Adam goal wins it for Potters

Charlie Adam scored the only goal as Stoke secured their third

Premier League win of the campaign against Fulham at the Britannia

Stadium.

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

bar.

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

away.

Soon after the restart, Whelan scooped an effort over from Jon

Walters’ tee-up while at the other end Karagounis had a shot

balloon over.

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.