Saturday 3 May 2014, 3:00pm at Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Barclays Premier League
Stoke City
Stoke City
4
Odemwingie 39'; Arnautovic 54'; Assaidi 73'; Walters 82'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Richardson 80'
Fulham’s 13-year stay in the Premier League is over after the Whites were relegated at Stoke City on Saturday.

39' Goal

Peter Odemwingie

54' Goal

Marko Arnautovic
Assist by Peter Odemwingie

73' Goal

Oussama Assaidi
Assist by Marko Arnautovic

82' Goal

Jonathan Walters
Assist by Charlie Adam

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Charlie Adam
Off:Stephen Ireland

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Matthew Etherington
Off:Oussama Assaidi

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jonathan Walters
Off:Peter Odemwingie

80' Goal

Kieran Richardson
Assist by Darren Bent

65' Yellow Card

Scott Parker Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Ashkan Dejagah Card was given for a foul

34' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ashkan Dejagah
Off:Lewis Holtby

58' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kostas Mitroglou
Off:Dan Burn

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Mahamadou Diarra

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Fulham’s 13-year stay in the Premier League is over after the Whites were relegated at Stoke City.

The 4-1 defeat away to the Potters, coupled with Sunderland’s 1-0 win at Manchester United, means the Whites will be playing Championship football next season.

It was a horrible way to cap a miserable season for the Whites and there could be no complaints about the result at the Britannia Stadium.  

Peter Odemwingie opened the scoring in the 39th minute when he tapped home from close range after Stephen Ireland’s shot had been deflected onto the bar.

Marko Arnautovic made it 2-0 in the early stages of the second half after Stoke had broken from a Fulham attack. And another counter-attack saw the Potters add a third in the 73rd minute through Oussama Assaidi.

Kieran Richardson gave Fulham the slightest glimmer of hope when he pulled one back with 10 minutes remaining but Stoke made it 4-1 soon after when substitute Jonathan Walters raced clear to score.

Fulham boss Felix Magath made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Hull City last weekend. In came Dan Burn, Richardson and Darren Bent, with Fernando Amorebieta and Sascha Riether dropping to the bench. Hugo Rodallega missed out completely, but there was a place amongst the substitutes for Kostas Mitroglou.

Stoke were handed a good chance in the third minute. Steven Nzonzi did well to get into the box but his pull-back from the right-hand by-line was blazed over the bar by Assaidi from 12 yards out.

Odemwingie scuffed a shot well wide from the edge of the box in the 16th minute and Erik Pieters was off target with a long-range effort soon after as Stoke made the early running.

Backed by 3,000 travelling fans, Fulham slowly began to find their feet, with both Lewis Holtby and John Heitinga seeing shots blocked, while David Stockdale pushed a Ireland shot out for a corner after Mahamadou Diarra had lost possession in the 22nd minute.

Three minutes later an Ireland shot was deflected into the grateful arms of Stockdale after Fulham had only half-cleared an Arnautovic free-kick. Stockdale was again called into action in the 29th minute, parrying away a fierce drive by Assaidi.

As news filtered through that Sunderland were winning at Old Trafford, a result which would effectively send Fulham down if the scores stayed the same, Magath made a change, bringing on Ashkan Dejagah for Holtby in the 34th minute.

But Stoke went in front in the 39th minute. A diagonal pass forward was brilliantly brought down in the area by Arnautovic. His pull-back found Ireland whose shot was blocked from near the line by Burn. The ball looped onto the crossbar and out to Odemwingie who couldn’t miss from a couple of yards out.

It was nearly 2-0 a few minutes later, the dangerous Arnautovic cutting in from the right and seeing his fierce left-footed drive pushed away by a sprawling Stockdale. The half-time whistle blew with Fulham relegated as it stood.

Scott Parker tested Asmir Begovic in the opening stages of the second half but his ambitious effort from 35 yards was easily held by the Stoke stopper.

Odemwingie fizzed a delivery across the face of the Fulham goal in the 52nd minute, while at the other end a great cross by Dejagah was headed away by Marc Wilson as Heitinga looked to make contact.

And Stoke went straight down the other end to double their advantage with a textbook counter-attack. Odemwingie was played in down the left and his cross was met at the far post by a completely unmarked Arnautovic who fired past Stockdale with a fierce first-time shot.

Magath responded by bringing on Mitroglou for Burn in the 58th minute, with Parker moving to right-back, but Stoke almost made it three when Stockdale palmed behind Assaidi’s near-post effort.

A great block by Heitinga denied Arnautovic from close range just after the hour mark as Stoke threatened again, before Parker went into the book for catching Assaidi from behind on the edge of the area.

Fulham were struggling to make inroads into the Stoke half and Richardson hit a right-footed volley high into the stand behind the goal in the 68th minute, before Bent saw a shot blocked after a John Arne Riise had caused confusion. But, as before, Stoke went straight down the other end to score, Nzonzi breaking forward with the ball and freeing Arnautovic down the right with his cross tapped home by Assaidi.

Pajtim Kasami replaced Diarra straight away, before Dejagah was booked for a late tackle on Charlie Adam.

Fulham’s fans remained in fine voice in a show of gallows humour and they were finally given something to cheer in the 80th minute when Dejagah’s cross was tapped into the path of Richardson by Bent and the winger lashed a half-volley past Begovic.

But any small joy was shortlived as Stoke again broke away to score. This time substitute Walters was put through and he burst clear to roll the ball past Stockdale.

Bent sliced wide late on to sum up Fulham’s day – and perhaps their season – as the final whistle confirmed the Club’s top-flight status had come to an end.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 3 May 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Attendance: 27,429

Referee: Chris Foy

Stoke City

Line-up: Begovic; Cameron, Wilson, Muniesa, Pieters; Whelan, N'Zonzi; Arnautovic, Ireland (Adam 70'), Assaidi (Etherington 75'); Odemwingie (Walters 78')

Unused substitutes: Sørensen, Wilkinson, Palacios, Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Burn (Mitroglou 58'), Heitinga, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Diarra (Kasami 79'); Holtby (Dejagah 34'), Parker, Sidwell, Richardson; Bent

Unused substitutes: Joronen, Riether, Amorebieta, Woodrow

Manager: Felix Magath

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Liverpool 36 80
2 Chelsea 36 78
3 Manchester City 35 77
4 Arsenal 36 73
5 Everton 36 69
6 Tottenham Hotspur 37 66
7 Manchester United 36 60
8 Southampton 37 55
9 Newcastle United 37 49
10 Stoke City 37 47
11 Crystal Palace 36 43
12 West Ham United 37 40
13 Swansea City 37 39
14 Aston Villa 36 38
15 Hull City 36 37
16 West Bromwich Albion 35 36
17 Sunderland 36 35
18 Norwich City 36 32
19 Fulham 37 31
20 Cardiff City 37 30
Goals
4
1
Total Shots
23
10
Shots On Target
8
2
Passing Accuracy
87%
77%
Fouls
9
13
Corners
3
5
Offsides
2
0
Bookings
0
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Stoke City (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Asmir Begovic
  • 20Geoff Cameron
  • 12Marc Wilson
  • 5Marc Muniesa
  • 3Erik Pieters
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • 15Steven N'Zonzi
  • 10Marko Arnautovic
  • 32Stephen Ireland
  • 24Oussama Assaidi
  • 9Peter Odemwingie
Substitutes
  • 29Thomas Sørensen
  • 28Andy Wilkinson
  • 8Wilson Palacios
  • 16Charlie Adam
  • 26Matthew Etherington
  • 19Jonathan Walters
  • 25Peter Crouch
Manager
  • Mark Hughes
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 4Johnny Heitinga
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 9Mahamadou Diarra
  • 10Lewis Holtby
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 39Darren Bent
Substitutes
  • 41Jesse Joronen
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 18Kostas Mitroglou
  • 25Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Felix Magath
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • 91' Full-time at the Britannia where it ends Stoke City 4-1 Fulham.
  • 90' Good chance for Bent, but the striker fires wide with the goal in sight.
  • 85' Adam tries his luck from distance as Stoke continue to push forward.
  • 82' Jonathan Walters makes an almost immediate impact with a cool finish after he was played through on goal.
  • 79' Richardson finishes smartly after Stoke fail to clear Dejagah's cross from the right.
  • 79' Final swap for the hosts as Jonathan Walters replaces Odemwingie.
  • 77' Stoke's third goal scorer makes way for Matthew Etherington.
  • 77' Ashkan Dejagah goes into Chris Foy's book for a foul.
  • 74' Final substitution for Fulham as Pajtim Kasami replaces Diarra.
  • 72' Nzonzi and Arnautovic combine before Assaidi fires in Stoke's third with a simple finish.
  • 71' Decent chance for Bent from Riise's corner, but the striker's shot at goal is blocked by Muniesa.
  • 70' Assaidi twists Parker before finding Odemwingie on the overlap. Adam then fires high and wide from the pull back.
  • 70' Assaidi twists Parker before finding Odemwingie on the overlap. Adam then fires high and wide from the pull back.
  • 69' Stoke make their first change of the game with Charlie Adam on for Ireland.
  • 67' Heitinga switches play and picks Riise out on the left. The Norwegian does well to win a corner.
  • 65' Parker is shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Assaidi.
  • 60' Stoke break again with Assaidi and Ireland linking well. The latter tries to pick out Odemwingie with a lofted pass.
  • 57' Stockdale makes another save, this time he gets down well to beat away a strike from Erik Pieters.
  • 56' Dan Burn makes way for Kostas Mitroglou.
  • 53' Stoke's reply is swift with Arnautovic finishing confidently from Odemwingie's pass across goal.
  • 52' Dejagah curls in a cross in the direction of Heitinga but Wilson gets to the ball first. Good play though.
  • 51' Nzonzi pulls away from Diarra and Sidwell in the centre. The ball is played out to Odemwingie on the left, thankfully his low cross flashes beyond the Stoke attack.
  • 49' Clever play from Assaidi who beats Burn on the by-line, his deep cross is touched down by Arnautovic before Nzonzi drives over.
  • 48' Good tackle from Riise who checks the run of Arnautovic.
  • 46' And we're back underway at the Britannia, where Fulham are in crucial need of a goal here.
  • 46' Half-time at the Britannia where Odemwingie's goal separates the two teams.
  • 44' Hangeland plays the ball out for Riise, who attempts a first time cross. Cameron makes the block.
  • 43' Cameron drills in a low cross, Nzonzi controls well but thankfully his resulting strike is off target.
  • 41' Stoke almost have a second when Arnautovic cuts in from the right. Stockdale makes a fine save to keep out his stinging left-footed strike.
  • 38' Odemwingie applies a simple close range finish after Ireland's initial strike comes back off the crossbar.
  • 36' Assaidi cuts inside from the left once more, the no.24 crosses and Riise clears.
  • 34' Good run from Parker who drives at the Stoke goal from deep, Ireland makes a good sliding tackle to snuff out the threat.
  • 31' Early change for Magath, who replaces Holtby with Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 30' Ireland lines up a strike, great block from Hangeland.
  • 28' Assaidi cuts in from the left and fires a powerful low strike at goal. Stockdale makes another good save.
  • 27' Fulham have a free-kick now. Richardson delivers, but the ball is just too high for Sidwell at the back post.
  • 24' Arnautovic whips in a free-kick from the right, the ball then falls to Ireland on the edge of the box. The midfielder moves Stockdale into another stop.
  • 23' Diarra gives the ball away in a dangerous possession, Ireland carries the ball forward before forcing Stockdale into a save.
  • 21' Holtby strikes at goal, but his effort is deflected wide by Marc Muniesa. Good play by Mahamadou Diarra in the build up.
  • 20' Ireland gets beyond Riise down the right flank, his cross is easily claimed by David Stockdale.
  • 17' Scott Parker does well to win possession from Stephen Ireland, but his clipped pass can't find the run of Bent.
  • 14' Cameron beats Richardson with a clever bit of skill before driving a pass into Arnautovic. Odemwingie then shoots wide from the lay-off.
  • 12' Steve Sidwell plays a crisp pass into the path of Darren Bent, but Wilson does well to hold the striker up. Kieran Richardson then gets a cross in, but it's too high for the Fulham attack.
  • 11' Assaidi does well to beat Dan Burn down the left, his cross is well dealt with by John Arne Riise.
  • 10' Holtby floats in a deep free-kick in the direction of John Heitinga, but Asmir Begovic makes the claim.
  • 8' Lewis Holtby loses possession and Stoke break. Thankfully Arnautovic can't keep the ball in play.
  • 6' Geoff Cameron and Marko Arnautovic combine smartly down the right. The cross comes in and Fulham eventually clear. It's Stoke that are on top.
  • 4' Marc Wilson pumps a ball forward in an attempt to free Peter Odemwingie. Brede Hangeland reads the pass well, though.
  • 2' First chance falls to the hosts, Steven Nzonzi drives into the Fulham box with pace before squaring to Oussama Assaidi. The on-loan Liverpool winger blazes over.
  • 1' And we're underway at the Britannia. Come on Fulham!
  • We're moments away from kick-off at the Britannia. Our fans are making their presence felt already! COYW!
  • Felix Magath's side have taken seven points from their last four games, while Stoke have lost one of their last five home games.
  • Fulham take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium, where the Whites need a win to keep their survival bid on track.
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