Stoke survive penalty scare to advance against Luton
25th August 2015 7.45pm
Stoke survived a scare at League Two Luton to progress to the Third Round of the Capital One cup.
The Potters needed penalties to finally dispose of John Still`s men.
Mark Hughes` men took the lead through Jonathan Walters before Luton substitute Cameron McGeehan scored a late equaliser to take the tie into extra time.
Stoke made nine changes from their side that drew with Norwich at the weekend, with Erik Pieters and Marko Arnautovic the only personnel keeping their place in the side.
The first half came and went without any really threats from either side. The Potters came out the second half the stronger, with Peter Crouch firing acrobatically wide from the returning Bojan Krkic`s cross. He was then denied by Justman from a close range header.
Stoke finally took the lead when Stephen Ireland brilliantly found Jonathan Walters who expertly lobbed Luton`s keeper to open the scoring.
The goal forced Still`s hand as he introduced McGeehan and Hall, who became a real thorn in the Premier League outfits backline. The pair forced Stoke debutant Shay Given into a brilliant double save to keep the Potters in front.
With time about to run out, Luton got their deserved leveller as the lively McGeehan slotted home in the six-yard box to send the tie to extra-time.
Extra-time produced little chances for either side as both teams seemed to settle for penalties.
Luton took the ascendency in the shoot-out, taking the first spot kick. Fourteen consecutive penalties were converted before Griffiths smashed against the crossbar.
It was up to Potters substitute Geoff Cameron to calmly fire into the top corner to give the Potters the victory.
Luton: Scored: Benson, McGeehan, Lee, Wilkinson, Hall, O'Donnell, Smith Missed: Griffiths
Stoke: Scored: Walters, Joselu, Bardsley, Sidwell, Wilson, Diouf, Wollscheid, Cameron