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Played
November 24, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 26921‎
 
26′ Charlie Adam
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke 1-0 Fulham

Charlie Adam's first-half strike was enough for Tony Pulis' men as they took all three points against the lacklustre Cottagers at the Britannia Stadium

By Jake Watson at The Britannia Stadium

  • Asmir Begovic
    6
    2
    2.50

    Asmir Begovic

    One of the easiest afternoons as a Premier League goalkeeper he is ever likely to have as any Fulham chances were virtually non-existent.

  • Geoff Cameron
    2
    3
    3.00

    Geoff Cameron

    Has made a seamless transition into Premier League football and has slotted into one of the most organised defences into the top-flight to great success.

  • Robert Huth
    4
    1
    3.00

    Robert Huth

    Unlucky not to have scored in the first half with a bullet header and other than that he was largely untested defensively.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    8
    1
    3.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    A recent England call-up seems to have given the defender's confidence a real boost. Assertive and powerful in the air and his passing is much improved.

  • Ryan Shotton
    3
    2
    2.50

    Ryan Shotton

    Delivered a superb cross in the build-up to the opening goal but it appears he is yet to convince the Stoke faithful he is worthy of his position.

  • Glenn Whelan
    7
    1
    4.00

    Glenn Whelan Top of the Match

    Probably the unsung man in the Stoke midfield. Brings grit, determination and a good football brain to the side.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    5
    1
    3.00

    Steven N'Zonzi

    The Frenchman is a good fit for Stoke with his physicality and his passing range is a real asset to Pulis' men.

  • Charlie Adam
    4
    1
    3.50

    Charlie Adam

    Looks a shadow of the player who caught the headlines during his Blackpool days but scored the winning goal that ultimately decided the match.

  • Matthew Etherington
    3
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Etherington

    A number of trademark crosses from the wide-man had Fulham on constant red alert before being withdrawn for Kightly.

  • Jonathan Walters
    1
    5
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Struggled to make much of an impact in the first half and it was surprising to see him last the full 90 minutes.

  • Peter Crouch
    7
    2
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    Will have been relieved not to have faced Brede Hangeland and undoubtedly benefited from the Norwegian's absence as he headed down to set up Charlie Adam.

Substitutions

  • Dean Whitehead
    1
    1

    Dean Whitehead

    Replaced the goalscorer Charlie Adam with the game fizzling out.

  • Michael Kightly
    1
    1
    2.50

    Michael Kightly

    Came on for Etherington to bring some more energy but spent his brief time on the field defending the remaining minutes.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    4
    2
    2.50

    Kenwyne Jones

    Has not seen a lot of football this season but replaced Crouch after 78 minutes. Had a goal ruled out for offside and looked desperate to take his chance.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    2
    7
    3.00

    Mark Schwarzer

    Helpless with Adam's opener and despite Stoke's dominance he was forced into few saves.

  • John Arne Riise
    2
    7
    2.50

    John Arne Riise

    A tough afternoon for Riise with the Norwegian often having to cope with Ryan Shotton teaming up with Jonathan Walters going forward.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    6
    2.00

    Philippe Senderos

    He was not the calming presence that Hangeland undoubtedly would have been and really struggled with a lack of mobility.

  • Chris Baird
    1
    6
    2.50

    Chris Baird

    Moved into a midfield position and was far from his best against a physical Stoke side.

  • Aaron Hughes
    1
    7
    2.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Not the most physically dominating of central defenders Hughes came off second best with his duel with Crouch.

  • Sascha Riether
    2
    8
    2.50

    Sascha Riether

    Normally likes to get forward and whip in the crosses but was pinned into his own half throughout.

  • Steve Sidwell
    2
    7
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Tried to play neat passing football but Stoke's pressing never allowed him to settle into any kind of rhythm in his play.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    3
    10
    2.00

    Giorgos Karagounis Flop of the Match

    Had a rasping effort go just wide in the opening minutes but after that became a passenger before being replaced by Damien Duff

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    22
    8
    2.00

    Ashkan Dejagah

    A rare start and one that he will not look back too fondly on. Battled for scraps that the Stoke defence dealt with, with ease.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    14
    6
    2.50

    Dimitar Berbatov

    Desperately tried to get involved in the game but by dropping deeper and deeper his urgency was counter-productive as Fulham cried out for a centre-forward.

  • Mladen Petric
    4
    8
    2.00

    Mladen Petric

    Was always going to be a tough afternoon and his skill and trickery was well marshalled out by an in-form Huth and Shawcross

Substitutions

  • Damien Duff
    2
    6
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    Came on for the final 15 minutes to add some energy to the Fulham attack but was not given enough time to make an impact.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    1
    5
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Replaced Sidwell for the last 10 minutes and had one notable shot that was well blocked by the Stoke defence.

Results
 
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