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Baird's double earns Fulham 2-0 win at Stoke

Baird's double earns Fulham 2-0 win at Stoke

Chris Baird's early double allowed Fulham to end its dreadful run of away results in the Premier League with a much-needed 2-0 victory at Stoke on Tuesday.
The Northern Ireland defender, who hadn't previously scored for Fulham, found the net with long-range strikes in the fourth and 10th minutes to ease the pressure on manager Mark Hughes, whose side started the match in the relegation zone.
It was the London club's third victory of the campaign _ and first away from home in the league in 27 attempts, a poor record that stretched back to August 2009.
The win provisionally lifted Fulham out of the bottom three, above Birmingham and Wigan, who both have games in hand.
Baird hadn't found the net in 3 1/2 years for Fulham, but he ended that unwanted record in fine style.
His first arrived when he latched on to a partially cleared header by Stoke defender Danny Collins and smashed a 20-yard shot in off the right-hand post.
Fulham went 2-0 up thanks to another fine strike from a similar distance by Baird, who ran on to Danny Murphy's layoff from a free kick and drilled a low strike into the corner.
Andrew Johnson, Fulham's lone striker in the continued absence of injured pair Bobby Zamora and Moussa Dembele, had already gone close by then. He was then denied by a last-ditch tackle from defender Ryan Shawcross as he bore down on goal near the end of the first half.
Shawcross had a header cleared off the line by Murphy just before the break, and center forward Kenwyne Jones headed a good opportunity just wide of the post midway through the second half.


Updated : 2020-12-02 18:29 GMT+08:00