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Stoke City 5-1 Hull City: Rampant Potters hammer shabby Tigers

Hull old boys Nick Powell (left) and Sam Clucas (second left) were both on target in Stoke's storming start at the Bet 365 Stadium
Hull old boys Nick Powell (left) and Sam Clucas (second left) were both on target in Stoke's storming start

Stoke City took another step towards Championship safety as they hammered fellow strugglers Hull City.

Tigers old boys Nick Powell and Sam Clucas led the way with two goals each as Michael O'Neill's Potters leapfrogged above Hull to climb to 17th in the Championship table, three points clear of safety.

But victory came at a big cost with the loss of Wales international midfielder Joe Allen, who was carried off on a stretcher off at half-time - and now seems sure to miss this summer's Euro 2020 with a ruptured Achilles.

By the break, the Potters had the game almost wrapped up, having scored three times inside the first 18 minutes with goals from Powell, Tyrese Campbell and Clucas.

Powell, on loan at Hull four years ago, opened the scoring after 11 minutes, with only his third goal of the season, heading in full-back Tommy Smith's pin-point right-wing cross.

Campbell then made it seven for the campaign when he tucked away a 16th-minute penalty after Sean McLoughlin unlawfully handled.

Clucas, one of three ex-Hull players in the Stoke side, then got another just two minutes later, firing in from close range after Campbell's shot was blocked.

That made it the fourth time in nine home games that Stoke had hit three goals or more - and this time there was more to come.

Five minutes after the break Jordan Thompson's set piece was headed by Danny Batth to Clucas, whose looping header found the far corner for 4-0 - his 10th of the season.

Hull got one back on 73 minutes when Leonardo Da Silva Lopes shot from Callum Elder's cross found the bottom left corner.

However, Powell got a late second to secure Stoke's best home win since the last-day 6-1 triumph over Liverpool in Steven Gerrard's last game in May 2015.

Grant McCann's Tigers, who have not won in 11 games since New Year's Day when they were up in eighth, are now 21st, just two points above the relegation zone.

Stoke City manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We dominated the first 45 minutes. In the second half, we expected them to come into it a bit more but it was still disappointing to concede.

"Results like this build confidence. But the main thing was to get three points and we're unbeaten in four games now.

"There were a lot of good contributions from a lot of players, especially Jordan Thompson and Sam Clucas but it will be a big loss to us being without Joe Allen."

Hull City boss Grant McCann told BBC Radio Humberside:

"I said to the players it will be difficult for me to speak to the media and try to defend that because we got what we deserved and it could have been more.

"The players need to find their inner belief now and stand up, be manly and take that on the chin. It's a first for me, the fans singing to my players that they are not fit to wear the shirt.

"It's hurt me and I hope it hurts the boys because the fans pay their hard-earned money and we didn't give them an inch to cheer about. We have to stand up and be counted and we will."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 14Smith
  • 6Batth
  • 12Chester
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 4AllenSubstituted forOakley-Bootheat 45'minutes
  • 34Thompson
  • 7Ince
  • 22Clucas
  • 25PowellSubstituted forGregoryat 88'minutes
  • 26CampbellSubstituted forVokesat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Edwards
  • 9Vokes
  • 16Davies
  • 17Shawcross
  • 19Gregory
  • 20Oakley-Boothe
  • 37Collins

Hull

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Long
  • 16McKenzie
  • 25Pennington
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 26Elder
  • 37Da Silva LopesBooked at 76mins
  • 6StewartBooked at 7minsSubstituted forBattyat 41'minutes
  • 43WilksSubstituted forLewis-Potterat 45'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 42SamuelsenSubstituted forHoneymanat 58'minutes
  • 27Magennis

Substitutes

  • 3Tafazolli
  • 8Batty
  • 11Maddison
  • 13Ingram
  • 18Honeyman
  • 24Balogh
  • 31Lewis-Potter
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
23,126

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamHull
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 5, Hull City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 5, Hull City 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Stoke City).

  4. Post update

    Callum Elder (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City).

  7. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Tom Ince tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Bruno Martins Indi (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hull City).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Vokes (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Tyrese Campbell.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Lee Gregory replaces Nick Powell.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nick Powell (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 5, Hull City 1. Nick Powell (Stoke City) left footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Tashan Oakley-Boothe.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

    Keane Lewis-Potter (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.