Monday 19 March 2018

Fulham have edge


Simon Peach

Pavel Pogrebnyak's debut goal helped Fulham on the way to victory against an out-of-form Stoke.

The Russia international joined Martin Jol's side from Stuttgart on transfer deadline day and quickly made his mark at Craven Cottage.

Despite training with his new team-mates for the first time only three days ago, Pogrebnyak fitted in seamlessly and, at first glance, seemed a more than ample replacement for Bobby Zamora as he netted 16 minutes into his debut.

The 28-year-old controlled a wayward John Arne Riise shot to rifle home, before Fulham doubled their advantage as Clint Dempsey's superb 30-yard drive rebounded off the bar onto goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen's back and in.

Pogrebnyak's afternoon ended in the 62nd minute as he hobbled off with an injury and Stoke ensured a nervy ending to the match when captain Ryan Shawcross reduced the deficit from a corner.

However, Fulham held on for a fifth win in seven home games as Tony Pulis' Stoke fell to a fourth successive league defeat.

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