Charlie Adam scored a second-half winner for Stoke to heap pressure on QPR
Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:42pm
Adam celebrates 52nd-minute winner
Charlie Adam scored a second-half winner, his first goal for Stoke, to heap further pressure on QPR manager Mark Hughes after a 1-0 defeat.
Best of the Match
- Man of the match: Armand Traore. The energetic QPR full-back was a constant threat going forward and was solid defensively.
- Goal of the match: It was a composed finish by Charlie Adam. The Scotsman coolly clipped the ball into the far corner after Peter Crouch's knock down, for his first Potters goal.
- Save of the match: Asmir Begovic made a brilliant stop to deny Esteban Granero what would have been the equaliser from 12 yards after brilliantly tipping the Spaniard's effort around the post.
- Talking point: QPR's inability to convert their possession into goals. The visitors huffed and puffed but couldn't blow the Stoke house down.
The R's had not won away in the Premier League since beating City 3-2 at the Britannia Stadium last season and remained winless this term in 11 games after Adam's 52nd-minute strike.
Clear-cut chances were at a premium until Robert Huth launched a long free-kick for Jonathan Walters to head on to Peter Crouch after the break.
Crouch failed to get a meaningful touch on the ball but glanced it for Adam to half-volley home the only goal of a tense encounter at the back post.
Winger Matthew Etherington had been named in the Potters' starting line-up for the first time since the opening day of the campaign - and Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan joined him in returning in front of the biggest home attendance of the season at 27,529.
England defender Ryan Shawcross was soon on hand to cut out Esteban Granero's cross for Djibril Cisse early on while the recalled Rangers midfielder Alejandro Faurlin also tried his luck from distance.
Stoke's Walters then blasted into the crowd after finding himself unmarked while Julio Cesar punched clear an Etherington free-kick under severe pressure.
Midfielder Steven Nzonzi picked out Crouch in the middle but the England forward's effort was deflected just wide of the target while Cisse and Junior Hoilett combined at the other end to set up Adel Taraabt.
The Morocco forward badly fluffed his chipped attempt but went closer a minute later and just before the interval when his side-footed effort was just wide of Asmir Begovic's far-post.
Scotland midfielder Adam gleefully put the hosts ahead seven minutes after the restart, from an aerial Stoke set-piece, but Taarabt almost levelled the match immediately with a deflected right-footed effort forcing Begovic to turn the ball over the bar.
The Moroccan twice dragged the ball across goal from useful positions but he did better in the 70th minute to set up Granero, whose strike brought a fine save out of Bosnian Begovic.
Substitute Michael Kightly could have sealed a certain three points near the end but the winger's strike was well saved by Cesar after fellow sub Kenwyne Jones had beaten the offside trap to pull a neat ball back to him.
The heat is now truly on QPR manager Hughes, while his opposite number Tony Pulis will be relieved to see his side - up to 12th - register what was only their second win of the campaign.
|Stoke City||Team Statistics||Queens Park Rangers|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|2||Shots on Target||2|
|5||Shots off Target||9|
|44.6||1st Half Poss.||55.4|
|44.3||2nd Half Poss.||55.7|
Barclays Premier League
|9||West Ham United||30||42|
|14||West Bromwich Albion||30||33|
|19||Queens Park Rangers||30||22|
Stoke v QPR
Alejandro Faurlin insists QPR manager Mark Hughes is not to blame for the club's current predicament.
Mark Hughes admitted that QPR's failure to take their chances was what let them down in their defeat at Stoke.
Tony Pulis admitted the result was the most important thing as Stoke kept up their fine home form with a win over QPR.