Stoke City 1-2 Hull City
It was a night of frustration as Stoke battered Hull but ultimately went out of the EFL Cup.
Stoke were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal when Markus Henriksen scored an injury time winner for the visitors.
The Potters had taken the lead thanks to a wonderful left footed strike from Marko Arnautovic in the 24th minute- the Austrian given far too much space to fire the ball beyond David Marshall.
And, in truth, Stoke were looking extremely comfortable until the defence backed off sufficiently enough to allow Hull a rare foray into the box.
And what a foray it was, as Ryan Mason scored an incredible volley that looped over debutant Lee Grant.
There was little that Grant could do about it, and the keeper on loan from Derby had little to do in the second period apart from watch Stoke miss chance after chance.
Ramadan- making his first start for the club- was at the heart of most good things and he almost found the back of the net following a pinball session in Hull’s 18 yard area.
You could see it coming and, just as the fourth official lifted his board to show added time, the sucker punch came. Hull working the ball nicely for Henriksen to smash into the roof of the net.
The result was unjust following a much improved Stoke performance, but it was to be a tale of taking your chances.
Stoke City: Grant, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Allen, Cameron, Imbula (Adam 69), Arnautovic, Ramadan, Bony (Diouf 69). Unused: Given, Bardsley, Muniesa, Crouch, Verlinden.
Tags: Marko Arnautovic
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