Sunderland end 364-day wait for home win


Josh Maja scored on just his second appearance for Sunderland

Josh Maja scored on his home debut to give struggling Sunderland their first win at the Stadium of Light in nearly a year with victory over Fulham.

Sunderland had not won at home since 17 December 2016 when they beat Watford, but Maja slotted in four minutes after coming off the bench to end their run.

Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli had earlier denied both Lewis Grabban and James Vaughan with terrific saves.

Maja’s first goal for the Black Cats ended 364 days without a home victory.

Chris Coleman looked to be heading towards a frustrating draw against his former side, but the dramatic win sees them move out of the Championship relegation places and into 21st.

Sunderland had their chances, but Bettinelli stopped Grabban’s header, Darron Gibson’s 25-yard drive and, most impressively, Vaughan’s point-blank header.

Fulham threatened, but Stefan Johansen could not get on the end of Ryan Sessegnon’s cross and Oliver Norwood sent a free header wide on the break.

Sunderland have now taken seven out of a possible 15 points since Coleman took charge on 20 November.

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