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Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.
Bobby Zamora challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick. Salif Diao is brought on as a substitute for Matthew Etherington. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Matthew Etherington by Chris Baird results in a free kick. Chris Baird booked. The ball is delivered by Matthew Etherington, Rory Delap scores a headed goal from inside the area. Stoke 2-0 Fulham.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Steve Sidwell. Glenn Whelan shoots direct from the free kick.
Carlos Orlando Sa is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Johnson.
Corner taken short by Clint Dempsey.
Dickson Etuhu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Danny Murphy. Jermaine Pennant goes off and Dean Whitehead comes on.
Jonathan Walters gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Fulham.Assist by Matthew Etherington.
Bobby Zamora receives a yellow card.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Upson on Danny Murphy. Booking for Danny Murphy for dissent. Matthew Upson is cautioned. Bobby Zamora takes the direct free kick. John Arne Riise has a drilled shot.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Chris Baird. Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Matthew Upson misses to the right of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Murphy on Jermaine Pennant. Marc Wilson has an effort direct from the free kick.
Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Matthew Upson takes the indirect free kick.
Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Jermaine Pennant goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Jonathan Walters, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Etherington, Peter Crouch produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Rory Delap takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Foul by Steve Sidwell on Jermaine Pennant, free kick awarded. Damien Duff is cautioned by the ref for dissent. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jermaine Pennant, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
John Arne Riise sends in a cross, clearance made by Matthew Upson.
Rory Delap concedes a free kick for a foul on Bobby Zamora. Direct free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
Matthew Etherington crosses the ball, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Shawcross by Bobby Zamora results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
Andrew Johnson sends in a cross, Andy Wilkinson manages to make a clearance.
Danny Murphy challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.
Rory Delap challenges Clint Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Upson. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
Foul by Rory Delap on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy. Rory Delap goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
Foul by Rory Delap on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Rory Delap from 35 yards went harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line, clearance made by Clint Dempsey.
Foul by Bobby Zamora on Ryan Shawcross, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Shot by Matthew Etherington. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
Jermaine Pennant has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Jermaine Pennant. Direct free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.
Foul by Danny Murphy on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Headed effort from deep inside the area by Bobby Zamora misses to the right of the goal.
Bobby Zamora challenges Glenn Whelan unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Upson.
Matthew Etherington produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bobby Zamora on Matthew Upson. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.
Matthew Etherington sends in a cross, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer by Peter Crouch. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick. Moussa Dembele leaves the field to be replaced by Damien Duff.
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.
Glenn Whelan concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, clearance made by Chris Baird.
Jermaine Pennant produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Moussa Dembele on Matthew Etherington. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Whelan. Matthew Upson takes a shot. Jermaine Pennant takes the inswinging corner, Bobby Zamora manages to make a clearance. Blocked by Danny Murphy.
Shot by Rory Delap. Blocked by Bobby Zamora.
Jonathan Walters crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
Clint Dempsey fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Sidwell takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by Jermaine Pennant, Peter Crouch produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the right-hand post.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Schwarzer by Peter Crouch. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
John Arne Riise produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jermaine Pennant played to the near post, clearance by Chris Baird.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Clint Dempsey on Glenn Whelan. Direct free kick taken by Rory Delap.
Peter Crouch is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
Steve Sidwell fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Danny Murphy from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Pulis wary of Fulham strikeforce
Stoke boss Tony Pulis has warned his defenders they will be coming up against one of the best strike partnerships in the Barclays Premier League when Fulham visit the Britannia Stadium.
Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson have scored a combined 14 goals in all competitions so far this season, with the latter hitting in hat-trick in the 6-0 hammering of west London rivals QPR last time out.
The pair will be looking to continue that impressive form, especially with a possible place in England's Euro 2012 team up for grabs following UEFA's decision to hand Wayne Rooney a three-match ban for his red card in Montenegro.
"Johnson and Zamora are as good as anything in the Premier League on their day," Pulis said.
"Zamora is a very, very good player, a very good hold-up player and he can score goals as well. Johnson is bright, clever and very quick, he's always scored goals. It's going to be a tough game for us."
Pulis admitted he was a particular admirer of Zamora, who is definitely on England manager Fabio Capello's radar after having being included in the squad for the Montenegro game.
Johnson has been out of the international picture since 2007 following a succession of injury setbacks.
"I knew Bob when he started off, at Brighton, Bristol Rovers," the Potters chief added. "I've seen Bobby come through his career and it was lovely to see him get selected the other week for England as well."
Zamora's and Johnson's goals have helped Martin Jol's side recover from a slow start to the season and they are unbeaten since August, including games against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Pulis is waiting to see whether winger Matthew Etherington is fit after having a sugar injection in his back in a bid to cure a hamstring problem.
Kenwyne Jones, Jermaine Pennant and Marc Wilson are also doubtful, while Wilson Palacios, Ricardo Fuller and Danny Higginbotham are definitely out.
Fulham manager Martin Jol would be pleased to come away from Stoke with a goalless draw.
The Cottagers head into the match on the back of their first Premier League win of the season, having hammered near neighbours QPR 6-0 before the two-week international break.
And while Jol believes the result has raised confidence within the camp, he admits it will be tough to get a result at the Britannia Stadium.
So much so, in fact, that he revealed that sneaking a 0-0 draw would represent a good day at the office for his side.
"We have to play our own game like we did, for example, against Newcastle," he said.
"Then, a couple of weeks ago, I think we had the initiative for most of the game against West Bromwich.
"It was the same but we couldn't score although I thought we were the better team.
"It was a 0-0 there and I think a 0-0 at Stoke would be a good result.
"But I still hope that with the confidence we have got we are capable of scoring a couple of goals."
Fulham grabbed a surprise 2-0 win at the Britannia Stadium last season, with Chris Baird grabbing both goals.
Former Tottenham manager Jol has never faced Stoke during his managerial career but knows what to expect in the Potteries.
"There are a few things [that can help break them down]," he said.
"Last year we had a good result there. We defended and scored two goals through Chris Baird.
"It was a very good performance and probably the turning point for Fulham last season.
"But, as everybody knows, Stoke away is a difficult game.
"They have the same problem as we have in Europe. They are very good team with different qualities.
"They have (Peter) Crouch up front now who is a target and an outlet with their throw-ins too.
"They are quite a physical team that can play as well so it is a good team."
Fulham will be boosted by the return of defender Aaron Hughes from a groin injury for the trip to the Britannia Stadium, although Jol concedes several first-team players will miss out.
Defender Hughes has recovered from a groin injury and is available for selection, but Philippe Senderos (thigh), Bryan Ruiz (knee) and Kerim Frei (ankle) are all out.
Patient approach pays off for Stoke
Late goals from Jon Walters and Rory Delap secured a 2-0 victory for Stoke over Fulham at the Britannia Stadium.
The Potters hit the post through Delap and saw their own crossbar rattled by John Arne Riise before Walters broke the deadlock in the 80th minute, diverting Matthew Etherington's effort home.
Delap then doubled their advantage seven minutes later, nodding in an Etherington free-kick.
Stoke's deserved win continued their solid start to the campaign, Tony Pulis' side having now taken 12 points from their opening eight Barclays Premier League fixtures to consolidate their position in the top half of the table.
Pulis made two changes from the defeat at Swansea last time out, with Etherington, having been given a sugar injection for a back complaint, returning to the Potters team along with defender Matthew Upson.
Striker Kenwyne Jones, who had been sidelined for three matches by a hamstring injury, was among the substitutes, while the visitors' first XI showed one adjustment from their 6-0 thumping of QPR, Aaron Hughes coming in for Zdenek Grygera after recovering from a groin problem.
Fulham won a corner in the fifth minute and Danny Murphy's delivery was flapped at by Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but also missed by everyone else.
Murphy sent a free-kick wide of the target before a well-worked set-piece move by the hosts saw the ball fall to Andy Wilkinson, who put it into the side-netting.
Marc Wilson then made a crucial intervention to prevent Mousa Dembele's through-ball finding Bobby Zamora and Riise tried his luck from outside the area, but his shot whistled over the bar.
Peter Crouch attempted to volley a smart cross from Jermaine Pennant but failed to make proper contact.
Six minutes later the ball came to Crouch in the box again, Wilson's effort ricocheting off the Fulham wall, but the tall striker saw his shot blocked.
After a sluggish start Stoke were beginning to exert some pressure and Cottagers keeper Mark Schwarzer had to be alert to beat Crouch to Etherington's cross.
Dembele, who had picked up an injury, came off for Damien Duff before Etherington linked up with Walters, only to roll a tame shot wide.
Five minutes before the break Zamora nearly put Fulham in front with a header that went just the wrong side of the post.
Pennant then came similarly close in stoppage time, playing a one-two with Crouch but dinking the ball narrowly wide.
Shortly after the restart, Delap lashed a shot from distance that was rising too fast to trouble Schwarzer.
Delap then caused a brief scramble in the box with one of his trademark long throw-ins that Fulham managed to hack clear, before the midfielder picked up the first booking of the game for a challenge on Clint Dempsey.
Schwarzer made a hash of dealing with another Delap delivery in the 64th minute, the Australian twice failing to claim the ball and the visitors eventually surviving thanks to a goal-line clearance as Crouch tried to force it home.
It was proving an eventful time for Delap, who then sent a deflected drive crashing against the post.
Stoke continued to press, with Wilson curling a free-kick over the bar.
The Potters were then denied on the line again, Murphy getting in the way of Wilson's header and referee Martin Atkinson waving away protests that the Fulham captain had handled.
For all their momentum, the hosts almost fell behind in the 78th minute as Riise's fiercely-struck free-kick crashed back off the bar.
But two minutes later Stoke grabbed the lead as Walters stabbed in Etherington's shot.
Delap then wrapped up the points with three minutes of normal time remaining, rising to meet Etherington's free-kick from the left and head it past Schwarzer.
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