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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,529) 10th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Stoke Stoke City vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Stoke 1

C Adam (52)



Charlie Adam scored a second-half winner for Stoke to heap pressure on QPR

Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:42pm

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Adam celebrates 52nd-minute winner

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 CityTeam StatisticsQueens Park Rangers
01st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target2
5Shots off Target9
5Blocked Shots7
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
70.3Passing Success82.6
68.4Tackles Success81.8
57.3Territorial Advantage42.7
340Total Passes425
23Total Crosses17
167Lost Balls152
44.61st Half Poss.55.4
44.32nd Half Poss.55.7

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 38 87
2 Manchester City 38 79
3 Arsenal 38 75
4 Manchester United 38 70
5 Tottenham Hotspur 38 64
6 Liverpool 38 62
7 Southampton 38 60
8 Swansea City 38 56
9 Stoke City 38 54
10 Crystal Palace 38 48
11 Everton 38 47
12 West Ham United 38 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 38 44
14 Leicester City 38 41
15 Newcastle United 38 39
16 Sunderland 38 38
17 Aston Villa 38 38
18 Hull City 38 35
19 Burnley 38 33
20 Queens Park Rangers 38 30


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