Saturday 11 February 2012, 3:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
2
Pogrebnyak 16'; o.g. Sørensen 28'
Stoke City
Stoke City
1
Shawcross 78'
Fulham maintained their impressive home form with a 2-1 win over Stoke; where new Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak scored on his debut.

16' Goal

Pavel Pogrebnyak
Assist by John Arne Riise

28' Own-goal

Thomas Sørensen

79' Yellow Card

Brede Hangeland Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Simon Davies
Off:Pavel Pogrebnyak

80' Substitution

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

89' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Bryan Ruiz

78' Goal

Ryan Shawcross
Assist by Jermaine Pennant

41' Yellow Card

Marc Wilson Card was given for a foul

44' Yellow Card

Wilson Palacios Card was given for a foul

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ricardo Fuller
Off:Kenwyne Jones

67' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jermaine Pennant
Off:Matthew Etherington

68' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Ryan Shotton
Off:Andy Wilkinson

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30
45
60
75
90

Martin Jol named a positive starting XI with new signing Pogrebnyak leading the line. The striker was supplemented by an array of attacking talent in the forms of Damien Duff, Clint Dempsey, Bryan Ruiz and Mousa Dembele. John Arne Riise returned at left-back while Aaron Hughes came in for Philippe Senderos after the Swiss international was ruled out with a groin injury picked up at the Etihad last week.

Fulham started the match brightly with Duff, Dembele and Murphy all showing some nice touches on the ball before Matthew Upson gave a glimpse of what the Whites could expect throughout the game with a hard challenge on our Captain. The tackle was a strong one, but fair.

Mousa Dembele was playing in a deeper role than usual and the Belgian was clearly enjoying being able to dictate the play.

Mark Schwarzer was forced into action for the first time after quarter of an hour but Glenn Whelan’s effort from range posed no threat to his goal.

A minute later Pogrebnyak announced himself to the Cottage faithful in the ideal manner. Riise’s shot fell to the Russian striker who lashed an unstoppable finish past Thomas Sorensen to open his account for the Whites on his debut.

Stoke attempted an instance response but all the Potters could muster was a skewed shot from Wilson Palacios and a Kenwyne Jones effort that went out for a Fulham throw-in.

Fulham doubled their lead just after the half hour mark after Clint Dempsey unleashed an absolute rocket from 30 yards out which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar before going in off Thomas Sorensen. Clint would love to claim that one but unfortunately it looks like it’ll go down as an own goal.

Fulham’s slick passing and neat touches were proving too much for Tony Pulis’ side who were struggling to keep the ball.

Four minutes before the break the Whites came close to a third through Murphy when he bent a free-kick narrowly past Sorensen’s left hand post after Dempsey had been cynically felled by Marc Wilson on the edge of the area.

Wilson was booked for his troubles and Palacios followed suit when he scythed Dempsey down in the middle of the park.

From the resulting free-kick Duff showed good skill in the area before arrowing in a right-footed strike. Fortunately for Stoke the effort was straight at Sorensen.

Both teams had brief spells of possession at the start of the second half but neither ‘keeper was really tested in the opening exchanges.

Just after the hour mark Martin Jol made his first change when Simon Davies replaced goal scorer Pogrebnyak who went off to a standing ovation. In addition to his goal, our new number 7 had held the ball up magnificently throughout.

Chances were becoming a rarity for both sides, with Peter Crouch speculatively volleying over on 75 minutes before Aaron Hughes did well to block substitute Ricardo Fuller’s effort.

From the resulting corner Stoke found a way back into the match as Ryan Shawcross’ flicked header at the near post floated over Mark Schwarzer and into the back of the net.

Crouch nearly brought the away side level moments later but hit over when well placed.

Martin Jol made his second change, replacing Danny Murphy with Dickson Etuhu to try and counter the physical threat posed by Stoke.

A mix-up in the Stoke defence in the 89th minute put Dempsey through on goal, but the American was taken by surprise and the chance was gone.

Five minutes of added time were announced, much to the dismay of the home supporters but the Whites held on for a vital win which sees them leapfrog the Potters in the Premier League table after Clint Dempsey hit the post with the game’s last kick.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 11 February 2012
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 23,555

Referee: Chris Foy

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Kelly, Hughes, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Duff, Dembélé, Murphy (Etuhu 80'), Dempsey; Ruiz (Baird 89'); Pogrebnyak (Davies 62')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Gecov, Frei, Trotta

Manager: Martin Jol

Stoke City

Line-up: Sørensen; Wilson, Shawcross, Upson, Wilkinson (Shotton 68'); Walters, Whelan, Palacios, Etherington (Pennant 67'); Jones (Fuller 66'), Crouch

Unused substitutes: Begovic, Woodgate, Whitehead, Jerome

Manager: Tony Pulis

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 25 58
2 Manchester City 24 57
3 Tottenham Hotspur 24 50
4 Arsenal 25 43
5 Chelsea 25 43
6 Newcastle United 24 42
7 Liverpool 25 39
8 Norwich City 25 35
9 Sunderland 25 33
10 Everton 25 33
11 Swansea City 25 30
12 Fulham 25 30
13 Stoke City 25 30
14 Aston Villa 24 28
15 West Bromwich Albion 24 26
16 Queens Park Rangers 25 21
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 21
18 Blackburn Rovers 25 21
19 Bolton Wanderers 25 20
20 Wigan Athletic 25 19
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
10
13
Shots On Target
3
2
Passing Accuracy
70%
73%
Fouls
13
9
Corners
5
4
Offsides
2
3
Bookings
1
2
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 7Pavel Pogrebnyak
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 15Marcel Gecov
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 42Marcello Trotta
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Stoke City (4-4-2)
  • 29Thomas Sørensen
  • 12Marc Wilson
  • 17Ryan Shawcross
  • 20Matthew Upson
  • 28Andy Wilkinson
  • 19Jonathan Walters
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • 40Wilson Palacios
  • 26Matthew Etherington
  • 9Kenwyne Jones
  • 25Peter Crouch
Substitutes
  • 1Asmir Begovic
  • 30Ryan Shotton
  • 39Jonathan Woodgate
  • 16Jermaine Pennant
  • 18Dean Whitehead
  • 10Ricardo Fuller
  • 33Cameron Jerome
Manager
  • Tony Pulis
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