Cottagers unchanged for Black Cats


Mark Hughes could name the same Fulham starting XI that lost at Arsenal last week when Sunderland visit on Saturday.

The Cottagers chief was fairly pleased with the way his side played in the 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium and therefore is unlikely to deviate too far away from the same side.

That would see goal scorer Diomansy Kamara again start up front as Andrew Johnson continues his return to full fitness.

Meanwhile former Sunderland star Dickson Etuhu is looking for Fulham to return to winning ways to pull clear of the Premier League drop zone.

The side sit outside the bottom three on goal difference from Wigan after going six games without a win, and Etuhu is aiming for three points against the Black Cats after the side’s recent upturn in performances.

“Fans are frustrated and so are we – but three wins and we’re right up there again,” Etuhu told the Fulham Chronicle.

“We’re getting stronger, and everyone has to remember we played Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal in the last month and it’s not been easy – but we’re looking forward to playing Sunderland.

“It’s a thin line between success and where we are, especially if you remember Chelsea have lost four and so have we. It’s the draws that have killed us so far.”