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Stoke 1-0 Fulham Premiership Matchday 13 1213 Daily Telegraph

last updated Monday 26th November 2012, 11:58 AM

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Arindam Rej at Daily Telegraph

Stoke (1) 1 Fulham (0) 0

Charlie Adam scored a goal typical of Stoke City's football, steering in after a Peter Crouch flick-on, to reward them for a dominant display against Fulham and extend their unbeaten run at home to 13 matches.

Fulham looked a shadow of their usual fluent selves and their failure to score meant that Tony Pulis's team have conceded just one home goal this season in six Premier League games, which was against Manchester City.

This was Stoke's fourth league clean sheet in a row at the Britannia Stadium and rarely looked in danger of blemish. Fulham had started promisingly, however, engineering the first chance when Dimitar Berbatov touched the ball on for Giorgos Karagounis, who sent an effort swerving wide from 25 yards.

There was then a horrible mix-up for Stoke when Ryan Shotton's pass back went through goalkeeper Asmir Begovic's legs as he tried to clear before Robert Huth mopped up the danger.

Stoke's set pieces and physicality soon became problematic for Fulham though and the home side should have scored following a Matthew Etherington corner but Huth, who had a free header, steered his attempt wide from eight yards.

They made up for that miss when Ryan Shotton floated over a high cross that Peter Crouch leapt to meet and nodded down on the edge of the six yard box for Charlie Adam to control, turn and finish.

Tony Pulis's team were stamping their authority and nearly doubled their lead as another Etherington corner caught out the Fulham defence, allowing Ryan Shawcross to push aside Aaron Hughes and head powerfully against the crossbar.

Fulham were becoming frustrated and, after Philippe Senderos was hit in the face by a stray arm from Adam, angry words were exchanged between Berbatov and Shawcross.

Fulham needed to find some solutions but Glenn Whelan came close to extending Stoke's lead, firing over from 20 yards early in the second half after Jonathan Walters laid the ball across for him.

As the second half went on, it looked less likely that the London club could contain the onslaught though and Etherington produced yet another testing corner that Chris Baird almost headed into his own goal before Mark Schwarzer tipped over.

Stoke were giving a commanding showing, although Fulham offered some late threat when Berbatov's drive was kept out by Begovic, and they saw out the game comfortably.

Kenwyne Jones thought he had added a late second but his finish was rightly ruled out for offside.

Stoke City (4-4-1-1): Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Shotton; Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington (Kightly 72); Adam (Whitehead 82); Crouch (Jones 78).
Subs: Sorensen (gk), Palacios, Upson, Jerome.

Booked: Cameron.

Fulham (4-4-1-1): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Senderos, Riise; Dejagah, Baird, Sidwell (Rodallega 81), Karagounis (Duff 72); Berbatov; Petric.
Subs: Etheridge (gk), Kelly, Kasami, Diarra, Banya.

Booked: Senderos.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Attendance: 26,921

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