Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland


If only all matches were this straightforward.

Stoke disposed of a poor Sunderland side with ease, thanks to two more goals from Joe Allen.

The Welshman wasn’t signed for his goalscoring, but Mark Hughes has pushed him further up the field to devastating effect.

That’s five goals in his last four games for club and country and even with a dodgy hamstring, Allen was the main man on the pitch once again.

His combination with Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic was a joy to watch at times and the only downside to the afternoon was that Stoke didn’t score more goals.

It was a comfortable afternoon for Ryan Shawcross on his 300th league start for the club, and he is building an encouraging partnership with Bruno Martins Indi at the heart of Stoke’s defence.

The victory lifted Stoke out of the bottom three momentarily and although they currently sit back in the relegation zone the next six fixtures should give most supporters encouragement that our time in the dock will only be temporary.

Stoke City: Grant, Bardsley (Adam 65), Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters, Whelan, Cameron, Allen (Muniesa 75), Arnautovic, Shaqiri, Bony (Walters 75). Unused: Given, Diouf, Crouch, Bojan.

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