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Clinton Dempsey goes into the referee's book.
Chris Baird challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Wilson by Damien Duff. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Jermaine Pennant takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Danny Murphy is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Danny Collins.
Robert Huth booked. Robert Huth gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
(Stoke) makes a substitution, with Marc Wilson coming on for Andy Wilkinson. Rory Delap fouled by Andrew Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Danny Murphy fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
John Pantsil fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
The official flags Clinton Dempsey offside. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Tuncay Sanli on for Matthew Etherington.
Kenwyne Jones produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Clinton Dempsey is caught offside. Asmir Begovic takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by Brede Hangeland on Kenwyne Jones, free kick awarded. Jermaine Pennant has an effort direct from the free kick.
Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick crossed left-footed by Matthew Etherington from right wing, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Dickson Etuhu manages to make a clearance.
Robert Huth takes a shot. Blocked by Damien Duff.
Matthew Etherington takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes.
Booking for Chris Baird for unsporting behaviour. Ricardo Fuller on for Jonathan Walters. Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Jermaine Pennant takes the direct free kick.
Andrew Johnson fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Corner taken by Simon Davies from the left by-line to the near post, Andy Wilkinson makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Clinton Dempsey. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant played to the near post, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Collins on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed left-footed by Damien Duff.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Brede Hangeland. Direct free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Kenwyne Jones is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Chris Baird gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Pennant. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Ryan Shawcross takes a shot. Clearance by Danny Murphy.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line played to the near post, Andrew Johnson makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Danny Murphy. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Robert Huth.
Corner taken by Matthew Etherington played to the near post, clearance made by Clinton Dempsey.
Simon Davies takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Rory Delap makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Dean Whitehead. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
Shot from just outside the area by Dickson Etuhu misses to the left of the target.
Shot from inside the area by Dean Whitehead clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jermaine Pennant, Header on goal by Kenwyne Jones from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Matthew Etherington. Damien Duff gets a block in.
Andrew Johnson fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Dickson Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones. Free kick taken by Jermaine Pennant.
Chris Baird fires in a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 0-2 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Andrew Johnson.
Jermaine Pennant concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Davies. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rory Delap by Dickson Etuhu. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Robert Huth from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant to the near post, Andrew Johnson makes a clearance.
Chris Baird scores a goal from long range to the top left corner of the goal. Stoke 0-1 Fulham.
Kenwyne Jones produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
The game kicks-off.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Pulis boosted by Sorensen news
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is relishing his goalkeeping conundrum after the return to full fitness of Thomas Sorensen for the tail-end of the festive programme.
Sorensen sat on the bench for the Boxing Day trip to Ewood Park where another clean sheet by Asmir Begovic further cemented the Bosnian's claim to the jersey.
But Pulis has urged Sorensen to keep pushing for a return to the first team and says he will get his chance if and when his former understudy's form begins to dip.
Pulis said: "Thomas is disappointed he is not in the team but he lost his place because of injury and Asmir has come in and looked very good.
"Thomas will have to be patient and then if Asmir either drops form or gets injured it is up to Thomas to get into the team and play as well as he can. You want that competition."
Pulis' men headed home on a high after their fine performance at Ewood Park, with Begovic rarely troubled and goals from Robert Huth and Marc Wilson securing an easy win.
The only slight negative for Pulis was Matthew Etherington's substitution after 75 minutes with an apparent ankle knock which will require a fitness test ahead of the clash with Fulham.
Despite the pressure building on Cottagers boss Mark Hughes after his side's dismal Boxing Day defeat to West Ham, Pulis expects a tough test at the Britannia Stadium.
Pulis said: "We had a good result against Fulham in the League Cup but that will mean nothing because this is a totally different game and they are fighting for league points.
"They will come and give us a real run for their money. They are, along with Everton, the team that has under-achieved most in the first half of the season.
"They will be looking for a stronger second half of the season and looking at the players they have, it would not be a surprise to see that happen.
"Every game in the Premier League is a tight game, especially for the likes of us, and we will respect Fulham just like we respect every team."
Mark Bowen insists Fulham supporters had been too quick to hurl abuse at Hughes during their side's damaging defeat to West Ham.
Hughes was subjected to chants of `you don't know what you're doing' and `Hughes out' after the Cottagers threw away the lead in the 3-1 home defeat to the Hammers.
The result sucked Fulham into the drop zone, level on points with their previously rock-bottom opponents, and piled the pressure on Hughes less than six months into his reign.
Asked if fans were too quick to turn on their manager, assistant boss Bowen said: "I'm bound to say yes because I'm at the sharp end of the stick."
Hughes admitted supporters were within their rights to call for his head and Bowen added on talkSPORT: "I'm sure Mark fully accepts it. He's used to it, he's got broad shoulders.
"You take stick as a player, when you play poorly, from fans because they pay the wages and they're entitled to their opinion.
"It's the same with managers and coaches.
"You're always happy to take the pats on the back when you're winning and things are going well."
The chants of `you don't know what you're doing' began when Hughes withdrew Dickson Etuhu and fans favourite Clint Dempsey early in the second half with Fulham 2-1 down.
Bowen said: "When we walked in at half-time, Clint Dempsey had got a dead leg. He came in at half-time, he iced it through the whole of half-time and he wasn't right.
"We looked in the first 10 minutes of the second half and he was holding it a bit and he wasn't moving well on it."
Fulham have badly missed star striker Bobby Zamora, who will not be available until February.
Bowen pointed out the club also struggled when the England international was injured last season, saying: "Bobby Zamora missed 12 games last year for Fulham and, in those 12 games, Fulham won two."
Moussa Dembele is unlikely to be fit.
The striker, who returned to training last week following five weeks out with an ankle injury, missed the Hammers loss after failing a fitness test and is not set to return before Saturday's trip to Tottenham.
Cottagers moving up after win
Fulham moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone thanks to Chris Baird's early brace in a 2-0 win at Stoke.
Baird, who had never scored for the Cottagers before, struck twice from outside the area in the opening 10 minutes to lift some of the pressure on his manager Mark Hughes.
The Northern Ireland international was an unlikely goalscorer to seal an unlikely result, as the London outfit recorded their first away win in the league in 27 attempts.
The Potters would have gone into the game feeling confident having already beaten Fulham three times in 2010, but it was the visitors who found themselves ahead after only four minutes.
Simon Davies sent in a cross from the left that was only partially cleared and it fell to Baird, who rifled in a bullet of a shot that Asmir Begovic could not prevent crashing in off the post.
The hosts tried to make a swift response and Robert Huth's shot sailed over, but Andrew Johnson had a chance to make it 2-0 soon after having wriggled through a crowd of players.
Johnson's effort was straight at Begovic, but moments later, Fulham had doubled their advantage, leaving Stoke and their supporters stunned.
Perhaps most surprised of all was the scorer himself, Baird again hitting the back of the net with a long-range strike, this time having been teed up by a free-kick awarded when Jermaine Pennant had brought down Davies.
The shell-shocked Potters attempted to regroup and slowly started to exert some pressure, with Kenwyne Jones narrowly heading over from a corner.
Dean Whitehead then lashed a shot over and protested that he had been impeded by a foul from Davies, but referee Kevin Friend waved the penalty appeals away.
Fulham were almost in again just after the half-hour mark after Begovic's kick went straight to a Fulham shirt, but Dickson Etuhu skewed his cross and the move broke down.
At the other end, Huth drilled a free-kick into the wall and Mark Schwarzer managed to collect the ball after Rory Delap had delivered a dangerous long throw into the box.
Just before the break Johnson was fed by Clint Dempsey but was denied by a last-ditch tackle from Ryan Shawcross, who then saw a header cleared off the line by Danny Murphy.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis, hoping to give his side fresh impetus in attack, brought on Ricardo Fuller for Jon Walters 10 minutes into the second half and the Potters pressed forward.
The home supporters cried out twice in quick succession that a Fulham player had handled in the box, but Friend judged neither Johnson nor Brede Hangeland had been guilty of the offence.
Stoke then earned a free-kick in a useful position which Pennant curled off-target and Jones rose high to meet a Danny Collins cross but could not guide his header the right side of the post.
Tuncay Sanli was next to be introduced to the action in place of Matthew Etherington before the Potters went the closest yet to pulling a goal back.
Fuller laid the ball to Huth, who hit a low effort that Schwarzer dived to block.
Pennant then saw his shot cannon off a defender as the hosts realised it was not their day.
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