skip to content
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Danny Pugh takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Zoltan Gera.
Corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy.
Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Andy Wilkinson receives a caution. (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Greening coming on for Moussa Dembele. Danny Murphy crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line.
Shot by Danny Murphy from outside the box goes over the net.
Zoltan Gera produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Andy Wilkinson. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
Zoltan Gera produces a cross.
Danny Pugh comes on in place of Tuncay Sanli.
Centre by Zoltan Gera.
Brede Hangeland fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Ryan Shawcross. Clinton Dempsey has an effort direct from the free kick.
Foul by Eddie Johnson on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Kenwyne Jones scores a headed goal from close range. Stoke 2-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Rory Delap.
Moussa Dembele produces a cross, Dickson Etuhu has a header from close range and clears the crossbar.
Zoltan Gera produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target. Jonathan Walters replaces Ricardo Fuller.
Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer. Mark Schwarzer fouled by Ryan Shawcross, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Carlos Salcido produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
Foul by Glenn Whelan on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Kenwyne Jones produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Shot on goal by Eddie Johnson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Salif Diao leaves the field to be replaced by Rory Delap.
Effort on goal by Clinton Dempsey from 12 yards. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
Eddie Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Higginbotham. Danny Higginbotham takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Glenn Whelan from outside the box goes over the net.
Unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham by Stephen Kelly results in a free kick. Tuncay Sanli restarts play with the free kick.
Tuncay Sanli challenges Stephen Kelly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Eddie Johnson on for Simon Davies.
Shot from deep inside the area by Clinton Dempsey clears the bar.
Tuncay Sanli handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Stephen Kelly takes the free kick.
Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Ricardo Fuller. Andy Wilkinson restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Higginbotham sends in a cross.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Ricardo Fuller. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer. Aaron Hughes fouled by Ricardo Fuller, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Carlos Salcido from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
Kenwyne Jones has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The referee starts the second half.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
Salif Diao has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.
Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Shot by Carlos Salcido. Blocked by Andy Wilkinson.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Moussa Dembele from the free kick, blocked by Robert Huth. Simon Davies takes a inswinging corner.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
Zoltan Gera takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Asmir Begovic.
Shot from just outside the box by Matthew Etherington goes over the target.
Salif Diao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Volleyed right-footed shot by Tuncay Sanli. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Simon Davies takes the inswinging corner, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
Shot by Carlos Salcido. Salif Diao gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Danny Higginbotham finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-0 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies from the left by-line, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.
Foul by Zoltan Gera on Glenn Whelan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan.
Unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera by Salif Diao results in a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Simon Davies.
Matthew Etherington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele. Matthew Etherington booked for unsporting behaviour. Danny Murphy goes into the referee's book. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Foul by Glenn Whelan on Danny Murphy, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the direct free kick.
The referee penalises Dickson Etuhu for handball. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.
Foul by Danny Murphy on Tuncay Sanli, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
Glenn Whelan takes a shot.
Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli from the left by-line.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Stephen Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Etherington, Shot by Tuncay Sanli from just outside the area goes over the net.
Matthew Etherington fouled by Stephen Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Etherington has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The game begins.
Stoke boss Tony Pulis is likely to make several changes for the visit of Fulham in the Carling Cup.
The team that faced Shrewsbury in the previous round featured six adjustments and Pulis is set to make use of his squad once again.
Kenwyne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Jon Walters could all miss out after coming off injured during Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham.
Stoke were knocked out in the fourth round of the Carling Cup last season and Ryan Shawcross is looking for a decent run this time out.
"It's a game that we are all looking forward to," he said.
"We want to do well in the cups this year - it is something the club needs to strive for. If the gaffer puts out a strong team, I'm sure we will be fine.
"Everyone wants to get to cup finals and we are no different. Hopefully we can get the win against Fulham and push on."
Fulham manager Mark Hughes will select a strong team for clash.
Hughes admitted his recent arrival at Craven Cottage means he wants to run the rule over his first choice line-up as much as possible.
Andy Johnson (knee) is still three to four weeks away from a first team return while Philippe Senderos (Achilles) and Bobby Zamora (knee) are long-term absentees.
Diomansy Kamara (foot) is back in training but David Stockdale (ankle) has three more weeks on the sidelines.
Mark Hughes believes Fulham are capable of meeting this week's heavy workload without making changes to their team.
The Cottagers travel to Stoke for the second of three matches in eight days.
Hughes, who was appointed Fulham manager in late July, is ready to select his strongest available line-up once again as he continues to asses the strength of his side.
"I made the point before and after the last round that we are very early in the season and we don't need to make many changes," he said.
"From a new manager's point of view, I want to see the core elements of my team play as much as possible.
"That might be different for other clubs who have managers who know their teams inside out.
"That is a different situation, but for me it helps seeing them play as many times as I can.
"Physically we recover as well as anybody and we never compromise by playing anybody when they are not fully recovered, so it's not an issue.
"I made the point before and after the last round against Port Vale that we're very early in the season and I don't think you need to make that many changes."
Potters foil Fulham
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, arriving at the far post to convert Matthew Etherington's corner.
Jones wrapped up the win with his third goal in three games, rising to meet Rory Delap's throw-in with 11 minutes remaining.
Stoke made the more positive start and after Tuncay Sanli had won a free-kick in a useful position but blazed it over, his strike partner Ricardo Fuller saw his header palmed around the post by Mark Schwarzer.
Tempers flared just before the quarter-hour mark when Etherington brought down Moussa Dembele with a rash challenge.
Cottagers captain Danny Murphy reacted by throwing the ball at Etherington, and after a minor skirmish, referee Mark Halsey booked both players.
Murphy then went some way to redeeming himself by blocking a shot from Jones in the box, before Brede Hangeland sent a header goalwards at the other end but could not trouble goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who was making his first appearance of the season having been left out of the Potters squad to face Shrewsbury in the previous round after he reportedly refused to play.
Moments later Stoke went in front thanks the head of Higginbotham, who made the perfect connection with Etherington's corner by crashing the ball across Schwarzer and in.
The hosts were good value for their lead with Tuncay, 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.
Fulham won the ball back and Clint Dempsey teed up Zoltan Gera, who drove powerfully at Begovic.
Dempsey then saw his free-kick deflect over off the Stoke wall and scuffed a shot into Begovic's arms.
Jones almost scored within seconds of the restart as Stoke surged forward, but the Trinidadian's effort flew wide.
Play switched and Carlos Salcido sent an effort off-target before the hosts survived a real scare.
Begovic flapped at a cross from Gera in the 54th minute and the ball dropped to Dempsey, but the goalkeeper's blushes were spared as the American volleyed it over the crossbar.
Fulham boss Mark Hughes responded by introducing another attacking option, with Eddie Johnson coming on for Simon Davies.
It was Stoke who came closest next, Glenn Whelan receiving Tuncay's free-kick and unleashing a drive that whistled just over.
The Potters were sloppy in the box again soon after though, with Dempsey almost capitalising but unable to guide the ball beyond Begovic.
Fulham were suddenly looking the more incisive outfit and Stoke did just about enough to put Johnson off as he fired an effort wide.
Dembele then sent a fierce effort the wrong side of the post and was involved again moments later in a move that resulted in Dickson Etuhu heading over.
By this stage though, the Potters had Delap, a 68th-minute replacement for Salif Diao, on the field, and it did not take long for him to make the desired impact.
A little over 10 minutes after coming on, Delap launched a trademark long throw into the Fulham box and Jones beat Schwarzer to head it home.
Gera curled a shot wide and Stoke fans cried out for a penalty when Andy Wilkinson was tackled late on.
Wilkinson then picked up a booking after bringing down Dembele, who had to be carried off on a stretcher.
Substitute Danny Pugh had a shot saved late on, but the hosts had done enough and their place in last 16 was confirmed as Halsey blew for full-time.
"Are Chelsea right to bring back Jose Mourinho?"