Fulham v Stoke CIty: Match Preview

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Fulham v Stoke,

Barclays Premier League, Craven Cottage, February 11th, 3pm.

Team News

Fulham new-boy Pavel Pogrebneyak is expected to make his debut after the Russian striker was granted a work permit.

Martin Jol has no fresh injury worries but midfielder Steve Sidwell remains sidelined with a hernia injury.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis will be made to sweat on the fitness of Matthew Etherington, as the winger struggles to shake off a flu virus.

The Potters will also be without Robert Huth following the German's controversial red card against Sunderland.

Jonathan Woodgate looks likely to deputise in Huth's absence after the former Real Madrid man sat out last Saturday's defeat.

But striker Cameron Jerome returns after shaking off a dead leg.


Stoke to make tackling DVD for FA

Tony Pulis plans to send a homemade DVD to the FA to highlight the inconsistency of Premier League referees on tackling.

The Stoke City boss was left infuriated following Robert Huth's red card against Sunderland last weekend. Huth was sent off after a late challenge on Black Cats midfielder David Meyler. Yet, replays suggest that the challenge was not as dangerous as it first appeared.

However, the FA has since rejected the Potters appeal against the three-match ban imposed on the German.

And in an effort to clarify the FA's stance on tackling, the Welshman intends to send a DVD compilation of tackles to the Premier Leagues head of referees, Mike Riley.

Pulis told Stoke's official website: "We'll have to get on with the fact that we are without Huthy for three matches which is very disappointing," said Pulis ahead of the Fulham match.

"But it is the inconsistency of the situation that makes it so frustrating from our point of view. We've watched a number of challenges from that weekend and we'll be studying this weekend's games because there seems to be different decisions made for different teams and different players, and I feel that we need some clarity.

"There were a number of challenges last weekend either similar or worse than Huthy's where players were booked rather than sent off. Likewise, there were others which clearly didn't warrant the action that was taken by the referee.

"You have to accept that there will be a degree of inconsistency; that's only human nature. But it is the level of that inconsistency which is the concern.

"We can moan and groan like a drain about Huthy's ban, but it isn't going to get us anywhere now. So rather than being negative, we want to be constructive in what we attempt to do. That is why we will be putting together a DVD.

"We will present this to Mike Riley and the FA, and ask for some clarity. I don't think the way it is going at the moment that it is clear enough."

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