Fletcher: Win had been coming
Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher believes the 3-1 victory over Fulham opn Sunday had been on the cards for a number of weeks.
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Martin O'Neill's side had not won since September 29 when Fletcher's goal secured a 1-0 victory over Wigan.
Scotland international Fletcher had not scored since claiming the winner against the Latics until he opened the scoring at Craven Cottage early in the second half.
Fulham were already down to 10 men following Brede Hangeland's first-half dismissal but levelled through substitute Mladen Petric.
But Sunderland fought back with goals from Carlos Cuellar and Stephane Sessegnon to win their first Barclays Premier League away game of the season and Fletcher claims it was deserved.
"I think this win has been coming, we were unlucky at Everton and it was great to put in a good performance, score a few goals and get three points," he said.
Sunderland failed to make a numerical advantage count in last month's derby clash with Newcastle but Fletcher, who also praised the performance of winger Adam Johnson, felt they handled Fulham's 10 men better.
He said: "We saw against Newcastle that it can be tough to play against 10 men but today we took the game by the scruff of the neck and got our goals.
"It was an early ball in from Adam (for the goal) and a great ball too. When I received the ball and took my first touch I knew I wanted to put it in the far corner and fortunately I managed to do that."