Not many places between these teams in the leagues at the moment,but the gulf is obvious. 2-0 would have been a fairer reflection on the match,given more than a suspicion of offside in Fulham's final goal.That said,at times,incisive Fulham players made Stoke look decidedly sluggish.Uncharacteristic mistakes by our defenders did not help the cause.
Confirmation,if we needed it,of the wisdom of Pulis'statement not so long ago that Stoke are still very much a work in progress, and that we should not get carried away by our own inflated expectations.
This reality check will have done us no harm as we go into the final part of our league programme, and for the more distant future too.As Tony Pulis said when interviewed after the match...if we were going to have an off day then it was better in the cup than in the remaining 17 league matches.
Reading his expression I couldn't help thinking that he was actually pleased that yesterday's distraction from the main business in hand was now out of the way!!
Bring on Ipswich...and normal service!