Fulham moved into seventh place in the Barclays Premier League as Erik Nevland's first-half strike gave them a 1-0 win over Stoke.

Nevland collected a return pass from Andrew Johnson to fire home from eight yards in the 29th minute.

Stoke had their chances to equalise but Ricardo Fuller and Ryan Shawcross both squandered clear-cut opportunities.

In the 17th minute, the hosts had a lucky escape when goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer made a hash of collecting a corner by Liam Lawrence and allowed Ricardo Fuller a sight of goal.

Fulham were forced to make a change in the 20th minute when Bobby Zamora went off injured to make way for Nevland.

Soon after, Clint Dempsey narrowly missed with a stinging shot from 20 yards and by 29 minutes the Cottagers were in front.

Nevland raced clear of Glenn Whelan on the half-way line before passing the ball to Johnson on the right flank. He delivered a low cross back into the penalty area which Nevland finished.

But four minutes later there was more concern for Fulham when Johnson required lengthy treatment to a leg injury and he was replaced by Diomansy Kamara.

Fulham should have made it two in the 39th minute when Murphy and Paul Konchesky engineered an opening with a well-worked free-kick but Dickson Etuhu somehow put Konchesky's cross over the bar.

The hosts started to apply even more pressure in the second half with Lawrence testing Schwarzer with a fine effort in the 60th minute and Shawcross almost levelling for Stoke when he rose to meet a corner which flew over the crossbar.

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