A Tale of Ireland and Tigers
Peter crouch scores the only goal of this game in what turned out to be a match that was dreary for the fans, with only 3 talking points in all fairness to it, in 90 minutes.
The first of two incidents in the first half, both involving Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland. The first came when Potters Midfield man Ireland put in a nasty looking challenge on Hull City star David Meyler, It looked a clear red card but the referee decided to give only strong words to the Stoke star. Later Hull manager Steve Bruce would give his view on it describing it as the worst tackle on the pitch.
the second incident, was i suppose, Stephen Ireland getting his Comeuppance when Hull Star Maynor Figueroa Challenged Stephen Ireland and it left the Stoke Star with a very nasty gash in his calf, which has put him on the injured list for a while. Substituted at half time for Charlie Adam, The tackle by Figueroa could of also warranted a red card but the Hull man was not even booked, Potters boss Mark Hughes was livid after the game calling for officials to get their act together after the last few weeks have seen bad decisions made by them in numerous matches in the Premier League.
The match itself saw chances very few and far between with Stoke certainly looking the better side of the two. It took until the 71st minute though to get the only goal of the game, Peter Crouch with a fantastic looping header up and over Hull keeper Allan McGregor after a superb diagonal cross from Charlie adam found the Bean Pole striker to give stoke the lead and ultimately 3 points. Crouch had only been on the pitch for just over 60 seconds when he scored, inspiring substitution by Mark Hughes. This was Peter Crouch's 46th headed premier league goal putting him level with alan shearer. Not bad company.
and that was it for the match, a dreary game, few chances and Hull with 0 shots on target in 90 minutes. A win is a win though no matter how it comes. but this day is filled with a tale of Stephen Ireland with a little bit of beaten tigers to go with it.
Stoke remain 10th with 39 points. a good season so far lets push on and make the top 7 or 8. its not impossible.
UP THE MIGHTY POTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!