Colback glad Sunderland took goal chances at Fulham

Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring the third goal for Sunderland
Adam Johnson celebrates after scoring the third goal for Sunderland

JACK Colback says Sunderland’s biggest ever victory at Craven Cottage shows what happens when Gus Poyet’s side take their chances.

And the midfielder hopes that having found their cutting edge in the 4-1 victory, the Black Cats keep their sharpness in front of goal for the remainder of the campaign.

“That’s what it’s all about,” he said.

“We’ve played well enough to win plenty of games but we just haven’t been able to get the goals to go along with some decent displays.

“But against Fulham it finally came good and we have to make sure that that’s what happens regularly from now on because it’s no good for it to be a one-off.”

Fulham made it difficult for Sunderland in the first half-hour but finished the game a well-beaten side.

And at the final whistle the Black Cats and their travelling fans had their most comprehensive win of the season to savour.

Colback said: “It was great and it’s hard to think of a game in which we’ve looked so comfortable in the last five or 10 minutes and were able to relax and enjoy ourselves a little.

“But the difference between this and other games was that we took our chances whereas in others we’ve failed to do that.

“Personally, I think we’ve played better than that quite a few times but have only been able to draw the game or maybe even lose it.

“So that just goes to show that it’s all about taking the chances we create.

“We had to fight in the first half-hour but that’s the fine line in football - if they’d managed to get a goal at that stage it could have been different.

“But we defended well, got the goal from Adam Johnson and were able to push on from there.”

Colback and Lee Cattermole faced their own battle across the 90 minutes with Fulham’s combative midfielders Steve Sidwell and Scott Parker.

But the honours and the points went the way of the visiting team and the Tynesider says Sunderland can battle and scrap if they need to.

“We want to play well and win and that’s the best case scenario,” he said.

“But sometimes you’ve got to win ugly and that’s particularly the case at the bottom of the table.

“Fulham gave us very little space in which to play and to pass the ball out.

“They were very disciplined at closing us down but we managed to get the goal and that changed it.

“We conceded a soft goal early in the second half which made it a bit nervy for us but we stuck at it, got the third and fourth and were away.”