Bradford 1-0 Stoke City U23
Stoke huffed and puffed against Bradford last night but couldn’t quite blow the door down.
An energetic first half from the young Potters ultimately wasn’t enough at Valley Parade, as Bradford won 1-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy.
For all of Stoke’s dominance they actually went into the interval behind, as Timothee Dieng scored the only goal of the game.
It was cruel luck on Stoke, although they would have been disappointed at the manner of the goal- a flicked header from an in-swinging free-kick.
Stoke named two senior professionals in their line-up and it was Charlie Adam who pulled the strings with an excellent array of passing and long range shooting. Bradford’s stopper Rouven Sattelmaier was equal to Stoke’s efforts though, and the German was unsurprisingly named man of the match on the night.
Around 100 Stoke fans made the trip to Yorkshire and although the side tired in the second half- with Adam’s influence noticeably waning- there werepromising signs during the 90 minutes.
Thibaud Verlinden once again showed glimpses on the wing, whilst Stoke’s back five system- including Marc Muniesa in the centre-added a different dimension to that of the first-team. Julien Ngoy, who was named on the first-team bench at Everton on Saturday, also bullied the backline on a couple of occasions.
Despite Stoke’s best efforts they begin life back in the tournament with defeat though, with the evening ending on a sour note when captain Lewis Banks was dismissed for two bookable offences. He will now miss the trip to Morecambe.
Stoke: Isted, Renee-Pringle (T Edwards 87), Banks), L Edwards, Muniesa, Taylor, Shenton, Lecygne, Adam, Verlinden, Ngoy. Unused: Deczki, Sweeney, Molina, Greenidge.
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