A trip to the Britannia Stadium is a daunting prospect for most teams and while Fulham tried their utmost to impose their style of football on the game, Stoke City managed to grind out a 1-0 victory.
The Whites dominated the possession statistics as we enjoyed 59.7 per cent of the ball, but Martin Jol will have been disappointed with the lack of chances created. We only managed nine attempts on goal, although we were more accurate with our efforts; 22.2 per cent of our shots found the target, compared to the Potters’ 12.5 per cent. Not particularly impressive reading for either side.
Fulham also bossed the passing stats as the men in black and gold attempted to find a teammate 166 more times than the home side. We also attempted almost 100 additional attacking passes and had the more impressive accuracy statistics (81.4 per cent compared to Stoke’s 70.9 per cent.)
One of Fulham’s more impressive performers on that grim afternoon in Staffordshire was John Arne Riise. The Norwegian was involved in 87 ball events during the 90 minutes – 20 more than Stoke’s busiest player - Riise’s left-back counterpart, Geoff Cameron.
Of the two players, the 32-year-old Riise was the more adventurous, whereas Cameron preferred to stay deep and protect his backline. Riise passed the ball forwards 10 more times than the United States international and he also put in three crosses – unlike Cameron who did not manage any.
The pair won the same amount of aerial duels (four), but Cameron dominated the tackling stats; winning five to Riise’s one.
You can see all the statistics from Saturday's game in our Match Centre.