MX23RW : Tuesday, November 24 21:03:08| >> :120:38677:38677:
Oct 19, 2019 at 3pm UK at bet365 Stadium
Attendance: 23,189
StokeStoke City
Campbell (16'), Gregory (80' pen.)
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Stoke pick up rare home win to climb off bottom

Result: Stoke pick up rare home win to climb off bottom
© Reuters
The Potters post back-to-back league victories for the first time under Nathan Jones.

Stoke claimed their first home league win since the start of March as they climbed off the bottom of the Championship with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.

Goals from strikers Tyrese Campbell and Lee Gregory (penalty) did the damage as Nathan Jones' side claimed back-to-back league victories for the first time since he took charge in January.

Campbell fired home a fine 16th-minute effort and then strike-partner Gregory scored from the spot with 10 minutes remaining after substitute Scott Hogan was fouled by keeper Marcus Bettinelli.

Bettinelli had made a string of fine saves to thwart the hosts, but was made to pay for felling Hogan late on as the Potters wrapped up a welcome win to delight their suffering supporters.

Fulham had plenty of the possession in the opening quarter of an hour but the visitors succumbed to a sucker-punch to go behind.

A routine goal-kick from keeper Adam Federici was headed on by Gregory and Campbell held off his marker to slot into the bottom-left corner.

It was Campbell's first goal of the season and first since April last season having been used mainly as a substitute this season.

Having impressed in a battling 2-1 away win over Swansea before the international break, Campbell clearly wasn't going to squander only his second league start of the season.

The home team could have easily doubled their lead 10 minutes later after another measured counter-attack.

Gregory was again the provider, teeing up skipper Joe Allen on the penalty spot.

But midfielder Allen's powerful right-foot shot was excellently saved by Bettinelli, diving outstretched to his left.

Goalscorer Campbell nearly had a second just after the half hour but Fulham somehow held on.

Campbell's initial close-range shot was well saved by Bettinelli, despite the keeper slipping as the striker raced down on goal.

But Campbell got to his feet and unleashed a second shot which defender Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked almost on his own goal-line.

Allen nearly scored for Stoke inside the opening minute of the second half but his point-blank effort from Gregory's cross was kept out by Bettinelli.

Gregory then had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Andy Davies after he thought he was fouled by defender Joe Bryan.

Fulham finally created a decent chance in the 51st minute when Federici pulled off a fine save to palm Harry Arter's powerful shot clear.

Three minutes later captain Tom Cairney curled a left-foot shot just wide of the left post as the Cottagers pushed for a leveller.

Bobby Decordova-Reid lashed a thunderous shot wide of the left upright as the visitors grew into the game and looked to avoid only their second loss in five away matches.

Reid headed straight at a thankful Federici from Ivan Cavaleiro's cross moments later as Fulham kept knocking for an equaliser.

Bryan fired just over the bar as Scott Parker's side looked for a way back, but Gregory's penalty sealed their fate.

Sub Hogan was clear on goal but Bettinelli felled him and was lucky to just get a yellow card for the misdemeanour.

But that was the least of Fulham's worries as Gregory stepped up to fire into the bottom-right corner to secure a vital victory.

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Connor Roberts in action for Wales on September 6, 2019
Read Next:
Championship Preview: Leaders Swansea play basement side Stoke
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Champions League
Scottish Premiership
League One
League Two
National League
National League North
National League South
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Belgian Pro League
Norwegian Eliteserien
NIFL Premiership
Segunda Division
Ligue 2
Eerste Divisie
Copa Libertadores
Copa Sudamericana
Major League Soccer
Copa de la Liga Profesional
AFC Champions League
1Tottenham HotspurSpurs96212191220
4Leicester CityLeicester96031812618
7Aston Villa85031911815
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham94231510514
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves9423910-114
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
11Crystal Palace94141213-113
13Manchester CityMan City83321011-112
14Leeds UnitedLeeds93241417-311
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle93241015-511
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton92341315-29
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom9036618-123
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd9018415-111

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!