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Stoke City 4-1 Fulham

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.

Mark Hughes is delighted by his side's "excellent" performance after they thrash Fulham 4-1 at Britannia Stadium.

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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.

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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.

Line-ups

Stoke

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

Substitutes

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

Fulham

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

Substitutes

  • 8Kasami
  • 18Mitroglou
  • 24Dejagah
  • 25Woodrow
  • 27Riether
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 41Joronen
Referee:
Chris Foy
Attendance:
27,429

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 4, Fulham 1.
Attempt missed. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).
Offside, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic tries a through ball, but Jonathan Walters is caught offside.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Marc Muniesa.
Foul by Matthew Etherington (Stoke City).
Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

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.
Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).
Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Peter Odemwingie.
Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Matthew Etherington replaces Oussama Assaidi.

Booking

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

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Man City3625565980
2Liverpool3625565080
3Chelsea3624664378
4Arsenal3622772473
5Everton3720982069
6Tottenham3720611166
7Man Utd36186121960
8Southampton37151012855
9Newcastle3715418-1549
10Stoke37121114-847
11Crystal Palace3613419-1543
12West Ham3711719-940
13Swansea3710918-239
14Aston Villa3610818-1538
15Hull3610719-1137
16West Brom3571513-1236
17Sunderland369819-1935
18Norwich368820-3232
19Fulham379424-4531
20Cardiff377921-4130
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