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Played
October 5, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ R. East‎
Attendance:‬ 24634‎
 
83′ Darren Bent
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-0 Stoke City

Martin Jol's side tested the patience of the fans before a second-half winner from Darren Bent sealed a victory that was testament to the home crowd's terrific support.

By Tim Poole at Craven Cottage

  • David Stockdale
    0
    0
    2.50

    David Stockdale

    Ironically cheered whenever he caught the ball, the Fulham stopper was not tested at all in the first half. Looked more nervous in the second half but made no errors of note.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    0
    2.00

    Philippe Senderos

    Cut crosses out well but was just as timid on the ball as his partner at centre-back. Gave passes away seemingly at will and was booked late on.

  • Brede Hangeland
    0
    0
    2.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Was his side’s rock in defence – as per usual – but showed several shortcomings with the ball at feet. Looked like a rabbit in front of headlights when in the opposition half.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sascha Riether Top of the Match

    His side's best player, Riether headed the ball off the line after a classic Stoke corner kick midway through the first half, before clearing the ball of the line again in the second half and almost scoring on the break.

  • Amorebieta
    0
    0
    2.50

    Amorebieta

    Looked relatively comfortable at left-back until he almost conceded a penalty midway through the first half. Occasionally ventured forward but his shots from distance left a lot to be desired.

  • Steve Sidwell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Aided his side ably both in attack and defence, coming close with a near-post header after half an hour.

  • Pajtim Kasami
    0
    0
    3.00

    Pajtim Kasami

    Slapped Erik Pieters early on but no action was taken. The contact was hardly life-threatening but it was a silly thing to do. Produced a solid performance thereafter, however.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    0
    0
    1.50

    Giorgos Karagounis Flop of the Match

    Produced a poor first-half performance which was notable only because of a contender for the worst corner kick of all time. Was replaced early in the second half having added nothing to his contribution from the break.

  • Damien Duff
    0
    0
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    A reliable preference to Alexander Kacaniklic who worked characteristically hard down the left, though with perhaps a lack of cutting edge.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    1
    0
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Ran more in the first few moments of the game than he did in the whole of his side’s defeat to Cardiff City and showed his usual flair up front. Came off in the second half having done little of note, however.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    0
    0
    2.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    Was keen to get forward and unleash long shots, doing a lot of his good work down the left-hand side. Looked somewhat lacklustre, however, though he did deserve a penalty that was not given on the stroke of half-time.

Substitutions

  • Kieran Richardson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kieran Richardson

    Replaced Hangeland at half-time and was a steady, if not game-changing, presence.

  • Derek Boateng
    0
    0
    2.50

    Derek Boateng

    Came on for Karagounis in what was Jol's first truly attacking move of the game. Offered very little on the ball, however, but did help organise his side - making him an overall effective substitute.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    0
    2.00

    Hugo Rodallega

    Came on for Karagounis in what was Jol's first truly attacking move of the game. Offered very little on the ball, though, and even less off it.

  • Darren Bent
    0
    0
    3.00

    Darren Bent

    Replaced Berbatov but added absolutely nothing in the final third until possibly the most important moment in Martin Jol's Fulham career. Refusing a first-time shot, Bent turned to fool Begovic and tucked the ball into an empty net to score the winner. Superb.

  • Asmir Begovic
    0
    0
    2.00

    Asmir Begovic

    Was barely tested throughout, playing the role of spectator for the vast majority of the encounter. But the Bosnian should have done better for Bent's goal.

  • Erik Pieters
    0
    0
    2.00

    Erik Pieters

    Went down far too easily after contact with Kasami in the first half, much to the dismay of the home fans. Also sent most of his crosses into the body of an opposition defender. Not his finest performance.

  • Robert Huth
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Huth

    Was rough in the tackle but also very willing to go forward from set-pieces. Almost headed his side into the lead twice but sent the ball just over the bar on both occasions.

  • Marc Wilson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marc Wilson

    Was particularly rough in the challenge, though he defended ably before being taken off in the second half.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    Was typically robust in the tackle but reliable with interceptions at the same time. Pushed forward for set-pieces and made no notable mistakes.

  • Geoff Cameron
    0
    0
    2.50

    Geoff Cameron

    Coped well at the back for the visitors, though he was hardly tested throughout, with Duff failing to beat him more times than not.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Matched his team-mates' ferocity in the tackle, while also providing a driving presence from midfield. Misplaced the odd pass rather wildly, however.

  • Matthew Etherington
    0
    0
    2.00

    Matthew Etherington

    The home fans feared he would continue his scoring record against the home side but his biggest contribution was from set-pieces, while his crosses were erratic at best.

  • Stephen Ireland
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stephen Ireland

    Committed enough fouls to make his constant falling to the ground extremely hypocritical, although he was usually his side’s creative hub.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marko Arnautovic

    Oozed class on the ball with calm, composed trickery, although his best effort at goal was a shot outside the area that curled into Stockdale's arms.

Substitutions

  • Glenn Whelan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Was brought on by Hughes in the second half and helped his side become more dominant from midfield.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    0
    0
    3.00

    Oussama Assaidi

    Replaced Etherington in the second half and changed the dynamic of the game. Stoke saw a lot more of the ball since his introduction and took the game to Fulham - until Bent's goal.

  • Peter Crouch
    0
    0

    Peter Crouch

    Came on late on but could not change the game.

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