Headers from Danny Higginbotham and Kenwyne Jones secured Stoke a 2-0 victory over Fulham at the Britannia Stadium and a place in the Carling Cup fourth round.
Higginbotham gave the Potters the lead in the 23rd minute. He made the perfect connection with Matthew Etherington's corner by crashing the ball across Mark Schwarzer and into the net.
Stoke were good value for their lead with Tuncay Sanli, in the team for Jon Walters, looking particularly lively. The Turkey international fired an acrobatic effort from outside the box which Schwarzer was equal to and Etherington also tried something spectacular soon after, slipping as he hit a shot from distance that went over the crossbar.
Asmir Begovic flapped at a cross from Zoltan Gera in the 54th minute and the ball dropped to Clint Dempsey, but the goalkeeper's blushes were spared as the American volleyed it over the crossbar.
Jones wrapped up the win with his third goal in three games, rising to meet Rory Delap's throw-in with 11 minutes remaining.