Luca De La Torre
Fulham defeated Stoke City in what turned out to be a tough PL2 fixture on Saturday at the bet365 Stadium.
The home side thought they had taken the lead early on after a well worked corner was tucked in by Dominic Telford, however the forward’s effort was disallowed after he was deemed offside.
Stoke continued to press and Thibaud Verlinden showed great trickery on the wing before picking out Mark Waddington whose headed effort was well saved by Marek Rodák.
The visitors first real chance of the game came midway through the first half after Joshua Walker’s header from 6-yards out fell just wide of Daniel Bachman’s post.
The Whites pushed on and got their reward just before the half hour mark after Luca de la Torre managed to get his head to a roving ball within the six-yard box beating the Stoke goalkeeper to put the visitors ahead.
Fulham almost doubled their lead moments before half time when Elijah Adebayo drove 40 yards towards goal with his curling effort landing just wide of the upright.
Fulham played well at the start of the second half and Josh Smile almost scored a free-kick 35 yards from goal but Bachmann was well placed to deny him.
The Potters managed to get their equaliser on the hour mark when Oliver Shenton’s ball forward found Telford whose neat dribble worked its way to Waddington who struck into the left hand corner of the net.
Moments later the home side were almost in front when Telford’s shot was cleared off the line.
With 19 minutes left on the clock Fulham had a corner and Dennis Adeniran was there to put his side in front and give Fulham a well-deserved three points.
Competition: PL2, Division 2
Date: Saturday 17 September 2016
Venue: bet365 Stadium, Stoke
Line-up: Bachmann; Edwards, Sweeney, Banks, Renee-Pringle; Verlinden, Lecygne, Shenton, Taylor; Telford, Abdallah
Unused substitutes: Jarvis, Isted, Sadiki, Molina, Waddington
Line-up: Rodak; Fossey, Davies, Sheckleford, Edun; De La Torre, Smile, Adeniran, Kait; Adebayo; Walker
Unused substitutes: Soutter, Dolan, Humphrys
Manager: Peter Grant