Bobby De Cordova-Reid got the only goal of the game – his fourth in five matches – on 26 minutes

Bobby Decordova-Reid kept up his recent hot scoring spree as Fulham beat struggling Stoke City to go third in the Championship.

Stoke remain just outside the bottom three despite being on the wrong end of the Cottagers’ fourth straight home league win.

Fulham lost 2-0 at Stoke on 19 October, one of only six Championship games that the Potters have previously won this season.

But Scott Parker’s side put that right – although it took until the 16th minute for the hosts to create anything memorable.

Jack Butland pulled off a fine parry to keep out the Championship’s top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic’s drive.

And Mitrovic then headed a decent chance over before Decordova-Reid broke the deadlock in the 26th minute.

Butland stretched to stop Anthony Knockaert’s low shot from creeping in at the far post, but the former Bristol City and Cardiff City striker was lurking for a tap-in.

Stoke were more menacing after the break, Sam Clucas smashing a drive into the side netting and Tom Ince screwing an effort wide.

But it was Fulham left-back Joe Bryan who came closest to adding to the scoreline with a shot from a corner routine that Butland did well to tip over.

Fulham are again in home action on New Year’s Day, when Stoke go to Huddersfield.

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