Stoke advanced to the Capital One Cup third round after a Kenwyne Jones hat-trick sealed victory over Walsall.
The striker gave much-changed Stoke the lead with an emphatic finish after Walsall were caught in possession.
He then doubled their lead from close range after Walsall failed to clear a corner, but Dean Smith's men pulled one back when Ashley Hemmings fired past Thomas Sorensen.
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Jones sealed it, firing under Richard O'Donnell after being sent clear.
Stoke made eight changes for the game but took the lead in the 22nd minute when the visitors squandered possession and Jones made the most of the opportunity, cutting inside and firing home.
It was his first goal since January, and the Trinidad and Tobago striker took only nine minutes to add another, rifling into the net from close range after the ball had dropped at his feet from a corner.
It was all fairly comfortable for the Potters, but Walsall did show some signs of promise in the first half.
And after Charlie Adam had been denied by the leg of Saddlers goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell early in the second period, the visitors got themselves back in the game through Hemmings' 57th-minute strike.
Stoke subsequently regained control of the contest, with both Andy Wilkinson and Robert Huth putting the ball in the net but having their efforts ruled out.
And Jones then completed his treble in the 84th minute, racing on to a through-ball and finishing coolly.
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:
"I'm really pleased for Kenwyne because he worked really hard in pre-season and up to now hasn't had that many opportunities.
"He acquitted himself really well, put himself about and showed the energy and power that he has.
"He's a great guy and we want him to be successful here. He's got all the attributes but, for whatever reason, it hasn't quite happened here as he would have liked.
"He's got an opportunity; we're playing in a slightly different way now and I think that will suit him."
Walsall boss Dean Smith:
"I'm really proud of the lads. They gave it a good go and the effort that they put in can't be faulted.
"We gave them the first goal; it was sloppy play and then I felt that there was a foul on James Chambers in the build-up to the corner which led to their second.
"We could have easily folded after that, particularly against such quality opposition, but we put in a positive second half performance which gave them a scare and stretched them.
"Some of our play was outstanding. It was a great move for our goal and this display will give us plenty of belief."
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Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.90:00 +0:01
Ashley Hemmings takes a shot and went wide right of the net.88:53
Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.88:46
The referee blows for offside.86:00 Substitution
Substitution Nicky Featherstone goes off and Kieron Morris comes on.84:37
Andy Wilkinson delivers the ball.83:22
Jermaine Pennant provided the assist for the goal.83:22 Goal scored
Goal! - Kenwyne Jones - Stoke 3 - 1 Walsall Kenwyne Jones slots the ball right footed into the goal. Stoke 3-1 Walsall.82:59
Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.82:55
Robert Huth is caught offside.82:25
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball in from the free kick.81:50
Andy Taylor challenges Jermaine Pennant unfairly and gives away a free kick.81:36
Marc Wilson restarts play with the free kick.81:16
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Downing on Kenwyne Jones.80:40
Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.80:16 Substitution
Substitution James Baxendale goes off and James McQuilkin comes on.80:10 Substitution
Substitution Craig Westcarr goes off and Troy Hewitt comes on.80:00
The referee blows for offside.78:57
The ball is sent over by Oussama Assaidi.77:10
Shot by Andy Taylor cleared the target.
Andy Butler takes the free kick.76:54
The referee blows for offside against Kenwyne Jones.76:14
James Chambers takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.76:03
Corner taken by James Baxendale.75:41
James Baxendale takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Huth gets a block in.75:28
Corner taken by James Baxendale from the left by-line.75:11
The ball is crossed by Ashley Hemmings.74:20
Richard O'Donnell restarts play with the free kick.74:07 Substitution
Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Steven Nzonzi coming on for Charlie Adam.73:58
The offside flag is raised against Andy Wilkinson.73:52
Charlie Adam has an effort at goal.72:08
Sam Mantom delivers the ball.71:09
Corner taken by James Baxendale from the left by-line.69:50
Clearance by James Chambers.69:46
The ball is swung over by Marc Wilson.68:07
James Chambers manages to make a clearance.68:00
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.66:28
Marc Muniesa sends in a cross.65:40
Header by Robert Huth goes to the left of the goal.65:17
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant from the left by-line.64:19
The ball is swung over by Jermaine Pennant.64:12
Marc Wilson produces a cross.62:50
Robert Huth takes the free kick.62:41
Free kick awarded for a foul by Romaine Sawyers on Robert Huth.60:11
Jermaine Pennant sends in a cross.59:56
Marc Muniesa produces a cross.59:09
A cross is delivered by Craig Westcarr.58:34
Marc Muniesa restarts play with the free kick.58:27
James Baxendale concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam.57:20
Andy Taylor restarts play with the free kick.57:03
Foul by Jermaine Pennant on Andy Taylor, free kick awarded.56:23
Assist by Sam Mantom.56:23 Goal scored
Goal! - Ashley Hemmings - Stoke 2 - 1 Walsall Ashley Hemmings grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Stoke 2-1 Walsall.55:19
Free kick taken by Andy Butler.54:59
Kenwyne Jones is caught offside.52:22
Ashley Hemmings restarts play with the free kick.52:16
Jermaine Pennant gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings.51:27
Free kick taken by Marc Muniesa.51:21
James Chambers challenges Kenwyne Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick.49:46
Shot by Marc Wilson went wide of the left-hand upright.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Marc Wilson comes on in place of Wilson Palacios.48:41
Ryan Shawcross delivers the ball.48:19
Shot by Charlie Adam. Richard O'Donnell parries the effort to safety.47:14
Ryan Shawcross manages to make a clearance.47:11
A cross is delivered by Ashley Hemmings.46:00
Oussama Assaidi sends in a cross.45:01
The second half begins.45:01 Substitution
Substitution Oussama Assaidi comes on in place of Brek Shea.45:00 +1:01 Half time
Half Time The half-time whistle blows.44:52
The ball is sent over by Craig Westcarr.43:40
Corner from the left by-line taken by James Baxendale.43:16
Free kick crossed by James Baxendale.43:03
Romaine Sawyers fouled by Marc Muniesa, the ref awards a free kick.42:45
Sam Mantom takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Robert Huth gets a block in.42:40
Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.42:36
Andy Taylor delivers the ball.40:59
Craig Westcarr crosses the ball.39:59
Ashley Hemmings takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.39:23
Brek Shea makes a clearance.39:17
Corner taken by Ashley Hemmings.38:28
Free kick crossed by Ashley Hemmings.38:05
Unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Kenwyne Jones results in a free kick.36:48
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant.36:24
Jermaine Pennant crosses the ball.35:27
Clearance by Andy Taylor.35:23
Centre by Jermaine Pennant.34:47
Centre by Andy Taylor.32:08
A cross is delivered by Andy Wilkinson.30:12 Goal scored
Goal! - Kenwyne Jones - Stoke 2 - 0 Walsall Kenwyne Jones grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Stoke 2-0 Walsall.29:59
Corner from the left by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant.29:26
The ball is delivered by Jermaine Pennant.29:16
Free kick taken by Ryan Shawcross.28:58
Andy Taylor concedes a free kick for a foul on Glenn Whelan.28:23
Andy Taylor takes the free kick.28:10
Jermaine Pennant is flagged offside by the assistant referee.23:38
Thomas Sorensen restarts play with the free kick.23:20
Marc Muniesa fouled by Ashley Hemmings, the ref awards a free kick.21:46 Goal scored
Goal! - Kenwyne Jones - Stoke 1 - 0 Walsall Kenwyne Jones scores with their right foot. Stoke 1-0 Walsall.20:32
The ball is swung over by Romaine Sawyers.19:02
Corner taken by Jermaine Pennant.17:35
Andy Butler manages to make a clearance.17:27
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jermaine Pennant.16:50
Ryan Shawcross takes the free kick.16:44
Unfair challenge on Andy Wilkinson by Ashley Hemmings results in a free kick.13:59
Clearance by Marc Muniesa.12:52
Clearance made by Robert Huth.12:49
Free kick crossed by James Baxendale.12:40
Ashley Hemmings fouled by Andy Wilkinson, the ref awards a free kick.12:03
Shot by Romaine Sawyers.10:51
Andy Butler makes a clearance.10:47
Marc Muniesa delivers the ball.3:08
Glenn Whelan restarts play with the free kick.2:23
Unfair challenge on Kenwyne Jones by Nicky Featherstone results in a free kick.1:52
The ball is crossed by James Baxendale.1:23
Clearance made by Richard O'Donnell.1:01
Centre by Ashley Hemmings.0:52
Romaine Sawyers delivers the ball.0:00
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