Stevenage 0-4 Stoke City

24 Aug

Stoke players celebrate goal


Stoke celebrate Peter Crouch’s opening goal

Peter Crouch scored a hat-trick as Stoke City eased into the third round of the EFL Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two Stevenage.

The ex-England striker gave the Premier League side an early lead, heading in after Jon Walters’ effort hit the bar.

Phil Bardsley made it two before half-time with a stunning 30-yard shot.

Crouch nodded home Marko Arnautovic’s cross after the break before adding his third with a clever scissor kick which bounced into the top of the net.

Stoke made five changes from the team beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the league on Saturday, with Crouch making his first appearance of the season.

Stevenage’s defence were unable to handle the 35-year-old’s presence in the box as they were thoroughly outclassed by Mark Hughes’ men, registering just five shots to the Potters’ 25.

While all of the former Liverpool man’s goals were from a few yards out, the highlight came from right-back Bardsley who found some room and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot strike into the top corner.

The scoreline could have been even more embarrassing for the hosts, Crouch seeing his shot blocked before Charlie Adam’s follow-up was tipped around the post by Jamie Jones late on.

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4.

Attempt missed. Bojan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Attempt blocked. Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution, Stoke City. Bojan replaces Joe Allen.

Attempt blocked. Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Fraser Franks (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fraser Franks (Stevenage).

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Andrew Fox (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Andrew Fox (Stevenage).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution, Stoke City. Erik Pieters replaces Ryan Shawcross because of an injury.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Marc Muniesa (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal! Stevenage 0, Stoke City 4. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Allen with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Dale Gorman (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Tonge replaces Charlie Lee.

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage).

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Pett (Stevenage).

Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

Substitution, Stoke City. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Marko Arnautovic.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Fraser Franks.

Attempt blocked. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution, Stevenage. Jobi McAnuff replaces Connor Hunte.

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