Graphic illustrates Sunderland's fruitless dominance and Fulham's smash and grab

Sunderland Fans

Fulham conducted a textbook smash and grab win away at Sunderland in their Premier League opener.

Sunderland can rightly feel hard done by in their defeat to Fulham, but in reality they have only themselves to blame.

It was a match the home side dominated, making 102 passes in the final third of the pitch in comparison to Fulham's 41.

What they could not do, was find the net from 21 attempts compared to Fulham's five - four of which were blocked.

Sunderland's wayward shooting was the issue, with Adam Johnson and Jozy Altidore among those to fire shots off target. In fact of their 21 efforts only three were on target.

Fulham's Pajtim Kasami headed a vital winner from a corner, the club's only shot on target.

The graphic below, courtesy of FourFourTwo's statszone, illustrates just how different the action was in either team's goalmouth.

Don't be surprised if Paolo di Canio is ordering his players in for extra shooting practice this week...

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image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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