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November 23, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 26007‎
 
30′ Charlie Adam
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland

An opening goal from Charlie Adam gave the Potters the lead moments before Wes Brown faced dismissal and Steven N'Zonzi secured his side's first win in nine attempts with a second

By Tom Davis at the Britannia Stadium

  • Asmir Begovic
    2
    0
    2.50

    Asmir Begovic

    Managed to score last time in the league but, perhaps unsurprisingly, couldn't do the same this time. Has one of the best records in goal at home and didn't let slip today.

  • Erik Pieters
    0
    0
    2.50

    Erik Pieters

    His link-up play with Arnautovic on the left wasn't always there and the duo didn't ever combine as they should have.

  • Robert Huth
    0
    0
    2.50

    Robert Huth

    Sturdy at the back and put in his usual strong, committed challenges. Replaced by Wilkinson near the end.

  • Ryan Shawcross
    0
    0
    3.50

    Ryan Shawcross

    Cleared off the line in the early stages of the game after a mix-up in defence. Always quick to the ball and calm when faced with opposition.

  • Geoff Cameron
    1
    0
    3.50

    Geoff Cameron

    Looked assured on the ball and pressed well up the pitch. Pulled out a few tricks to beat his man and find a cross; including a great role in the first goal.

  • Glenn Whelan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Glenn Whelan

    Brought into the side in place of Palacios and was the deepest of the midfield selection. Played some tidy passes in the middle.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    3
    0
    4.00

    Steven N'Zonzi Top of the Match

    Made a good run into the penalty area to set up the opening goal for Adam. Good run from deep for the second goal which was weighted nicely past the keeper. His work ethic and contribution is always top and he put in another solid shift.

  • Charlie Adam
    3
    0
    4.00

    Charlie Adam

    Netted the goal and his third of the season. Constantly looked for the pass and played some fine balls but also hit some poor ones. His set-piece delivery was strong and he showed bundles of energy.

  • Marko Arnautovic
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marko Arnautovic

    Not as involved in the game as he perhaps should have been and has performed better in a central role. Perhaps optimised by the fact he looked to cut inside at every opportunity.

  • Jonathan Walters
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Featured in his 101st consecutive league game after captaining the Republic of Ireland earlier this week but didn't have a great impact going forward from the right.

  • Peter Crouch
    0
    0
    3.00

    Peter Crouch

    His touch wasn't always great today but he began to find more space in the second half, causing problems for O'Shea in particular. Played a fine ball through for N'Zonzi's goal.

Substitutions

  • Andy Wilkinson
    0
    0

    Andy Wilkinson

    Entered the game in place of Huth in the second half but didn't have much work to do in defence.

  • W. Palacios
    0
    0

    W. Palacios

    Dropped to the bench as one of two changes but made his way on as a substitute in place of Adam.

  • Vito Mannone
    2
    0
    2.50

    Vito Mannone

    Had to contend with a lot of balls into the box but coped well for most. Not a lot he could do about the first goal which always looked destined for the back of the net.

  • Phil Bardsley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Put in some committed challenges but his passing wasn't always the best. He was lucky he wasn't punished for an overly ambitious crossfield pass that sailed straight to Charlie Adam.

  • Wes Brown
    0
    0
    2.00

    Wes Brown

    Dismissed just after the half-hour mark for what Kevin Friend judged to be a reckless two-footed challenge on Adam, but the decision looked harsh.

  • Ondřej Čelůstka
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ondřej Čelůstka

    Hugged the touchline to provide good width for his side, which was needed after they went down to ten men, but became pinned back as the game went on. Eventually replaced.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    0
    2.00

    John O'Shea

    Looked uncomfortable against Crouch who caused him grief in the second period every time the ball came into the box. Eventually made to pay after he backed off him to set up the second.

  • Sung-Yong Ki
    2
    0
    3.00

    Sung-Yong Ki

    Played a vital role for his side today, dropping deep to allow his full-backs to push on in attack. But his role changed after the dismissal. Was also too slow to put a challenge in on N'Zonzi in the build-up to the opening goal, giving him time to turn.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Sebastian Larsson Flop of the Match

    The weakest in his side's midfield, the game often passing him by and his distribution was poor.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    Involved in some bright early moves including a fine ball from deep for Fletcher who wasted the chance, but faded as the game went on and his side struggled with ten men.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Made a promising start and covered ground well, including an early chance on goal that was blocked, though his role took a turn after the dismissal and he was more restricted.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    1
    1
    2.00

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Didn't have a great impact on the game early on but his time on the pitch was cut short after he was the man sacrificed into a substitution following Brown's red card.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    1
    2.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Started brightly with some neat hold-up play and an early effort saved amid accusations of handball. Became increasingly isolated as the game went on and his only real contribution in the second was a penalty appeal.

Substitutions

  • Valentin Roberge
    0
    1
    2.00

    Valentin Roberge

    Brought into the game as a result of Brown's dismissal, replacing Giaccherini as they looked to change their shape but didn't get into the game or find his role.

  • Jozy Altidore
    1
    1

    Jozy Altidore

    Replaced Fletcher with not long left.

  • Fabio Borini
    0
    1

    Fabio Borini

    Brought on for Celustka as Poyet looked to take the game to the Potters when they trailed.

Results
 
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15 2
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15 0