Fulham were relegated after a 13-year stay in the Premier League as they suffered a heavy defeat at Stoke.

Felix Magath's team needed to win to keep alive their hopes of survival, with Sunderland's victory at Manchester United sealing their fate.

Striker Peter Odemwingie tapped in Stoke's first, before Marko Arnautovic and Oussama Assaidi, who were both excellent, made it 3-0 after the break.

Excellent Stoke display delights Hughes

Kieran Richardson scored for Fulham, before Jon Walters sealed victory.

The Potters were as dynamic as their visitors were listless.

Apart from Richardson's goal, Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic was barely troubled, and his team-mates must have felt like they were playing a pre-season friendly.

Cottagers supporters will point to a change of ownership, three different managers and an unsettled side as the reasons for their team's struggles this season - but on Saturday, when the circumstances should have served as inspiration, the players simply did not deliver.

Fulham manager Felix Magath (left)

Fulham manager Felix Magath (left) watches on as his team crumble

Scott Parker was the only Fulham player who rose to the occasion, with fellow midfielder Steve Sidwell failing to provide any drive in attack and striker Darren Bent barely touching the ball.

Magath, who replaced Rene Meulensteen with 12 games remaining, reiterated after the match he wants to remain at Craven Cottage - and his rebuilding task will begin after next week's game against Crystal Palace.

Magath apologises for Fulham relegation

As for Stoke, manager Mark Hughes has made his side as difficult to beat at the Britannia Stadium as they were under predecessor Tony Pulis. This was their 10th home league win of the season, a record only bettered by the top five.

Hughes's Stoke arguably play more attractive football than Pulis's side did, and in Arnautovic and the on-loan Assaidi they have two brilliant attacking players.

Either side of Odemwingie's opener from a yard, both players forced great saves from Fulham keeper David Stockdale.

All three were involved in Stoke's second. Assaidi passed with the outside of his boot down the left wing before Odemwingie squared the ball for Arnautovic to slam high into the roof of the net.

The third goal also came from a counter-attack. This time former Blackburn player Steven N'Zonzi found Arnautovic, who unselfishly laid the ball on for Assaidi to convert.

Richardson crashed home a consolation goal for the visiting team before Walters latched onto Charlie Adam's pass, outpaced John Arne Riise and slid in the fourth.

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 12 Wilson
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 10 Arnautovic
  • 06 Whelan
  • 09 Odemwingie (Walters - 78' )
  • 32 Ireland (Adam - 70' )
  • 24 Assaidi (Etherington - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Palacios
  • 16 Adam
  • 19 Walters
  • 25 Crouch
  • 26 Etherington
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 33 Burn (Mitroglou - 58' )
  • 03 Riise
  • 09 Diarra (Kasami - 73' )
  • 04 Heitinga
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 10 Holtby (Dejagah - 34' Booked )
  • 28 Parker Booked
  • 39 Bent
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 15 Richardson

Substitutes

  • 08 Kasami
  • 18 Mitroglou
  • 24 Dejagah
  • 25 Woodrow
  • 27 Riether
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 41 Joronen
Ref: Chris Foy
Att: 27,429

Match Stats

Shots

23 10

On target

8 2

Corners

3 5

Fouls

9 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.

90:00 +0:16

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

89:21

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

89:02

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:02

Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

88:21

Offside, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.

87:18

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

86:00

Foul by Matthew Etherington (Stoke City).

86:00

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:25

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

81:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 4, Fulham 1. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a through ball.

80:31

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

80:31

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Fulham 1. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Darren Bent.

77:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.

75:43

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:43

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

74:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Matthew Etherington replaces Oussama Assaidi.

74:20 Booking

Booking Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:16

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:16

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

73:57

Attempt blocked. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Arne Riise.

73:36

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Wilson.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Mahamadou Diarra.

72:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 3, Fulham 0. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) left footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic following a fast break.

71:54

Attempt blocked. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

71:28

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

70:21

Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Charlie Adam replaces Stephen Ireland.

67:41

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Darren Bent following a corner.

67:22

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

67:09

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

67:09

Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:52

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:55 Booking

Booking Scott Parker (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:51

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:51

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

64:20

Attempt blocked. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Bent.

61:58

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

61:58

Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:34

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

59:46

Hand ball by Scott Parker (Fulham).

58:51

Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross.

58:20

Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

57:48

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

57:45

Attempt saved. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

57:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Kostas Mitroglou replaces Dan Burn.

53:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 2, Fulham 0. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Peter Odemwingie following a fast break.

52:14

Foul by Stephen Ireland (Stoke City).

52:14

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:54

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

48:01

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

48:01

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

46:43

Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra.

45:00

Second Half begins Stoke City 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stoke City 1, Fulham 0.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

45:00 +0:15

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:57

Attempt missed. Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

42:32

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

40:47

Attempt saved. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

39:54

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

38:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stoke City 1, Fulham 0. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner.

38:14

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

36:26

Hand ball by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

35:44

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:44

Foul by Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

33:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Lewis Holtby.

30:33

Attempt blocked. Marc Wilson (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

30:12

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:12

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Fulham).

30:07

Attempt blocked. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

28:53

Attempt saved. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

26:05

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

26:05

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:25

Attempt saved. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

24:39

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:39

Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).

23:30

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by David Stockdale.

23:28

Attempt missed. Stephen Ireland (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:56

Attempt blocked. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mahamadou Diarra.

21:42

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

21:40

Attempt blocked. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Darren Bent.

19:51

Steven N'Zonzi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:51

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

16:43

Attempt missed. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Glenn Whelan.

15:19

Attempt missed. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

12:51

Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:51

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

12:04

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

12:04

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:22

Foul by Marc Muniesa (Stoke City).

9:22

Darren Bent (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:33

Attempt missed. Oussama Assaidi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Steven N'Zonzi.

1:51

Hand ball by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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