Shawcross Saves Stoke against Hull

Ryan Shawcross prodded home with 7 minutes to go to rescue a point for Stoke against 10 man Hull. James Chester was sent off after 14 minutes for a denial of a goal scoring opportunity with a foul on Glen Whelan but Hull took the lead through Nikica Jelavic who slid home in the first half but Hull could not hold on in the end

Hull were brimming with confidence after last weeks 1-0 opening day win over QPR but were forced into two changes before the match with Bruce and Snodgrass missing out with McShane and Quinn coming in. Stoke made two changes Bojan and Ireland missed out with Odenwingie and Sidwell filling in. Hull were knocking the ball around nicely with Robertson and El Mohamady finding space in the wing back berths. Robertson was supporting well for the Tigers but they were down to 10 men after 14 minutes, pressure from Stoke on the Hull defense caused Livermore’s ball to Chester fall short. Whelan advanced and nicked the ball ahead of Chester who brought down the Stoke midfielder. John Moss had no option but to send off Chester who had an up and down game last week; netting the winner but conceding a penalty which was saved. 

With Hull down to 10 men, Bruce reverted back to a back 4 with wing backs Robertson and El Mohamady filling in at full back with McShane partnering Davies in the middle. This change seemed to help Hull who rarely troubled from a lackluster Stoke side who were lacking a cutting edge throughout. With Stoke not really threatening the 10 men, Hull grew into the game and took the lead 4 minutes before the break. Huddlestone’s left foot shot from outside the box was parried by Begovic to Jelavic who slotted home to give the Tigers the advantage before half time. 

Bojan replaced Whelan before the goal to try and create more going forward. A training ground free kick was curled towards goal by Shawcross but McGregor did well in goal to save. Hull remained comfortable at the back with Diouf shooting wide for Stoke. Charlie Adam was brought on with 25 minutes to go and nearly made an instant impact seeing his 25 yard fizzing shot touched over by McGregor. On the balance of play Hull were ahead on merit but Stoke equalized with a scrappy goal. After a throw in for Stoke which should have been awarded to Hull was taken, Bojan crossed and the ball fell towards Bardsley who saw his volley hit the post. The ricochet hit McGregor and Shawcross who followed in prodded home to draw Stoke level.

Steve Bruce would have taken the point after going down to 10 men after Chester was sent off but after being comfortable and limiting Stoke to little, he would have been disappointed seeing his side concede. Both wing backs impressed for Hull with both supporting well giving Hull an outlet in the first half. Robertson who looks a brilliant signing for Hull and looks a perfect fit to Bruce’s 3-5-2 system. Hull just seem to be missing a striker after the departure of Shane Long to Southampton. Bruce was widely reported to have had a bid for Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes rejected and will be looking to secure the signature of a striker before the transfer window closes.

Stoke look disjointed going forward and lacked a cutting edge in front of goal. Mark Hughes started 3 defensive midfielders with Nzonzi playing the furthest forward and Mame Biram Diouf doesn’t look a good addition to the Potters. Bojan disappointed on his first away appearance for Stoke highlighting could he be a home ground playing for Stoke.  

About mattbristow271993

Boyhood Leyton Orient fan, but love football in general, any league. Football is my passion.
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