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Steven Fletcher | Forward

Team: Sunderland
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/26/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 168

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Steven Fletcher scored twice as Sunderland against 10-man Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Steven Fletcher scored his second brace of of the season to lift Sunderland out of the relegation zone with only their second league victory of the season. Fletcher opened the scoring with a terrific header, before another own goal by the Black Cats (courtesy of Wes Brown) levelled the scores after half time. Both sides went for the win and it was Jordi Gomez who put Sunderland back in the lead with 10 minutes to go firing in a great strike, before Palace captain Miles Jedinak was sent off for a silly second bookable offence. Fletcher then wrapped up the points with another smart finish, moving Sunderland up to 15th, while the Eagles drop to 17th. Nov 3 - 5:16 PM
Source: BBC Sport


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Struggling Sunderland were dealt a further blow on Saturday with the enforced departure of striker Steven Fletcher during the defeat to Arsenal.

The Scottish international limped to the sidelines on 50 minutes after his foot was trodden on with Fletcher having an X-ray and further scans to help identify the full extent of the injury. Despite only scoring two goals this season Fletcher is still the clubs leading marksman and his prowess and record could prove pivotal in keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League - Sunderland currently sit third bottom with a goal difference of minus 9 – only Burnley & Queens Park Rangers are worse off. The absence of Fletcher could open the door for US international Jozy Altidore who returned after missing the defeat to Southampton [personal reasons] and impressed during his 20 minute cameo.
Oct 27 - 4:36 PM

Two goals from recalled Steven Fletcher helped Sunderland pick up their first Premier League victory of the season.

A well deserved victory for Sunderland, with two of their strikers scoring for the first time this season. Connor Wickham opened the scoring before Stoke equalised through Charlie Adam, but Fletcher's brace of goals - one in each half - gave Gus Poyet's men their first win of this Premier League campaign. Fletcher has not scored in 17 games prior to today so he'll take huge confidence in ending that baron spell, and the Scottish forward will be hoping to rediscover the form we saw in 2012/13.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 4 - 12:23 PM

Sunderland produced an impressive performance to seal an emphatic 5-1 win over Darlington in a pre-season friendly.

Fletcher, who was making his first appearance since March, marked his return from injury with two goals before being taken off at half-time. The striker was badly missed last season and his return will be like a new signing for the Black Cats as they look to avoid another relegation battle. Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and new signing Jordi Gomez scored the other goals.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 4:23 AM

Steven Fletcher is to spend the summer working his way back to full fitness.

Fletcher's season was brought to a premature end due to an ankle injury back in March, but he'd been struggling with a variety of knocks before that in what was a disappointing season. Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has indicated that the striker is jogging again and will go through another two weeks of training at the club before going on a brief summer break where he should continue building up his fitness ahead of pre-season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 16 - 8:18 AM

Steven Fletcher will be missing for Sunderland this weekend due to injury.

Fletcher was hurt in Sunderland's match with Crystal Palace in Week 30 and the tweet from a local journalist suggests he is still being assessed, with the full extent of the injury not expected to be determined until next week. Jozy Altidore will likely start the game at Norwich, although he's in no sort of form so should not be considered for your fantasy team, despite the fact the Black Cats play twice in Week 31.
Source: Twitter
Mar 20 - 11:50 AM

Sunderland are awaiting scan results of the ankle Steven Fletcher injured in the Black Cats match with Crystal Palace over the weekend to determine how long the striker will be sidelined.

It has been a tough season for Fletcher and Sunderland strikers in general, as his three goals are second only to Adam Johnson on the team, while Jozy Altidore has amassed just one. A prolonged absence for Fletcher would give Altidore a chance one more time to find some form before the upcoming World Cup, though January signing Ignacio Scocco may get an opportunity instead as Gus Poyet will probably have little confidence in the American at this point.
Mar 18 - 11:48 AM

Steven Fletcher and Jack Colback missed Sunderland's big Cup victory over Chelsea today. It's being reported that they were ill.

Sunderland put league form behind them to beat Chelsea 2-1 in extra-time with a winner from Sung-Yueng Ki after Fabio Borini has equalized late on. Fletcher will be a doubt against Norwich this weekend, but has lost his starting spot to Jozy Altidore under new manager, Gus Poyet.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 01:43:00 AM

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has backed striker Steven Fletcher to go on a goalscoring run once he is back to full fitness.

Fletcher has endured a difficult time with injuries after missing the start of this season and the last two months of last term with an ankle problem, but is starting to look sharper and his partnership with Jozy Altidore seems to be starting to gel. The striker's goals will be vital as Sunderland look to continue their improved form under Poyet and escape their current position in the relegation zone.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 04:55:00 AM

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher will return from a shoulder injury for Gus Poyet's first game in charge

Terrific news for Sunderland, and it gives them a slither of a chance at Swansea, although a home win is still the most likely result as the Black Cats are extremely susceptible to conceding goals. Keiren Westwood, Phil Bardsley and Wes Brown could also be fit, but Ki Sung-Yueng is ineligible against his parent club.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 09:40:00 AM

New Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has revealed that Steven Fletcher is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a shoulder injury and could be available to face Swansea City this weekend.

Fletcher dislocate his shoulder during Sunderland's 3-0 defeat by West Brom but is back in training with the Black Cats. Poyet is hoping he can be fit and help Sunderland find goals.
Thu, Oct 17, 2013 11:20:00 AM

Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher faces six weeks on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder during last Saturday's 3-0 defeat by West Brom.

This is not what you want to hear when you are managerless and bottom of the league. Fletcher is Sunderland's most important player, scoring the majority of the club's goals last season as they just avoided relegation, and he's the only striker in the squad with a league goal in the opening five game of this campaign (despite starting only twice). The news means Jozy Altidore should lead the line against Liverpool this weekend.
Source: BBC Sport
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 11:50:00 AM

Striker Steven Fletcher dislocated his shoulder in the final 15 minutes of Sunderland's match with West Brom, and reports suggest he could be facing several weeks on the sideline, if not months.

Not a banner day for Sunderland AFC. In 24 hours, they were battered by West Brom 3-0, had their manager sacked, and now their only reliable goal scorer is out for perhaps a long length of time. Caretaker boss Kevin Ball will perhaps look to hand Jozy Altidore more starts and they still have Fabio Borini on loan to trot out, but this is a club to stay away from for any fantasy purposes for the time being.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 06:22:00 AM

Sunderland are now bottom of the table, procuring just 1 point in 5 matches and sitting on a -8 goal difference following their 3-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion today.

Paolo di Canio's touchline antics are about the only thing worth watching these days for the Northern England side. There appears to be no cohesion with the Black Cats right now which comes as a bit of a surprise they've gotten off to this bad a start as di Canio managed to sign some relatively marquee players. It doesn't bode well for Jozy Altidore's stint in the Premier League as he is not getting regular starts from a struggling side.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 01:30:00 PM

Four Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in taking Udinese striker Matej Vydra on loan, claims his agent.

Sunderland said to be one of the teams keen on a deal for Vydra. The 21-year old scored 22 goals while on loan with Championship side Watford last season. Udinese are believed to want £8m for the Czech international but may accept another loan deal, with Sunderland unlikely to be able to afford to spend that much on one player. The capture of Vydra would provide some much needed support for last season's top scorer Steven Fletcher.
Source: Sky Sports
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 10:17:00 AM