Mar 2 2013 By Paul Warburton
Sunderland 2-2 Fulham
MARTIN Jol’s cup was definitely half empty as he grumped his way back to west London this evening.
The Fulham boss was unhappy at his team for giving away a 2-0 lead that would have just about settled any lingering relegation threat to the Whites - but was even less pleased at the penalty that put the Black Cats back into the match as Fulham lead 2-0.
But instead, the Dutchman knows he could still do with another three points as the Stadium of Light turned into a stadium of might in a first half as Fulham dominated the first half.
Dimitar Berbatov was the coolest man on the pitch when he checked his penalty run and calmly slotted the ball home after Ashkan Dejagah had been toppled in the box by Craig Gardner.
And it got even better for travelling fans when Berbatov cleared a Sunderland corner with his head and set Bryan Ruiz on his way.
The overlapping Ashkan Dejagah fired low, and when his shot was spilled out, right-back Sascha Riether (pic) was on hand to tap in.
However, the lead was short-lived.
The next bit is one Philippe Senderos will hope to forget as soon as possible.
The Swiss centre back needlessly grabbed hold of Danny Graham’s shirt as the Sunderland striker tried to get on the end of a flick in the box.
The second penalty of the match was dispatched by Gardner to put the Black Cats back in the match.
Keeper Simon Mignolet then saved from Berbatov with his ankles and from the clearance Stephane Sessegnon’s ball out to Adam Johnson was deflected only for deflects away, Sessegnon to get to the rebound and to fire in with his left foot for a cracking strike, much to Jol’s despair.
He said: “In hindsight we controlled the first half, but of course the penalty situation changed the course of the game.
“After that Sunderland smelled blood and had their confidence back. But I still feel it wasn’t a penalty kick. If you give that, you have to give four or five in every game.
“Don’t forget, we should have made it 3-1 and put it to bed. We did ever so well in the first half, we controlled the game and dominated them. I’m not happy with one point.
“We were the better team and it should have been a win.”