Sunderland climbed one place to sixth in the Barclays Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Fulham in a low-quality contest at Craven Cottage.
Neither side could complain with the outcome, although Fulham will be frustrated that a series of second-half chances were foiled by some resolute defending.
At one point in the second half Sunderland had a four-on-one overlap and a goal appeared certain, but an abysmal pass from Darren Bent ruined the moment.
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