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Stoke 2 - Shrewsbury 1

Britannia Stadium


Attendance: 11,995

Potters through but Begovic awol

Stoke progressed through to the third round of the Carling Cup after a 2-1 win over Shrewsbury Town, but the night will be remembered for Asmir Begovic pulling out the squad fuelling speculation over his future.

The Bosnian told Tony Pulis that he wasn`t in the right frame of mind to take part in the game as rumours linking him with Chelsea intensified. Stoke have already rejected a bid from the Premier League holders and don`t want another one submitted, but with player power now playing a significant part in the game there is every chance he will move on.

It was a strong Potters side who lined up. Carlo Nash made his first start in his second spell at the club and the midfield included Matthew Etherington and Glenn Whelan in front of a back four of Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson and Higginbotham. Tuncay, who made a big impact against Spurs on Saturday, partnered Walters upfront.

Goals from Jon Walters, his second for the club, oh sorry that first one wasn`t given against Spurs so that makes it his first Potters goal, and another from Tuncay in the first half put the Potters in cruise control until Steve Leslie pulled one back for the Shrews.

Walters opened his Stoke account by flicking a Matthew Etherington cross into the far corner to send the Potters on their way after a dominant opening period. And soon after they doubled their lead as Tuncay tucked away yet another Etherington cross with a deadly header.

The game seemed to be wrapped up until Steve Leslie capitalized on a Ryan Shawcross to head beyond Nash. However that was it as far as Shrewsbury were concerned as the Stoke saw the game out.

The seven English sides enter the draw in the next round as Manchester United will be gunning for a third successive cup but Stoke will hoping for another kind home tie as they feel a good cup run is well within their capabilities.

Star Player

Matthew Etherington- Set-up both goals and his pace and creativity caused problems all night. Two great crosses for Walters and Tuncay saw the Potters through

Player Ratings

Stoke: Nash, Wilkinson, Shawcross (c), Huth, Higginbotham, Tonge (Delap 80), Whelan, Pugh, Etherington (Whitehead 73), Tuncay (Fuller 66), Walters. Subs not used: Sorensen, Collins, Soares, Lund

Shrewsbury: Neal, Sharps, Cansdell-Sheriff, Sadler, Wright, McAllister, Mcintyre (Neal 85), Disley, Leslie, Van den Broek (Bradshaw 59). Subs not used: Duyan, Robinson, Taylor, Hooman, Taylor

The Journalist

Writer: Charlie Bennett Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 25 2010

Time: 10:16PM

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I hate when players pull ***** like this. If they are contracted then they should play... otherwise fine them!
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25/08/2010 22:19:00

honest opinion wanted guys... Is he any good?
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25/08/2010 23:22:00

What a knob. This kind of behaviour is unacceptable. I hope we look elsewhere for gk cover. If he's that unsatisfied playing second keeper to Sorensen, is he going to be much help behind Cech or just a pain in the arse?
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