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24 November 2012
• Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 26921
C. Adam 26'
An easy win for Stoke in the end. I've been Theo Squires, thank you for joining me. We hope to see you tuning into Goal.com tomorrow for another afternoon of Premier League, Scottish and European football and all the reaction from the game. See you next time.
Stoke leapfrog Liverpool into 11th place, although the Reds have a game in hand. Fulham remain 9th, but with Swansea playing Liverpool tomorrow, and with Newcastle also having a game in hand, that might not be the case tomorrow.
Special mention must go to Peter Crouch who was superb for Stoke in attack today. It was his knock-down that set up Charlie Adam for the goal, and that was just one of numerous balls into the box the England international got his head to. He might not have scored but a great team peformance. Are you watching Roy Hodgson?
Fulham now have not won any of their last five games as their unbeaten run away from home comes to an end. Berbatov looks a very frustrated figure. The Bulgarian kept coming deeper and deeper to get the ball today but just could not impact on the game enough.
Stoke hold on to extend their unbeaten run at home. Tony Pulis will be delighted that his side managed to win today. Charlie Adam's goal wrapped up the points for Stoke and they deserve it. So easily could have been more but for missed chances from Huth and Shawcross.
90' + 4'
Full-time Stoke City 1-0 Fulham
90' + 4'
Stoke continue to eat up the dying seconds by, first through Jones then by Kightly, holding the ball in the corner.
90' + 4'
Pulis points to his watch as Fulham attack as we enter the final minute.
90' + 3'
Whitehead heads for the corner flag in an attempt to waste time.
90' + 2'
Shawcross blocks Rodallega's strike after the forward cuts in.
90' + 2'
Fulham free-kick, Dejagah squares it but it goes straight to a Stoke player and it's easily away.
90' + 1'
Four minutes added on...
Jones, who has not scored in the Premier League since August 2011, has the ball in the net and thinks he's wrapped the game up for Stoke, but it's disallowed for offside.
Final minute of the 90...
Berbatov flicks on Duff's low cross but there's not enough on it and Begovic easily gathers.
Berbatov drills a cross across goal but Stoke clear. They're hanging on, but even though Fulham are now applying the pressure it's hard to see where a goal will come from.
Fulham have found difficult to break through a solid Stoke back-line so far today.
Five minutes left, will there be late drama at the Britannia Stadium?
Stoke sub: On Whitehead, Off Adam
Fulham sub: On Rodallega, Off Sidwell
Fulham are stuggling at the back at the moment as Jones makes his presence felt, but the Cottagers get the ball away.
Riise's hits a trade-mark thunderous effort from distance but it is deflected wide off his own player for a Stoke throw-in.
Begovic punches Damien Duff's corner away.
Stoke sub: On Crouch, Off Jones
Begovic gathers Petric's long range swerving pile-driver at the second attempt.
Begovic makes his first real save of the game as he does well to deny Berbatov. At the other end Stoke break, Kightly cuts in but his shot is high, wide and not at all handsome.
Fulham sub: On Duff, Off Karagounis
Schwarzer has a minute to forget as he comes out but fails to clear the ball. Fortunately for the Fulham keeper Adam fails to take advantage & shoots wide.
Stoke sub: On Kightly, Off Etherington
Crouch blocks Baird's strike from distance as Fulham step up their game.
Stoke have been peppering the Fulham goal with headers all afternoon as Huth and Shawcross appear simply unplayable in the air, but luckily for the visitors, their aim continues to be off once more.
Shawcross heads wide from following corner. Fulham goal-kick.
Schwarzer does brilliantly to save from Huth's header, following Etherington's corner, after deciding to stay on his line.
Corner to Stoke...
Riise blocks Whelan's striker after Crouch heads down Adam's free-kick.
N'Zonzi shot trickles out for a throw-in after another poor Senderos clearance lands at the feet of a Stoke player.
Fulham are keeping hold of possession as they continue to press but their final balls have been letting them down so far this afternoon.
The ball's in the net but it's been disallowed for a push on Schwarzer. Free-kick to Fulham.
Second successive corner for Stoke.
Senderos' poor clearance allows Adam to get a strike at goal, but the Swiss defender makes amends & deflects it wide for corner.
Begovic easily gathers the free-kick at the seond attempt.
Yellow CardGeoff Cameron
Cameron booked for Stoke.
Penalty shouts for Stoke as Charlie Adam goes down but nothing is given.
Glen Whelan shoots narrowly over from the edge of the area as Stoke carry on in the second half how they ended the first.
and we're back underway as Stoke kick-off for the start of the second half. No changes made during the interval.
Will it be more of the same in the second half or will Martin Jol's Fulham find a way to fight back? Join me after the interval to find out.
Berbatov has been drifting in and out of the game for Fulham, while Petric's half chance and a Kargounis shot from distance remain their only threats to Asmir Begovic's goal so far.
The Potters have been the better side and could have scored more, with Shawcross and Huth both missing good chances from Etherington corners.
So Charlie Adam's strike means Stoke have the lead at the interval.
45' + 3'
HT Stoke City 1-0 Fulham
45' + 3'
Shotton long throw cleared straight to Adam but his right-footed effort drifts tamely wide.
45' + 1'
Three minutes of stoppage time added on...
Fulham have struggled to get their shots away on goal against a deep Stoke defensive line so far this afternoon.
Stoke counter-attack comes to nothing as Etherington fails to release the ball.
Senderos returns to the action.
Fulham down to ten men at the moment as Senderos receives treatment off the pitch for a facial injury.
Shawcross hits the bar from Etherington's corner. Petric then shoots wide inside the six-yard-box as Fulham quickly counter-attack. Fulham's best chance of the game so far.
Another corner to Stoke...
Whelan misses the target after being fed by Huth. All Stoke at the moment.
Hugo Rodallega is warming up but Sidwell has returned to the field of play and is trying to run it off.
Sidwell is still down receiving treatment.
Shawcross kicks the ball out of play after seeing that Steve Sidwell is on the ground clutching his knee. Sidwell picked up the knock when trying to feed Petric on the edge of the Stoke area, only for Shotton to clear it away.
Poor cross from Shotton goes out of play after Adam played a delightful reverse-pass to find the full-back.
GOAL! Charlie Adam has space to turn in the box and fires home after Crouch's knock down from Shotton's cross.
After an even start, Stoke are slowly becoming the more dominant team.
A match of few chances so far as the rain pours down at the Britannia Stadium.
Adam shoots over from the edge of the area after picking up the ball following Etherington's shot being knocked after Crouch's knock-down.
Free-kick comes to nothing after Crouch is flagged for offside.
Yellow CardPhilippe Senderos
BOOKED! Senderos is booked after a foul on Etherington. Free-kick in a dangerous position for Stoke. Clumsy challenge from the Swiss defender.
Petric unable to find Karagounis when in a good position.
Huth has the best chance to open the scoring so far. The German, who has also got a stunning Movember effort, jumps well but heads wide from Etherington's corner. He'll be disappointed to not have tested Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.
Etherington wins another corner for Stoke.
Berbatov struggles to clear but Shawcross is unable to take advantage.
Corner to Stoke City...
Berbatov has been influential for Fulham so far. Wins a free-kick just inside Stoke's half. Ball goes outwide to Riise but his low cross is cleared.
Shotton long throw into the penalty area for Stoke, but Berbatov heads it clear.
Crouch nearly finds himself one-on-one after Fulham heisitate when dealing with Begovic's long kick forward.
Stunning Movember effort from Peter Crouch. Even if this game finishes 0-0 it's worth leaving on Match of the Day tonight just to see it.
Asmir Begovic is fortunate that Ryan Shawcross is covering behind him after the keeper makes a hash of the back-pass, allowing it to roll under his foot.
Fulham patiently keeping hold of possession as they try to make an early break-through.
Karagounis shoots just wide from distance for Fulham.
And we're off!
And we're off!
The teams are out and kick-off is just five minutes away.
Victory for Tony Pulis' side will see the Potters move level on points with Fulham.
Stoke have not lost a game at home in the league since February. Meanwhile Fulham are unbeaten in their last four away games.
Mahamadou Diarra returns from injury and is named on the bench for Fulham, along with Neil Ethridge, who was recalled from his loan spell at Bristol Rovers earlier this week. There is also a place on the Cottagers bench for youngster Charles Banya. Banya has been at the club since he was 12 and would make his Premier League debut if he comes on.
Meanwhile Dimitar Berbatov captains Fulham in the absence of the suspended Brede Hangeland. Martin Jol makes four changes to the side that lost at home to Sunderland, with Senderos, Dejagah, Baird and Petric coming in for Hangeland, Duff and the injured duo of Kacaniklic and Ruiz.
Tony Pulis makes one change to the side that drew with West Ham on Monday night, as Ryan Shotton comes in for the injured Andy Wilkinson.
Subs bench: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Diarra, Duff, Rodallega, Banya.
Meanwhile Fulham's starting XI is: Schwarzer, Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise, Dejagah, Karagounis, Baird, Sidwell, Petric, Berbatov (c)
and on the bench for the Potters: Sorensen, Palacios, Jones, Whitehead, Upson, Kightly, Jerome
Starting with Stoke City. Their Starting XI vs Fulham is as follows: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross (c), Huth, Cameron; Walters, Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam, Etherington; Crouch
Just over 20 minutes til kick-off and here is the team news for you.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com’s LIVE! text commentary from this Premier League clash between Stoke City and Fulham. My name is Theo Squires, and I will be guiding you through the action from the Britannia Stadium today.
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