Stoke City beat Hull City 1-0 on Saturday thanks to substitute Peter Crouch's seventh Premier League goal of the season.
Peter Crouch needed just two minutes after coming off the bench to strike the decisive blow as Stoke City defeated Hull City 1-0 on Saturday.
Crouch headed home with his second touch after coming on as a second-half substitute at the Britannia Stadium, ending Hull's recent resurgence.
A lackluster, scrappy first half ended without a single effort on target from either team.
Charlie Adam's introduction at the break gave Stoke a lift, but his two early efforts on Allan McGregor's goal both went wide. Adam then turned provider for Crouch in the 72nd minute, as he lifted an inch-perfect cross into the penalty area for the veteran striker to nod home in trademark fashion.
Stoke - unchanged from last weekend's victory over Aston Villa - made a promising start, but was unable to turn possession in the final third into efforts on goal.
Steve Bruce was forced into changes with Nikica Jelavic injured and Dame N'Doye dropped to the bench after returning home to Senegal, and Hull's play was affected early on.
A scrappy end to the half saw Stephen Ireland lucky to stay out of the book for a tackle on David Meyler, but opportunities on goal were at a premium, with the hosts seeing a penalty appeal waved away when Sone Aluko challenged Phil Bardsley.
Adam replaced Ireland at halftime and he gave Stoke a spark in the early moments after the restart, the Scot driving narrowly wide with a long-range effort after 54 minutes.
The former Liverpool and Blackpool midfielder went agonizingly close to breaking the deadlock soon after, as he sent a 20-yard free kick just wide.
But with the game seemingly drifting towards a drab draw, a lovely move between Stoke's two substitutes finally opened the scoring.
Adam collected the ball 25 yards from goal and played an inviting cross towards the back post, where Crouch rose above Paul McShane to head over McGregor and into the far corner.
Hull boss Bruce introduced N'Doye and Abel Hernandez to try and rescue a point in the closing minutes, but the changes proved fruitless as Stoke held on to all three points.