Writer: Lloyd Reddin
Date:Thursday August 28 2014
28th August 2014 7.45pm
Stoke City picked up their first victory of the season as they eased past league two side Portsmouth in the Second Round of the Capital One Cup.
The Potters made nine changes from the side that laboured to a 1-1 draw at Hull with only skipper Ryan Shawcross and Peter Odemwingie surviving in a team that still had nine full internationals.
Stoke began brightly especially debutant Victor Moses who was showing no signs of rustiness having only featured fro 10 minutes in Chelsea's pre-season and he went close to opening the scoring only 5 minutes in from a Walters cross.
But the breakthrough did come after 16 minutes when the impressive Muniesa whipped in a cross that Walters beat the advancing keeper Paul Jones, and prodded home from close range.
The next opportunity came when the ever impressive Moses brought a good save from Jones before he again saved Crouch's follow up as Stoke dominated the game, Crouch almost added another spectacular volley to his list but fired just over.
One of the only downsides of the first half was the loss of Geoff Cameron to injury just before the break which seems to rule the American out for several weeks. This was followed shortly after by another excellent double save from Adam and Huth as Stoke left satisfied with their 1-0 lead.
The second half began similar to how the first ended with Moses again causing problems, a neat flick from Crouch set him away and his cross left Walters with the simple job of tapping home to double the lead.
In truth the game was over as a contest at this point and chances fell for Walters, Crouch, Adam and even Wilkinson to increase the lead.
The main event of the second half was the introduction of 16 year old Oliver Shenton who received a standing ovation for merely coming on the pitch and looked very composed on his first team debut.
Moses also departed after an exciting debut which left fans excited by what could be to come from their new winger. But it was left to Crouch to finish the show with a lovely header against his former club to round off a thoroughly professional 3-0 win.
The draw hasn't been kind to the Potters with a long trip to the Stadium of Light but with hungry players and a manager who respects the competition, it looks like a very winnable fixture.
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Date:Thursday August 28 2014
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