Saturday 23 February 2013, 12:45pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Berbatov 45'+2
Stoke City
Stoke City
0
Dimitar Berbatov’s sumptuous volley earned Fulham a valuable 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Premier League.

45'+2 Goal

Dimitar Berbatov

11' Yellow Card

Bryan Ruiz Card was given for a handball

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Urby Emanuelson
Off:Damien Duff

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Dimitar Berbatov

23' Yellow Card

Steven N'Zonzi Card was given for a foul

35' Yellow Card

Marc Wilson Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Ryan Shawcross

56' Missed Penalty

Jonathan Walters

24' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Brek Shea
Off:Matthew Etherington

51' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cameron Jerome
Off:Geoff Cameron

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kenwyne Jones
Off:Peter Crouch

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Dimitar Berbatov’s sumptuous volley earned Fulham a valuable 1-0 win at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s early kick-off in the Barclays Premier League.

But it could have all been different had Mark Schwarzer not kept out Jonathan Walters’ penalty – the Australian made a superb save to deny the Irishman in the second half.

Fulham were the better team throughout and took the lead in first half stoppage time when Berbatov crashed home a right-footed effort after the Potters defence had failed to clear their lines.

The Whites had chances to extend the lead in the second period but the solitary goal proved to be enough – with Schwarzer’s stop proving vital.

Martin Jol made three changes to the side that drew with Norwich City a fortnight ago. Sascha Riether came in at right-back for Stanislav Manolev, Giorgos Karagounis replaced Emmanuel Frimpong, while Ashkan Dejagah took Hugo Rodallega’s place, with the Colombian dropping to the bench.

Stoke City – although known for their danger in the air – were looking threatening on the deck too, with Schwarzer getting down well to push Walters’ low effort away on seven minutes after he’d been played in by Peter Crouch. The Whites responded immediately, though, and Berbatov did well to control Riether’s cross before volleying narrowly over on the spin.

Fulham did have the ball in the back of the net on 11 minutes when Bryan Ruiz turned in Damien Duff’s free-kick, but the Costa Rican used his hand and was subsequently booked by referee Lee Probert.

Stoke had their backs to the walls on 21 minutes when they needed Robert Huth’s face to block Duff’s fierce effort following good play by Steve Sidwell, before John Arne Riise tested Asmir Begovic after powering his way into a shooting position – the Bosnian stopper held his low effort well, though.

The card count was level two minutes later but Stoke could consider themselves lucky not to be down to 10 men when Steven Nzonzi pushed Ruiz square in the face with his hand. They were almost made to pay, too, but for a superb sprawling save from Begovic to keep Karagounis’ dipping free-kick out.

Fulham were in the ascendancy and Ruiz headed over on 26 minutes after he’d been picked out by a fine Philippe Senderos cross from the right.

The Potters were quite content to keep 10 men behind the ball when Fulham were in possession, making it difficult for Jol’s side to break them down. They nearly did just that, though, a minute before half-time when Sidwell was on the receiving end of a slick one-two before firing a yard wide of Begovic’s far post.

And Fulham got the goal their play in the first half merited when Berbatov volleyed home with aplomb in stoppage time. Riether’s cross wasn’t cleared and it fell to the Bulgarian to smash home his ninth goal of the season, much to the delight of his teammates and Manager, who he embraced in a celebratory hug.

Fulham started the second period the stronger but were almost caught out on 48 minutes when Crouch got the better of Senderos in the area as the centre-back tried to shield the ball – luckily, Schwarzer was on hand to deny the former England frontman with a great save.

With Stoke offering little threat, it was frustrating for the Cottage faithful to see them awarded a penalty on 55 minutes when Dejagah was penalised for handball. The stadium erupted, though, when Schwarzer got down immensely to block – and then hold – Walters’ spot-kick. Fantastic stuff from the 40-year-old.

A piece of magic from Berbatov nearly saw the Whites extend the lead on 59 minutes. The striker twice flicked the ball over a Stoke head in the box before seeing his left-footed volley claimed by Begovic at the second attempt.

Great defending by Dejagah then prevented Crouch getting an effort away four minutes later when a deep cross looked set to find the striker, before an audacious poked effort by Riise a minute later dipped just too late to cause Begovic any real concern.

Karagounis was next to go close when he played a one-two with Dejagah from a corner before firing just over from 20 yards in front of the Hammersmith End. On 77 minutes the lead was nearly extended again when Ruiz burst into the area despite Ryan Shawcross’ best efforts to knock him over. The forward then played a ball that found its way to Sidwell, but the midfielder’s strike deflected wide for another Fulham corner.

With nine minutes left to play, Karagounis was withdrawn to make way for Chris Baird, with the Greek leaving to a standing ovation following another typically industrious display in the middle of the park. And Jol made another change five minutes later when Urby Emanuelson took Duff’s place on the wing, before Berbatov was withdrawn for Mladen Petrić just after four minutes of stoppage time had been announced.

Petrić could have sewn the points up shortly after but smashed high and wide after he’d been well found by Dejagah. Fulham had to survive a minute or so of Stoke pressure but held on to secure a huge win which saw us move to within a point of the Staffordshire side.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 23 February 2013
Kick-off: 12:45pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,458

Referee: Lee Probert

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Dejagah, Karagounis (Baird 82'), Sidwell, Duff (Emanuelson 86'); Ruiz; Berbatov (Petric 90')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Hughes, Kacaniklic, Rodallega

Manager: Martin Jol

Stoke City

Line-up: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Cameron (Jerome 51'), N'Zonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Shea 24'); Crouch (Jones 70')

Unused substitutes: Sørensen, Adam, Whitehead, Kightly

Manager: Tony Pulis

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 26 65
2 Manchester City 26 53
3 Chelsea 26 49
4 Tottenham Hotspur 26 48
5 Arsenal 26 44
6 Everton 26 42
7 Liverpool 27 39
8 Swansea City 27 37
9 West Bromwich Albion 26 37
10 Stoke City 27 33
11 Fulham 27 32
12 West Ham United 26 30
13 Sunderland 26 29
14 Norwich City 26 29
15 Southampton 26 27
16 Newcastle United 26 27
17 Aston Villa 26 24
18 Reading 26 23
19 Wigan Athletic 26 21
20 Queens Park Rangers 26 17
Goals
1
0
Total Shots
20
10
Shots On Target
4
3
Passing Accuracy
83%
67%
Fouls
7
10
Corners
9
4
Offsides
1
2
Bookings
1
3
Sending Offs
0
0
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 28Urby Emanuelson
  • 31Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 10Mladen Petric
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Stoke City (4-5-1)
  • 1Asmir Begovic
  • 30Ryan Shotton
  • 17Ryan Shawcross
  • 4Robert Huth
  • 12Marc Wilson
  • 19Jonathan Walters
  • 2Geoff Cameron
  • 15Steven N'Zonzi
  • 6Glenn Whelan
  • 26Matthew Etherington
  • 25Peter Crouch
Substitutes
  • 29Thomas Sørensen
  • 16Charlie Adam
  • 18Dean Whitehead
  • 21Michael Kightly
  • 22Brek Shea
  • 9Kenwyne Jones
  • 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
  • Match ends, Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
  • 90'+5' Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
  • 90'+5' Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. Mladen Petric (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 87' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).
  • 87' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 87' Foul by Cameron Jerome (Stoke City).
  • 86' Substitution, Fulham. Urby Emanuelson replaces Damien Duff.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sascha Riether following a fast break.
  • 83' Hand ball by Robert Huth (Stoke City).
  • 82' Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 82' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Baird replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 81' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan with a cross following a corner.
  • 78' Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Brede Hangeland.
  • 77' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
  • 77' Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 75' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 75' Foul by Robert Huth (Stoke City).
  • 75' Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.
  • 74' Offside, Stoke City. Asmir Begovic tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
  • 73' Attempt missed. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 70' Substitution, Stoke City. Kenwyne Jones replaces Peter Crouch.
  • 67' Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).
  • 67' Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 65' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 64' Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 61' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 61' Ryan Shotton (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 61' Attempt missed. Brek Shea (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.
  • 60' Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Walters with a cross.
  • 59' Attempt saved. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz.
  • 58' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 58' Foul by Cameron Jerome (Stoke City).
  • 57' Offside, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
  • 56' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 56' Foul by Cameron Jerome (Stoke City).
  • 56' Penalty saved! Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
  • 55' Penalty conceded by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
  • 54' Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 53' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 53' Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Substitution, Stoke City. Cameron Jerome replaces Geoff Cameron.
  • 50' Offside, Fulham. Mark Schwarzer tries a through ball, but Ashkan Dejagah is caught offside.
  • 48' Attempt saved. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
  • 46' Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) header from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.
  • Second Half begins Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
  • 45'+3' First Half ends, Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
  • 45'+2' Goal! Fulham 1, Stoke City 0. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner.
  • 45'+1' Attempt missed. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov following a fast break.
  • 45' Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Wilson with a cross.
  • 44' Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah.
  • 42' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 38' Brede Hangeland (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 38' Foul by Brek Shea (Stoke City).
  • 35' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.
  • 35' Marc Wilson (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 35' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 35' Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.
  • 30' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ryan Shotton.
  • 28' Attempt missed. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.
  • 26' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Philippe Senderos with a cross.
  • 24' Substitution, Stoke City. Brek Shea replaces Matthew Etherington because of an injury.
  • 24' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.
  • 24' Attempt saved. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.
  • 23' Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 23' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 23' Foul by Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City).
  • 21' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Brede Hangeland.
  • 20' Attempt blocked. Damien Duff (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 19' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.
  • 17' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.
  • 16' Delay over. They are ready to continue.
  • 14' Delay in match Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) because of an injury.
  • 11' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
  • 11' Hand ball by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 11' Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 11' Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).
  • 9' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a cross.
  • 7' Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a through ball.
  • 6' Attempt missed. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.
  • 6' Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).
  • 6' Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 2' Hand ball by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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