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Stoke   1 - 0   Portsmouth

Stoke striker Ricardo Fuller (second left) is mobbed by team-mates after his winner against Portsmouth
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.

606: DEBATE

However, Pompey continued with their high-energy play as they harried Stoke out of possession, while playing with a sense of purpose and urgency.

The visitors conceded three goals from set pieces in a defeat by Blackburn last time out and Stoke will have been hoping to use their aerial threat to take advantage of this perceived weakness.

But Portsmouth's defenders were in a more forceful mood this time around and dealt with any balls into the box with a no-nonsense approach.

Stoke were struggling to impress their physical game on Pompey, who continued to look the more likely to score as Jamie O'Hara had a swerving shot palmed round the post by Sorensen.

We'll get out of this - Hart

Dindane also sent a difficult volley on the turn wide after Michael Brown looped a ball over the Stoke defence.

The fear of the visiting contingent would have been that one lapse in concentration or a mistake could undo their good work.

Instead, it was a moment of brilliance from Stoke as Matthew Etherington and Dean Whitehead combined with some slick one-touch passing to set up Fuller.

He turned on the edge of the box and curled in a strike which Ashdown got a hand to but could not stop going in.


Stoke boss Tony Pulis:
"I thought the first half was as poor as we have played and Thomas (Sorensen) has changed the game with his penalty save.

"We were a little bit better in the second half and it was a great three points for us.

"It was a quality goal, a quality move and a quality finish."

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 1-0 Portsmouth FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Fuller 74

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Portsmouth

    Substitutes

    Ref: FriendAtt: 27,069
    STOKE
    PORTSMOUTH

    Possession

    • Stoke 54%
    • Portsmouth 46%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 3
    • Portsmouth 7

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 6
    • Portsmouth 7

    Corners

    • Stoke 4
    • Portsmouth 4

    Fouls

    • Stoke 15
    • Portsmouth 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:17 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+1:47 Tal Ben-Haim concedes a free kick for a foul on Mamady Sidibe. Direct free kick taken by Tuncay Sanli.
    • 90:00+0:28 Liam Lawrence fouled by Hermann Hreidarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.
    • 89:25 Shot by Younes Kaboul. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 88:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin-Prince Boateng by Dean Whitehead. Direct free kick taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng.
    • 86:41 Effort on goal by Andy Wilkinson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 83:03 Substitution Tuncay Sanli comes on in place of Ricardo Fuller.
    • 81:26 Marc Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller. Free kick crossed by Liam Lawrence.
    • 81:03 Shot by Jamie O'Hara. Danny Collins gets a block in.
    • 79:22 Substitution Danny Webber on for Hayden Mullins.
    • 75:53 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Mamady Sidibe goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 75:04 Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Nwankwo Kanu gets a block in.
    • 74:30 Frederic Piquionne fouled by Dean Whitehead, the ref awards a free kick. Kevin-Prince Boateng takes the free kick.
    • 73:19 Matthew Etherington provided the assist for the goal.
    • 73:19 GOAL - Ricardo FullerStoke 1 - 0 Portsmouth Ricardo Fuller finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stoke 1-0 Portsmouth.
    • 72:25 Substitution Frederic Piquionne is brought on as a substitute for Aruna Dindane.
    • 72:15 Kevin-Prince Boateng has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide left of the goal.
    • 69:46 Ryan Shawcross fouled by Nwankwo Kanu, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 68:52 Foul by Matthew Etherington on Michael Brown, free kick awarded. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
    • 67:37 Corner from the right by-line taken by Liam Lawrence, Marc Wilson manages to make a clearance.
    • 66:11 Liam Lawrence sends in a cross, clearance made by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 65:22 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 64:58 Dean Whitehead concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie O'Hara. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:21 Michael Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Collins. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 63:17 Aruna Dindane produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
    • 58:08 Direct free kick taken by Robert Huth.
    • 58:08 Booking Hayden Mullins goes into the book.
    • 57:53 Hayden Mullins challenges Dean Whitehead unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 56:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Ricardo Fuller. Younes Kaboul takes the free kick.
    • 56:45 Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Liam Lawrence coming on for Salif Diao.
    • 56:29 Substitution James Beattie leaves the field to be replaced by Mamady Sidibe.
    • 56:00 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save made by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 54:27 Aruna Dindane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead. Free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 53:24 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Etherington, Headed effort from close range by Robert Huth goes wide left of the target.
    • 53:17 Salif Diao sends in a cross, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
    • 52:02 Corner taken by Jamie O'Hara, save made by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 51:48 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Thomas Sorensen makes a save.
    • 49:52 Michael Brown takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
    • 48:56 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jamie O'Hara, clearance made by James Beattie.
    • 48:34 Younes Kaboul takes a shot. Dean Whitehead gets a block in.
    • 47:35 Nwankwo Kanu fouled by Robert Huth, the ref awards a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 46:57 Ryan Shawcross produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
    • 45:42 Nwankwo Kanu is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:36 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:55 Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Hermann Hreidarsson results in a free kick. Robert Huth takes the direct free kick.
    • 44:10 Direct free kick taken by Marc Wilson.
    • 44:10 Booking Dean Whitehead is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 43:57 Dean Whitehead challenges Aruna Dindane unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 43:21 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
    • 42:44 Foul by Jamie O'Hara on Matthew Etherington, free kick awarded. Matthew Etherington delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 42:07 Unfair challenge on James Beattie by Younes Kaboul results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matthew Etherington, Tal Ben-Haim makes a clearance.
    • 41:38 Hayden Mullins has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 40:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Jamie O'Hara. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 37:59 Younes Kaboul has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 36:28 Effort from long range by Nwankwo Kanu goes wide right of the target.
    • 34:34 James Beattie has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Jamie Ashdown.
    • 34:34 Booking Michael Brown goes into the book.
    • 34:18 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Fuller by Michael Brown results in a free kick.
    • 32:45 Matthew Etherington produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 30:10 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the left by-line, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.
    • 28:29 Dean Whitehead gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Hermann Hreidarsson. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:08 The official flags Nwankwo Kanu offside. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 22:56 Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Younes Kaboul. Free kick taken by Tal Ben-Haim.
    • 22:02 Marc Wilson challenges James Beattie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.
    • 21:23 Foul by Aruna Dindane on Danny Collins, free kick awarded. Thomas Sorensen takes the free kick.
    • 17:27 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Etherington.
    • 15:31 Salif Diao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Jamie O'Hara.
    • 14:00 Inswinging corner taken by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line.
    • 13:28 Tal Ben-Haim takes a shot. Save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 13:06 Unfair challenge on Nwankwo Kanu by Salif Diao results in a free kick. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 12:25 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
    • Correction - 11:01 Unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Kevin-Prince Boateng results in a free kick. Ryan Shawcross restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:01 Kevin-Prince Boateng challenges Andy Wilkinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 6:32 Penalty taken by Kevin-Prince Boateng is saved by Thomas Sorensen. Stoke 0-0 Portsmouth.
    • 6:32 Rory Delap gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Aruna Dindane.
    • 5:00 Andy Wilkinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin-Prince Boateng. Jamie O'Hara crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, save by Thomas Sorensen.
    • 2:59 Salif Diao gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Brown. Direct free kick taken by Michael Brown.
    • 2:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tal Ben-Haim by Ricardo Fuller. Marc Wilson takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:28 Ricardo Fuller is ruled offside. Jamie Ashdown restarts play with the free kick.
    • 0:00 The match begins.

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    Premier League results

    22 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Bolton 0-2 Blackburn R
    Stoke 1-0 Portsmouth R
    Tottenham 9-1 Wigan R

    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 22 Nov 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 13 25 33
    2 Man Utd 13 14 28
    3 Arsenal 12 21 25
    4 Tottenham 13 14 25
    5 Aston Villa 13 8 22
    6 Man City 12 7 21
    7 Liverpool 13 9 20
    8 Sunderland 13 2 20
    9 Stoke 13 -2 19
    10 Burnley 13 -10 17
    11 Blackburn 12 -9 16
    12 Fulham 12 -1 15
    13 Birmingham 13 -3 15
    14 Everton 12 -5 15
    15 Wigan 13 -17 14
    16 Hull 13 -15 12
    17 West Ham 13 -4 11
    18 Bolton 12 -11 11
    19 Wolverhampton 13 -14 10
    20 Portsmouth 13 -9 7

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