Saturday 15 October 2011, 3:00pm at Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Barclays Premier League
Stoke City
Stoke City
2
Walters 80'; Delap 87'
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
Two late goals from Jon Walters and Rory Delap prevented the Whites from taking a point from the Brittania Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

80' Goal

Jonathan Walters
Assist by Matthew Etherington

87' Goal

Rory Delap
Assist by Matthew Etherington

55' Yellow Card

Rory Delap Card was given for a foul

71' Yellow Card

Jermaine Pennant Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Glenn Whelan Card was given for a foul

77' Yellow Card

Matthew Upson Card was given for a foul

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dean Whitehead
Off:Jermaine Pennant

90'+1 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Salif Diao
Off:Matthew Etherington

68' Yellow Card

Damien Duff

77' Yellow Card

Danny Murphy Card was given for arguing during match

79' Yellow Card

Bobby Zamora

87' Yellow Card

Chris Baird Card was given for a foul

36' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Damien Duff
Off:Moussa Dembélé

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dickson Etuhu
Off:Danny Murphy

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Orlando Sá
Off:Andrew Johnson

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Goals from Jonathan Walters and Rory Delap capped a forgettable afternoon as Stoke City frustrated Fulham at the Britannia.

The Whites headed to Staffordshire in confident mood on the back of their first league win of the season having comprehensively dismissed SW6 rivals QPR in their last outing.

They made a positive start too as Danny Murphy flashed a corner across goal early on, before Mousa Dembélé almost slid Bobby Zamora through with a delicate angled pass.

John Arne Riise added to the impetus, smashing over from 25 yards, but just as the Whites threatened to take control, the hosts sprang into life as wide men Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant began to push forward.

And it was from one Pennant delivery that Stoke should have taken the lead on 22 minutes, but fortunately Peter Crouch volleyed off target with the goal seemingly at his mercy.

Crouch caught sight of goal again moments later from Etherington’s clipped pass, but found the returning Aaron Hughes on guard with an impressively well-timed block.

As the half entered the closing stages, Zamora reminded the home side of Fulham’s attacking intent, glancing a brilliant cross from Chris Baird wide of goal.

However, at the other end, a slalom run from Pennant broke through the Whites’ defensive line but, receiving a clever pass from Crouch on the edge of the box, the winger should have done better as his shot slipped wide of the far post.

Stoke started the second-half as they had finished the first, Rory Delap trying his luck from distance, before Jonathan Walters saw a goal-bound header cleared well by Brede Hangeland.

A goalmouth scramble just after the hour mark needed the Norwegian defender and Baird to be at their most alert as another searching throw from Delap caused initial confusion.

In the ascendency, Stoke issued another warning as Glenn Whelan struck the post with a dipping strike from the edge of the box.

Marc Wilson then curled a free-kick over the Fulham bar, before seeing his back post header from a Pennant corner deflected off the line by Zamora.

Against the run of play Riise shook the Stoke bar with a powerful free-kick, but Stoke responded immediately with Etherington’s shot falling to the feet of Walters who made little mistake with a simple close range finish on 79 minutes.

Delap then added a second with three minutes remaining as he headed in from Etherington’s free-kick to extend Stoke’s unbeaten run at home, having also beaten Liverpool and shared a point with both Chelsea and Manchester United.

It was certainly an afternoon to forget for the Whites who will now look towards Thursday’s UEFA Europa League clash with Wisla Krakow as an opportunity to bounce back.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 15 October 2011
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke
Attendance: 26,890

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Stoke City

Line-up: Begovic; Wilkinson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilson; Pennant (Whitehead 82'), Whelan, Delap, Etherington (Diao 90'); Walters, Crouch

Unused substitutes: Sørensen, Huth, Shotton, Jones, Jerome

Manager: Tony Pulis

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dembélé (Duff 36'), Sidwell, Murphy (Etuhu 79'), Dempsey; Zamora, Andrew Johnson (Sá 85')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Briggs, Kasami

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 8 22
2 Manchester United 8 20
3 Chelsea 7 16
4 Newcastle United 7 15
5 Liverpool 8 14
6 Tottenham Hotspur 6 12
7 Stoke City 8 12
8 Aston Villa 8 11
9 Norwich City 8 11
10 Queens Park Rangers 8 9
11 Swansea City 8 8
12 Fulham 8 7
13 Everton 6 7
14 Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 7
15 Arsenal 7 7
16 Sunderland 7 6
17 Bolton Wanderers 8 6
18 West Bromwich Albion 7 5
19 Wigan Athletic 8 5
20 Blackburn Rovers 8 5
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
17
7
Shots On Target
4
1
Passing Accuracy
71%
69%
Fouls
14
18
Corners
5
2
Offsides
1
1
Bookings
4
4
Sending Offs
0
0
Stoke City (4-4-2)
  • 1Asmir Begovic
  • 28Andy Wilkinson
  • 17Ryan Shawcross
  • 20Matthew Upson
  • 12Marc Wilson
  • 16Jermaine Pennant
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • 24Rory Delap
  • 26Matthew Etherington
  • 19Jonathan Walters
  • 25Peter Crouch
Substitutes
  • 29Thomas Sørensen
  • 4Robert Huth
  • 30Ryan Shotton
  • 15Salif Diao
  • 18Dean Whitehead
  • 9Kenwyne Jones
  • 33Cameron Jerome
Manager
  • Tony Pulis
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 25Bobby Zamora
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 9Orlando Sá
Manager
  • Martin Jol
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