Stoke survive Fulham fightback to grab 3-2 win

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:33

London: Stoke City survived a second-half fightback by Fulham to secure a lively 3-2 Premier League win over the Londoners at a snowy Britannia Stadium.

The night`s solitary League match went ahead in sub-zero temperatures and Stoke looked to have it in the bag after racing into a 3-0 lead at halftime.

Tuncay Sanli opened the scoring with a close-range header following a corner after 12 minutes.

Poor Fulham defending allowed Abdoulaye Faye to turn in a Matthew Etherington free kick after 34 minutes and a nice move ended with Mamady Sidibe slotting in the third.

Fulham pulled one back with a deflected Damien Duff goal and when Clint Dempsey looped in a 30-metre shot five minutes from time the home fans had to endure nervous moments before celebrating the end of a run of three successive defeats.

Stoke climbed to 10th in the table on 24 points, one place and three points behind Fulham.

Tuesday`s League Cup semi-final first leg between Blackburn Rovers and Aston Villa was postponed as heavy snow made the areas around the ground dangerous. Wednesday`s semi between Manchester City and Manchester United has also been postponed.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - 10:33

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