Sunderland v Fulham reaction

BY foxsports • November 19, 2011

The 39-year-old prevented Stephane Sessegnon's deflected injury-time shot finding the back of his net with an instinctive block to ensure the Londoners headed south with something to show for their efforts. Jol said: "He does that all the time. He's got a lot of experience and great quality, so I am happy he is our goalkeeper." However, Schwarzer had previously had the crossbar to thank for preserving his clean sheet as Sunderland started the game in confident mood. Indeed, they might have had it won inside the opening 16 minutes had it not been for the crossbar, which kept out Kieran Richardson's ninth-minute header and Jack Colback's shot on the turn seven minutes later with Schwarzer rooted to the spot. But at the other end, opposite number Keiren Westwood had to make good saves from Moussa Dembele and Chris Baird either side of half-time, while Lee Cattermole cleared Dickson Etuhu's header off the line in time added on at the end of the opening period. But the real drama came in injury time at the end of the 90 minutes when it looked like the Black Cats had finally made the breakthrough when Sessegnon's shot clipped defender Philippe Senderos and left Schwarzer completely wrong-footed. However, the Australia international somehow managed to block it with a trailing leg to dash the hopes of Steve Bruce's team. Jol admitted he was looking for all three points to drag his side away from the lower reaches of the Barclays Premier League table, but was happy enough to leave the Stadium of Light unbeaten. He said: "If you play well away from home and you have five of six chances, maybe you deserve something. "They had a few good players up front, but I don't think it was good enough to say they should have won this game. Of course, they were playing at home with this crowd. "I can't say it was pleasing because we needed the three points, but I can live with it because after the first 20 minutes and with the shot at the end, we could have lost it as well."

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