Fulham 1-0 Stoke City: Reffing blunders cannot prevent Bent joy

Fulham 1 - 0 Stoke City

  • 83" Darren Bent

Ref: Roger East
Attendance: 24,634

Fulham Turnstiles

Fulham beat Stoke City 1-0 this afternoon.

Substitute Darren Bent scored a vital goal for Fulham in what many saw as a must-win match against Stoke City.

With the Cottagers' manager Martin Jol under growing pressure following a string of poor results, another loss this afternoon could have been the tipping point; but Bent's 83rd-minute strike proved decisive.

It was a match with its fair share of controversy, with referee Roger East in the firing line for what were perceived to be a series of poor decisions.  But Fulham will not be complaining, as the win takes them out of the relegation zone, at least until tomorrow when West Ham United travel to Tottenham.

In a match with few clear-cut chances, the two sides shared only five shots on target between them.  As it was, a shot from Pajtim Kasami was deflected into Bent's path, and having turned expertly past Robert Huth, he rolled back the years to fire home. 

 

Statistics

Fulham

Stoke City

Possession

44.2%
55.8%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Fulham

  • David Stockdale
  • Philippe Senderos
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Fernando Amorebieta
  • Sascha Riether
  • Giorgos Karagounis
  • Damien Duff
  • Pajtim Kasami
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Dimitar Berbatov
  • Bryan Ruiz

Substitutes

  • Darren Bent
  • Adel Taarabt
  • Derek Boateng
  • Hugo Rodallega
  • Neil Etheridge
  • Kieran Richardson
  • Elsad Zverotic

Stoke City

  • Asmir Begovic
  • Robert Huth
  • Erik Pieters
  • Ryan Shawcross
  • Geoff Cameron
  • Marc Wilson
  • Stephen Ireland
  • Matthew Etherington
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Steven N'Zonzi
  • Marko Arnautovic

Substitutes

  • Glenn Whelan
  • Peter Crouch
  • Charlie Adam
  • Oussama Assaidi
  • Kenwyne Jones
  • Thomas Sørensen
  • Wilson Palacios

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