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One to forget for Stoke fans

Liverpool
4 - 0
Stoke City

Anfield

19th August 2009
8 pm

Attendance: 44,318

Referee:

Goals from Torres (4 mins), Johnson (45), Kuyt (78) and Ngog (94) put paid to any idea of another 0-0 stalemate as the Potters suffered the backlash of the 2-1 defeat that Liverpool had suffered at Spurs just three days earlier.

With another important game at Birmingham on Saturday looming on the horizon, Pulis decided to leave Ricardo Fuller and Liam Lawrence on the bench along with Dave Kitson, choosing to start with James Beattie and Richard Cresswell up front. But it only took four minutes for the game to start unravelling as Torres put the home side into the lead.

Unlike the match at Anfield last season, the early goal forced the Potters to abandon any defensive plans and were able to press forward on several occasions.

Tony Pulis told fans not to dwell too much on the result but he was very impressed how 'everyone kept going, we just got beaten by a good, good team'.

Star Player

Rory Delap

ory had the Potters' best chance on goal on a night of few opportunities.

espite the scoreline, the defence was fairly solid with Abdy Faye making up for some sloppy tackles on Saturday.


Writer:Chris Baldwin
Date:Thursday August 20 2009
Time: 9:26PM

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