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Thursday, Jan. 7, 2010

Stoke holds off Fulham fightback

LONDON (AP) Stoke withstood a second-half Fulham comeback to win 3-2 and move into the top half of the English Premier League on Tuesday.

Tuncay's 12th-minute, close-range header was followed by strikes from Abdoulaye Faye and Mamady Sidibe before halftime to give Stoke a 3-0 lead.

But Fulham substitute Clint Dempsey set up Damian Duff to pull one back in the 61st and the American striker got on the scoresheet himself with a spectacular dipping strike in the 85th from 35 meters.

"It was a good first half and we could have been more than 3-0 up, but fair play to Fulham, they threw bodies forward and when they got that second goal it got a bit twitchy," Stoke manager Tony Pulis said. "We have played better than today and not got a result, the longer you go without a win the nervier you get."

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