Saturday February 11, 2012 Day 25 Finished Craven Cottage

Fulham 2 - 1 Stoke City

  • Pogrebnyak 16’
  • Sørensen 28’ (o.g.)
  • Shawcross 78’

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  1. Pog strikes as Fulham beat Stoke

    Pog strikes as Fulham beat Stoke

    Fulham beat Stoke City 2-1 at Craven Cottage as Russia striker Pavel Pogrebnyak marked his Premier League debut with a fine goal. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Stoke City
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    • 90+6 And that is that! Fulham have done it! They hold on for a victory that takes them above Stoke to 12th.
    • 90+5 DEMPSEY HITS THE POST! Sorensen goes walkabout as a long ball catches his defence out, Dempsey gets there first and from a tight angle rolls it in but against the near post and out!
    • 90+4 Superb low cross from Shotton but hacked out by Hangeland! All Stoke at the death!!
    • 90+3 Hangeland with a timely header clear. Stoke launching it in now as Crouch flicks on but Hughes hoofs clear.
    • 90+2 Etuhu with a brilliant block as another Pennant ball causes problems! Etuhu now on the ball coming forward, but Dempsey tries a flashy turn to give it away.
    • 90+1 A whopping five minutes added time to be played! Yikes!
    • 90' Long throw for the visitors... but Shawcross concedes a goul on the edge of the box, pushing Hangeland.
    • 89' FULHAM SUB: Baird is on as the hosts shut up shop...
    • 88' Hideous error by Upson as he fails to clear a long ball, knocking it against Shawcross and it puts Dempsey in but brilliant keeping by Sorensen to save at his feet!
    • 87' Fulham have fallen apart a few times this season - against West Brom last time out and famously in the Europa League. Will they do it again?
    • 86' Great ball again by Pennant but it skims off Walters, Hangeland blocks and into Upson but wide!!
    • 85' Stoke are doing well now as they win another free-kick on the right as Whelan is caught by Dembele after a poor defensive header by Kelly.
    • 84' Ruiz lofts in the corner but a good take by Sorensen. He puts the ball long but it comes all the way back to him via Wilson.
    • 83' Dempsey on the run now, wide to Davies who tries a curler that hits Shawcross to fly wide. Corner.
    • 82' It's all hands to the pump now as Stoke launch ball after ball into the box until one goes to Schwarzer, who will take his time over this.
    • 81' Upson is down holding his head in agony after a tussle with Dempsey...
    • 80' Murphy's sudden implosion sees him withdrawn for big Dickson Etuhu.
    • 80' CROUCH POKES IT OVER FROM CLOSE RANGE! The free-kick was flicked on to Fuller far post, great knock down but it comes too fast to Crouch who puts it over the bar!
    • 79' Well then, Stoke are back in this now. Poor from Murphy, who is far too old to be neglecting his duties at a corner. Now Pennant is fouled by Hangeland after the Norwegian is caught in possession: booking, free-kick wide right.
    • 78' Pennant swings the corner in - and Shawcross rises highest to flick it across Shawcross inside the far post! Murphy left the far post, which he was supposed to be on!
    • 77' Fulham are camped on the edge of the Stoke box but Murphy gives it away! Fuller on the charge but eventually he is closed down by Hughes, who blocks his shot for a corner.
    • 76' Duff now on the move but his cross is poor, behind for a goal kick under pressure from Wilson.
    • 75' Stoke move forward through Pennant, nice run inside but Davies puts in a strong tackle.
    • 74' Ruiz on the run but he takes a tumble too easily and the ref waves play on.
    • 72' Pennant curls in a beauty and Palacios and Upson fly in and it flies wide! Stoke want a corner, but the ref awards a goal kick. May have struck Hangeland en route, hard to see.
    • 71' Kelly into the back of Walters and Stoke have a free-kick on the left wing.
    • 70' Dembele with a super ball wide to Riise, fine cross too that misses Dempsey and Davies and it bobbles wide!
    • 69' Fulham are hunting the Potters down now as they look for a third...
    • 67' So Pennant plays wide right and Walters on the left, although I still feel he should be up front.
    • 66' STOKE SUB: Pennant on for Etherington. That came after Wilkinson had a shot go well over.
    • 65' STOKE SUB: Jones is replaced by fellow Caribbean striker Fuller; Trini for Jamaica.
    • 64' Stoke seem to be going through the motions. Jones barely had a sniff.
    • 62' FULHAM SUB: Pogrebnyak's goal-scoring debut ends in injury, he trots off to a round of applause, Davies on in his place.
    • 62' Fulham break as Dempsey sends Duff in wide right but he can't get past Palacios, who tackles and clears.
    • 61' Crouch with a mighty flick on by Riise sneaks it clear. This is better from the Potters.
    • 60' Riise wins a throw for Fulham, his ankle still giving him trouble. Seems to have twisted it slightly. Doubt he'll carry on with Simon Davies warming up.
    • 59' Pogrebnyak is back on, somewhat gingerly. Not sure how long he'll continue.
    • 58' Ruiz with a fine low ball in but with the Pog off the pitch there's no-one to attack it.
    • 57' The Pog has gone down nursing his leg... maybe a touch of cramp...
    • 56' Ruiz and Dempsey again nearly combine but it runs away from the North American duo and Stoke clear. CONCACAF hustle.
    • 55' Terrible defensive header from Hughes but Crouch just can't control it and the ball rolls out for a goal kick! He wants a corner but he definitely touched it.
    • 54' Dempsey again finds his route blocked but Stoke's counter breaks down with Walters unable to put it in.
    • 53' Fulham back in possession but Dempsey can't find the pass.
    • 52' Riise with a dodgy defensive header across his own goal, Jones flicks it on and the touch forces Crouch to readjust, handling in the process.
    • 51' Ruiz wide to Duff, he cuts into the box but has no support so finds an arriving Riise on the left: his vicious drive is blocked. Duff on the right gets it back and he feeds Kelly overlapping who smacks in a cross-shot that Sorensen parries flying into his near post!
    • 50' Pogrebnyak chases Shawcross down, putting his hand on his back and drawing a rather amusing tumble from the tough-guy defender. Still a foul.
    • 49' Dodgy clearance from Upson but Shawcross steps in to clear from the Pog.
    • 48' Great tackle from Palacios on a dawdling Dembele, now Etherington slips Crouch in but Fulham hold a nice line and the flag is up.
    • 47' Fulham start the half where they left off, possession wise.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • - Well that's been as good a half as Fulham have put in this season, but Stoke have been very one-dimensional. What do you make of it all? As impressed with Pogrebnyak as I am? Let me know on @Reda_Eurosport FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 45+2 Half time and Fulham lead 2-0.
    • 45+1 Two minutes added time being played.
    • 45' Sorensen and co. make light work ofthe corner, clearing and countering through Walters but Kelly and Duff are back in a jiffy as it runs out for a goal kick.
    • 44' FINE SAVE SORENSEN! Duff was sent clean through by Murphy's lofted ball, he got away from Wilkinson but closed down well by the Dane who batted away the low finish at the near post.
    • 44' Dempsey on the charge again and Palacios hacks him down on halfway, booking for him.
    • 43' Whelan finds Crouch in the box, he twists and turns but is isolated and Dembele of all people is back to clear. Definitely prefer him in midfield to up front, lovely control of the ball and works hard too.
    • 42' So this free-kick is just on the edge of the area, to the left of the D. Murphy written all over it, but Riise and Ruiz loitering with intent... Murphy takes it after a touch from Ruiz, but clipped wide of the far post. Should have just hit that straight off, from that range.
    • 41' Murphy with a lovely through-ball to Dempsey who turns Wilson and is clearly tripped on the edge of the box. Booking.
    • 40' Ruiz is brought down on the right but no free-kick, a throw says Chris Foy. The Costa Rican a touch flouncy with his fall.
    • 39' Corner to Stoke on the right that Etherington swings in AND WALTERS UNMARKED but he heads it high and wide! He got away from Hangeland and should have scored!
    • 38' Throw to Stoke on the left that Wilkinson hurls in but Hughes and Kelly combine to clear. Corner though! Mighty punch to touch by Schwarzer.
    • 37' Murphy's corner is met by an imperious leap from Pogrebnyak but he heads it over! Having a blinder so far.
    • 36' Pogrebnyak is somehow onside, Wilkinson at fault! He gets in down the left, the angle is tight and he's closed down by Upson but digs out a superb low ball that Shawcross desperately hacks over! Almost another OG!
    • 35' All quite one-dimensional for Stoke, Walters playing wide right not helping.
    • 34' Wilson with a high ball in for Crouch, knocked down to Etherington but a weak low ball is easy for Schwarzer near post.
    • 33' Schwarzer fists one clear but only to Whelan, great ball for Walters but Fulham defend his cross.
    • 32' Speaking of Texans, both Dempsey and Brede Hangeland were born in the state - with Hangeland in Houston, although was raised in his native Norway.
    • 31' Kelly with a poor clearance that Whelan takes - to Walters but his shot is blocked by Riise.
    • 30' Speaking of Americans, big shout going out to Fulham fan @TexasPKST at Craven Cottage today - all the way from Houston, Texas! FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER!
    • 29' Dempsey would like to make it eight goals in four matches but alas it's an OG as the ball was going back into play off the crossbar before striking the flying Sorensen. 2-0!
    • 28' Fulham come forward, Dempsey on the ball, Stoke back off AND DEMPSEY WITH A SUPER STRIKE OFF THE BAR, BACK OFF THE KEEPER AND IN! Fine swerving strike but has to be an own-goal as it went in off Sorensen, who couldn't do anything about it.
    • 27' Good cross in from Wilson but Palacios cannot make contact and Fulham clear.
    • 26' Murphy's searching cross is over Pogrebnyak's head and out for a throw.
    • 25' Pogrebnyak with a towering header to knock down Hughes's ball. Now Ruiz on it, wide to Riise who finds Murphy, lovely turn by him but the one-two-one with Dempsey doesn't come off as Shawcross clears.
    • 24' Pogrebnyak is an all-action striker, which is something Fulham have been missing, and he shrugs off that crack on the head to continue.
    • 23' Clash of heads between Pogrebnyak and Shawcross as the Stoke defender goes into the base of his skull.
    • 22' Jones wide to Etherington, some pushing as Jones goes down but play on says the ref and Palacios shoots but well wide.
    • 21' Fulham are sitting a bit deeper after taking the lead - could be dangerous ploy to beckon Stoke on.
    • 19' Pogrebnyak is lucky not to see yellow or even red for a bad tackle. Pulis keeps his views to himself - he would argue his own player would have been sent off.
    • 18' Crouch knocks it down to Etherington but he fails to shoot; now Walters on the right, his cross drops to JONES but he blasts the bobbling ball well over.
    • 17' GOAL FULHAM! Pogrebnyak on his debut with a smashing drive into the top left after Riise's shot was deflected into his path. Nice touch, lovely finish with his left foot.
    • 16' Nice rising half-volley from Whelan from range but Schwarzer well-placed to pluck from beneath the top left corner.
    • 15' Almost a goal for Fulham after lovely feet by Dembele releases Duff wide left, super low cross from him but Sorensen dives on to it before Pogrebnyak can finish!
    • 14' Murphy on the left to curl the corner in but Upson gets there before Hangeland, so another corner.
    • 13' Great turn and pass from Ruiz but Upson gets across to deny Pogrebnyak! Corner.
    • 12' Still with Fulham, Dembele to Ruiz, wide to Duff, great pass, but his cross is poor. Hughes tries a long shot but well wide.
    • 11' Dempsey on the move, Stoke look scared when the American is on the ball, but he overruns it and Shawcross clears.
    • 10' Fulham still holdong on to the ball nicely but a lack of penetration.
    • 9' Jones is annoyed after being adjudged to have got the final touch when it seemed a Fulham player did. Should have been a corner.
    • 8' Kelly almost feeds Pogrebnyak but Upson gets in ahead of the Russian to clear.
    • 6' Stoke are looking for Crouch whenever they can as they seek to make the ball stick. Fulham with most of the ball though.
    • 5' Ruiz ambles forward, wide left to Riise but he goes back to Hangeland. Dembele strides infield and Murphy now finds Duff wide right. Good play this as he one-twos with Murphy, Duff going down but no foul from Wilkinson.
    • 4' Crouch holds it up nicely as Stoke have a sight of the Fulham box but they go all the way back to the keeper.
    • 3' Dempsey clears from his own box as he shows both sides to his game. Upson goes in a bit wild on Murphy but he got the ball.
    • 2' Dempsey with a long shot but well wide from the American.
    • 1' The first half is underway.
    • 14:55 We're just minutes from kick-off now. You can share your thoughts on the match by getting in touch with Reda Maher via Twitter - @Reda_Eurosport.
    • 14:50 "...Running after referees with their hand up hoping to get a yellow card (for the opposition). We can't allow that to come in in this country, and I think we have got to stop it now. We have to be brave enough to stand up and say that if people are going to fall over or dive in the penalty box when they have not been touched, the FA should look at them. We only have to ban them once or twice and that will stop it all, and then that disease will be out of this game."
    • 14:50 Pulis, meanwhile, has gone on something of a rant about the issue of diving in the British game after Gareth Bale was booked for simulation against Liverpool and Adam Johnson and Danny Welbeck both won dubious penalties: "I have watched a lot of Spanish football of late - the big games involving Barcelona and Real Madrid. The players put enormous pressure on referees by going down and, really, pretending that they are injured when they are not to get people booked."
    • 14:45 Martin Jol reveals he has plenty of admiration for the job Tony Pulis has done at Stoke: "Stoke are playing in a compact English way and I think they have done a terrific job, especially as they are in Europe too. That is not easy, I can tell you. They are a strong team but we have home advantage and we need the points really."
    • 14:40 Stoke are be without suspended defender Robert Huth for the trip to Craven Cottage. Huth begins a three-match ban after the Potters' appeal to the FA against the red card he received in last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Sunderland was rejected. Matthew Upson partners captain Ryan Shawcross at centre-back. Matthew Etherington has recovered from a virus, while Kenwyne Jones and Peter Crouch start up front. Stoke City team page
    • 14:35 Recent signing Pavel Pogrebnyak makes his Fulham debut. The Russia international joined from Stuttgart on transfer deadline day and starts now, with fellow striker Andrew Johnson missing out as he continues to recover from a left adductor injury. Philippe Senderos will miss the next couple of weeks after an MRI scan showed he has a grade two strain in his left adductor, while Zdenek Grygera (knee) and Steve Sidwell (hernia) are also unavailable. Fulham team page
    • 14:30 Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey, Ruiz, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Gecov, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta /// Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Jones, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Fuller, Pennant, Whitehead, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate.
    • 14:25 Head-to-head: Of their 67 previous league meetings, Fulham have won 27 to Stoke's 25. Stoke won 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium the last time the teams met in the league last October, thanks to late goals from Jonathan Walters (80) and Rory Delap (87). Match report: Stoke leave it late to beat Fulham
    • 14:20 Fulham will go above 12th-placed Stoke on goal difference if they win by a four-goal margin this afternoon. The Potters will move into the top half of the table if they beat the Whites and other results go their way. Premier League table
    • 14:15 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Premier League clash between Fulham and Stoke City at Craven Cottage!
  • Summary

    • 90+5 DEMPSEY HITS THE POST! Sorensen goes walkabout as a long ball catches his defence out, Dempsey gets there first and from a tight angle rolls it in but against the near post and out!
    • 88' Hideous error by Upson as he fails to clear a long ball, knocking it against Shawcross and it puts Dempsey in but brilliant keeping by Sorensen to save at his feet!
    • 86' Great ball again by Pennant but it skims off Walters, Hangeland blocks and into Upson but wide!!
    • 83' Dempsey on the run now, wide to Davies who tries a curler that hits Shawcross to fly wide. Corner.
    • 80' CROUCH POKES IT OVER FROM CLOSE RANGE! The free-kick was flicked on to Fuller far post, great knock down but it comes too fast to Crouch who puts it over the bar!
    • 78' Pennant swings the corner in - and Shawcross rises highest to flick it across Shawcross inside the far post! Murphy left the far post, which he was supposed to be on!
    • 77' Fulham are camped on the edge of the Stoke box but Murphy gives it away! Fuller on the charge but eventually he is closed down by Hughes, who blocks his shot for a corner.
    • 72' Pennant curls in a beauty and Palacios and Upson fly in and it flies wide! Stoke want a corner, but the ref awards a goal kick. May have struck Hangeland en route, hard to see.
    • 70' Dembele with a super ball wide to Riise, fine cross too that misses Dempsey and Davies and it bobbles wide!
    • 55' Terrible defensive header from Hughes but Crouch just can't control it and the ball rolls out for a goal kick! He wants a corner but he definitely touched it.
    • 51' Ruiz wide to Duff, he cuts into the box but has no support so finds an arriving Riise on the left: his vicious drive is blocked. Duff on the right gets it back and he feeds Kelly overlapping who smacks in a cross-shot that Sorensen parries flying into his near post!
    • 44' FINE SAVE SORENSEN! Duff was sent clean through by Murphy's lofted ball, he got away from Wilkinson but closed down well by the Dane who batted away the low finish at the near post.
    • 39' Corner to Stoke on the right that Etherington swings in AND WALTERS UNMARKED but he heads it high and wide! He got away from Hangeland and should have scored!
    • 37' Murphy's corner is met by an imperious leap from Pogrebnyak but he heads it over! Having a blinder so far.
    • 36' Pogrebnyak is somehow onside, Wilkinson at fault! He gets in down the left, the angle is tight and he's closed down by Upson but digs out a superb low ball that Shawcross desperately hacks over! Almost another OG!
    • 28' Fulham come forward, Dempsey on the ball, Stoke back off AND DEMPSEY WITH A SUPER STRIKE OFF THE BAR, BACK OFF THE KEEPER AND IN! Fine swerving strike but has to be an own-goal as it went in off Sorensen, who couldn't do anything about it.
    • 18' Crouch knocks it down to Etherington but he fails to shoot; now Walters on the right, his cross drops to JONES but he blasts the bobbling ball well over.
    • 17' GOAL FULHAM! Pogrebnyak on his debut with a smashing drive into the top left after Riise's shot was deflected into his path. Nice touch, lovely finish with his left foot.
    • 15' Almost a goal for Fulham after lovely feet by Dembele releases Duff wide left, super low cross from him but Sorensen dives on to it before Pogrebnyak can finish!
    • 13' Great turn and pass from Ruiz but Upson gets across to deny Pogrebnyak! Corner.
    • 14:30 Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Murphy, Duff, Dembele, Dempsey, Ruiz, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Stockdale, Baird, Gecov, Etuhu, Frei, Davies, Trotta /// Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson, Walters, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington, Jones, Crouch. Subs: Begovic, Fuller, Pennant, Whitehead, Shotton, Jerome, Woodgate.

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