Goals from Tyrese Campbell, his first in the Championship and a Lee Gregory penalty ensured it was back-to-back wins for Stoke City .
Nathan Jones’ side were much the better side throughout and could easily have doubled their tally, but two proved to be enough. Campbell’s first half finish was added to by Gregory’s goal from the spot to complete the Potters’ afternoon. The visitors started the better of the two sides early on with the City defence having to repel Fulham’s early advances. On the quarter-hour mark the Potters had their opener. A goal kick from Adam Federici was flicked on by Gregory and Campbell raced onto the ball, punishing the Fulham stopper Marcus Bettinelli’s slip to put City ahead. 10 minutes later, Joe Allen could have easily doubled the Potters’ lead when the tireless Gregory played him in, but Bettinelli did well to keep out his curling drive.
Nathan Jones’ side’s dominance continued and Campbell could have had his second with 30 minutes gone.
The youngster found himself through on goal but a heavy touch, combined with a slip going in the Fulham ‘keeper’s favour, the Potters couldn’t find the second with the 19-year-old’s second effort also blocked.
With five minutes remaining in the first half the Cottagers almost found an equaliser through the dangerous duo of Ivan Cavaleiro and Aleksandar Mitrović. Decordova-Reid found Cavaleiro in space and the winger’s cross flicked off Sam Clucas, then clipped Fulham’s Serbian attacker and trickled behind.
Straight after the break, it was almost a second goal for the home side when Allen was again denied by the Fulham keeper. Fulham continued to press the Potters with Federici called on a number of times from fairly routine efforts, while Jones’ side just couldn’t find the final ball in the crucial area of the pitch. The Potters punished Fulham’s wastefulness when they secured the points their performance deserved. Gregory found substitute Scott Hogan, the forward rounded Bettinelli but was brought down before he could tuck the ball into the net. The tireless Gregory, who was man of the match for me stepped up to convert the spot kick and ensure the points would remain at the bet365 Stadium.