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3 vs 1
Played
December 26, 2012 2:45 PM EST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 27490‎
 
Top of the Match
Kenwyne Jones
Kenwyne Jones
Stoke
Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters
Stoke
Flop of the Match
Daniel Agger
Daniel Agger
Liverpool
Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey
Liverpool

Stoke 3-1 Liverpool: Walters double inspires comeback win

The Potters went down to an early penalty, but two goals from the Ireland international and a fantastic performance from Kenwyne Jones handed Tony Pulis' men all three points

By Alfie Meekings

Stoke came from behind to beat a disappointing Liverpoolside 3-1 in an enthralling Premier League encounter at the Britannia on Wednesday evening.

The game got off to a flying start when Ryan Shawcross brought down Luis Suarez in the penalty area inside the first minute, and Steven Gerrard stepped up to slot the ball home calmly from 12 yards. But the response from the hosts was instant, as John Walters equalized just minutes later.

The home side then went on to take the lead, as Kenwyne Jones met a Matthew Etherington corner with a powerful header. The Potters later went two up, as Jones flicked a long throw on to Walters, who scored his second of the match.

The visitors found themselves with a chance to take the lead inside the first minute, as Suarez cut into the penalty area from the right wing and was brought down by Shawcross. Gerrard stepped up and drove the ball low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of the net past a helpless Asmir Begovic.

But Stoke was instant with its reply, gaining an equalizer just minutes later. A long ball from the hosts’ defense found Kenwyne Jones, who towered above Daniel Agger to flick the ball into the Liverpool 18-yard box. Walters latched onto the ball and slotted smartly past Pepe Reina.

Pulis’ men then took the lead, after a Matthew Etherington corner was met by a towering Jones, who evaded the attentions of Agger and Gerrard with ease. Glen Johnson was the man on the line, but pressure from Shawcross prevented the right back from making the clearance.

The visitors came close to equalizing at the beginning of the second period, as substitute Raheem Sterling raced past Shawcross and crossed towards Suarez. The Uruguayan did well to escape Robert Huth at the near post, but diverted the ball off the outside of the near post.

The Potters then added to their lead, after a long throw from Geoff Cameron was flicked on to Walters by the impressive Jones. The Ireland international finished emphatically, taking the chance quickly by volleying the ball into the top corner.

Shawcross nearly conceded a second penalty, as Downing went down under a challenge from the center back just outside the penalty area. The former Aston Villa winger took the free kick himself, but failed to test Asmir Begovic after blasting straight into a crowd of players.

Liverpool never really looked like getting back into the game, however, as a combination of determination and a fantastic work-rate ensured Stoke kept possession and continued to threaten the visitors’ goal until the final whistle.

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Stoke

1
Asmir Begovic
Goalkeeper
2.50
20
Geoff Cameron
Defender
4′
2.00
4
Robert Huth
Defender
3.00
17
Ryan Shawcross
Defender
2′
2.00
28
Andy Wilkinson
Defender
3.00
6
Glenn Whelan
Midfielder
12′ 86′
3.00
15
Steven N'Zonzi
Midfielder
3.00
21
Michael Kightly
Midfielder
70′
3.00
26
3.00
9
Kenwyne Jones
Striker
12′ 49′ 78′
4.00
19
3.50

Liverpool

2.50
25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
2.50
2
2.00
3
1.50
5
2.00
37
2.00
8
Steven Gerrard
Midfielder
2′
2.50
19
2.00
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
59′
2.00
-
Suso
Midfielder
46′
2.00
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
3.00
7

Substitutes

29
 - 
20
 - 
30
 - 
16
Charlie Adam
Midfielder
 - 
18
Dean Whitehead
Midfielder
70′
2.50
25
2.50
30
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Substitutes

 - 
1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
 - 
19
 - 
23
2.50
26
Joe Cole
Midfielder
77′
2.00
14
 - 
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
3.00
31

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Penalty
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  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2