Feb 23, 2013 at 12.45pm UK at ​Craven Cottage
StokeStoke City
Berbatov (45')
Ruiz (11')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Nzonzi (23'), Wilson (35'), Shawcross (75')

Half-Time Report: Dimitar Berbatov puts Fulham ahead

Dimitar Berbatov
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Dimitar Berbatov gives Fulham a 1-0 lead over Stoke City at half time at Craven Cottage.

Dimitar Berbatov scored late in the first half to give Fulham a 1-0 lead over Stoke City at half time in their game at Craven Cottage this lunchtime.

The hosts made a bright start to the match, Bryan Ruiz taking an early shot for the hosts, but Mark Schwarzer had to make the first save of the game, after Jonathan Walters picked out Matthew Etherington in the Fulham box.

Berbatov also had an early chance, volleying his Sascha Riether's cross just high of the crossbar.

Steven N'Zonzi was left with a bloodied nose following a clash with Berbatov, but the Frenchman was able to continue, despite clearly being in some pain.

John-Arne Riise took a shot from the edge of the penalty area following a lengthy run through midfield, but Asmir Begovic managed to gather the ball.

Stoke were forced into an early change as Etherington was hampered by a back injury, resulting in Brek Shea coming off the bench to make his first appearance for the Potters.

It looked like the sides would be heading into the break level, as two minutes of stoppage time came to an end, but the Bulgarian striker picked up the ball on the edge of the box from a Robert Huth clearance, volleying it past Begovic.

A scrappy final 15 minutes saw few chances for either side, but the physical play kept referee Lee Probert busy, booking three players in the opening 45 minutes.

Danny Graham celebrates after scoring the opener against Fulham on December 29, 2012
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