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25/08/2018 at 15:51


SUMMARY: Stoke City 2-0 Hull City

A miserable afternoon in Staffordshire saw the Tigers crumble at the Bet 365 Stadium, affording Stoke City their first win of the season since relegation from the Premier League. Nigel Adkins' side can have few complaints, as they were the architects of their own downfall, contributing to the Potters success with a second half own goal and a red card. 

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It was a pretty turgid first half performance from both sides, with a match lacking direction or tempo. The old cliche of two poor teams has probably never been more apt, as this was painful viewing. Yet, the Tigers' fragility from set pieces came back to haunt them against out-of-sorts Stoke, as a 9th minute corner was punched away by keeper Marshall - but McClean drilled in the follow up that was more than enough to give the hosts a half time lead.

Matters failed to improve in the second half, with the Tigers' misery compounded by a de Wijs own goal from Diouf's shot on 59 minutes. In an instant, the visitors disintegrated, as Evandro was sent off for a lunging tackle a minute later, to leave Adkins' side with 10 men. The game was dead thereafter, Stoke content to attack the Tigers when necessary, the visitors content to just limit the damage.

Ugly, to say the least... 

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