WEMBLEY, England (AP) – American forward Clint Dempsey scored the 50th goal of his Premier League career to help Fulham to a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
Dempsey scored his 23rd goal of the season with a superbly-taken free kick in the 12th minute. Defender Philip Bardsley leveled for Sunderland in the 34th with a shot from the edge of the area but Mousa Dembele restored Fulham's lead just a minute later with a deflected drive which found the top corner.
The introduction of substitutes Nicklas Bendtner and Frazier Campbell saw Sunderland end on a high but the visitors could not find a way past Fulham, which secured its fifth win in seven games. The run leaves the west London side with a record-equaling seventh-place finish within reach. Currently eighth, it is a point behind Everton.