Sunderland celebrate first home win of the season

Ruben Hill
December 17, 2017

A late strike from debutant Josh Maja proved enough to earn all three Black Cats from their encounter with Fulham at the Stadium of Light this afternoon, a result that marked the side's first victory at the ground in all competitions since December 17, 2016. This is a positive day but I know what is ahead of us, I am not getting carried away. There are a lot of points still to play for.

"This is the club I want to stay at and be here as long as possible". We've got a Premier League outright win treble that benefits from LeoVegas Enhanced Odds, plus a banker of an EFL fourfold with odds of almost 10/1! "We have to build on what we are doing." .

They could easily have been more than a goal down at that stage, with Bettinelli making brilliant saves to twice deny Lewis Grabban and also keeping out efforts from James Vaughan and George Honeyman.

If they failed to beat Fulham on Saturday their winless run at the Stadium of Light, which already stood at a Football League record 22 matches, would break the one-year barrier.

"I had no qualms about putting the pair of them on", he said on the young pair. "I thought they would be able to handle the situation".

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Not seen for a year and you still leave early Neil Chandler

"They were a bit different to what we had, an unknown quantity - they gave us an injection and a had a big impact", the coach stated.

"It was always in my thinking to make a change towards the end of the game, especially if we needed to grab a goal".

Sunderland will look to claim their second home win of 2017 when they host bottom side Birmingham City next week. "We're still in a bad moment, we're still where we are", Coleman told BBC Newcastle.

On his match-turning decision to bring on Maja and Asoro, he added: "I just felt it was a good time".

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