Fuller (second left) is congratulated after scoring the only goal of the game
By Mandeep Sanghera
Ex-Portsmouth striker Ricardo Fuller made his old club pay for a penalty miss as he hit Stoke's winner against the Premier League's bottom club.
Kevin-Prince Boateng saw his tame spot-kick for Pompey easily saved by keeper Thomas Sorensen after Rory Delap's foul on Aruna Dindane.
The visitors were the more threatening side but went behind when Fuller curled in a low shot after a well-worked move.
A dejected Pompey failed to recover as Stoke held on for a hard-fought win.
The defeat will be a further bodyblow to Pompey after a match in which they showed plenty of desire and effort knowing victory would move them off the foot of the top-flight standings.
I was about to substitute my match-winner - Pulis
But they failed to turn their graft into goals and were beaten by a quality goal that was in contrast to most of Stoke's play as the home side ground out a first win in four league outings.
Pompey's cause had not been helped when keeper David James injured a calf in the warm up and had to be replaced by Jamie Ashdown.
The problem will only increase England manager Fabio Capello's worries over the 39-year-old's fitnees but the setback appeared to have little impact on Portsmouth as they made a lively opening and should have taken the lead.
Delap's high boot brought down Dindane and, after referee Kevin Friend awarded the visitors a penalty, Boateng struck a weak shot to allow Sorensen to comfortably gather.
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