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Hull City 0-2 Stoke City: Match Report

16 January 2022

Goals in each half saw Hull City fall to defeat in their first home Sky Bet Championship fixture of 2022, losing 0-2 against Stoke City.

Strikes from Jacob Brown and Tom Ince saw the Potters claim all three points at the MKM Stadium.

Grant McCann made two changes to his starting XI that faced Everton in the Emirates FA Cup last time out. Ryan Longman and Tom Huddlestone started in place for Randell Williams and Richie Smallwood, who were named on the bench respectively, while George Honeyman was named captain.

Both teams had chances early on as Nathan Baxter was sharp off his line to block D’Margio Wright-Phillips’ attempt, while Greg Docherty volleyed wide for the Tigers. Brown went close for Stoke, but a combination of Jacob Greaves, Sean McLoughlin and Baxter denied the forward.

Stoke opened the scoring on 22 minutes as a quick counter-attack saw Sam Clucas cross for Brown to clinically head home. Josh Tymon’s cross almost saw McLoughlin put into his own net, before Baxter saved well to push Phil Jagielka’s header over the bar from the resulting corner. At the other end, Tom Eaves searched for a Tigers’ equaliser as his well-struck volley tested Jack Bonham in the Stoke goal.

Tymon almost got a second for toke early in the second half, after he jinxed his way into the penalty area, but his right-footed shot was blocked by McLoughlin. The Tigers’ defender was at it again moments later, deflecting Ince’s effort wide.

However, Ince wasn’t going to be denied a second time as Sam Clucas picked out Ince on the edge of the penalty area, with the forward rifling his shot into the far corner past the outstretched dive of Baxter.

Wright-Phillips searched for a Stoke third as his ambitious effort went narrowly over the bar, while Longman saw his strike blocked by the feet of Bonham at his near post. In the other goal, Baxter had to push over Wright-Phillips’ cross-shot, before James Chester headed wide from the resulting corner.

Baxter was being kept busy in the Tigers’ goal as he blocked Brown’s close range attempt, before holding on to Lewis Baker’s drilled shot. Williams searched for his first Hull City goal, after he cut inside from the left wing, but his whipped effort was blocked by the Stoke defence.

McLoughlin then cleared Jagielka’s looping header late on to deny the visitors a third, before George Moncur volleyed over from inside the Stoke penalty area. In stoppage time, Baxter was called into action to deny Baker’s dipping effort from range.

 

Hull City (3-4-1-2): Nathan Baxter; Di’Shon Bernard, Sean McLoughlin, Jacob Greaves; Ryan Longman, Greg Docherty (George Moncur 46’), Tom Huddlestone (Richie Smallwood 58’) , Keane Lewis-Potter; George Honeyman (C); Tom Eaves, Tyler Smith (Randell Williams 58’).

Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Richie Smallwood, Randell Williams, Matt Smith, Brandon Fleming, Josh Hinds.

 

Stoke City (3-5-2): Jack Bonham; Taylor Harwood-Bellis, Phil Jagielka, James Chester; Tommy Smith, Tom Ince, Joe Allen (C), Sam Clucas, Josh Tymon (Alfie Doughty 69’); D’Margio Wright-Phillips (Lewis Baker 72’), Jacob Brown (Tyrese Campbell 82’).

Subs Not Used: Adam Davies, Morgan Fox, Steven Fletcher, Sam Surridge.

 

Attendance: 11,067


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