Tuesday December 28, 2010 Day 20 Finished Britannia Stadium

Stoke City 0 - 2 Fulham

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  1. Baird lifts Fulham above Stoke

    Baird lifts Fulham above Stoke

    Defender Chris Baird was the unlikely hero for Fulham when he scored twice in seven minutes to grab a 2-0 Premier League victory at Stoke. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Stoke City
    • Fulham
    • 90+3 It's all over. Fulham have bagged a vital three points. Hughes and Pulis fail to shake hands, with the latter going straight towards the tunnel.
    • 90+2 Booking for Clint Dempsey for time wasting. Can you blame him though? This is a vital victory in the pipeline for Fulham.
    • 90+1 Tuncay does well to weave his way past two defenders inside the box, but his cross is gathered by Schwarzer.
    • We have three minutes of stoppage time.
    • 90' Damien Duff comes forward down the left and sprays the ball across the pitch to Simon Davies.
    • 89' Begovic launches the ball forward. Fuller jumps with Hughes, but the ball comes back to Schwarzer.
    • 88' Scuffed clearance from Begovic. Fulham throw down the left.
    • 87' Free-kick to Stoke inside their half.
    • 86' Long ball forward from Robert Huth, but again, Fulham defend well.
    • 84' Chance again for Stoke! Pennant fires in a low shot at goal, but Hangeland gets a block in front of goal. How have Stoke not scored?
    • 83' Delap with a long throw on the right, causes confusion again in the Fulham defence and they clear.
    • 82' Johnson fails to connect with the ball after Dempsey's headed knock-down inside the box. The striker really is lacking confidence.
    • 81' Chance for Stoke! Fuller finds himself in front of goal after a ball into the box, but the striker can't get the ball out of his feet and Fulham somehow clear the ball. Great chance.
    • 80' Fulham clear the free-kick.
    • 79' Free-kick to Stoke, 25 yards out. Wilkinson is replaced by Wilson.
    • 78' Great play from Tuncay, finding Pennant on the right.
    • 77' Pulis is looking to make his third change with Marc Wilson coming on.
    • 76' After tussling in the box, Shawcross fouls Pantsil in the box after a ball back into the box was punched clear by Schwarzer.
    • 75' Another long throw from Delap. Stoke really need a goal to have a good chance.
    • 75' Pennant comes in from the right and finds Tuncay down the left.
    • 73' Pantsil take a throw down the right as Pulis shouts instructions down by the technical area. It's gone a bit flat over the past five minutes.
    • 71' Great chance for Stoke! Huth fires in low at goal after Fuller cuts the ball back, but Schwarzer gets down to get a strong hand on the ball.
    • 70' Delap with another long throw for Stoke. Cleared away by Andy Johnson.
    • 69' Tuncay comes on for Etherington.
    • 68' Danny Collins crosses from the left and Jones leaps to head wide. If he had delayed his jump for a second, he could have got more power on it.
    • 67' It looks like Tuncay is coming on for Stoke. Pulis needs to go for it, and he is. They deserve a goal, but Fulham have defended superbly at times.
    • 66' Hangeland plays a long ball forward for Johnson to chase, but the striker is muscled off the ball by Huth.
    • 64' Pennant shoots over from a free-kick. Stoke can't take their foot off the gas now.
    • 62' Pantsil goes down softly after Pennant challenges him for the ball.
    • 61' Etherington shoots at goal from the right, and the ball appears to strike the arm of a Hangeland, but the referee isn't interested.
    • 60' Shawcross has a shot blocked inside the box.
    • 58' Another long throw from Delap causes trouble for the Fulham defence, but Schwarzer gathers the ball at the near post.
    • 58' Another corner for Stoke. Fulham are defending for their lives.
    • 56' Etherington's shot is blocked on the edge of the box after great play from Pennant down the right again. Is he trying to prove he's worth a permanent move in the transfer window? You bet!
    • 55' Fuller comes on for Walters and receives a huge roar from the home faithful. Can the striker turn this around?
    • 54' Chris Baird gives away a free-kick after a rash challenge and is booked.
    • 54' Schwarzer clears the ball upfield after pressure from Etherington.
    • 53' Fuller is unzipping his tracksuit. Stoke are going for an early substitution it looks like.
    • 52' Huth fouls Johnson inside the Fulham half. The home fans are making noise. Their team needs to respond.
    • 51' Tony Pulis has a word with Ricardo Fuller. Could we see an early substitution?
    • 50' Johnson takes on Shawcross down the left and wins a corner.
    • 49' Dempey takes on Shawcross, but Etherington is there to help out and clear the ball upfield.
    • 48' Pilkington with a throw on down the right for Stoke.
    • 47' Murphy heads clear from a Pennant free-kick. Corner to Stoke.
    • 46' We're back underway at a foggy and misty Britannia Stadium.
    • No changes at half-time. Stoke prove to score goals in the second-half in matches, so we could be in for a good second period.
    • HALF-TIME. Fulham have shocked the Britannia Stadium with two quick goals in succession. Chris Baird had never scored a goal for Fulham. Now he's bagged two in the space of six minutes!
    • 45+3 Baird hooks the ball away after another Pennant cross down the right.
    • 45+2 Free-kick for Fulham by the corner flag. Murphy to take.
    • 45+1 Schwarzer comes again to claim from the free-kick but Jones is flagged for offside.
    • 45' Free-kick for Stoke around 40 yards out. Last chance before the break perhaps.
    • 44' MASSIVE CHANCE! Shawcross heads towards goal from six yards after Schwarzer flaps at the cross, but the ball is cleared off the line from Murphy!
    • 43' Pennant wins another corner. Can Stoke get a goal before half-time?
    • 41' Dempsey plays in Johnson inside the box, but as the striker is about to shoot, his standing foot takes the ball away and hits an air-shot. Unlucky.
    • 40' Fulham counter-attack down the right through Pantsil.
    • 39' Long throw from Delap, causes confusion in the six-yard box, but a relieved Schwarzer gathers the ball down at his feet.
    • 38' Huth strikes the free-kick but the Fulham wall stands well. However, Stoke have a corner after a bad clearance.
    • 37' Free-kick for Stoke, 25 yards out. Etherington and Huth stand over the ball.
    • 36' You just feel that Stoke are going to get back into the game through Jermaine Pennant. But credit to Fulham, they are defending very well.
    • 35' Aaron Hughes with a header clear from the corner.
    • 34' Corner for Stoke. Etuhu slides in to deny Pilkington a cross at the byline.
    • 32' Murphy picks out Dempsey, and Andy Pilkington comes in with a strong challenge giving away a corner.
    • 31' Etuhu attempts to chip Begovic inside the area after a quick break from Fulham, but he screws the shot over.
    • 29' Long ball forward for Stoke and Jones wins the header, finding Jonathan Walters.
    • 28' Murphy is pulling the strings for Fulham in midfield and taking the heat out of the game.
    • 27' Andy Johnson delivers a deep cross for Dempsey but the American plays the ball back to Danny Murphy.
    • 26' Pennant delivers another delightful ball in to the Fulham area, but Fulham are defending magnificently at the moment.
    • 25' Dean Whitehead fires over from the edge of the box after Mark Schwarzer punches clear from the corner. Whitehead felt he was caught as he took the shot, but his protests are waved away.
    • 24' Pennant wins another corner for the home side. You can sense a goal coming from Stoke.
    • 23' Long throw from Delap, cleared by Hangeland.
    • 22' Clint Dempsey is caught by Ryan Shawcross and looks for a free-kick, but referee Kevin Friend waves play-on.
    • 20' Etherington caught offside after Huth heads the ball forward. A great response from Stoke, but Fulham must be delighted with their start.
    • 19' What a chance! Jones with a fantastic leap but heads just over from the corner.
    • 18' Corner for Stoke. Pressure mounting for the home side.
    • 17' Etherington has a shot blocked by Pantsil on the edge of the danger area.
    • 15' Stoke fans are beginning to vent their frustration. Free-kick to Fulham on the halfway line.
    • 14' Free-kick for Stoke after Dickson Etuhu wrestles Jones to the ground.
    • 13' The match re-starts and Delap is okay.
    • 11' A head injury for Rory Delap after a collision with Brede Hangeland and the physio's are on.
    • 10' GOAL!! Can you believe it? It's Chris Baird again! The Northern Ireland international fires a low free-kick past the outstretched Begovic. Fulham have given themselves a great start.
    • 7' What a chance for Andy Johnson. Clint Dempsey plays the striker through on goal and after beating two defenders, fires low at Asmir Begovic and Stoke clear. Johnson hasn't scored in 23 games so far.
    • 5' Robert Huth shoots over from the edge of the box after Jermaine Pennant's cross comes back out. A good response from the home side.
    • 4' Stoke on the attack straight away, with Matthew Etherington delivering a low cross into the box which Fulham clear for a corner.
    • 3' GOAL! What a strike from Chris Baird! The holding midfielder produces a fantastic strike from 25-yards in off the post after a Stoke clear from a Simon Davies cross. What a start!
    • 1' Kenwyne Jones shoots wide on the edge of the box after a cross from Jermaine Pennant. It's a foggy and damp atmosphere inside the stadium.
    • 15.50 It's 43 years since Fulham last won at Stoke. But it's also 26 games since Fulham last won away in the top division. The Potters have also won their last three games against Fulham, including the 2-0 win in the Carling Cup in September. A tall order the away side - Mark Hughes needs to get his tactics spot-on today.
    • 15.45 Since Stoke suffered four straight defeats in the autumn, they have only lost one of seven games, collecting 14 points from a possible 21. Defender Robert Huth could be a big threat from set-plays for the home side, with three goals in his last seven games. It could also be an interesting battle down the left, with Matthew Etherington taking on the agile John Pantsil.
    • 15.35 TEAM NEWS: STOKE CITY - Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones. SUBS: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Wilson, Sanli. FULHAM - Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson. SUBS: Stockdale, Salcido, Gera, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Greening, Halliche.
    • 15.30 Welcome to today's match at the Britannia Stadium - it's Stoke City v Fulham. It's eight games without a win for Fulham, who lie in the relegation places. Stoke are currently 8th in the league and a win today would see them move closer to a European qualifying place.
  • Summary

    • 84' Chance again for Stoke! Pennant fires in a low shot at goal, but Hangeland gets a block in front of goal. How have Stoke not scored?
    • 81' Chance for Stoke! Fuller finds himself in front of goal after a ball into the box, but the striker can't get the ball out of his feet and Fulham somehow clear the ball. Great chance.
    • 71' Great chance for Stoke! Huth fires in low at goal after Fuller cuts the ball back, but Schwarzer gets down to get a strong hand on the ball.
    • 61' Etherington shoots at goal from the right, and the ball appears to strike the arm of a Hangeland, but the referee isn't interested.
    • 44' MASSIVE CHANCE! Shawcross heads towards goal from six yards after Schwarzer flaps at the cross, but the ball is cleared off the line from Murphy!
    • 41' Dempsey plays in Johnson inside the box, but as the striker is about to shoot, his standing foot takes the ball away and hits an air-shot. Unlucky.
    • 39' Long throw from Delap, causes confusion in the six-yard box, but a relieved Schwarzer gathers the ball down at his feet.
    • 31' Etuhu attempts to chip Begovic inside the area after a quick break from Fulham, but he screws the shot over.
    • 25' Dean Whitehead fires over from the edge of the box after Mark Schwarzer punches clear from the corner. Whitehead felt he was caught as he took the shot, but his protests are waved away.
    • 19' What a chance! Jones with a fantastic leap but heads just over from the corner.
    • 10' GOAL!! Can you believe it? It's Chris Baird again! The Northern Ireland international fires a low free-kick past the outstretched Begovic. Fulham have given themselves a great start.
    • 7' What a chance for Andy Johnson. Clint Dempsey plays the striker through on goal and after beating two defenders, fires low at Asmir Begovic and Stoke clear. Johnson hasn't scored in 23 games so far.
    • 5' Robert Huth shoots over from the edge of the box after Jermaine Pennant's cross comes back out. A good response from the home side.
    • 3' GOAL! What a strike from Chris Baird! The holding midfielder produces a fantastic strike from 25-yards in off the post after a Stoke clear from a Simon Davies cross. What a start!
    • 15.50 It's 43 years since Fulham last won at Stoke. But it's also 26 games since Fulham last won away in the top division. The Potters have also won their last three games against Fulham, including the 2-0 win in the Carling Cup in September. A tall order the away side - Mark Hughes needs to get his tactics spot-on today.
    • 15.45 Since Stoke suffered four straight defeats in the autumn, they have only lost one of seven games, collecting 14 points from a possible 21. Defender Robert Huth could be a big threat from set-plays for the home side, with three goals in his last seven games. It could also be an interesting battle down the left, with Matthew Etherington taking on the agile John Pantsil.
    • 15.35 TEAM NEWS: STOKE CITY - Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Collins, Pennant, Whitehead, Delap, Etherington, Walters, Jones. SUBS: Sorensen, Higginbotham, Whelan, Gudjohnsen, Fuller, Wilson, Sanli. FULHAM - Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hangeland, Hughes, Baird, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Andrew Johnson. SUBS: Stockdale, Salcido, Gera, Kamara, Dikgacoi, Greening, Halliche.
    • 15.30 Welcome to today's match at the Britannia Stadium - it's Stoke City v Fulham. It's eight games without a win for Fulham, who lie in the relegation places. Stoke are currently 8th in the league and a win today would see them move closer to a European qualifying place.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • A. Begovic
      • A. Wilkinson Substitution Out (80′)
      • R. Shawcross
      • R. Huth Yellow Card
      • D. Collins
      • D. Whitehead
      • R. Delap
      • J. Pennant
      • M. Etherington Substitution Out (69′)
      • J. Walters Substitution Out (56′)
      • K. Jones

      Subs

      • T. Sørensen
      • E. Gudjohnsen
      • D. Higginbotham
      • R. Fuller Substitution In56′
      • G. Whelan
      • M. Wilson Substitution In80′
      • T. Sanli Substitution In69′
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • J. Pantsil
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • C. Baird Goals×2 Yellow Card
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Duff
      • S. Davies
      • D. Etuhu
      • C. Dempsey Yellow Card
      • A. Johnson

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • Z. Gera
      • C. Salcido
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • D. Stockdale
      • R. Halliche
      • D. Kamará
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