Sunderland full-back Ahmed Elmohamady had the first decent chance in the 14th minute with a header he glanced just wide from Phil Bardsley's cross.

Eidur Gudjohnsen shot over for the visitors before Sunderland's Steed Malbranque charged down an attempted Philippe Senderos clearance only to clip a shot well wide.

The hosts went behind in the 33rd minute when Kakuta took advantage of some poor defending. The 19-year-old was picked out by Bobby Zamora and he poked the ball through the legs of Simon Mignolet.

Sunderland should have responded immediately but Lee Cattermole's finish was weak, while Sulley Muntari saw an effort deflected just over the crossbar.

Stephane Sessegnon had a chance to run at the Fulham defence five minutes into the second half and he engineered a shooting opportunity but his effort lacked power and Mark Schwarzer safely held on.

The Cottagers doubled their advantage in the 61st minute with a goal from Davies that was as simple as it was clinical. Steve Sidwell chased a long ball to the byline and cut it back for Davies to guide his shot into the far corner.

It was game over in the 73rd minute as Davies grabbed his second goal. Mignolet and Anton Ferdinand got in each other's way as they attempted to clear Zamora's cross and Davies turned the loose ball home, despite the best efforts of Elmohamady.


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