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Fulham 0 - Stoke City 1

Craven Cottage

5th May 2010
8pm

Attendance: 20,831

Potters march on past target

So the Potters sail past their target of last season's tally of 45 points with a game to spare with a good win against the Europa League finalists and helped to banish any lingering memories of that defeat just up the road in Chelsea a couple of weeks ago.

Tony Pulis had set himself and the team the aim of being only the second club in Premier League history to surpass their first season's points total and after the stuttering displays over the past few weeks it did look as though it would be a dream rather than reality.

It was predictable that the winning goal, with just seven minutes remaining, would come from some typical neat footwork from Ricardo Fuller who danced into the penalty area and followed that up with a cross to our 'player of the season', Matty Etherington, who hammered the ball home.

Tony Pulis was obviously beside himself after the game when he spoke to Nigel Johnson:

Every Stoke supporter, wherever they are in the world, can be proud of the players and the performances this year.

'To turn up at Fulham, who've played their best team, in the last but one game of the season and get the result is absolutely fantastic.' BBC: Pulis proud

The result takes us past Blackburn, Fulham and Sunderland and will help build the confidence levels ahead of the incredibly tricky match against Man United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

Star Player

It has to be Matthew Etherington.




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday May 7 2010

Time: 9:05PM

Your Comments

I wish people wouldn't keep repeating TP's claim that we are only the second club in Prem history to beat their first season's points tally in the second season. We are not the second - there are 7 clubs who have done it before. I can forgive TP for getting hold of the wrong end of the stick - if no one bothers to correct him!
Lakeland-Potter
Fair do's Lakeland-Potter. Who are they?
BoothenP
I can't remember the names but someone posted the full list (showing names, dates and points) on the Oatcake a few weeks back. It was repeated on another thread in midweek. I checked a few details when the list was posted and it was kosher. From memory there were 24 occasions of clubs who got a second season after promotion and we became the 8th to increase our points tally. 16 clubs failed to do so (and of course many clubs never got a second season( - so Stoke's achievement is still quite impressive.
Lakeland-Potter
 

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