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Britannia Stadium (ATT 26,921) 24th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Stoke Stoke City vs Fulham Fulham

Stoke 1

C Adam (26)


Fulham 0

Charlie Adam scored the only goal as Stoke beat Fulham at the Britannia Stadium

Last Updated: 24/11/12 9:45pm

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Charlie Adam scored the only goal as Stoke secured their third Premier League win of the campaign against Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Ryan Shawcross. Headed against the crossbar and put in several vital tackles as Stoke kept a clean sheet
  • Shot of the match: Dimitar Berbatov tested Asmir Begovic near the end with a good effort from the right.
  • Save of the match: As above - Begovic from Berbatov.
  • Moment of the match: Charlie Adam's goal on 26 minutes proved the difference between the teams.
  • Talking point: Stoke are now climbing the table but it is now five games since Fulham last won.

Adam notched the decisive strike on 26 minutes - his second goal in three games following his winner against QPR - after Peter Crouch had headed down Ryan Shotton's cross.

Ryan Shawcross headed against the woodwork and Stoke had a late Kenwyne Jones' effort rightly disallowed for offside at the death as they deservedly claimed the three points to stretch their unbeaten league run at home to 13 games.

The win sees Tony Pulis' side climb up to 11th in the table on 16 points, the same total as Fulham, who stay ninth and are now winless in their last five games.

In driving rain, it was the visitors who made the brighter start, with Giorgos Karagounis lashing an effort across goal and wide on two minutes.

At the other end, Robert Huth headed wide from Matthew Etherington's corner on the quarter hour-mark and the Potters continued to pressurise, with Adam sending the ball over after juggling it in the area.

Moments later the Scotland midfielder scored, taking one touch in the six-yard box when Crouch headed Shotton's cross his way before swivelling and firing the ball in.

The hosts kept up the momentum as Glenn Whelan tried his luck from the edge of the area, drilling wide, and Shawcross almost made it 2-0 in the 36th minute when he clattered a header against the bar.

Fulham immediately broke forward, with Mladen Petric coming to meet a cross into the box but unable to finish, and Dimitar Berbatov - captain for the day in place of the suspended Brede Hangeland - then saw a delivery into the danger-zone scrambled away.

Soon after the restart, Whelan scooped an effort over from Jon Walters' tee-up while at the other end Karagounis had a shot balloon over.

Adam saw an effort deflect wide and Mark Schwarzer then tipped away a header by Huth from one Etherington corner, before Shawcross nodded another off target.

Fulham then went close as Berbatov's drive was saved by Begovic, while substitute Jones thought he had doubled his side's lead in the dying moments, but was flagged offside.

Stoke CityTeam StatisticsFulham
11st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target2
11Shots off Target4
3Blocked Shots3
1Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
70.9Passing Success81.4
89.5Tackles Success82.4
51.1Territorial Advantage48.9
323Total Passes489
33Total Crosses22
175Lost Balls179
49.11st Half Poss.50.9
31.72nd Half Poss.68.3

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