Premier League

Stoke City 2-0 Burnley

Jonathan Walters
Stoke striker Jonathan Walters (left) took his tally for the season to three goals

Marc Muniesa scored his first Premier League goal to seal a deserved home win for Stoke over Burnley.

Striker Jonathan Walters put Stoke ahead with an exquisite finish, guiding home a volley from Mame Biram Diouf's teasing cross.

Spanish defender Muniesa made it 2-0 before half-time thanks to a crisp low volley following clever play on the left flank by Marko Arnautovic.

Burnley went close late on when Andre Gray's angled shot was parried by goalkeeper Lee Grant.

Stoke withdrew Arnautovic in the second half after he was on the receiving end of a strong tackle from on-loan Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan.

Potters defender Bruno Martins Indi was also floored by an elbow from Ashley Barnes, although he recovered to complete the game.

Stoke's fifth win in seven games lifted them to ninth in the table, while Burnley slipped to 14th spot courtesy of a third successive defeat.

Hughes rewarded for keeping the faith

Eyebrows were raised when Stoke manager Mark Hughes decided not to recall Joe Allen to his starting line-up following suspension.

The former Liverpool midfielder has been one of Stoke's most influential performers this season and has scored four league goals.

Hughes, though, stuck with the same team which saw won 1-0 at Watford last weekend, and was rewarded with another determined and disciplined display.

The starting line-up might have lacked some of their star players - Wilfried Bony, Peter Crouch, and Bojan KrKic were also left on the bench - but Stoke proved the whole is greater than the sum of its parts to clinch a second win in a row.

Giannelli Imbula touch map
Giannelli Imbula kept his place in the Stoke side ahead of Joe Allen and the midfielder's admirable work-rate caught the eye, as shown by his touch map

Burnley's away-day blues continue

Burnley's away record this season does not make pretty reading: one point, five defeats, one goal scored and 16 conceded.

Premier League survival will largely be determined by how many games they win in the familiar surroundings of Turf Moor.

However, it is essential the Clarets pick up points on the road sooner rather than later, especially against their fellow relegation contenders.

Two goals from Danny Ings gave Burnley a 2-1 win over Stoke in their previous meeting at the Potteries in November 2014.

Victory was Burnley's first away from home in the 2014-15 season, but there was no danger of a repeat on this occasion.

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Sean Dyche optimistic despite Burnley defeat

Man of the match - Marko Arnautovic

Marko Arnautovic.
Burnley right-back Jon Flanagan was left in a spin by the skills and trickery of Marko Arnautovic. The Austrian's run created Stoke's second goal for Marc Muniesa and he was menace to the visiting defence until Flanagan's tackle ended his involvement.

What they said

Stoke manager Mark Hughes: "We performed superbly well in the first half and then the second half was more about game management and making sure we defended well as a group, which we did.

"I get a lot of pleasure from us doing that because it shows all the elements and characteristics of a really strong-minded group of players, which is what I have here.

"We see ourselves as a top-10 club so we have to maintain these levels now and try to build on the fact that we have suffered just one defeat in nine."

Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "I know we have to change our away form. That's an important part of the Premier League and, even though that's difficult, there were clear signs today that was a team that went to win a game.

"We haven't shown that much away from home, but we did today and I thought the mentality was clear and some of the football was good.

"We just have to keep believing we will get our rewards if we keep performing like that."

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'Excellent' Stoke delight Hughes

Key stats - Walters makes it 40

  • Stoke striker Jonathan Walters scored his first Premier League goal in 15 appearances
  • 28 of Walters' 40 Premier League goals have been scored at home (70%)
  • After taking only one point in their first five league games this season, Stoke have lost only one of their last nine
  • Burnley have scored only five goals in their past 15 away league games and never more than once in a match in this run
  • The Clarets have afforded their opponents more shots on target than any other side in the Premier League this term (91)
  • Burnley have allowed their opponents more possession in 13 of their 14 league matches this season - they had 43.2% today

What next?

Stoke City travel to Arsenal, who have not lost at home since the opening day of the season, on Saturday 10 December, when Burnley host Bournemouth at Turf Moor. Both matches kick off at 15:00 GMT.



  • 33Grant
  • 8Johnson
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 5MuniesaBooked at 54mins
  • 3Pieters
  • 16AdamSubstituted forWhelanat 87'minutes
  • 21ImbulaBooked at 70mins
  • 18DioufBooked at 85mins
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forAllenat 61'minutes
  • 10ArnautovicSubstituted forCrouchat 71'minutes
  • 19Walters


  • 4Allen
  • 6Whelan
  • 12Bony
  • 24Given
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 32Sobhi


  • 17Robinson
  • 4FlanaganSubstituted forTarkowskiat 81'minutes
  • 5Keane
  • 6Mee
  • 23Ward
  • 21BoydSubstituted forVokesat 77'minutes
  • 8Marney
  • 13HendrickBooked at 14mins
  • 37ArfieldSubstituted forKightlyat 90'minutes
  • 10BarnesBooked at 88mins
  • 7Gray


  • 2Lowton
  • 9Vokes
  • 11Kightly
  • 15Bamford
  • 16Defour
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 29Pope
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBurnley
Shots on Target

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 2, Burnley 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Burnley 0.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Burnley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.


Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Scott Arfield.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Joe Allen.


Ashley Barnes (Burnley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Burnley).


Substitution, Stoke City. Glenn Whelan replaces Charlie Adam.


Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Burnley. Dean Marney tries a through ball, but James Tarkowski is caught offside.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Lee Grant.

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Burnley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jeff Hendrick.

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Peter Crouch with a headed pass.

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Mee (Burnley).


Substitution, Burnley. James Tarkowski replaces Jon Flanagan.

Attempt blocked. Glen Johnson (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Mee.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.


Substitution, Burnley. Sam Vokes replaces George Boyd.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Ashley Barnes (Burnley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Stephen Ward (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jon Flanagan (Burnley).


Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Marko Arnautovic because of an injury.


Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Attempt missed. Ben Mee (Burnley) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Arfield with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) because of an injury.


Substitution, Stoke City. Joe Allen replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


As It Stood

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7Man Utd135531815320
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