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MATCH REPORT ~ Fulham beat Stoke City ~ Cham MD05 21/22

last updated Saturday 28th August 2021, 6:52 PM

Match Report

Fulham (1) 3-0 (0) Stoke City

Championship Match Day 05 2122 at Craven Cottage

Saturday 28th August 2021    KO: 15:00

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Winger Harry Wilson
Fulham Winger
Harry Wilson
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Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic struck his fourth goal of the season to cap Fulham's convincing 3-0 win over Stoke at Craven Cottage and extend the Championship leaders' unbeaten start.

Mitrovic - who this week signed a new five-year contract - struck his side's third goal after Harry Wilson and Bobby Decordova-Reid had put Marco Silva's side in control.

But the striker missed out on a second goal when his added-time penalty was saved by goalkeeper Josef Bursik.

Striker Bobby De Cordova-Reid
Fulham Striker
Bobby De Cordova-Reid
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The two teams came into this game with identical records of three wins and a draw from their opening four league games.

But it was Fulham who underlined their early promotion credentials with a comprehensive victory that brought Stoke's best start to a campaign in 23 years to an abrupt halt.

The midfielder was back in the Fulham starting line-up after serving a three-match suspension following his dismissal during the 5-1 win at Huddersfield.

And he wasted no time making his presence felt when he found Decordova-Reid on the left and continued his forward run to collect Mitrovic's lay-off and place a left-footed shot beyond keeper Bursik.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic
Fulham striker
Aleksandar Mitrovic
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Stoke had an opportunity to work their way back into the game when Harry Souttar headed over from a Mario Vrancic corner.

But it was Fulham who dominated the opening half and Marco Silva's side would have extended their lead but for Bursik.

The keeper produced his best effort to deny Fulham centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo after the centre-back rose to meet Jean Michael Seri's free-kick immediately before the interval.

Fulham were also guilty of failing to make more of the opportunities that came their way.

In particular, centre-back Tim Ream was left holding his head in his hands after diverting the ball over the bar with his knee from close range after Mitrovic headed Wilson's free-kick across goal.

Match Stats Fulham Stoke
Goals (1) 3 0 (0)
Scorers Wilson 5 -
  De Cordova-Reid 53 -
  Mitrovic 72 -
Goal attempts 19 11
On target 8 3
Shooting Accuracy 42% 27%
Possession 51% 49%
Passes Success 82% 82%
Corners 8 7
Tackles Success 55% 64%
Saves 3 5
Fouls 7 9
Offsides 3 3
Yellows 0 1
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Stoke needed to make a positive start to the second period if they were to work their way back into the game.

But they found themselves further behind just seven minutes after the restart when Decordova-Reid added Fulham's second.

The winger again combined with Mitrovic, playing the striker in on goal and then following up when Bursik could only parry the Serb's shot.

The second goal finally came seven minutes into the second half when Decordova-Reid followed up to finish after Mitrovic's shot was saved.

And Mitrovic added the third when he turned home from close range after Wilson connected with Decordova-Reid's cross.

He was unable to double his tally though when he placed his 93rd-minute spot-kick too close to Bursik after the keeper had brought down Neeskens Kebano.

Fulham: Gazzaniga, Ream, Adarabioyo, Robinson, Odoi, Carvalho (Reed 80), Seri, Onomah, Mitrovic, De Cordova-Reid (Cavaleiro 73), Wilson (Kebano 87)

Unused substitutes: Bryan, Mawson, Rodak, Anguissa

Wilson 5 (left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.)
De Cordova-Reid 53 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.)
Mitrovic 72 ( right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Wilson.)

Stoke City: Bursik, Souttar, Wilmot, Ostigard, Vrancic, Clucas (Sawyers 68), Allen, Tymon, Smith (Doughty 74), Fletcher (Surridge 59), Brown

Unused substitutes: Davies, Batth, Fox, Thompson

Booked: Wilmot (48,f),

Referee: Jarred Gillett (Australia)

Attendance: 16,791

Source SkySports
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