The first half was a miserably dull affair where chances were at a premium. Both sides are not known for their expansive or exciting approach to the game, and so it proved.
Stoke went closest in the first half with a low, weakly hit shot from outside the box from Marko Arnautovic.
In the second half, Stoke started brightest and Peter Odemwingie brought a good save from Steve Harper with shot from distance. On 57 minutes, David Meyler’s shot looped off a defender’s knee, and Begovic did brilliantly to turn it away.
On 62 the deadlock was broken when Odemwingie ran towards goal and drilled a fierce shot past Harper, inside the near post. With 15 minutes remaining, Ireland had a shot tipped over the bar.
Stoke City then sat back, but Hull City offered nothing more in attack.
10’ - HUDDLESTON SHOT - In space, Huddlestone blasts a shot at goal for Begovic to turn behind.
14’ - ROSENIOR CHANCE - Long’s cross to the back post is headed well over.
41’ - ARNAUTOVIC SHOT - A shot from distance is easily stopped by Steve Harper.
48’ - ODEMWINGIE SHOT - Coming onto his right foot, the winger strikes towards the near post but Harper is down to his left smartly.
56’ - BEGOVIC SAVE - Meyler’s deflected shot wrong-foots Begovic, but manages to palm the ball clear.
62’ - ODEMWINGIE GOAL Stoke 1-0 Hull - Intercepting a crossfield pass, Odemwingie takes a couple of touches past Curtis Davies and slams in a low shot.
75’ - IRELAND CHANCE - After good work from Arnautovic and Crouch, Ireland has a shot tipped over by Harper.
Hull have won just one of their last 10 league matches against Stoke (W1 D5 L4).
Stoke City have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium (W7 D5 L1).
This was Mark Hughes’ side second clean sheet in their last 16 Premier League outings.
Both sides need to improve their approach to the game - After a season where they are almost certainly going to stay in the Premier League, the tedious displays from both sides suggest that they could do with buying midfielders with some sense of creativity.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City): His goal was an impressive solo effort, but apart from that he and every other player on the pitch offered almost nothing of worth. For that reason there is no alternative for man of the match.
Stoke City: Begovic 6, Pieters 6, Wilson 6, Shawcross 6, Cameron 6, Arnautovic 6, Nzonzi 5, Whelan 5, Ireland 6, Odemwingie 7, Crouch 6. Subs: Palacios 6, Adam 5, Guidetti 6.
Hull City: Harper 6, Rosenior 6, Bruce 6, Chester 6, Davies 6, Meyler 6, Huddlestone 5, Livermore 6, Jelavic 4, Long 6, Elmohamady 6. Subs: Sagbo 6, Aluko 6, Quinn 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Peter Odemwingie
- Stoke City
- Hull City
- Asmir Begovic
- Tom Huddlestone
- Marko Arnautovic
- Steve Harper