Friday 28 February 2014, 2:00pm at Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke
Stoke City
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Fulham FC
Fulham U21s
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Fulham were indebted to Marek Rodàk in a 0-0 draw at Stoke City on Friday.
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Fulham’s Under-21s were held to a 0-0 draw away to Stoke City on Friday afternoon.

Stoke made the brighter start at their Clayton Wood training ground and Alex Grant saw a header cleared off the line in the 13th minute after meeting a cross from Joel Taylor.

Fulham had a chance to open the scoring at the other end a few minutes later when Mananga Jonathan Buatu arrived unmarked at the far post but could only send his header wide.

Marek Rodàk was called into action in the 28th minute, saving a close-range effort from Grant after the Stoke man had met a corner at the near post.

Just after the half-hour mark, Lyle Della Verde connected with Buomesca Tué Na Bangna’s cross but saw his effort beaten away by Dale Eve, before Stoke again went close moments before the break, with Grant’s header from a Charlie Ward corner cleared off the line.

Fulham began the second half well and Eve made a great save to thwart Ange-Freddy Plumain a few minutes in.

Stoke hit back and Rodàk did well to tip a shot from Adam Thomas over the bar. After a lull in the game, Rodàk again came to Fulham’s rescue late on, tipping a long-range effort by Grant onto the post before the Whites defence cleared the ball to safety in what proved to be the final moment of note in the match.

Under-21s Manager Kit Symons said: “Stoke were by far the better team in the first half. We were awful quite frankly and they were well on top. They should have been at least a couple of goals up and we were very grateful to Marek who kept us in the game, while Cameron Burgess defended well at left-sided centre-half.

“At half-time I told the boys we were lucky to still be level as we didn’t deserve to be and in the second half they really upped it. We were forced to make three subs early into the half but they came on and did very well and the performance was much better.

“But it wasn’t our best performance by a long stretch and the overall feeling was of disappointment because we didn’t play well. But they stuck at it and the second half was much better. We got a point and a clean sheet so there are always positives and some of the young boys did really well.”

Fulham: Rodàk, Brister (Passley 46), Buatu, Burgess, Briggs (Banya 50), Na Bangna, Christensen, Della Verde, Pritchard, Plumain, Dembélé (Williams 50). Subs (not used): Oberschmidt, Islamovic.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Friday 28 February 2014
Kick-off: 2:00pm

Venue: Clayton Wood Training Ground, Stoke

Stoke City U21s

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Fulham U21s

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