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Stoke City 4-1 Fulham

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Steve Sidwell, Konstantinos Mitroglou and Darren Bent of Fulham (left to right)

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.

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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.

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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.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 20Cameron
  • 3Pieters
  • 15N'Zonzi
  • 12Wilson
  • 5Muniesa
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 6Whelan
  • 9OdemwingieSubstituted forWaltersat 78'minutes
  • 32IrelandSubstituted forAdamat 70'minutes
  • 24AssaidiSubstituted forEtheringtonat 75'minutes


  • 8Palacios
  • 16Adam
  • 19Walters
  • 25Crouch
  • 26Etherington
  • 28Wilkinson
  • 29Sørensen


Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 33BurnSubstituted forMitroglouat 58'minutes
  • 3Riise
  • 9DiarraSubstituted forKasamiat 73'minutes
  • 4Heitinga
  • 5Hangeland
  • 10HoltbySubstituted forDejagahat 34'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 28ParkerBooked at 65mins
  • 39Bent
  • 7Sidwell
  • 15Richardson


  • 8Kasami
  • 18Mitroglou
  • 24Dejagah
  • 25Woodrow
  • 27Riether
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 41Joronen
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Etherington (Stoke City).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. 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.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Matthew Etherington replaces Oussama Assaidi.

  20. Booking

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

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7Man Utd361861260411960
11Crystal Palace36134192843-1543
12West Ham37117194049-940
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16West Brom35715134254-1236
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