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Unfair challenge on Philippe Senderos by Jozy Altidore results in a free kick.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Pajtim Kasami takes a shot and missed to the right of the net.
Sebastian Larsson decides to take a short corner.
Clearance made by John O'Shea.
John Arne Riise produces a cross.
Sung-Yeung Ki manages to make a clearance.
Header by Dimitar Berbatov misses to the right of the target.
Ondrej Celustka on for Adam Johnson.
Penalty scored by Adam Johnson. Fulham 1-4 Sunderland.
Philippe Senderos gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Jozy Altidore.
Clearance by Philippe Senderos.
Short corner taken by Scott Parker from the right by-line.
Clearance made by Jack Colback.
Corner taken by Sascha Riether.
Dimitar Berbatov takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Wes Brown.
Darren Bent comes on in place of Clint Dempsey.
Pajtim Kasami sends in a cross.
Sebastian Larsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabio Borini.
Philippe Senderos challenges Jozy Altidore unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Marcos Alonso by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick.
Pajtim Kasami takes the chance to get an effort at goal. John O'Shea gets a block in.
Adam Johnson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Adam Johnson scores with their right foot. Fulham 1-3 Sunderland.Assist by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Free kick taken by Philippe Senderos.
Damien Duff goes off and Ashkan Dejagah comes on.
The referee blows for offside.
Jozy Altidore on for Steven Fletcher.
Header at goal by Clint Dempsey misses left of the target.
Jack Colback challenges Steve Sidwell unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Pajtim Kasami replaces Adel Taarabt.
Header by Steven Fletcher goes to the left of the goal.
Adam Johnson sends in a cross.
Corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line.
Lee Cattermole has an effort at goal. Fernando Amorebieta gets a block in.
Clearance by John Arne Riise.
A cross is delivered by Marcos Alonso.
Scott Parker receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Fabio Borini takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.
Jack Colback is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Jack Colback.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Damien Duff.
Steve Sidwell takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Lee Cattermole.
Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Cattermole on Adel Taarabt.
Marcos Alonso crosses the ball.
A cross is delivered by Damien Duff.
Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.
Fabio Borini concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey.
The ball is crossed by Sascha Riether.
Free kick crossed by Adel Taarabt.
Shot by John Arne Riise. Vito Mannone blocks the ball.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff.
The referee starts the second half.
It is the end of the first-half.
Unfair challenge on Jack Colback by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick.
Fabio Borini concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Parker.
Shot by Adel Taarabt went wide of the right-hand post.
John Arne Riise gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabio Borini.
John Arne Riise makes a clearance.
Marcos Alonso sends in a cross.
Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Sung-Yeung Ki.
Steve Sidwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Colback.
Damien Duff concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini.
Vito Mannone takes the free kick.
The official flags Dimitar Berbatov offside.
Shot by Scott Parker cleared the net.
Foul by Lee Cattermole on Adel Taarabt, free kick awarded.
Clearance by John O'Shea.
Free kick scored by Adam Johnson. Fulham 0-1 Sunderland.
Foul by Steve Sidwell on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded.
Adam Johnson crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff.
Adel Taarabt takes a fantastic shot. A parry by Vito Mannone prevents the goal.
Lee Cattermole takes the free kick.
Foul by Dimitar Berbatov on Lee Cattermole, free kick awarded.
Header by Steven Fletcher goes harmlessly over the bar.
Adam Johnson takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabio Borini.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Borini by Scott Parker.
Philippe Senderos concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Fletcher.
Clearance by Steve Sidwell.
John Arne Riise manages to make a clearance.
Phil Bardsley takes the chance to get an effort at goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Fabio Borini.
Scott Parker takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Adel Taarabt by Lee Cattermole results in a free kick. Damien Duff is fouled.
Shot by Adel Taarabt missed to the left of goal.
Steve Sidwell challenges Fabio Borini unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Damien Duff crosses the ball.
Jack Colback challenges Scott Parker unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot and missed to the left of the target.
Fernando Amorebieta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Fletcher.
Headed chance falls to Dimitar Berbatov. Vito Mannone blocks the ball.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Adel Taarabt.
Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
Adam Johnson fouled by John Arne Riise, the ref awards a free kick.
Clearance made by Wes Brown.
The game gets underway.
Meulensteen focussed on 'huge' game
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen is all too aware of the importance of overcoming relegation rivals Sunderland in a match which could see captain Brede Hangeland return after a three-month absence.
It has been a season to forget so far at Craven Cottage, with a topsy-turvy campaign featuring far more troughs than peaks.
The Whites had looked to be heading towards almost certain relegation under Martin Jol, but successor Meulensteen is starting to steer the ship back on course.
There have still been bad points - notably a 6-0 mauling at Hull - but victory over West Ham on New Year's Day means another win against Sunderland on Saturday could propel them away from the bottom three.
"[That gap] is why it is hugely important," Meulensteen said.
"West Ham was hugely important, which we came out from really, really well. We had a great result and a good performance.
"Sunderland is likewise. It is a huge game for us, it is a huge game for them, but we are being positive, have been working well and working hard.
"The quality has been there and it is starting to pay off. Hopefully that will be the same against Sunderland."
Such is the magnitude of Saturday's clash on the banks of the Thames that Sunderland manager Gus Poyet admitted the importance is not far off a cup final.
"I can see exactly where he is coming from, absolutely," Meulensteen said. "But it is 90 minutes-plus where you need to turn up.
"It is good for us that is played at home because it gives you that slight advantage with your own fans, so hopefully that will help us get the win."
The Black Cats head to west London buoyed by an impressive 2-1 Capital One Cup semi-final victory over Manchester United on Tuesday.
Fulham have also received a boost ahead of the match, with news that captain Hangeland could make his first appearance since the 4-1 win at Crystal Palace on October 21.
The 32-year-old centre-back underwent surgery in December to clear sciatic nerve trouble and is now back in full training with the Whites.
"Brede is coming with full training with us, so he is up for selection in that respect, so he has done really, really well and is progressing nicely," Meulensteen said.
"It is up for us to decide whether he is okay to start. We haven't made our mind up completely, but I am very happy that he is up there for selection.
"But when people come back from a long injury, the last thing you want is to come back and then go again. We want him to come and stay, so we will be very, very cautious."
Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg could also return and will have an ankle complaint assessed before the match, while full-back Kieran Richardson is available after hamstring tightness to face his former club.
Bryan Ruiz may well be left out of the squad after Meulensteen confirmed the Costa Rica international can leave in January, with Real Betis and a return to Holland among the possible destinations.
Sunderland boss Poyet believes midfielder Adam Johnson can play a "massive" part in the Black Cats' bid to claw their way out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Poyet's men head to Fulham on Saturday still on a high from their midweek heroics against Manchester United, in which Johnson played a crucial role in coming off the bench to win the penalty which secured a famous win.
Johnson's positive performance followed on from his match-winning display in the FA Cup third round win over Carlisle last Sunday and suggested he could be ready to rediscover the form which convinced the club to sign him for B#10million from Manchester City in August 2012.
Poyet said: "When you have got a player like Adam who is on good form the chance that you will stay in the Premier League is massive.
"Adam has started the year fantastically and he made my day the other day so I am looking forward to seeing him stay on that level.
"I have seen him happier and more relaxed and really going for it. When we told him what we wanted him to do we didn't know if it was going to be possible, but he gave us all we wanted to see."
Johnson could have earned himself a place in the starting line-up for the trip to one of his side's chief relegation rivals which Poyet conceded could go some way towards determining the respective fates of the two sides this season.
Striker Steven Fletcher is set to keep his place in Sunderland's starting line-up after shrugging off a slight knock sustained against Manchester United.
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