English Premiership

Hull bow to Crouch goal

2015-02-28 20:04
Peter Crouch (AP Photo)

Hull - A solitary second-half goal by substitute Peter Crouch gave Stoke City a 1-0 victory at home to relegation-threatened Hull City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

Crouch had only been on the field a matter of seconds when he headed home a Charlie Adam cross in the 71st minute.

It was a fourth goal in as many games for Crouch and it gave the Potters a deserved three points against a Hull side who offered next to no threat going forward.

Mark Hughes's Stoke side have now lost just once in their last six league outings and this victory cements their place in the top half of the table.

They lie in 10th place, four points clear of Newcastle United in 11th, while Hull remain four points clear of the relegation zone after none of the sides below them managed to win on Saturday.

That will come as a relief for Tigers manager Steve Bruce, who sent out a starting line-up shorn of in-form attacking duo Nikica Jelavic and Dame N'Doye.

Eight-goal top scorer Jelavic was not even on the bench after he reportedly hurt his knee on Friday, while N'Doye was only a substitute after travelling to Russia and Senegal during the week.

Those absences seriously undermined Hull's chances of claiming a third successive win to follow victories against fellow strugglers Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers.

Buoyed by his late winner against Aston Villa a week ago, Stoke's Victor Moses looked lively for the hosts in the early stages, but even he could not produce a chance of note in a poor opening period.

Hughes brought on Charlie Adam for Stephen Ireland at the start of the second period in an attempt to breathe some life into his side.

The Scottish midfielder had several efforts but all were off-target, and the game looked certain to end in a goalless stalemate until he turned provider with just under 20 minutes remaining, crossing for Crouch to convert just moments after his introduction in place of Mame Biram Diouf.

Hull had not won in Stoke in nine years, and they were denied an equaliser in injury time when Paul McShane's effort was blocked by a superb sliding challenge from Erik Pieters.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.