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Hull City 2-0 Stoke City: Jarrod Bowen scores as Sam Vokes misses penalty

Jarrod Bowen
Jarrod Bowen's goal against Stoke was his seventh in six Championship matches

Sam Vokes missed a penalty on his Stoke City debut as Hull City resumed their charge up the Championship table with a fine victory over the Potters.

Vokes, signed on transfer deadline day as part of a deal that saw Peter Crouch move to Burnley, saw his shot saved by David Marshall after being brought down in the area.

His miss came less than two minutes after Jarrod Bowen had put the Tigers in front with a superb curling free-kick past England goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Hull doubled their advantage in the second half through Kamil Grosicki, who slotted into the corner following Fraizer Campbell's pass.

Stoke had been pressing hard for an equaliser before Grosicki's smart finish, but captain Danny Batth's header against the bar - also on his debut - was as close as they came.

Nathan Jones' side have now won just once in seven matches and remain 15th in the table, while Hull moved up to 10th.

The Tigers had been on a remarkable run in the Championship prior to last week's 3-0 defeat by Blackburn Rovers, at one point winning six games in a row to help propel them from relegation danger up to play-off contention.

Bowen's fine form has been key to their revival, and his brilliant goal against Stoke was his 15th of the season and seventh in six league games.

Vokes was brought in on Thursday to hopefully add a similar level of firepower to the Potters' attack - but his miss from 12 yards on the stroke of half-time only continued their recent penalty woes.

Stoke have failed to score five of their seven penalties taken in the Championship this season, with the Wales forward the fourth different player to miss from the spot.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I thought our defensive shape was spot on today. I thought the lads worked extremely hard. Stoke spent a lot of money and they have quality players. You know they're going to have a lot of possession, but we nullified that to a great extent.

"I have to mention David Marshall's penalty save on the stroke of half-time. That was instrumental. Was it a penalty? I thought it would good defending, but the referee gave it.

"January windows can sometimes be disruptive in a big way, either because you lose players or you bring players in who aren't the right characters. We are a team. There are no egos here. We've got a team spirit and a good team culture. We've got a squad of players, all having a right good go."

Stoke City manager Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"For large parts, I was really pleased. In the first half, we had more control of the game and got into some really good areas. We just needed more cutting edge. Apart from the last minutes of the half, I didn't think we were really under pressure.

"We had a chance to get back in the game but we didn't take it- that's frustrating.

"The second goal is a worry. We've changed the personnel, but if you look at the second goal today, it is identical to the winner Shrewsbury scored against us and the second goal that Preston scored against us the other day. This is a cruel league. If you don't defend fundamentally right, you won't be able to get the results you need.

"We have to be better than we were today, and we will be, because we'll continue to work. But the players are grasping what we're doing."

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Marshall
  • 17KaneBooked at 90mins
  • 27McKenzie
  • 2Lichaj
  • 23Kingsley
  • 20BowenSubstituted forMilinkovicat 90+3'minutes
  • 22Henriksen
  • 6Stewart
  • 14GrosickiSubstituted forPughat 84'minutes
  • 16IrvineBooked at 82mins
  • 25CampbellSubstituted forMartinat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Evandro
  • 8Pugh
  • 11Milinkovic
  • 12Long
  • 18Batty
  • 29Martin
  • 36Ridgewell

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 30Edwards
  • 14Batth
  • 5WilliamsBooked at 85mins
  • 15Martins IndiSubstituted forAfobeat 76'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 22Clucas
  • 8EteboBooked at 79mins
  • 27BojanSubstituted forInceat 61'minutes
  • 10Vokes
  • 11McClean

Substitutes

  • 2Bauer
  • 7Ince
  • 9Afobe
  • 17Shawcross
  • 19Berahino
  • 32Federici
  • 38Woods
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
12,776

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 2, Stoke City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 2, Stoke City 0.

Attempt missed. Todd Kane (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Manuel Milinkovic replaces Jarrod Bowen.

Booking

Todd Kane (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Chris Martin (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Chris Martin replaces Fraizer Campbell.

Offside, Stoke City. Sam Clucas tries a through ball, but Benik Afobe is caught offside.

Offside, Hull City. Fraizer Campbell tries a through ball, but Marc Pugh is caught offside.

Booking

Ashley Williams (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Marc Pugh replaces Kamil Grosicki.

Booking

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

Booking

Peter Etebo (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Jackson Irvine (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ashley Williams (Stoke City).

Jarrod Bowen (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fraizer Campbell (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Benik Afobe replaces Bruno Martins Indi.

James McClean (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Markus Henriksen (Hull City).

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

Robbie McKenzie (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Tom Ince (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Etebo.

Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 2, Stoke City 0. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

Foul by Sam Vokes (Stoke City).

Robbie McKenzie (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Hull City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Tom Ince replaces Bojan.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

Attempt blocked. Joe Allen (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Peter Etebo (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Norwich30169557391857
2Leeds30176750341657
3Sheff Utd30166850311954
4West Brom29148759382150
5Middlesbrough291311534221250
6Bristol City2913883729847
7Derby2913884035547
8Birmingham30101374536943
9Aston Villa30101375346743
10Hull30127114338543
11Blackburn30111094246-443
12Nottm Forest30101284235742
13Swansea30118114037341
14QPR29116123541-639
15Stoke30911103339-638
16Sheff Wed29108113445-1138
17Brentford29910104841737
18Preston30910114545037
19Wigan3095163145-1432
20Millwall2979133444-1030
21Rotherham30511142848-2026
22Reading30510153244-1225
23Bolton3058171945-2623
24Ipswich3039182351-2818
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