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Saturday, October 5, 2013
 Full Time
Stoke City
D. Bent  83' 1-0 
HT: 0-0
Craven Cottage (Attendance: 24,634)
Referee: Roger East
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Fulham vs. Stoke City
Minute Commentary
Fulham got their first home win since April 1st today and first win of the season since the opening day as Darrent Bent's late goal ensured they took home the points. In a game that was played mostly in the home side's half, the ex-Spurs man popped up with a crucial goal to take some of the pressure off boss Martin Jol. The game started best for the hosts but they created nothing. The visitors weren't much better though, and only came close through Robert Huth's headers. The second half was all Stoke and Huth was again causing problems and should have scored from a free header with 68 minutes on the clock. But with the game growing old, a deflected Pajtim Kasami shot found its way to Darren Bent and the frontman slotted home the winner. It's harsh on Stoke - full time and it's Fulham 1-0 Stoke City.
Roger East ends the game and it's Fulham 1-0 Stoke.
Darren Bent should put the game to bed but he can't quite slot the ball past Asmir Begovic. Stoke go down the other end and Peter Crouch spurns what is probably the last chance of the game.
The fourth official signals that there will be four minutes added on.
Since that goal Stoke have not been the same. It's clearly shaken Mark Hughes' side. It's surprising that they've not brought on a tall striker with the lack of height in Fulham's defence.
Martin Jol will be a relieved man as Fulham go 1-0 up. Pajtim Kasami's shot is deflected into the path of DARREN BENT, and the club's top scorer takes the ball past a defender before sliding into the net. It's harsh on Stoke, however.
Immediately after that clearance, the ball is back with Riether and Fulham counter. The full back takes the ball the length of the pitch before shooting when he had options.
Sascha Riether's positioning has been first class today. He's in the right place at the right time again to block Robert Huth's goal-bound header.
Kieran Richardson and Jonathan Walters go into the book for pushing and shoving. Nothing really occurs between the two though.
Fulham are looking very poor and can't get a foothold on the game. Darren Bent has been ineffective since coming on and Pajtim Kasami hasn't been the same in this second half. Stoke are still in control but there's no goals yet.
Robert Huth has been picked out every time from corners. He's bound to score eventually but on this occasion he heads just over the bar. He got away from his man but couldn't direct his header.
65' SUB
Dimitar Berbatov can't continue after being asked to be taken off. Darren Bent comes on to inject some pace into the Fulham side.
Oussama Assaidi is on the pitch now - he was excellent for Liverpool in the Europa League last season. He takes over from Matthew Etherington on the left wing.
A sliding tackle from Glenn Whelan earns him a booking after he went in late on Dimitar Berbatov. That looked dangerous.
Giorgos Karagounis has tired and Martin Jol takes him off. Derek Boateng is the man who replaces him.
The ball is crossed into the Stoke box for a Fulham chance. It only finds its way to Glenn Whelan, but it looks like he controls it with his hands. The referee doesn't spot it though, and Whelan gets away with it.
Robert Huth tries to get away with a challenge but fails to do so, giving Fulham a free kick. It's in a very hazardous position on the left-hand side. Giorgos Karagounis takes the kick and the ball smacks Steven Nzonzi square in the face.
A move looks promising as Matthew Etherington drifts down the left wing before crossing the ball. It's a dreadful cross though, and goes straight into the stand, ending the move.
Fulham have no height in defence now that Brede Hangeland has left the field of play. Stoke will be looking to capitalise on this from corners. The ball is delivered into Robert Huth and he heads just over from 12 yards.
The second half is underway and there's been a change for the hosts. Kieran Richardson comes on for Brede Hangeland and will play at left back, as Fernando Amorebieta moves back to his natural position of centre half.
Both sides went in at the break goalless after a drab first half. Stoke edged the game but neither side really challenged the opposition 'keepers. Both sides had plenty of chances from corners but they couldn't convert them. The closest the visitors came was through Robert Huth - the big German had his header cleared off the line by Sascha Riether on 28 minutes. Eight minutes later Fulham had their best chance but Steve Sidwell could only find the top of the net. This game needs a serious shake-up - half time and it's 0-0.
Roger East blows for half time and it's greeted by boos from sections of the home crowd.
Steve Sidwell misplaces a pass after Fulham's decent forward move. That pass really sums up the first half for the home team. We're near half time and it's been a poor game so far.
Pajtim Kasami works his way out of a tight position with some silky skill, and plays the ball into Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian can't hold the ball up long enough though, and Stoke recover.
The ball is crossed into the Stoke box but no one makes a connection. It's cleared, but only to Pajtim Kasami. He gets it back into the mix and Steve Sidwell's header bounces onto the top of the net. It's the closest either side have really come to grabbing a goal.
Stoke play the ball forward and eventually it comes to Marko Arnautovic on the edge of the box. A last minute interception by Brede Hangeland stops him from unleashing a shot on goal though.
The free kick is hit by the right foot of Marko Arnautovic, despite the position favouring a left footer. Stoke win a corner and Robert Huth's header is cleared off the line. The ball is whipped back into the box by Stephen Ireland, but cleared again by Brede Hangeland.
Jonathan Walters is touched while he's out of the box but doesn't stumble until he gets into the box. The linesman gives a free kick, but Walters is adamant he should have a penalty.
Bryan Ruiz attacks well for Fulham and earns a corner for his side. It should be noted that Stoke aren't the greatest at defending corners, despite the height Mark Hughes' side has.
When they come forward, Stoke look dangerous. They attack again and Erik Pieters leaves Pajtim Kasami on the floor before playing the ball out to Marc Wilson. His ineffective pass into the box causes no problems for Fulham and they clear.
Looking back at the replays of the Philippe Senderos challenge on Stephen Ireland - it's reckless and a clear foul. The home side are lucky not to have given away a penalty.
Philippe Senderos is lucky he doesn't give away a penalty here. The ex-Arsenal man is chasing Stephen Ireland for 25 yards and as they get to the byline, he hacks him down. Roger East deems it not a foul though, and awards a goal kick.
Another Stoke player is down now after an aerial duel. Marko Arnautovic fails to beat Brede Hangeland in the air and just goes down holding his head. There's absolutely zero contact and it's a poor show from the summer signing.
Erik Pieters sums up most footballers as he goes down after a tap from Pajtim Kasami. Kasami is being held by Pieters and swings his arm at him. It's only soft and Pieters goes down as if he's done 12 rounds with Mike Tyson.
After Stoke's first-minute chance, it's been all Fulham. They come forward once more and brilliant hold up play by Dimitar Berbatov sees him fouled in perfect Bryan Ruiz territory. The resulting free kick from Giorgos Karagounis is into the wall and the hosts pass back to defence.
Fulham start a nice flowing move and work their way to the edge of Stoke's box. However, the lack of confidence in the side is evident as the move eventually sees the hosts coming back into their own defence.
Stoke get us underway here, and they are kicking from right to left.
Full line-up: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Pieters; Ireland, Wilson, Nzonzi, Etherington; Arnautovic. Subs: Sorensen, Adam, Assaidi, Whelan, Palacios, Jones, Crouch.
Full line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Hangekand, Senderos, Amorebieta; Duff, Karagounis, Sidwell, Ruiz, Kasami; Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Richardson, Taarabt, Rodallega, Zverotic, Boateng, Bent.
Join Liam Fountain from 3pm as he takes you through the action and brings you live updates.
Fulham host Stoke today as these two sides bid to really kick off their season. Fulham have had a more disappointing start than usual, as they sit on four points in 18th position after six games. Today's opponents haven't fared much better – they're only one point better off, sitting in 15th place. Martin Jol's job could be on the line if today is another defeat for the Cottagers, as many people have already suggested. Stoke manager Mark Hughes will be hoping to get one over on his old club.
When you look at the Fulham squad, you can see that it displays a fine array of talent, so sitting in 18th place is a bit of an underachievement when you look at the players the club have. Dimitar Berbatov was one of the best strikers in the league when at Spurs, but has found the form he had there hard to come by at Fulham. Other players such as Darren Bent and Damien Duff have all performed for big clubs but it's not quite working in West London. Youngster Alexander Kacaniklic is one for the future, after successful loan spells in the Championship.
Under old boss Tony Pulis, Stoke were regarded by many as a ‘rugby team' but fans will be hoping that changes under Mark Hughes and he brings a new attractive style of football to the club. Or at least they can hope. He may not know the best way to play football, but at Blackburn, Hughes managed to get the club into the top six and into Europe, while also signing big names players – particularly Benni McCarthy and Roque Santa Cruz. Stoke fans will be hoping for a bit of a repeat of this.
Fulham edge Stoke when it comes to playing each other, with 31 wins to Stoke's 28. The other 15 matches have ended all square. It's been pretty even since Stoke's promotion to the Premier League too, wth Fulham winning five, and Stoke winning four of the ten games since Stoke's entry to the top flight. You have to go back 106 years to the first meeting between the two, when Fulham pulled a 6-1 win out of the bag to beat the Potters.
Roger East is the official in charge of proceedings today. The Wiltshire official is has taken control of five games so far this season, but only one of those has been in the Premier League – that was Everton's 0-0 draw with West Brom back in August. Since then he has taken charge of games in the Championship, League One and the Capital One Cup. Last time out he oversaw Burnley's midweek victory over Doncaster.
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Team Stats
Fulham Stoke City
1 Goals 0
0 Assists 0
9 Shots 16
2 Shots on Goal 3
3 Saves 1
0 Penalties Scored 0
0 Penalty Kicks 0
17 Crosses 21
7 Corner Kicks 5
6 Offside 5
11 Fouls Committed 13
3 Cautions/Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
44% Ball Possession 56%
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
13David Stockdale 90 - 0 0 0 3
4Philippe Senderos 90 0 1 0 - -
5Brede Hangeland 45 0 0 0 - -
7Steve Sidwell 90 0 0 0 - -
8Pajtim Kasami 90 0 0 0 - -
9Dimitar Berbatov 66 0 0 0 - -
10Bryan Ruiz 90 0 0 0 - -
14Giorgos Karagounis 60 0 0 0 - -
16Damien Duff 90 0 0 0 - -
27Sascha Riether 90 0 0 0 - -
35Fernando Amorebieta 90 0 1 0 - -
15Kieran Richardson 45 0 1 0 - -
23Derek Boateng 30 0 0 0 - -
39Darren Bent 24 1 0 0 - -

Stoke City
No. Player MinP G YC RC GA Svs
1Asmir Begovic 90 - 0 0 1 1
3Erik Pieters 90 0 0 0 - -
4Robert Huth 90 0 0 0 - -
10Marko Arnautovic 90 0 0 0 - -
12Marc Wilson 59 0 0 0 - -
15Steven Nzonzi 90 0 0 0 - -
17Ryan Shawcross 90 0 0 0 - -
19Jonathan Walters 84 0 1 0 - -
20Geoff Cameron 90 0 0 0 - -
26Matthew Etherington 63 0 0 0 - -
32Stephen Ireland 90 0 0 0 - -
6Glenn Whelan 31 0 1 0 - -
24Oussama Assaidi 27 0 0 0 - -
25Peter Crouch 6 0 0 0 - -
Fulham vs. Stoke City
Minute Event
90' Game Over  Fulham 1-0 Stoke City
90' Half Over  Fulham 1-0 Stoke City
90' Foul  Ruiz fouled by Robert Huth (Stoke City)
90' Cross  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) - Headed Out - In Play
90' Free Kick  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
90' Foul  Nzonzi fouled by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
90' Yellow Card  Philippe Senderos (Fulham)
90' Cross  Philippe Senderos (Fulham)
90' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
90' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
90' Throw-In  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City)
90' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
90' Cross  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) - Overhit
90' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
90' Corner Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
90' Corner Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
89' Cross  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) - Defended by Keeper
89' Shot  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
89' Cross  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
86' Foul  Shawcross fouled by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
86' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
85' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
85' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
85' Cross  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) - Clearance Out of Play
84' Substitution  Peter Crouch (on). Walters (off). (Stoke City)
83' Goal  Darren Bent (Fulham)
83' Shot on Goal  Darren Bent (Fulham)
82' Cross  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
81' Corner Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
81' Shot on Goal  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
80' Shot on Goal  Robert Huth (Stoke City)
80' Corner Kick  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) - On Target
79' Corner Kick  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) - Headed Out - In Play
78' Cross  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) - Headed Out - Out of Play
78' Foul  Walters fouled by Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
78' Offside  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
77' Corner Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
77' Shot  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
77' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
76' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
76' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
75' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
74' Yellow Card  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
74' Yellow Card  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
74' Cross  Derek Boateng (Fulham) - Defended by Keeper
73' Offside  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)
73' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
72' Foul  Nzonzi fouled by Darren Bent (Fulham)
72' Cross  Erik Pieters (Stoke City) - Clearance In Play
72' Cross  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
71' Throw-In  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
69' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
69' Shot  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)
69' Cross  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) - Off Target
69' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
68' Shot  Robert Huth (Stoke City)
68' Corner Kick  Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) - Off Target
68' Shot  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
67' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
67' Cross  Erik Pieters (Stoke City) - Clearance Out of Play
67' Cross  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) - Clearance In Play
66' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
66' Substitution  Darren Bent (on). Berbatov (off). (Fulham)
65' Offside  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
64' Shot on Goal  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
64' Offside  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
63' Substitution  Oussama Assaidi (on). Etherington (off). (Stoke City)
62' Offside  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
62' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Offside
62' Throw-In  Kieran Richardson (Fulham)
62' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
61' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
61' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
61' Free Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
60' Yellow Card  Glenn Whelan (Stoke City)
60' Foul  Berbatov fouled by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City)
60' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
60' Substitution  Derek Boateng (on). Karagounis (off). (Fulham)
59' Substitution  Glenn Whelan (on). Wilson (off). (Stoke City)
59' Foul  Ruiz fouled by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
58' Cross  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
58' Cross  Erik Pieters (Stoke City) - Intercepted
57' Cross  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
56' Shot  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
56' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
55' Throw-In  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
55' Cross  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
55' Free Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
54' Foul  Berbatov fouled by Robert Huth (Stoke City)
53' Offside  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
52' Throw-In  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
52' Cross  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) - Headed Out - In Play
51' Throw-In  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
51' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
51' Cross  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - Directly Out
50' Cross  Damien Duff (Fulham)
50' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
50' Shot  Robert Huth (Stoke City)
50' Corner Kick  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - Off Target
49' Cross  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) - Clearance Out of Play
48' Throw-In  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
47' Corner Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) - Defended by Keeper
46' Cross  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) - Clearance Out of Play
46' Start Half 
46' Substitution  Kieran Richardson (on). Hangeland (off). (Fulham)
45' Half Over  Fulham 0-0 Stoke City
45' Cross  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) - Intercepted
45' Offside  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
45' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
45' Cross  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) - Deflected - Out of Play
45' Offside  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
45' Cross  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) - Offside
44' Foul  Walters fouled by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
44' Throw-In  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
43' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
42' Foul  Duff fouled by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
42' Offside  Jonathan Walters (Stoke City)
41' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
41' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
40' Cross  Damien Duff (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
40' Throw-In  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
39' Shot  Damien Duff (Fulham)
39' Cross  Sascha Riether (Fulham) - Clearance In Play
38' Throw-In  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)
38' Foul  Kasami fouled by Robert Huth (Stoke City)
37' Goal Kick  Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
37' Shot  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
37' Cross  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) - Off Target
37' Cross  Damien Duff (Fulham)
36' Goal Kick  Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
36' Shot  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
36' Cross  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) - Headed Out - In Play
36' Free Kick  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
35' Foul  Kasami fouled by Steven Nzonzi (Stoke City)
35' Throw-In  Erik Pieters (Stoke City)
34' Offside  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
33' Goal Kick  Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
33' Shot  Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
32' Throw-In  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
31' Cross  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - Clearance In Play
31' Throw-In  Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)
31' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
30' Cross  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) - Defended by Keeper
30' Free Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
29' Foul  Karagounis fouled by Marc Wilson (Stoke City)
29' Shot on Goal  Robert Huth (Stoke City)
29' Corner Kick  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - On Target
29' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
28' Free Kick  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
28' Yellow Card  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
26' Foul  Walters fouled by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
25' Foul  Ruiz fouled by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
24' Corner Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) - Headed Out - Out of Play
23' Foul  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
23' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
22' Foul  Walters fouled by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
19' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
18' Shot  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City)
18' Cross  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - Off Target
18' Free Kick  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
18' Foul  Etherington fouled by Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
17' Throw-In  Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham)
17' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
16' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
15' Foul  Wilson fouled by Philippe Senderos (Fulham)
15' Throw-In  Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham)
14' Foul  Ruiz fouled by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City)
14' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
14' Throw-In  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
14' Goal Kick  David Stockdale (Fulham)
13' Shot  Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
13' Cross  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City) - Headed Out - In Play
13' Free Kick  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
13' Foul  Arnautovic fouled by Steve Sidwell (Fulham)
12' Throw-In  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
12' Cross  Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) - Deflected - Out of Play
11' Throw-In  Marc Wilson (Stoke City)
11' Throw-In  Matthew Etherington (Stoke City)
8' Goal Kick  Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
8' Offside  Pajtim Kasami (Fulham)
8' Shot  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
8' Free Kick  Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham)
7' Foul  Ruiz fouled by Robert Huth (Stoke City)
6' Goal Kick  Asmir Begovic (Stoke City)
3' Foul  Karagounis fouled by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City)
2' Shot  Bryan Ruiz (Fulham)
2' Foul  Karagounis fouled by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)
1' Throw-In  Sascha Riether (Fulham)
1' Start Half 
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