MacDonald brace downs Cherries
Fulham manager Martin Jol felt his side should have taken all
three points against Sunderland.
The Cottagers were two up within the opening 35 minutes through
a Dimitar Berbatov penalty and a Sascha Riether goal.
But Sunderland hit back through a Craig Gardner penalty and a
Stephane Sessegnon effort with 20 minutes left.
But Jol felt his side should have hung on for the win.
“I thought if you see the second half, you always expect
something to happen but if you see the first half we dominated,”
said Jol – who felt Sunderland’s penalty was harsh.
“The penalty situation was soft – there was a little bit of
contact but not a lot and it gave them confidence and after it was
not an easy second half, we should have scored and in hindsight we
deserved a bit more.”
Berbatov missed a great chance to win the match at 2-1 but Simon
Mignolet saved and Sunderland broke and scored their equaliser.
“He also had a one-on-one with the keeper and that was
disappointing,” said Jol.
“They are a good side but they have not had a lot of wins at
home so we know they play very adventurous and we dominated the
midfield and I still feel we should have punished them.”
Jol feels that nobody is yet safe towards the bottom of the
“Before today, if they had beat us they would have been on 32 –
and everyone can be dragged into a difficult situation – on one
hand a point is good but on the other three points would have meant
we had done the business today but we didn’t,” he said.
Jol also paid tribute to Iranian Ashkan Dejagah, who was
Fulham’s best player.
“Dejagah is a marvellous player, but I want more goals and more
assists and for him to be more productive and we saw that today,”
In front of the highest league attendance of the season at
Brisbane Road, 5,126, the O’s opened the scoring on 26 minutes
after David Mooney was rewarded for his persistence.
Chasing a long ball out of defence from former Bournemouth
player Mathieu Baudry, Mooney pulled it across the face of the goal
to an unmarked MacDonald who slotted home from six yards.
The visitors’ most serious first-half threat came when a header
from Dan Seabourne struck the crossbar and was scrambled away.
But the Cherries were caught cold three minutes after the
interval when MacDonald collected another Baudry pass and showed
fine composure before slipping the ball past Shwan Jalal.
Substitute Brett Pitman brought Bournemouth back into contention
after 66 minutes when Eunan O’Kane crossed from the right and the
unmarked striker drilled a left-footed volley into the bottom-right
However Kevin Lisbie, back as a sub after a spell out injured,
received a pass from Moses Odubajo and found the target from 12
yards on 79 minutes to wrap up the points.