Charlie Adam scored the only goal as Stoke secured their third
Premier League win of the campaign against Fulham at the Britannia
Adam notched the decisive strike on 26 minutes – his second goal
in three games following his winner against Norwich – after Peter
Crouch had headed down Ryan Shotton’s cross.
Ryan Shawcross headed against the woodwork and Stoke had a late
Kenwyne Jones’ effort rightly disallowed for offside at the death
as they deservedly claimed the three points to stretch their
unbeaten league run at home to 13 games.
The win sees Tony Pulis’ side climb up to 11th in the table on
16 points, the same total as Fulham, who stay ninth and are now
winless in their last five games.
In driving rain, it was the visitors who made the brighter
start, with Giorgos Karagounis lashing an effort across goal and
wide on two minutes.
At the other end, Robert Huth headed wide from Matthew
Etherington’s corner on the quarter hour-mark and the Potters
continued to pressurise, with Adam sending the ball over after
juggling it in the area.
Moments later the Scotland midfielder scored, taking one touch
in the six-yard box when Crouch headed Shotton’s cross his way
before swivelling and firing the ball in.
The hosts kept up the momentum as Glenn Whelan tried his luck
from the edge of the area, drilling wide, and Shawcross almost made
it 2-0 in the 36th minute when he clattered a header against the
Fulham immediately broke forward, with Mladen Petric coming to
meet a cross into the box but unable to finish, and Dimitar
Berbatov – captain for the day in place of the suspended Brede
Hangeland – then saw a delivery into the danger-zone scrambled
Soon after the restart, Whelan scooped an effort over from Jon
Walters’ tee-up while at the other end Karagounis had a shot
Adam saw an effort deflect wide and Mark Schwarzer then tipped
away a header by Huth from one Etherington corner, before Shawcross
nodded another off target.
Fulham then went close as Berbatov’s drive was saved by Begovic,
while substitute Jones thought he had doubled his side’s lead in
the dying moments, but was flagged offside.