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Stoke   2 - 0   Fulham

Stoke's Salif Diao and Danny Higginbotham

Stoke 2-0 Fulham

Headed goals from Danny Higginbotham and Kenwyne Jones took Stoke through to the fourth round of the Carling Cup at the expense of Fulham.

Higginbotham converted Matthew Etherington's inswinging corner to give the Potters the lead after 22 minutes.

Jones rose well to meet a Rory Delap throw-in with 11 minutes to go to double the home side's advantage.

Fulham pressed late on with Danny Murphy and Zoltan Gera both shooting wide but Stoke held out to progress.

The contest was reasonably evenly matched but Stoke's physicality proved the difference.

The home side made the more positive start and twice almost took the lead through Tuncay's marginally misdirected free-kick and Ricardo Fuller's header - saved by Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal.

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The Potters would not have to wait long to go in front though as Higginbotham made perfect contact with Etherington's corner at the back post to hammer the ball across Schwarzer and in.

Stoke boss Tony Pulis saw his side continue to press and Tuncay and Etherington both produced acrobatic efforts - the first of which was saved by Schwarzer, while the second flew just over the bar.

Clint Dempsey twice had the chance to draw the Cottagers level with shots, but the first he scuffed and the second was poorly directed and home keeper Asmir Begovic saved both.

However, it was Stoke who struck next to double their advantage when substitute Delap hurled a typically long throw-in towards the box and Jones rose to head home.

The fight drained out of the visitors when Murphy fired wide and Gera's curling long-range shot went past the post.

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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Carling Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Stoke 2-0 Fulham FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Higginbotham 23
  • Jones 79

    Stoke

    Substitutes

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Ref: HalseyAtt: 12,778
    STOKE
    FULHAM

    Possession

    • Stoke 49%
    • Fulham 51%

    Attempts on target

    • Stoke 6
    • Fulham 6

    Attempts off target

    • Stoke 7
    • Fulham 10

    Corners

    • Stoke 4
    • Fulham 5

    Fouls

    • Stoke 14
    • Fulham 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:58 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+5:56 Danny Pugh takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
    • Correction - 90:00+5:28 Outswinging corner taken by Zoltan Gera.
    • 90:00+5:28 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Murphy from the right by-line.
    • 90:00+2:03 Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy.
    • 90:00+2:03 Substitution Jonathan Greening on for Moussa Dembele.
    • 90:00+2:03 Booking Andy Wilkinson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 90:00+2:00 Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Andy Wilkinson results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:13 Corner taken by Matthew Etherington.
    • 87:43 Shot by Danny Murphy from outside the box goes over the net.
    • 85:25 Shot by Zoltan Gera from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
    • Correction - 84:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Andy Wilkinson. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
    • 84:34 Andy Wilkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 82:58 Substitution Danny Pugh replaces Tuncay Sanli.
    • Correction - 82:47 The ball is sent over by Zoltan Gera.
    • 82:47 The ball is delivered by Zoltan Gera.
    • 82:01 Foul by Jonathan Walters on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 80:35 Foul by Ryan Shawcross on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Clinton Dempsey has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 79:03 Eddie Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Shawcross. Asmir Begovic restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:03 Assist by Rory Delap.
    • 78:03 GOAL - Kenwyne JonesStoke 2 - 0 Fulham Kenwyne Jones finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Stoke 2-0 Fulham.
    • 75:37 Centre by Moussa Dembele, Dickson Etuhu has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.
    • 74:26 Substitution Jonathan Walters on for Ricardo Fuller.
    • 74:26 Zoltan Gera has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 72:41 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tuncay Sanli, save by Mark Schwarzer. Ryan Shawcross challenges Mark Schwarzer unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:11 Shot from just outside the box by Carlos Salcido misses to the left of the goal.
    • 69:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Glenn Whelan on Danny Murphy. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 68:35 Kenwyne Jones produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.
    • 67:57 Effort on goal by Eddie Johnson from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 67:22 Substitution Salif Diao leaves the field to be replaced by Rory Delap.
    • 65:58 Shot from 12 yards from Clinton Dempsey. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save.
    • 65:01 Unfair challenge on Danny Higginbotham by Eddie Johnson results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Higginbotham.
    • 63:51 Glenn Whelan takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 63:19 Foul by Stephen Kelly on Danny Higginbotham, free kick awarded. Tuncay Sanli takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:25 Tuncay Sanli concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Kelly. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
    • 56:58 Substitution Eddie Johnson on for Simon Davies.
    • 53:27 Shot from deep inside the area by Clinton Dempsey goes over the bar.
    • 50:15 Handball decision goes against Tuncay Sanli. Stephen Kelly takes the free kick.
    • 49:26 Ricardo Fuller fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Andy Wilkinson takes the free kick.
    • 48:26 Danny Higginbotham delivers the ball.
    • 46:58 Ricardo Fuller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer. Ricardo Fuller challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the free kick.
    • 46:13 Shot from just outside the area by Carlos Salcido goes over the bar.
    • 45:21 Kenwyne Jones produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:18 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:58 Long range shot by Salif Diao goes wide right of the target.
    • 35:43 Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 34:24 Danny Higginbotham fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.
    • 34:08 Shot by Carlos Salcido. Blocked by Andy Wilkinson.
    • 31:42 Ryan Shawcross challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Moussa Dembele, Robert Huth gets a block in. Corner taken by Simon Davies.
    • 30:36 Ricardo Fuller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 29:29 Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 27:52 Matthew Etherington takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 27:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Salif Diao on Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 24:54 Effort from 25 yards by Tuncay Sanli. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 23:29 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.
    • 23:17 Shot by Carlos Salcido. Salif Diao gets a block in.
    • 22:09 Assist on the goal came from Matthew Etherington.
    • 22:09 GOAL - Danny HigginbothamStoke 1 - 0 Fulham Danny Higginbotham scores a headed goal from close in. Stoke 1-0 Fulham.
    • 21:48 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line,
    • 20:14 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Brede Hangeland takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 19:26 Kenwyne Jones takes a shot. Brede Hangeland gets a block in.
    • 17:12 Zoltan Gera concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan. Glenn Whelan takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:21 Zoltan Gera fouled by Salif Diao, the ref awards a free kick. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
    • 13:56 Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies.
    • 12:46 Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
    • 12:46 Booking Danny Murphy is cautioned.
    • 12:31 Booking The referee shows Matthew Etherington a yellow card.
    • 11:29 Matthew Etherington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele.
    • 10:57 Danny Murphy fouled by Glenn Whelan, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:00 Dickson Etuhu is adjudged to have handled the ball. Glenn Whelan takes the free kick.
    • 8:55 Danny Murphy challenges Tuncay Sanli unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Glenn Whelan, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
    • 5:26 Glenn Whelan takes a shot.
    • 4:55 Ricardo Fuller takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Inswinging corner taken by Tuncay Sanli.
    • Correction - 1:16 Stephen Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Matthew Etherington takes the direct free kick, Tuncay Sanli takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
    • 1:16 Stephen Kelly concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Etherington. Strike comes in from Matthew Etherington from the free kick.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the match started.

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