Saturday January 22, 2011 Day 24 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 0 Stoke City

  • Dempsey 33’, 55’ (pen.)

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  1. Fulham grab vital win over Stoke

    Fulham grab vital win over Stoke

    Clint Dempsey struck a goal in each half to guide Fulham to a 2-0 Premier League win over 10-man Stoke. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Stoke City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90'+3 That's it. Fulham secure a valuable 3 points to lift them away from the relegation zone.
    • 90' We are into injury time at Craven Cottage.
    • 89' Mark Hughes is smiling on the touchline. We haven't seen that since about August.
    • 85' Stoke really struggling to have an impact on this game as Fulham continue to dictate possession.
    • 81' Fulham knocking the ball around confidently, dare I say arrogantly, as every pass is cheered by the home supporters. Stoke having a 'mare.
    • 78' Stoke looking ragged as Fulham continue to pound their goal area.
    • 76' Fulham sub: Halliche on, Hughes off
    • 75' Fulham sub: Gera on, Dembele off
    • 72' Andy Johnson misses the chance to make it 3-0! Beautiful touch to get away from Faye after Murphy's long ball, but can't direct his left foot shot past Begovic, who saves. That would have been Bergkamp-esque.
    • 69' Stoke have more a presence in attack since Carew's introduction, but they are struggling to hold the ball up in those positions. Fulham sticking to their task here.
    • 67' Etherington, usually so influential for Stoke, has failed to make his mark and departs the field for Whelan.
    • 66' Stoke sub: Whelan on, Etherington off
    • 64' Speaking of debutants, Sidwell gets his chance for his new club. Etuhu has a hamstring injury.
    • 63' Fulham sub: Sidwell on, Etuhu off
    • 61' So new signing Carew gets a chance to impress.
    • 60' Stoke double sub: Carew & Faye on, Collins & Tuncay off
    • 57' Dempsey made no mistake with the penalty, stroking it more or less down the middle and away from Begovic.
    • 56' Dempsey scores! 2-0 Fulham
    • 55' Dempsey to take it...
    • 54' Shawcross has been red carded for a foul on Dempsey. He is the last man and that's a straight red.
    • 53' PENALTY TO FULHAM!
    • 50' Teasing ball by Baird from the left but there's nobody gambling in the box.
    • 48' Stoke have started the second half the stronger of the two sides and are looking to get Tuncay on the ball as quickly as possible.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
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    • 45' And that's half time. Fulham take a deserved 1-0 lead at the break, with Stoke showing very little in terms of attacking threat.
    • 44' Stoke really have shown very little in this first half, apart from the efforts by Shawcross and Jones. Pulis will be demanding far more from them in the second half.
    • 42' But Baird hits it straight into the wall.
    • 41' Fulham have a free kick, just left of centre, 25 yards out.
    • 38' Fulham survive a little bit of Stoke pressure, but the visitors fail to make their possession pay. Fulham looking to see this out to half time now.
    • 35' Andy Johnson is causing havoc and draws the foul, and yellow card, out of Wilkinson, who mistimes his tackle rather hopelessly.
    • 33' Excellent play by Andy Johnson, who turns away from Shawcross before putting the ball into the 6 yard box where Clint Dempsey is on hand to slide it home.
    • 32' GOAL! Fulham have a deserved 1-0 lead.
    • 30' Fulham's frustrations growing as their good early football went unrewarded. They need to remain patient as they are playing the better football.
    • 28' Wilson hits one of the worst efforts of the season about a mile wide of the right post.
    • 27' Jones hits the post for Stoke! Fulham fail to clear a cross with Baird heading into the path of Jones, who smashes it first time against the outside of the right post.
    • 25' Murphy picks up a yellow card for an accumulation of fouls, this time on Whitehead.
    • 23' Baird gets forward and has a dig. Probably shouldn't have bothered.
    • 21' Chance for Fulham! Duff, who looks very dangerous, cuts in from the right again and sends a curler to the far post but Begovic palms it away. Appears to strike Shawcross on the arm and that should have been a penalty to Fulham. Fulham have reason to be aggrieved there.
    • 19' A lull best describes this passage of the match.
    • 16' Fulham still very much on top, but they need to make their pressure tell with more clear cut opportunites.
    • 14' Jones tries to find Tuncay with a throughball but it's a little overhit.
    • 12' Great diagonal ball by Baird to Johnson but Johnson is offside.
    • 11' Danny Murphy fires just wide from 25 yards after a poor kick from Stockdale finds its way through to Dembele. Dembele found Dempsey who found Murphy. Another good effort and Fulham looking the more likely to score at the moment.
    • 9' Duff hits the bar! Unbelievable shot by Duff from 25 yards after the Irishman cut in from the right. Absolutely stunning shot that Begovic may have actually tipped onto the bar with the faintest of touches. That goes down as a stunning save. Stoke under pressure.
    • 7' Lovely skill by Tuncay gets Etherington away on the right this time but Baird covers and wins a goal kick.
    • 5' Big miss for Stoke! Etherington floats a free kick into the box and Shawcross rises above Hughes but heads just wide. Shawcross should have scored.
    • 4' But it's Fulham with the first meaningful attack of the game as Duff makes space on the right wing with a dummy before crossing low for Dembele. But Dembele's shot is blocked.
    • 3' Stoke, in all blue, have made the stronger start here. Fulham just looking to get their foot on the ball.
    • 1' We are underway.
    • 14.55 We are just 5 minutes from kick off at Craven Cottage. A win for the home side would give them a much needed cushion above the relegation zone while a Stoke win could move them up to 7th and leave them dreaming of Europe.
    • 14.45 Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Andrew Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Salcido, Sidwell, Gera, Kamara, Davies, Halliche. Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Delap, Wilson, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Sanli. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Fuller, Pennant, Walters, Carew, Faye.
    • 14.40 Stoke's new on-loan striker John Carew starts on the bench, with two-goal FA Cup hero Jonathan Walters also named among the substitutes.
    • 14.40 Andrew Johnson starts after his goalscoring appearance from the bench last weekend, while Moussa Dembele also makes a welcome return.
    • 14.40 Fulham's new signing Steve Sidwell starts on the bench after his arrival from Aston Villa.
    • 14.35 Stoke’s only win in the last five league visits to Fulham was 1-0 last season – Matthew Etherington scored the only goal.
    • 14.30 Stoke eliminated Fulham in the Carling Cup earlier this season with a 2-0 home win, and won both PL meetings last season.
    • 14.25 Fulham are looking to complete the league double against Stoke for the first time since winning home and away against them in the third tier in the 1998/1999 season.
    • 14.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Stoke.
  • Summary

    • 72' Andy Johnson misses the chance to make it 3-0! Beautiful touch to get away from Faye after Murphy's long ball, but can't direct his left foot shot past Begovic, who saves. That would have been Bergkamp-esque.
    • 57' Dempsey made no mistake with the penalty, stroking it more or less down the middle and away from Begovic.
    • 56' Dempsey scores! 2-0 Fulham
    • 54' Shawcross has been red carded for a foul on Dempsey. He is the last man and that's a straight red.
    • 53' PENALTY TO FULHAM!
    • 33' Excellent play by Andy Johnson, who turns away from Shawcross before putting the ball into the 6 yard box where Clint Dempsey is on hand to slide it home.
    • 32' GOAL! Fulham have a deserved 1-0 lead.
    • 27' Jones hits the post for Stoke! Fulham fail to clear a cross with Baird heading into the path of Jones, who smashes it first time against the outside of the right post.
    • 21' Chance for Fulham! Duff, who looks very dangerous, cuts in from the right again and sends a curler to the far post but Begovic palms it away. Appears to strike Shawcross on the arm and that should have been a penalty to Fulham. Fulham have reason to be aggrieved there.
    • 9' Duff hits the bar! Unbelievable shot by Duff from 25 yards after the Irishman cut in from the right. Absolutely stunning shot that Begovic may have actually tipped onto the bar with the faintest of touches. That goes down as a stunning save. Stoke under pressure.
    • 5' Big miss for Stoke! Etherington floats a free kick into the box and Shawcross rises above Hughes but heads just wide. Shawcross should have scored.
    • 14.45 Fulham: Stockdale, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Dempsey, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Andrew Johnson, Dembele. Subs: Etheridge, Salcido, Sidwell, Gera, Kamara, Davies, Halliche. Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Collins, Delap, Wilson, Whitehead, Etherington, Jones, Sanli. Subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Fuller, Pennant, Walters, Carew, Faye.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • D. Stockdale
      • J. Pantsil
      • A. Hughes Substitution Out (78′)
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Baird
      • D. Murphy Yellow Card
      • D. Etuhu Substitution Out (61′)
      • C. Dempsey Goals×2
      • D. Duff
      • M. Dembélé Substitution Out (77′)
      • A. Johnson

      Subs

      • Z. Gera Substitution In77′
      • C. Salcido
      • R. Halliche Substitution In78′
      • S. Davies
      • D. Kamará
      • S. Sidwell Substitution In61′
      • N. Etheridge
    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson Yellow Card
      • R. Shawcross Red Card
      • R. Huth
      • D. Collins Substitution Out (59′)
      • M. Wilson
      • D. Whitehead
      • R. Delap
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (61′)
      • K. Jones
      • T. Sanli Substitution Out (59′)

      Subs

      • J. Carew Substitution In59′
      • T. Sørensen
      • J. Pennant
      • A. Diagne-Faye Substitution In59′
      • R. Fuller
      • J. Walters
      • G. Whelan Substitution In61′
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