EFL Cup - Third Round
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Fulham 0-1 Stoke City

Stoke City
Stoke made eight changes from their weekend draw with Leicester

Stoke survived a late onslaught from Championship Fulham to reach the fourth round of the League Cup.

Peter Crouch fired Stoke ahead with his first goal of the season after combining with Peter Odemwingie.

Ross McCormack came close to equalising for Fulham in the second half but failed to make telling contact with Ben Pringle's cross from three yards out.

Odemwingie was then wasteful from close range before Dan Burn shot against the bar for Fulham late on.

Stoke are yet to win in the Premier League this season but held on to reach the last 16 of the League Cup, with goalkeeper Shay Given clawing out Lasse Vigen Christensen's shot as Fulham finished strongly.

It was Stoke boss Mark Hughes's first win at Craven Cottage since he left the club in 2011.

Fulham boss Kit Symons:

"The goal they scored was very fortuitous.

"There wasn't an awful lot in it but I didn't think we were positive enough and showed them too much respect.

"I thought we were better second half and we ramped it up as it went on and had an abundance of chances at the end but unfortunately we couldn't take one of them. I don't like losing, but if you do, at least we lost having a go."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes:

"Peter Crouch struggled in pre-season, he had an operation that didn't go as planned and set him back. Now he's getting up to speed.

"He's a player that gives us different options. He's a focal point to the team and a technically good player. He will want to play more but he's got a big role to play.

"He is an important player and an important member of the squad."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 12Lewis
  • 2Richards
  • 5Stearman
  • 33Burn
  • 13Ream
  • 11KacaniklicSubstituted forTunnicliffeat 66'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 14MattilaSubstituted forHyndmanat 82'minutes
  • 21Christensen
  • 18Pringle
  • 44McCormack
  • 16WoodrowSubstituted forDembeleat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bodurov
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 24Lonergan
  • 25Dembele
  • 28Hyndman
  • 32Kavanagh
  • 39Evans

Stoke

  • 24Given
  • 2Bardsley
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 12Wilson
  • 3PietersBooked at 90mins
  • 21Sidwell
  • 20Cameron
  • 9OdemwingieSubstituted forShaqiriat 84'minutes
  • 7IrelandSubstituted forArnautovicat 76'minutes
  • 14Afellay
  • 25CrouchBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 8Johnson
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 11Joselu
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 29Haugaard
Referee:
Stuart Attwell
Attendance:
9,100

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Stoke City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Stoke City 1.

  3. Post update

    Dan Burn (Fulham) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Booking

    Erik Pieters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Tunnicliffe (Fulham).

  8. Post update

    Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Xherdan Shaqiri replaces Peter Odemwingie.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Emerson Hyndman replaces Sakari Mattila.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic replaces Stephen Ireland.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tim Ream (Fulham).

  15. Post update

    Marc Wilson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Booking

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Jazz Richards (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Moussa Dembele (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.