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Barclays Premier League

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)

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QPR 0

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
1Goals0
01st Half Goals0
2Shots on Target2
5Shots off Target9
5Blocked Shots7
5Corners5
13Fouls18
2Offsides1
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
70.3Passing Success82.6
19Tackles11
68.4Tackles Success81.8
45.1Possession54.9
57.3Territorial Advantage42.7
340Total Passes425
23Total Crosses17
167Lost Balls152
55Recoveries55
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 12 32
2 Southampton 12 26
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Tottenham Hotspur 12 17
11 Stoke City 12 15
12 Liverpool 12 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Crystal Palace 12 12
16 Aston Villa 12 12
17 Hull City 12 11
18 Leicester City 12 10
19 Burnley 12 10
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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