Match ends, Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
Fulham 1-0 Stoke City: Bobby Decordova-Reid nets as Cottagers beat Potters
Bobby Decordova-Reid kept up his recent hot scoring spree as Fulham beat struggling Stoke City to go third in the Championship.
Stoke remain just outside the bottom three despite being on the wrong end of the Cottagers' fourth straight home league win.
Fulham lost 2-0 at Stoke on 19 October, one of only six Championship games the Potters have won this season.
But Scott Parker's side put that right - although it took until the 16th minute for the hosts to create anything memorable.
Jack Butland pulled off a fine parry to keep out a drive from Aleksandar Mitrovic, the Championship's top scorer.
Mitrovic then headed a decent chance over before Decordova-Reid broke the deadlock in the 26th minute.
Butland stretched to stop Anthony Knockaert's low shot from creeping in at the far post, but the former Bristol City and Cardiff City striker was lurking for a tap-in.
Stoke were more menacing after the break, Sam Clucas smashing a drive into the side netting and Tom Ince screwing an effort wide.
But it was Fulham left-back Joe Bryan who came closest to adding to the scoreline with a shot from a corner routine that Butland did well to tip over.
Fulham are again in home action on New Year's Day, when Stoke go to Huddersfield.
Fulham head coach Scott Parker:
"The be all and end all was to get the three points and the first 45 minutes was the best I have seen us play all year.
"The only negative I had was that we didn't go in more than one up. At half-time we knew Stoke would put us under pressure and we spoke about showing another side to us.
"We knew it might turn into a bit of a slugfest and it proved that way. What was most pleasing was that we did show that other side - sometimes I have doubted that this year."
Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:
"We're disappointed. In the second half we really pushed Fulham, and I can't fault the players for attitude and application.
"In the first half, we were second best, we were half a yard short all over the pitch. Fulham were good, they moved the ball well and we struggled to apply the pressure we would have liked.
"But on the second half performance I felt we deserved to get something from the game."
- 12RodákBooked at 90mins
- 5MawsonSubstituted forOdoiat 67'minutes
- 25OnomahSubstituted forCavaleiroat 37'minutes
- 10CairneySubstituted forS Sessegnonat 84'minutes
- 14De Cordova-ReidBooked at 20mins
- 43S Sessegnon
- 17ShawcrossBooked at 60mins
- 3WardSubstituted forMartins Indiat 42'minutesBooked at 90mins
- 24CousinsSubstituted forCampbellat 75'minutes
- 7InceBooked at 20mins
- 19GregorySubstituted forVokesat 69'minutes
- 15Martins Indi
- Andy Davies
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Stoke City 0.
Harrison Reed (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).
Marek Rodák (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith.
Attempt saved. Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tim Ream.
Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Anthony Knockaert (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City).
Attempt blocked. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Steven Sessegnon.
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Marek Rodák.
Attempt saved. James McClean (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner.
Offside, Stoke City. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Ryan Shawcross is caught offside.
Substitution, Fulham. Steven Sessegnon replaces Tom Cairney.
Hand ball by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
Attempt saved. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bruno Martins Indi.
Attempt blocked. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.
Offside, Fulham. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Bobby De Cordova-Reid is caught offside.
Substitution, Stoke City. Tyrese Campbell replaces Jordan Cousins.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Butland.
Attempt saved. Joe Bryan (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harrison Reed.
Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Joe Allen (Stoke City).
Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Ince (Stoke City).
Offside, Stoke City. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but Tom Ince is caught offside.
Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Lee Gregory.
Substitution, Fulham. Denis Odoi replaces Alfie Mawson because of an injury.
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Alfie Mawson (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.
Attempt saved. Jordan Cousins (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Joe Bryan (Fulham).
Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.