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Collins John might have scored twice to nudge Sunderland closer to the relegation trapdoor but Fulham manager Chris Coleman still criticised the Dutch under 21 international.

John scored two headers either side of half time to help Fulham claim all three points at Craven Cottage but was still the target of some strong words from his manager, who suspected he was sulking having been asked to play on the right wing.

“”I was pleased for him because he scored two very good goals but his overall work rate was not great today. He does not like playing out wide on the right but he has to realise that the team comes first and he has to do a job for the team before anything else.”

An angry Coleman also took aim at the festive fixture list, saying it has left his stretched squad utterly worn out.

“The lads are knackered. We’ve won the game but I’ve got to look at the damage that has been done by the schedule. It’s nuts.”