Saturday February 23, 2013 Day 27 Finished Craven Cottage

  1. Premier League - Berbatov stunner seals Fulham win

    Premier League - Berbatov stunner seals Fulham win

    Dimitar Berbatov's wonderful volley on his 200th Premier League appearance sealed Fulham's 1-0 victory over Stoke at Craven Cottage. More

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    Time:90'
    • Fulham
    • Stoke City
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    • 90+5' FULL TIME: Berbatov's brilliance settled the contest. Schwarzer was also key, but the Cottagers deserved the points. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+4' Still the Potters have a chance - Shotton sprints over to take a throw from the other side. Pulis looking on, ever more frantic.
    • 90+3' Fulham scramble clear - Shotton has a chance to send in a long throw and it might be their final chance.
    • 90+2' Petric close almost straight away! Nice move on the break, culminating with a 20-yarder over the top.
    • 90+1' FULHAM CHANGE: Berbatov off (to cheers), Mladen Petric on.
    • 90' A few boos ring out at Craven Cottage as four extra minutes are signalled.
    • 89' Ball high up in the final third as the match heads towards stoppage time.
    • 88' Wilson with a high, whipped cross into the area from the left, but it's out for a goal kick. Not to be for Stoke today, it seems.
    • 87' Team news filtering through from across the country now - remember you can keep up with all the games on one page. This one
    • 86' FULHAM CHANGE: Duff off, Emmanuelson on.
    • 85' Quick counter from the home side, culminating in a 30-yard drive from Bryan Ruiz. That's some way wide of the far post, but it's more time out of the game.
    • 84' Shotton with a teasing cross, dealt with at the death by the Fulham defence.
    • 83' Fulham just trying to kill the game here, but Stoke not having any of it. Whelan wins his side a throw in the final third.
    • 82' Stoke have only scored more than a single goal in an away match twice this season – in a 2-2 draw at Wigan on Sept 1st and 4-2 defeat at Man United on October 20th. (Infostrada)
    • 81' FULHAM CHANGE: Karagounis off, Baird on. Big cheers for the midfielder as he departs the field - he was very good today.
    • 80' Berbatov tries an outrageous pass to play in Ruiz, but that was a bit too ambitious even for him.
    • 79' Karagounis catches Walters in possession and breaks up a Stoke move. Time running out for the Potters.
    • 78' At the other end Cameron Jerome wins his side a corner. He wants to take it quickly, but is overruled.
    • 77' BERBATOV AND SIDWELL! SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! It was made by Ruiz, skipping in from the byline and cutting the ball back. Berbatov could not get a shot away, Sidwell got the next chance and it deflected wide of goal.
    • 76' Sidwell plays a delightful pas to Berbatov on the right. Fulham finishing strongly.
    • 75' Senderos unhappy with Huth as their little in-feud continues. The German didn't give the ball back. Probert has a word with each of them separately.
    • 74' Shawcross late on a challenge on Karagounis, and that hurt the midfielder. Referee Lee Probert shows him the yellow card.
    • 73' Stoke's attacking start to the second half has just begun to fizzle out.
    • 72' Dejagah and Karagounis combine at the set piece, with the Greek firing over the bar from the edge of the area. Normally doesn't stay on much longer for Fulham.
    • 71' Decent Fulham move ends in a corner - Dejagah heading across goal, but Stoke scrambling away.
    • 70' Karagounis releases Riise, who has to come right inside to the middle of the field before a passing option opens up for him.
    • 69' STOKE CHANGE: Kenwyne Jone replaces Peter Crouch.
    • 68' Oh dear - as Stoke go for a corner Robert Huth has crashed straight into Senderos in an off the ball incident. Ugly.
    • 67' Jonathan Walters has failed to score 4 Premier League penalties in the last two seasons. That is the most by any player, Wayne Rooney is next on three. (Infostrada)
    • 66' The last time Stoke came from behind to win an away Premier League match was 2-1 at Wolves in December 2011. (Infostrada)
    • 65' RIISE! Are Fulham only trying to score stunners today? With options running out the Norwegian tries an outrageous outside-of-the-boot effort which is just coming back in towards the far post - just over the bar.
    • 64' Dejagah does some deft defensive work to deny Crouch a shot at the far post, there - Riether for once left high and dry.
    • 63' Good stretch from Begovic to cling on - and he releases Stoke on the break quickly as well.
    • 62' Nice move - Sidwell to Ruiz to Riise, threaded down the left - the low cross from Riise is good but bundled out for a corner just in time.
    • 61' Ruiz again dropping deep and playing his way out of danger. It's lovely to watch, with just a nagging feeling that it will blow up in his face one day.
    • 60' Crouch with a little backheel lay-off to Whelan. That's delicately done, but the move breaks up soon after.
    • 59' BERBATOV! SO NEARLY A SECOND! Got around three defenders with two flicked volleys, and his shot at the corner requires Begovic to save. That could have been very special too.
    • 58' Jonathan Walters has failed to score his last two Premier League penalties. Also missed in 4-0 home PL defeat v Chelsea on January 12th. (Infostrada)
    • 57' Looked like Jerome had beaten the offside trap as Stoke go on the attack, but it's just flagged late. Better from the visitors.
    • 56' SAVED! Walters strides up to take it, but his effort, low towards the left corner, is stopped by Schwarzer. Terrific save.
    • 55' PENALTY! Dejagah handles the ball as he tries to block Shea's goalbound hook. Slightly tough call from close range, but his hands were up in the air
    • 54' Whelan thumps it - but straight into the Fulham wall. Second prize for the visitors is a throw-in, which Shotton will lump into the area.
    • 53' Karagounis fells Whelan on the edge of the area just as he's about to take a shot. That's a clear free kick and a good chance for Stoke.
    • 52' Riise, who's been pretty quiet in this game so far, called upon to launch a throw towards the area. But Stoke move clear.
    • 51' Time for a Stoke change - Cameron Jerome replaces Geoff Cameron.
    • 50' Stoke have not scored more than a single goal in a match in their last 9 Premier League visits to London since scoring twice in a 3-2 defeat at Tottenham in April 2011. (Infostrada)
    • 49' Fulham have failed to keep a clean-sheet in their last 9 home PL matches. They last conceded in 10 successive home top-flight matches from Sept 1966 to April 1967 in a 16-match run. (Infostrada)
    • 48' CROUCH! A moment of carelessness from Senderos, who took too long on the ball and allowed Crouch to sneak by him, but Schwarzer does well to deny him the equaliser.
    • 47' Since Dimitar Berbatov’s debut in the Premier League in 2006-07, he has scored 84 goals. Only Wayne Rooney (112), Robin van Persie (105) and Frank Lampard (87) have scored more goals since then.
    • 46' Karagounis wins a corner after weaving into the corner and firing a shot which looked goalbound but was blocked before it could travel very far by Shawcross.
    • 46' Fulham kick off the second half.
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    • 45+3' HALF TIME: That was quite, quite brilliant. Not a bad way to mark your 200th Premier League appearance. Tight angle from 15 yards out, and Begovic didn't have a chance of stopping it. That's livened up what was otherwise a pretty dour 45 minutes of football.
    • 45+2' BERBATOV! WHAT A GOAL! An outrageous right-footed volley into the corner of the goal. Fulham lead and it came from nothing!
    • 45+1' Just two minutes added on despite a fairly lengthy delay for Nzonzi's nose.
    • 45' Cameron keeps the ball alive for Stoke after Walters' header went well wide. But the Potters go backwards, and suddenly Dejagah is able to try a Nayim-esque shot from 40 yards. Not today.
    • 44' SIDWELL! Decent effort, made after swapping a quick one-two with Dejagah. The shot was snatched from 20 yards off the right foot - it was always drifting away from the far post.
    • 43' Berbatov picks Nzonzi's pocket with a desperate lunging tackle. That surprised everyone - not just Nzonzi.
    • 42' Ruiz, with the ball deeper in his own half than I can recall seeing for some time, gets things going. And a couple of deft passes with Berbatov suddenly get the Craven Cottage crowd excited.
    • 41' Karagounis's head sinks after a pass for Berbatov ends up in Begovic's hands.
    • 40' Senderos and Dejagah link down the right, allowing Riether to whip in another cross.
    • 39' Sidwell's cross cleared by Huth at the other end. Fulham might consider introducing a bit of flair from Emmanuelson after the interval.
    • 38' Wilson tries a long ball for Crouch - that finds its mark, but when Crouch lays it off for Walters the move fizzles out.
    • 37' You can check in on the weekend's team news and fixtures from across the league. Link
    • 36' This game beginning to meander lazily to half time. It was not a game that necessarily stood out for neutrals, and it hasn't exactly delivered so far.
    • 35' Cameron almost caught out as he tries to run the ball out of his penalty area. Berbatov for just a second had the ball there.
    • 34' Another set piece chance for Fulham as Wilson is booked - he's just looked a shade off the pace so far, understandable given this is his return after four months out with a broken leg.
    • 33' Crouch tries a through ball that's just... awful. I'd tell you who it was intended for if I had any idea.
    • 32' Riether and Dejagah combine to force Shea out of play on the touchline. And although he's not done much of great, Shea's made a nuisance of himself so far.
    • 31' Heavy touch from Shea as he tries to link up with fellow American Geoff Cameron.
    • 30' Crouch the first man to head clear at the corner. Dejagah tries to lump the ball back into the area but it goes over everyone.
    • 29' Huth forced to give away a throw in the final third as Fulham come forward again. But they seem to be lacking the invention to get through the robust back four.
    • 28' Brek Shea makes his Stoke and Premier League debut as 24th minute substitute for Matthew Etherington. He becomes the 40th American to play in the Premier League. Brad Friedel is the American with the most Premier League appearances – 448. (Infostrada)
    • 27' Nzonzi tries to volley a pass Shea's direction and fails, knocking it out on the full. Cue more ironic cheers from Fulham - there have been about as many ironic cheersas there have cheers so far.
    • 26' Etherington had a back injury, and had been signalling to the bench for a couple of minutes beforehand that he could not continue.
    • 25' Ready, Brek? STOKE CHANGE: Brek Shea replaces Matthew Etherington.
    • 24' KARAGOUNIS! Great hit from the free kick, tipped around the corner by Begovic.
    • 23' In fact, Nzonzi actually led with the arm and caught him in the head. Yellow card - another referee might even have given a red.
    • 22' Fulham in control here - Nzonzi loses his cool with a lazy challenge on Ruiz. Free kick for the hosts.
    • 21' Were it to finish goalless today Fulham would jump a place to 11th, Stoke would stay 10th. But there are several games to come at 15:00.
    • 20' DUFF BLOCKED! The ball broke for him in the box but he had to negotiate his way around Berbatov, who had fallen to the floor earlier in the move. His shot is fierce, but blocked by a defender.
    • 19' Another good delivery from a Duff corner, but Shawcross nods the ball out of harm's way.
    • 18' Senderos cuts off a ball intended for Cameron. It's been heave-ho stuff for Stoke for the most part, as 68% possession for Fulham indicates.
    • 17' Riether wins a corner after another run down the right. He's been excellent in these early stages going forward.
    • 16' Nzonzi will continue, but that nose does not look good. Nasty lump there for him.
    • 15' Well, I say it's an accidental collision - that's not how Nzonzi saw it. He swings his arm violently at the referee to show he thinks Berbatov was reckless.
    • 14' Delay in play here - Nzonzi has been caught in the nose inadvertently going for a high ball by Berbatov. He's down receiving treatment. Doesn't look good.
    • 13' Despite Stoke’s poor away record in London, they have not conceded more than a single goal in a match in the capital in their last 7 visits. The Potters have faced the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham (twice) and Chelsea (twice) in this run. The last time they did so was in a 2-1 loss at Fulham in February 2012. (Infostrada)
    • 12' The replays don't make that handball look any better. Ruiz goes into the book.
    • 11' GOAL DISALLOWED! Wilson trips Dejagah. Contact made, and a free kick in a good position on the right. Duff's delivery is devilish, it evades everyone, except Ruiz's hand. Poked in, but it won't stand, and rightly so.
    • 10' Ruiz and Dejagah combine here, but the resulting cross is unthreatening. It's been pretty open so far, both sides positive.
    • 9' BERBATOV! That's close - Riether's delivery from the byline on the right is superb, inviting Berbatov to nod home from within the six-yard box. He can't under pressure from Shawcross, but gets a second chance and stabs over the bar.
    • 8' Karagounis almost threads the perfect long ball through for Berbatov - but Wilson fends him off.
    • 7' WALTERS! Close for Stoke - he was played through by Cameron through a mass of bodies and continued his run until he had a shot at the far post. If he'd played it earlier, he might have left Etherington a tap-in, but went for glory instead.
    • 6' The man who rises tallest to the ball, however, is Senderos. Whelan has an effort from range after Senderos heads it out, but it's well over the bar.
    • 5' Chance on the left side for Etherington to whip in a set piece. Some tall Stoke defenders heading up into the penalty area for it.
    • 4' Ironic cheers as Walters tries to shuffle his way down the right hand side and runs the ball out of play.
    • 3' Ruiz tries a shot from all of 30 yards. That's not one for the highlights reel, although possibly not so terrible that you'll see it on Hot or Not in midweek.
    • 2' Both sides feeling each other out here. Some nice footwork from Dejagah and Riether to get the home side going.
    • 1' Away we go! Stoke get us started in their away kit.
    • 12:44 I'm Mark Patterson, and I'll be bringing you the live text commentary on this one. As usual, all your thoughts and predictions on the game are welcome via Twitter @Mark_Eurosport Follow!
    • 12:43 We're expecting Fulham to line up in a 4-4-1-1, with Ruiz in the hole. Stoke are in a more orthodox 4-4-2 with Walters and Crouch playing together up front.
    • 12:42 Glove-watch: Not too many players in gloves despite the near-freezing conditions in London today. Unsurprisingly Dimitar Berbatov is wearing them...
    • 12:41 The palyers are out into the middle, both sets of players shaking hands.
    • 12:40 Tony Pulis: "The aim is to get as many points as we possibly can. We set a certain target every year and we are still short of that, but we have twelve games to go so it’s important that the players stay focused now because we’ve got a tough game at Fulham in a couple of weeks. Our away form, again, hasn’t been spectacular and we’ve relied on our home results, but that’s always the case as it’s very difficult to win away from home in the Premier League. We’re aiming for as many points as we can"
    • 12:35 Martin Jol: "Stoke play a style that is difficult to play against for any team. They are probably the one team in England that do that - with set-pieces, throw-ins, with that style and getting their keeper to play the first ball to the strikers. I can’t say that they don’t play, but their main purpose is to deliver – to get the ball to the box, that is their main purpose and that is their style. They pressurise you, they try to simplify matters, they won’t let you play out from the back."
    • 12:30 Stoke have won just once in their last 22 away Premier League trips. They’ve also got a poor away record against London clubs. They’ve not won in their last 14 Premier League trips to the capital since a 1-0 win at today’s opponents Fulham in May 2010. The Potters have only scored in 5 of those 14 trips and scored just one goal in their last five visits to London. (Infostrada)
    • 12:25 Marc Wilson does indeed return for Stoke, playing for the first time since October 27. Brek Shea is on the bench for the first time, and could make a debut. Jonathan Walters starts his 78th straight Premier League game. Stoke City club page
    • 12:20 Quite a few bits and pieces from the team news, then. For Fulham Dimitar Berbatov makes his 200th Premier League appearance today. He becomes the first Bulgarian to do so. He has scored 83 PL goals for his 3 PL clubs (27 for Tottenham, 48 for Manchester United and 8 for Fulham) and provided 31 assists (10 for Tottenham, 18 for Manchester United and 3 for Fulham). He has three in nine against Stoke. Fulham club page
    • 12:15 FULHAM: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov – Subs - Etheridge, Baird, Hughes, Emanuelson, Kacaniklic, Petric, Rodallega /// STOKE: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, Cameron, Nzonzi, Etherington; Crouch – Subs - Sorensen, Whitehead, Kightly, Shea, Adam, Jones, Jerome
    • 12:10 More team news: Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke's squad. Winger Shea, who has been recovering from a foot operation, is yet to be included in a Potters matchday party following his January move from FC Dallas, while full-back Wilson's last involvement with the first team was when he broke his leg against Sunderland in October. The pair are now fit for selection, as is forward Cameron Jerome, despite suffering a knock to his knee.
    • 12:10 Full team news as we get it, but here's what we expect: Fulham midfielder Kieran Richardson will miss the visit of Stoke despite nearing a return from a calf injury. Richardson has not played since the 2-0 defeat at Manchester City on January 19 but has returned to training. Sascha Riether is back in the squad after he missed the 0-0 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago, having been taken ill the night before the match.
    • 12:05 Stoke and Fulham aren't really in the running for Europe, and they're not thought of particularly as contenders for the drop either. 10th and 12th, with another season of Premier League football beckoning. Full Premier League standings
    • 12:00 Good afternoon and welcome to the start of the Premier League weekend! We begin at Craven Cottage where Fulham entertain Stoke. Two clubs whose form has dipped in recent times, and could do with kick-starting the remainder of their campaign today. Kick-off in 45 minutes.
  • Summary

    • 77' BERBATOV AND SIDWELL! SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWO! It was made by Ruiz, skipping in from the byline and cutting the ball back. Berbatov could not get a shot away, Sidwell got the next chance and it deflected wide of goal.
    • 65' RIISE! Are Fulham only trying to score stunners today? With options running out the Norwegian tries an outrageous outside-of-the-boot effort which is just coming back in towards the far post - just over the bar.
    • 59' BERBATOV! SO NEARLY A SECOND! Got around three defenders with two flicked volleys, and his shot at the corner requires Begovic to save. That could have been very special too.
    • 56' SAVED! Walters strides up to take it, but his effort, low towards the left corner, is stopped by Schwarzer. Terrific save.
    • 55' PENALTY! Dejagah handles the ball as he tries to block Shea's goalbound hook. Slightly tough call from close range, but his hands were up in the air
    • 48' CROUCH! A moment of carelessness from Senderos, who took too long on the ball and allowed Crouch to sneak by him, but Schwarzer does well to deny him the equaliser.
    • 45+2' BERBATOV! WHAT A GOAL! An outrageous right-footed volley into the corner of the goal. Fulham lead and it came from nothing!
    • 44' SIDWELL! Decent effort, made after swapping a quick one-two with Dejagah. The shot was snatched from 20 yards off the right foot - it was always drifting away from the far post.
    • 24' KARAGOUNIS! Great hit from the free kick, tipped around the corner by Begovic.
    • 20' DUFF BLOCKED! The ball broke for him in the box but he had to negotiate his way around Berbatov, who had fallen to the floor earlier in the move. His shot is fierce, but blocked by a defender.
    • 11' GOAL DISALLOWED! Wilson trips Dejagah. Contact made, and a free kick in a good position on the right. Duff's delivery is devilish, it evades everyone, except Ruiz's hand. Poked in, but it won't stand, and rightly so.
    • 9' BERBATOV! That's close - Riether's delivery from the byline on the right is superb, inviting Berbatov to nod home from within the six-yard box. He can't under pressure from Shawcross, but gets a second chance and stabs over the bar.
    • 7' WALTERS! Close for Stoke - he was played through by Cameron through a mass of bodies and continued his run until he had a shot at the far post. If he'd played it earlier, he might have left Etherington a tap-in, but went for glory instead.
    • 12:15 FULHAM: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, Riise; Dejagah, Sidwell, Karagounis, Kacaniklic; Ruiz; Berbatov – Subs - Etheridge, Baird, Hughes, Emanuelson, Kacaniklic, Petric, Rodallega /// STOKE: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Whelan, Cameron, Nzonzi, Etherington; Crouch – Subs - Sorensen, Whitehead, Kightly, Shea, Adam, Jones, Jerome
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      6.9 5
      7 6
      7.3 7
      Midfielders
      7.2 7
      Substitution Out82′ 7 7
      Substitution Out86′ 7 7
      7.9 7
      Strikers
      Yellow Card 6.8 7
      Goal Substitution Out90′ 8.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In90′ 5.3 -
      Substitution In82′ 4.8 -
      Substitution In86′ 4.6 -
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      Yellow Card 5.2 7
      5.2 6
      Yellow Card 4.7 -
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      Substitution Out51′ 5.1 7
      5.9 5
      5.2 6
      Substitution Out24′ 4.9 6
      Strikers
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  1. Blunderos nearly cost Fulham the game again.

    From TruthRaider, on Sat 23 Feb 14:54
  2. Come on Fullam you can do it come on your winning one­ make it two

    From $Lucas$, on Sat 23 Feb 14:54
  3. Eddie Hitler @ 55. So he doesn't get his head wet!

    From TruthRaider, on Sat 23 Feb 14:51
  4. stoke need a kick up the back side should do much­ better try for a top spot , not for ever in 10 to 14­ place . Shame On you Stoke think of your fans got the­ players try getting in the net for change play few­ school teams might get playing better

    From JOHN, on Sat 23 Feb 14:45
  5. Remove Stoke. They can't even play the game!

    From N W, on Sat 23 Feb 14:42
  6. Awful awful match lol but it's Stoke isn't it.

    From Eddie Hitler, on Sat 23 Feb 14:39
  7. This is a very poor game.

    From no-one-is-no-one, on Sat 23 Feb 14:32
  8. One of the most boring games of the season!! But I­ suppose it is Stoke City!

    From FRANK, on Sat 23 Feb 14:31
  9. Why can't they ban all football in the name of­ commonsense and the well being of the uneducated.

    From Worldtuner, on Sat 23 Feb 14:28
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    I hope Stoke win and Fulham go down with QPR and West­ Ham ,far too many London Clubs in this league, come­ back Bolton and Blackburn .

    From CLIVE, on Sat 23 Feb 14:17
  11. keep thinking the sky commentary is about to say django­ for dejagah

    From Tom, on Sat 23 Feb 14:13
  12. I guess that perfect manager Pulis will not see what­ N'Zonzi did.

    From FREEDOM, on Sat 23 Feb 14:11
  13. Stoke miss a penalty, its the only way they can score­ away from home and they miss it lol

    From N W, on Sat 23 Feb 14:06
  14. so why is walters playing up front scoring one goal­ every 12 games TP ??

    From CLIVE, on Sat 23 Feb 14:04
  15. worst PK effort I have ever seen. made Schwarzer look­ much better than he is.

    From Morty, on Sat 23 Feb 14:02
  16. Is Morron the city supporter on drugs QPR will never­ beat Man utd so I hope he likes coming second in the­ title race

    From Neill, on Sat 23 Feb 14:02
  17. thats two penalties he has missed ,Pulis , get your­ love child off !!!

    From CLIVE, on Sat 23 Feb 14:01
  18. Fulham 3-0 Stoke.

    From N W, on Sat 23 Feb 13:57
  19. BERBATOV - JUST GENIUS

    From ivo ivanov, on Sat 23 Feb 13:51
  20. when is MU playing?

    From Paddy, on Sat 23 Feb 13:50
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