Fulham’s reserves continued their impressive campaign with a comfortable 3-1 success at Stoke. Just as encouraging was the fact that all three goals were scored by emerging youngsters: the highly-rated Keanu Marsh-Brown, striker Michael Uwezu and promising German youth international Chris Buchtmann.
The visitors started at a high tempo and got their reward by taking the lead inside five minutes. Marsh-Brown showed plenty of composure to slot home following a sweeping move that unlocked the Stoke defence. Marsh-Brown was involved in Fulham’s second goal, too, when his clever pass created an opportunity too inviting for Uwezu to pass up from close range.
Lewis Moult pounced on a loose ball in the Fulham box to half Stoke’s arrears right before half time but restored their clear advantage with a deflected Buchtmann free-kick. David Elm, making a return to competitive action after his virus, was a willing runner and effective target man up front – and played 87 minutes.
FULHAM RESERVES (4-4-2): Etheridge, Marquez-Sanchez, Briggs, Pierre, Toure, Pritchard, Marsh-Brown, Buchtmann, Uwezu (Trotta 75), Elm (Payne 87), Smith (Harris 84). Subs (not used): Bettinelli.