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  1. Etherington fires Stoke into top 10

    Etherington fires Stoke into top 10

    A late goal from Matthew Etherington put Stoke City in the top half of the Premier League after a 1-0 win at Fulham. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Stoke City
    • 90+4 Stoke beat Fulham to go into the top 10. Fulham barely notice, but they'll have to play a lot better than that against Atletico next week.
    • 90+3 Fuller is booked for dissent, making a sarky gesture to the linesman. Lawrence comes on for him with immediate effect.
    • 90+2 Dempsey goes down after going shoulder-to-shoulder with Shawcross. The ref correctly waves play on.
    • 90' Four minutes added time being played as Hughes takes down Tuncay. Yellow.
    • 89' Long in for Nevland who wins the header but too heavy for Okaka.
    • 88' Tuncay takes it short, Whelan on it but it comes off Tuncay for a goal kick.
    • 88' Whitehead on the run down the right but Konchesky hurls himself in. Corner.
    • 87' Fulham have a free-kick on the right but Murphy sends it well beyond any white-shirted heads.
    • 86' STOKE SUB: Diao on for Delap.
    • 85' FULHAM SUB: Okaka on for Pantsil.
    • 83' That goal makes Etherington Stoke's top scorer with five this season.
    • 82' STOKE SCORE! Etherington scores! He smashes it into the roof of the net after Fuller left Konchesky for dead with the flick, his cross hitting Tuncay on the back and dropping to Etherington, who rifled it in off the bar.
    • 81' Dempsey powers a drive from centre-left but it goes wide.
    • 80' Great tackle by Pantsil on Tuncay, bringing the ball away too and he can shoot but spoons it well over! The fans begged him to shoot, so he did. Better leave it to the pros - he hasn't scored in 81 Prem games.
    • 79' Delap with a long throw, flicked on by Huth but Hughes alive to the second ball and clears.
    • 78' Dempsey cuts in from the right and smashes in a rising drive but it goes over!
    • 78' Davies gets the ball on the edge of the box and he 'does a Hamburg' but the flick over Huth is cleared.
    • 77' Fuller almost gets in down the right but Hangeland does well to challenge and clear.
    • 77' Lucky for Higginbotham, played into trouble by Begovic but Gera a touch too enthusiastic and fouling him.
    • 76' Nevland gets it on the right, he's in loads of space but a poor cross with white shirts waiting in the box. Out for a throw by Shawcross.
    • 75' Fulham win a corner on the right which Murphy swings to the penalty spot, Etuhu with a majestic leap but his downward header is straight at the grateful Begovic!
    • 74' STOKE SUB: Tuncay on for Sidibe.
    • 73' Fuller is a bit aggressive on Schwarzer, but he barely notices due to his immense size.
    • 72' Davies with a decent cross but Begovic gathers easily.
    • 71' BRILLIANT SAVE BEGOVIC! The corner was taken short, blocked in the box and it dropped to Gera who hooked it wide to the far post, Dempsey slid in with a spectacular volley but tipped behind by the keeper.
    • 70' Konchesky plays it down the left for Nevland, wh bravely slides in with Shawcross tackling and he wins a corner.
    • 69' Fuller with a dangerous cross from the right and Etherington flies in, Schwarzer drops it but lands gratefully on the loose ball!
    • 68' Good corner from Davies and in flies Hangeland but well over.
    • 67' Murphy gets forward and drills a low shot wide. Took a deflection, corner.
    • 66' Good stuff again from Stoke but Fulham clear from Sidibe.
    • 65' Etuhu fires well wide from range. He's only scored once for the Whites, and it shows.
    • 64' Stoke are seeing more of the ball now, playing it long and keeping it low sometimes too, getting stuck into Fulham and more effective with the passing.
    • 62' Not great from Schwarzer, dropping an Etherington cross and needing Hangeland to save his bacon. Corner.
    • 61' Dempsey comes forward and Whitehead slides in but a good crisp challenge to come away with the ball!
    • 60' Etherington runs at Pantsil and he zips in a dangerous cross that Schwarzer can't reach but too fast for Sidibe!
    • 58' Nice play now from Fulham as they knock the ball about. The ball spins up for Nevland and the crowd want a penalty but not even he protests.
    • 56' Another Delap throw on the right but this time Fulham deal with it and Murphy brings it clear...
    • 54' The crowd lets out a cheer as Shawcross sees yellow for pulling back Dempsey once again. Cumulative.
    • 53' Dempsey is again shoved by Shawcross and again Peter Walton - who sent the Stoke man off for the challenge that broke Aaron Ramsey's - ignored it.
    • 52' Dempsey is pulled back but again Walton says play on. Eventually Stoke clear. Shawcross seemed to pull him back!
    • 51' Flag goes up with Gera offside.
    • 49' Fuller puts it just wide after - yes, you guessed it - a Delap throw left Fulham all over the shop!
    • 47' Delap gets a chance to put a cross in but cleared by Hangeland.
    • 46' Second half underway.
    • - Possible calf injury for Duffer, we hear. Probably nothing to worry about, Whites fans.
    • - FULHAM SUB: Duff's legs will be rested for ze final in Hamburg, with Erik Nevland getting his last run out at Craven Cottage - he's rejoining Viking this summer.
    • 45+2 Half time and it's goalless. Not the best half, Fulham have been more adventurous but ultimately a drag.
    • 45+1 Gera and Dempsey combine, now Dempsey again as he beats one man but the ball gets caught between his feet. Fulham still have it though, Murphy wide to Konchesky who gets in behind Wilkinson and lofts a super ball over but just beyond Dempsey!
    • 45+1 One minute added on...
    • 45' A second 'attempt' from Fulham as Etherington's cross drops to Whelan who has a crack but drags it well wide.
    • 44' Huth is booked for dissent I think. Didn't see a foul.
    • 43' Konchesky gets down the left and has time and space but his cross is over Dempsey's head! Great opportunity for the left-back.
    • 42' Wilkinson away but Konchesky has it, Dempsey now but he gives it away to Fuller. He takes on Etuhu and claims he was fouled but Peter Walton waves him away.
    • 40' Begovic plays it long upfield. Fulham start a passing move but Dempsey can't find Duff.
    • 38' Gera drives straight at Begovic! That was at the end of a nice passing move, Dempsey with the near-assist, but the Hungarian played his finish too straight.
    • 36' It is clear that neither side has all that much to play for. This is a bit of a slog, even by the normally attractive Fulham.
    • 34' Ironic cheer from the home fans as the rain comes down while Shawcross is pulled up for a foul on Duff.
    • 33' Sidibe has a crack from the edge of the box but easily blocked by Pantsil. I think that's Stoke's first effort on goal.
    • 32' Davies puts the corner in but headed clear.
    • 31' Gera with a super through-ball to Dempsey, who uses his pace to get behind Huth but the German does well to recover and block the shot. Corner.
    • 30' Euthu frees Konchesky but Wilkinson is across quickly to close him down. The home fans think Fuller handled but nothing given. Shawcross has annoyed Dempsey after they ran into each other.
    • 29' Dempsey with a flick wide, raced on to by Gera but Shawcross is over quickly with a backpass.
    • 28' Fulham play it out from the back after a long Begovic ball was met by Hangeland, who left Sidibe in a heap.
    • 26' Murphy tries to slide Dempsey in but just beyond him and back with Begovic.
    • 25' Stoke have a corner on the right which Huth and Shawcross come up for but Simon Davies clears near post.
    • 23' Duff on the right almost slides Davies in after the Welshman made a super run across. Begovic is on it though.
    • 22' OUCH! Hangeland slides into touch and takes out a camerman and his equipment. Occupational hazard, but he'd rather it was someone ickle like Murphy.
    • 20' Pantsil almost slides it in for Dempsey but intercepted by Higginbotham.
    • 19' Dempsey plays the ball wide left to Duff, he knocks it inside to Gera who lashes in the shot but just over!
    • 18' Hangeland flies in but the corner just misses it and Duff surely but he smashes it wide!
    • 17' Fulham have a corner on the right which Davies will swing in...
    • 14' Gera stretches to meet a good ball from Davies but he can't quite get his foot around it.
    • 13' The ball comes in for Fuller can't connect with the header.
    • 12' Huth hammers a Pantsil cross clear.
    • 11' Konchesky with a low cross in but Delap hoofs to touch. Fulham have started the brighter.
    • 10' Demspey steps over the ball for Gera but he's clearly checked by Shawcross, no free-kick with the ref playing advantage but a poor advantage as Duff had two defenders ahead of him.
    • 9' Hangeland oddly takes the free-kick and eventually Whelan passes back to Begovic.
    • 8' Etuhu is caught late by Sidibe. Fulham hearts beat a touch faster with their big final next week. Eventually he gets up, frankly Sidibe was lucky not to be booekd.
    • 7' Good play by Murphy wide to Konchesky, low ball in for Dempsey but Shawcross clears.
    • 5' It's a long throw for Delap, the crowd oohs in anticipation... punched away by Schwarzer.
    • 3' Dempsey gets in behind but Shawcross steps up in time.
    • 1' First half underway at the Cottage!
    • - Stoke start with the same XI that drew with Everton last week; the stroppy Tuncay remains on the bench.
    • - An interestingly strong line-up for Fulham who have the same team that beat Hamburg last week bar Bobby Zamora. They have also strengthened with six first-team players since the 3-2 win over West Ham. The only absence is the injured Zamora (Achilles), who is in a race against time to be fit for the Europa League final on May 12.
    • - Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire)
    • - STOKE TEAM: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Whitehead, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Sidibe, Fuller; Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Pugh, Diao, Sanli, Collins, Moult
    • FULHAM TEAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Muprhy, Gera, Duff, Dempsey; Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Okaka, Nevland, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi
    • - FACT: Fulham have netted the highest proportion of their league goals this season in the second half (69 per cent), whereas only Hull (59 per cent) have scored a higher proportion in the first half than Stoke (55 per cent).
    • - The Potters have netted only two goals from outside the area this season, a league-low with Wolves.
    • - Stoke have scored only 16 goals from open play this season, the joint-fewest of all Premier League sides.
    • - The Whites have won five of their last seven league games at home, losing just once.
    • - FACT: Everton (four) are the only side to have won more matches after conceding first at home this season than Fulham (three).
    • - Only Wigan (24 points) have dropped more points after scoring first in Premier League matches than Stoke this season.
    • - Stoke have failed to score in seven of their last 11 away games; The Potters have scored just one goal in their last four league matches.
    • - Fulham have won the last four home games against Stoke and are unbeaten in the last six when the Potters have visited London.
    • - FACT: Stoke ended a run of five games in all competitions without scoring against Fulham the last time the two sides met.
    • - A couple of seasons ago and you'd have put this down as a relegation battle but superb management from Roy Hodgson and Tony Pulis means the Cottagers and the Potters are fighting it out for the minor places. Neither can qualify for Europe via their league positions - Fulham still have a Europa League final to contest - but a win for either side would put them 10th. A draw would move the Whites above Blackburn on goal difference into the top half, pushings Stoke up one place to 12th.
    • - Fulham host Stoke City at Craven Cottage in a mid-table Premier League clash starting at 8pm UK time!
  • Summary

    • 82' STOKE SCORE! Etherington scores! He smashes it into the roof of the net after Fuller left Konchesky for dead with the flick, his cross hitting Tuncay on the back and dropping to Etherington, who rifled it in off the bar.
    • 78' Dempsey cuts in from the right and smashes in a rising drive but it goes over!
    • 75' Fulham win a corner on the right which Murphy swings to the penalty spot, Etuhu with a majestic leap but his downward header is straight at the grateful Begovic!
    • 71' BRILLIANT SAVE BEGOVIC! The corner was taken short, blocked in the box and it dropped to Gera who hooked it wide to the far post, Dempsey slid in with a spectacular volley but tipped behind by the keeper.
    • 69' Fuller with a dangerous cross from the right and Etherington flies in, Schwarzer drops it but lands gratefully on the loose ball!
    • 49' Fuller puts it just wide after - yes, you guessed it - a Delap throw left Fulham all over the shop!
    • 45+1 Gera and Dempsey combine, now Dempsey again as he beats one man but the ball gets caught between his feet. Fulham still have it though, Murphy wide to Konchesky who gets in behind Wilkinson and lofts a super ball over but just beyond Dempsey!
    • 38' Gera drives straight at Begovic! That was at the end of a nice passing move, Dempsey with the near-assist, but the Hungarian played his finish too straight.
    • 19' Dempsey plays the ball wide left to Duff, he knocks it inside to Gera who lashes in the shot but just over!
    • 18' Hangeland flies in but the corner just misses it and Duff surely but he smashes it wide!
    • - STOKE TEAM: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham, Whitehead, Delap, Whelan, Etherington, Sidibe, Fuller; Subs: Simonsen, Lawrence, Pugh, Diao, Sanli, Collins, Moult
    • FULHAM TEAM: Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Konchesky, Davies, Etuhu, Muprhy, Gera, Duff, Dempsey; Subs: Zuberbuhler, Baird, Okaka, Nevland, Riise, Smalling, Dikgacoi
    • - Fulham host Stoke City at Craven Cottage in a mid-table Premier League clash starting at 8pm UK time!

Team lineup & ratings

  • Lineup

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil Substitution Out (86′)
      • A. Hughes Yellow Card
      • B. Hangeland
      • P. Konchesky
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Etuhu
      • D. Duff Substitution Out (45′)
      • Z. Gera
      • S. Davies
      • C. Dempsey

      Subs

      • P. Zuberbühler
      • E. Nevland Substitution In45′
      • C. Baird
      • B. Riise
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • C. Smalling
      • S. Okaka Chuka Substitution In86′
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson
      • R. Huth Yellow Card
      • R. Shawcross Yellow Card
      • D. Higginbotham
      • G. Whelan
      • D. Whitehead
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington Goal Substitution Out (88′)
      • R. Fuller Yellow Card Substitution Out (90′)
      • M. Sidibe Substitution Out (72′)

      Subs

      • S. Diao Substitution In88′
      • S. Simonsen
      • D. Pugh
      • D. Collins
      • L. Lawrence Substitution In90′
      • T. Sanli Substitution In72′
      • L. Moult
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