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Summary

  1. Two changes for Stoke - Adam and Muniesa come in
  2. Hull also make two alterations - Huddlestone and Maguire return
  3. Tigers start day two points above relegation zone

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By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Easy for Stoke in the end. They fully deserved these three points and Xherdan Shaqiri's goal was worthy of sealing the points in any game. 

Hull remain two points above the relegation zone thanks to results elsewhere.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Xherdan Shaqiri comes off to a huge ovation. He's been brilliant today.

Mame Biram Diouf is on.

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

I think that's called adding injury to insult. 

Andrea Ranocchia gets a leg in the mush from Jon Walters as the two tangled for possession on the ground. 

No intent from the Stoke man, who looks abashed as soon as it happens. 

Ranocchia is patched up and back on.

As it stands

Crystal Palace are the biggest winners in the survival race as it stands. The three most important words in football.

The Eagles are the only side in the bottom seven earning a point. And they want more against Leicester...

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GOAL

Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Xherdan Shaqiri loves playing against Hull. 

He's not scored since his brace against them earlier in the season and he's just ended that drought in emphatic fashion. 

A full 30 yards from goal the diminutive Swiss takes aim and hammers the ball past Jakupovic. 

Surely that's three points for Stoke.

GOAL for Stoke

Xherdan Shaqiri

Game over.

Xherdan Shaqiri
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Close!

Stoke City 2-1 Hull City

So nearly an equaliser for Hull.

Grosicki did well to cut in and fire a low shot that Grant parried before the Stoke defence scrambled clear with Niasse sniffing around for the rebound.

YELLOW CARD

Stoke City 2-1 Hull City

Frustration gets the better of Markovic after a tussle with Pieters and he's the second Hull name in the book.

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke City 2-1 Hull City

Tom Huddlestone is taken off and Abel Hernandez comes on. 

Two up top now for the Tigers.

'Visualise the perfect Peter Crouch goal'

Stoke City 2-1 Hull City

Kevin Kilbane

Former Hull winger on Final Score

Mark Hughes has a few good options up front at Stoke. Peter Crouch has been brought on an Jon Walters gets his head up and sees his fellow frontman's movement. The ball is dinked in and... well, visualise the perfect Peter Crouch goal and that is it!

GOAL

Stoke City 2-1 Hull City

Stoke's two substitutes had already fired a warning shot across Hull's bows and this time they combine to give the home side the lead.

Jon Walters picks the ball up on the left delivers a perfect cross for Peer Crouch to rise above his marker and guide a header past Jakupovic.

A textbook goal for the giant striker and Stoke lead again. 

Peter Crouch
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GOAL for Stoke

Peter Crouch

Peter Crouch
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CLOSE!

Stoke City 1-1 Hull City

What a chance for Hull to take the lead!

Erik Pieters' weak clearance fell to Niasse 30 yards from goal but, with Lee Grant out of position, the Hull striker could only blaze high and wide.

GREAT SAVE!

Stoke City 1-1 Hull City

Almost an immediate impact from Stoke's substitutes.

Jon Walters guides a firm header towards goal but Eldin Jakupovic is there with a strong hand to make an excellent save. 

The rebound comes to Peter Crouch but he can't get his effort on target. 

SUBSTITUTION

Stoke City 1-1 Hull City

Double change for Stoke. 

Saido Berahino and Charlie Adam are given the hook. 

On come Peter Crouch 

 and former Hull man Jon Walters.

There's a few boos around the ground - the home fans seemingly unhappy with Berahino's withdrawal.

Peter Crouch
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Stoke City 1-1 Hull City

Xherdan Shaqiri fires a free-kick wide from 30 yards as Stoke look to retake the lead.

GOAL

Stoke City 1-1 Hull City

Well it wasn't pretty but it was effective. 

Clucas' cross into the area was not dealt with by the home defence and the ball eventually broke to Harry Maguire, who fired an untidy effort into the turf and past Lee Grant via a deflection off Ryan Shawcross.

In Hull's position you'll take them however they come, and that was as untidy as it gets.

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GOAL for Hull

Harry Maguire

Harry Maguire
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Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

All Hull so far in these first couple of minutes. Stoke happy to soak up the pressure for the time being.

KICK-OFF

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Away we go.

How it stands

So how do these half-time scores affect the relegation battle? Not a great deal to be honest.

Sunderland are the only side in the bottom six on course to pick up a point, with Palace, Hull and Swansea all losing. Middlesbrough are not in action today, remember.

But one suspects the Black Cats, who are still nine points adrift of Hull, will need more than a draw.

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HALF-TIME

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Marko Arnautovic's goal is the difference at the break, but in truth the Austrian could have had a hat-trick. 

Hull have had their moments but nothing really to trouble Lee Grant in the Stoke goal. 

Big improvements are needed if the Tigers are to break their dismal run of away results, while Stoke will feel confident that they will get chances to put the game to bed after the break.

YELLOW CARD

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Hull's Oumar Niasse has gone into the book there for a pretty innocuous coming-together with goalkeeper Lee Grant after the whistle had blown.

Niasse is getting a very hard time from Stoke's players and Grant is making the most of what contact there was. 

Niasse eventually goes over to Grant to apologise, but the keeper seems to turn the offer down.

All a bit needless. 

Replays also show Niasse putting his hand up to Geoff Cameron's face after the yellow was shown. The referee was right on the spot and let it go but the on-loan Everton striker was playing with fire a bit there.

Niasse
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Charlie Adam shoots-from-halfway shocker

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

It didn't go in.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

What was I just saying about Hull's decisions?

Kamil Grosicki got in behind his markers down the left and should surely have taken a pop at goal but instead went for a pass to Niasse that was never really on and Stoke clear the danger. 

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

More Hull pressure ends when Markovic elects not play in Clucas on the edge of the area when his midfield colleague was better placed.

Better decision-making is needed at key moments if Hull are to turn this around.

Lazar Markovic of Hull
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'Hull are playing some good football'

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Danny Mills

Ex-England defender on Final Score

Hull keep pushing forward and are playing some good football at the moment. They deserve to convert one of these half-chances.

Charlie Adam, quarterback

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Charlie Adam is pinging a few lovely balls around today and with his latest he releases Arnautovic down the left. It eventually comes to Berahino in the area but Ranocchia is there a split second earlier and clears the danger.

CLOSE!

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

It's been all Hull for a few minutes but Stoke look so dangerous when they do go forward. 

And again it was Arnautovic threatening for the hosts, running in behind before dragging his shot just wide. 

He could have had a hat-trick on another day.  

Marko Arnautovic
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Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

The corner is a difficult one for Lee Grant to deal with but deal with it he does. Charlie Adam's attempted clearance was then charged down by Tom Huddlestone, whose low cross forces another corner that comes to nothing.

Problems for Pieters

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Erik Pieters was down for Stoke in the build-up to that chance. He's now had some attention and will be waved back on shortly.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

And another chance goes begging for the Tigers. Robertson's cross was met with a diving header by Markovic but it goes wide. 

Referee Attwell says it got a touch off a Stoke player. Corner.

CLOSE!

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Another decent opening for Hull after the corner but it probably fell to the wrong man, Harry Maguire picking up on the loose ball and trying to find a path to go but instead blazing over.

Pressure is mounting on that Stoke goal.

CLOSE!

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Good chance for Hull. Maguire lofts a lovely ball into the Stoke area for Markovic, who elects to take it first time on the volley, forcing Lee Grant into a good - if routine - save. Corner for Hull.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Hull's Andrew Robertson balloons a cross high into the stands with his normally trusty left boot. 

A sign, if one were needed, that this is not Hull's day so far...

CLOSE!

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

So very nearly the equaliser for Hull!

Markovic's pass was touched on by Clucas and Oumar Niasse had a chance to turn home from about four yards but the ball ran just past his boot. 

A warning for Stoke.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Hull just starting to show a bit more going forward with Kamil Grosicki coming into play down the left, but the Tigers look vulnerable on the counter.

Stoke City 1-0 Hull City

Xherdan Shaqiri sees a shot charged down by about three Hull players as Stoke keep Hull on the rack.

Mark Hughes' side are not playing like a team coming off a run of four straight losses.